University General Course Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Nov 16, 2018  
University General Course Catalog 2018-2019

Orvis School of Nursing


Nursing Website Nursing Programs  

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

The bachelor’s degree program is designed to provide the high school graduate, as well as graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing with the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Registered Nurses seeking to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing see the RN-BSN  section. The bachelor’s degree program is the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and leadership positions in nursing. After completing the program, the graduate is qualified for nursing positions in public health agencies, schools, hospitals and other health-care providers. Nursing school graduates may also earn commissioned status in the military services, as well as admission to graduate education. The bachelor’s degree program major is four semesters with admissions occurring both spring and fall semesters. See criteria below.

The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Pre-nursing major students must complete the Silver Core Curriculum requirements below in addition to the nursing prerequisites before entering the nursing major. No grade below C in any course will be accepted as applicable to the nursing degree.

RN TO BSN

The RN to BSN program is designed to provide the graduate of associate degree and diploma nursing with the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The bachelor’s degree program is the basic preparation for professional nursing practice and leadership positions in nursing. After completing the program, the graduate is qualified for nursing positions in public health agencies, schools, hospitals and other health-care providers. Baccalaureate graduates may also earn commissioned status in the military services, as well as admission to graduate education. The RN to BSN degree program major is two to four semesters with admissions occurring both spring and fall semesters.

The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

RN to BSN major students must complete the Silver Core Curriculum requirements in addition to the nursing prerequisites before entering the major. No grade below C in any course will be accepted as applicable to the nursing degree.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Graduate education at the MSN level prepares registered nurses for advanced practice, educator and leadership positions in health care. MSN level study develops clinical competence and increased sophistication in exploring and identifying a theoretical framework for nursing practice.

MSN education also serves as an introduction to scholarly activity for those who wish to pursue the doctoral degree in nursing. Research focuses on the search for nursing knowledge, analysis and evaluation of nursing theory and the study of strategies for nursing application. MSN education also provides students with the opportunity to realize their creative potential and collaborate with other health care professionals in maintaining effective nursing and health care.

The master’s degree program offers five specializations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Nurse Educator. Post-master’s advanced graduate certificates are also available in all five specialties (AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP, CNL, and Nurse Educator. The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

GRADUATE PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
  • Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select populations.
  • Apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
  • Collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal health care to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Respect diversity and address complex health care needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations and communities, in the role of nurse leader, educator, and/or advanced practice nurse.
  • Participate in the ethical organization, management, and policy negotiations of health care delivery systems to use advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  • Participate in the application of safe patient care and quality health care practices.
  • Participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory, research, and scientific processes while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.
ACADEMIC ADMISSION TO THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING MAJOR

This is a two-step process, wherein the applicant must first meet the university’s Graduate School requirements as well as the Orvis School of Nursing MSN requirements. Application is made through the Graduate School. Application materials are due on or before March 1 for consideration for the fall semester and October 1 for consideration for the spring semester (only CNL, Nurse Educator and Post-Master’s certificates are considered for spring admissions. Admission criteria includes:

  • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0.
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from an NLNAC-or CCNE accredited nursing school. The baccalaureate degree curriculum must include the following specific course work:
    • Statistics;
    • Growth and development (must cover lifespan);
    • Basic research;
    • Health assessment

OR

  • Complete an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a Regionally and an ACEN, NLNAC-or CCNE accredited nursing school, 2 years clinical experience, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree (which included course such as Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology), for practice tracks (AGACNP, FNP or PMHNP). Other Bachelor degrees will be considered pending review of transcripts and specialty track application. 
  • Have verification of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the United States. Students must be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Nevada;
  • Submit a statement of intent including graduate-study goals;
  • Provide three letters of reference to the graduate program director using the form on the OSN website.
  • Successful completion of a graduate level applied statistics course prior to fall admission.
  • Submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Required only for those students applying for the dual MSN/MPH program of study).

An interview may be required.

The total of required units for completing the degree varies according to the option the student selects. The minimum number of required units for completion of the MSN is 37. With graduate advisor approval, MSN students may apply more than 3 S/U units to the 37 units required.

Applicants who plan to apply graduate-level credit earned at another university to the University of Nevada, Reno may be able to satisfy specific course requirements in the nursing program. Applicants must provide specific course information for review to determine if the transferred courses are equivalent to university requirements. If approved, such courses may be included in the official program of study.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

MSN students must maintain a minimum grade of “B” in each required graduate level nursing course. Students who receive grades below “B” may repeat one course one time.

PREREQUISITE FOR 700-LEVEL NURSING COURSES

Prerequisites for 700-level nursing courses are: admission to both the Graduate School and the graduate program of the Orvis School of Nursing or permission of the OSN Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.

A graduate level statistics course must be completed or taken concurrently with enrollment in NURS 735  - Intro to Knowledge Development and Scientific Inquiry. Please contact the OSN Associate Dean for Graduate Programs for information on admission as a graduate non-degree seeking student.

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a terminal professional practice degree. The goal of the University of Nevada Reno, D.N.P. program is to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in clinical practice, administration, clinical teaching, and clinical research. The D.N.P. differs from the Ph.D. in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Science degrees, by emphasizing advanced clinical practice, implementation of best practices, and evaluation of practice and care delivery models rather than individually initiated research.

Both the Post-Master’s DNP and the post B.S.N. to D.N.P. program entry options prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles to serve the healthcare needs of the people of Nevada, the nation, and the professional community. D.N.P. graduates are equipped to assume a wide range of leadership roles in both direct and indirect healthcare settings. D.N.P. graduates may function as specialists in their advanced practice clinical roles, as nursing faculty, or as healthcare executives, program and policy analysts.

The Post-Master’s DNP offers two tracks; Advanced Practice (for those who are already APRN’s) and Nurse Executive.

The BSN to DNP offers three specialty tracks: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

DNP PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of the University of Nevada D.N.P. program, graduates will:

  • Provide advanced nursing care to improve patient and population healthcare outcomes in various direct and indirect settings.
  • Take leadership roles in the analysis, delivery and management of nursing care and healthcare systems.
  • Provide evidence-based practice through the application of analytical methods, information systems technology, and clinical research.
  • Collaborate with interprofessional teams to meet the healthcare needs of culturally and ethnically diverse individuals and populations.
  • Act as change agent, leader, and advocate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policy as it affects populations and the nursing profession.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (POST-MASTER’S DNP)

The applicant must:

  • hold a MS degree with a concentration in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • be licensed at a level consistent with the focus of D.N.P. study.
  • hold national certification (or be eligible for certification) in an advanced practice role.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the graduate level.
  • provide documentation of clinical and leadership excellence.
  • have completed graduate-level course work (with a grade of B or better) in pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical assessment, research & nursing theory (clinical specialization applicants).
  • These admission requirements are general requirements for all O.S.N. D.N.P. students in the program. Specific detailed requirements broken down for the individual specializations (Nurse Executive and Advanced Practice) are listed below. These detailed requirements are specific based on the coursework required by each specialization.

Please refer to the specific specialization for the application checklist and detailed requirements

https://www.unr.edu/degrees/nursing/dnp#requirements 

Deadline

The Application deadline for the O.S.N. Post-Master’s D.N.P. program at UNR is March 1 for Fall’s cohort and October 1 for Spring’s cohort. Priority review of applications received by March 1, will take place with notification of acceptance by mid April. For Spring admission those applications received by October 1, will receive priority review and notification of acceptance by mid November. Eligible applicants applying after stated due dates will be reviewed and offered admission on a first come, first served basis. 

The total of required units for completing the Post-Master’s DNP degree is 30 units. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (BSN to DNP)
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 3.0.
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing school.
  • The baccalaureate degree curriculum must include the following specific course work: statistics, growth and development (must cover lifespan), basic research, and health assessment.
  • Have verification of current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the United States. Students must be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Nevada.
  • Submit a statement of intent including graduate-study goals.
  • Provide three letters of reference to the graduate program director.
  • Successful completion of a graduate level applied statistics course prior to fall admission. EDRS 640  at UNR is recommended.
  • An interview may be required.

The total of required units for completing the degree varies according to the option the student selects. The minimum number of required units for completion of the BSN to DNP is 72. With graduate advisor approval, BSN to DNP students may apply more than 3 S/U units to the 72-76 units required.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

MSN students must maintain a minimum grade of “B” in each required graduate level nursing course. Students who receive grades below “B” may repeat one course one time.

PREREQUISITE FOR 700-LEVEL NURSING COURSES

Prerequisites for 700-level nursing courses are: admission to both the Graduate School and the graduate program of the Orvis School of Nursing or permission of the OSN Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.