Nursing

Nursing

Nancy Renn, Ph.D., RN, Interim Assistant Dean, School of Nursing

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A, DF-IAFN, Professor/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Associate Director for Graduate Studies

Vernon Kubiak, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNS, CNP, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies

Professors: Neill

Mary A. Nies, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FAAHB Director for the Department of Nursing Research

Associate Professor: Arvidson

Assistant Professor: Clarkson, Mispireta, Tavernier

Clinical Assistant Professors: Baron, Belliston, Christoffersen, Danstrom, Dougal, Esplin, Hackwith, Jardine-Dickerson, Kubiak, Morris, Omotowa, Renn, Sabel, Solomon

Clinical Instructor: Smout

Mission

The SON Mission is to prepare caring, exemplary nurse leaders who integrate education, practice, and research to enhance quality of life for rural and diverse populations.

Vision

The SON Vision is to be a distinguished College of Nursing committed to being as humanistic and compassionate as we are scientific and innovative.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree programs offered by the School of Nursing include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    DNP specific options include: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The School of Nursing also offers a Post Masters DNP degree for students holding certification as an FNP or PMHNP.
  • Master’s in Nursing (M.S)
    M.S. in Nursing Education

 DNP Degree Program

The primary objective of the DNP degree program will be to prepare clinical leaders who can effectively evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, families, and populations, use technology and information to transform health care systems, and participate in interprofessional collaboration to develop efficient and effective models of health care delivery. The graduate of the DNP program will be prepared for specific national certification examination.

Accreditation

The Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs in the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

School of Nursing Fees

The School of Nursing (SON) charges a student professional fee each semester of enrollment including summer session in any nursing program. Other fees may apply. Please see ISU School of Nursing website at http://www.isu.edu/nursing/ for further information.

Students may be required to enroll in Nursing Education Exchange (NEXus) courses as part of any graduate program/option in Nursing which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing degree program will prepare the candidate to conduct independent research, collaborate as a scholar and leader, and educate for improving health and health care globally. The Ph.D. program will admit students on full-time or part-time status. The Ph.D. in Nursing program is delivered fully online.

Goals

The Ph.D. in Nursing is designed with a research emphasis dedicated to extending nursing science and for improving the delivery of health care for rural and diverse populations within existing cultural, geographical, and health care contexts. An interprofessional research focus will provide an opportunity for students to learn through collaboration with professionals across varied disciplines, and prepare graduates for leading change and advancing health and health care systems.

Ph.D. Degree Program Outcomes

Each student will complete a core curriculum and work closely with interprofessional faculty advisors to complete an individualized course of study which includes individual student goals and develops the foundation for a program of research. Students will complete the coursework and dissertation through online technologies integrating an interprofessional/multidisciplinary approach to:

  1. Communicate scientific knowledge through mentorship, collaboration, and dissemination.
  2. Create original research that contributes to scientific nursing knowledge.
  3. Contribute to the development of methodologies congruent with the broad concerns of the nursing discipline.
  4. Contribute to the discovery, application, and integration of nursing and interprofessional knowledge and leadership.

Application and Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission and application to the ISU Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Application through the ISU Graduate School website with payment of appropriate fees.
  2. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program will be considered.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S. or B.S.N.) program of study or ≥3.5 GPA based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework.
  4. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include:
      1. Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or
      2. Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or
      3. Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): The GRE is required. Students must submit scores of the GRE taken within 5 years prior to start of academic year of admission to the program. 
    1. Required minimum test score in the Quantitative Reasoning section is the 50th percentile.
      1. Students not meeting the minimum GRE scores in the Quantitative Reasoning section can provide evidence of completion of a descriptive or inferential statistics course (400+) level with a B grade or higher, within 5 years prior to start of academic year of admission to the program. This course must be completed and grade recorded prior to the start of the academic fall semester of admission.
    2. Although we do not provide average or require minimum test scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections of the GRE, these are taken into consideration when reviewing a candidate's application for admission.
  6. Submission of a personal statement (1 page) through the ISU Graduate School application.
  7. Three professional references attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for doctoral study using the form provided on the application site. At least one reference should be from an academic source and one from a professional clinical site. All forms are sent through the ISU Graduate School application system.
  8. Submission of professional vitae or resume through the ISU Graduate School application system.
  9. Completion of a preadmission interview by the School of Nursing (SON) Ph.D. Admissions committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 300 miles, an interview by videoconference may be arranged.
  10. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Ph.D. program to be held on the ISU campus in August of the year of admission. The SON Ph.D. Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. The SON Ph.D. Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Selection Schedule for Ph.D. Program

Application for the Ph.D. program will open in September of any academic year. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until class filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the Ph.D. degree program apply. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced in late April of any year.

Dissertation Preparation and Advancement to Candidacy Comprehensive Examination

The student must complete designated required and elective courses in order to complete the comprehensive qualifying examination requirements. If the student fails any component of the comprehensive examination, the student may retake the examination one time within established ISU SON guidelines, policies and procedures.

Admission to Candidacy

Each student that has successfully completed the comprehensive examination components may apply for degree candidacy.

Dissertation

Once the student has been admitted to degree candidacy, the student enrolls in NURS 8890 Dissertation for completion of the dissertation until completed.

Continuous Enrollment

Students must maintain continuous enrollment in NURS 8890 while in the process of research and writing the dissertation. The student must maintain continuous enrollment until graduation.

*Upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the student will be provided access to the SON Ph.D. Handbook which will provide further information on program specific policies and procedures.

Required Courses and Electives
NURS 8805Philosophy of Nursing Science and the Role of the Nurse Researcher3
NURS 8808Theoretical and Conceptual Analysis in Nursing Science3
NURS 8809Research and Practice in Rural and Global Communities2
NURS 8813Qualitative Inquiry and Analysis3
NURS 8814Statistical Methods in Health Research I3
NURS 8815Statistical Methods in Health Research II3
NURS 8816Quantitative Inquiry and Analysis3
NURS 8825Research and Grant Writing3
NURS 8826Approaches to Scholarly Writing2
NURS 8830Current Trends in Research Design and Methods3
NURS 8840Leadership and Health Policy3
NURS 8820Ethics in Nursing Research3
NURS 8881Research Seminar I3
NURS 8882Research Seminar II2
NURS 8883Research Seminar III2
NURS 8890Dissertation12
 

Curriculum for the Full-Time Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours SummerHours
NURS 88053NURS 88153 Orientation0
NURS 88083NURS 88163  
NURS 88133NURS 88403  
NURS 88143NURS 88813  
 12 12 0
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours  
NURS 88092NURS 88253  
NURS 88262NURS 88832  
NURS 88303NURS 88203  
NURS 88822Elective3  
Elective3Comprehensive Examinations   
 12 11
Third Year
  Fall/SpringHours 
  NURS 889012 
 12
Total Hours: 59

Curriculum for the Part-Time Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 88053NURS 88403
NURS 88143NURS 88153
 6 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 88133NURS 88163
NURS 88083Elective3
 6 6
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 88092NURS 88813
NURS 88262NURS 88253
NURS 88303 
 7 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 88822NURS 88832
Elective3NURS 88203
 Comprehensive Examinations 
 5 5
Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 88903NURS 88903
 3 3
Sixth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
NURS 88903NURS 88903
 3 3
Total Hours: 59

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The primary objective of the DNP degree program is to prepare clinical leaders who can effectively evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, families, and populations, use technology and information to transform health care systems, and participate in interprofessional collaboration to develop efficient and effective models of health care delivery. The graduate of the DNP degree program options of FNP or PMHNP is eligible to sit for the certification examination for the specific option.

The DNP degree program options are delivered online. The DNP degree program will enroll students on full time, part time, or Post Master's status. Admission to any option on full time, part time, or Post Masters status is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON. Two specific options are open for enrollment in the DNP degree program. These options include: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, the applicant must hold national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with entry specific to the certification held at time of application.  

Option Descriptions for the DNP degree program:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP):

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is prepared to be a leader in primary care combining the roles of provider, mentor, educator, and administrator. The FNP is prepared to practice autonomously and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to provide evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP):

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is prepared to provide psychiatric mental health care along the wellness-illness continuum, effectively evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage primary and acute mental health care needs of individuals with extension of expertise to families and communities.

DNP Degree Program Outcomes

  1. Assume interprofessional leadership to advance clinical practice and health care delivery to rural and diverse populations.
  2. Integrate nursing science into evidence-based care for individuals, families, and communities to improve outcomes.
  3. Incorporate practice initiatives to improve systems of health care delivery.
  4. Advocate policy for health care.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission and application to the ISU Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program will be considered. 
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework) from a Bachelor of Science degree (BS in Nursing or BSN).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include:
      1. Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or
      2. Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or
      3. Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  5. Completion of a preadmission interview by the SON DNP Admissions committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 300 miles, an interview by videoconference may be arranged.

Two years of documented previous healthcare or nursing experience before admission is preferred, but not required.

The SON DNP Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Admission to the FNP or PMHNP DNP degree option is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Application through the ISU Graduate School website with payment of appropriate fees.
  2. Submission directly to the Graduate School of official transcripts of all degrees including the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN BS in nursing) from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar's office of the applicant's previous institution(s) of study.
  3. Evidence of completing prerequisite descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher within five (5) years prior to admission to the program.
  4. Submission of professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical, and life experiences that prepare the applicant for the DNP degree program, and how this preparation will facilitate career goals through the ISU Graduate School application system.
  5. Three professional references attesting the applicant’s capacity for doctoral study. All forms are sent through the ISU Graduate School application system.
  6. Submission of professional vitae or resume  through the ISU Graduate School application system..
  7. [POST MASTER'S APPLICANTS ONLY] The Post Master's applicants must provide proof of certification in the option (FNP or PMHNP) for which the application is submitted.
  8. [POST MASTER'S APPLICANTS ONLY] The Post Master's applicant must submit at the time of application an official letter that documents the total number of clinical hours completed in the previous Master's degree advanced practice program in Nursing from which the student graduated. An official transcript which documents the total number of clinical hours completed in the previous advanced practice program will be accepted.

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the DNP degree program which will require an additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Selection Schedule for DNP Degree Program

Application for the DNP degree program will open in November of any academic year. Preference will be given to full-time applicants (3 year program) in any option. Application to the Post Masters options (FNP and PMHNP)are welcome and reviewed independently. Preference will also be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Admission to the DNP degree, FNP or PMHNP options is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the School of Nursing. Applications are accepted on a rolling bases until class is filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply. Notification of applicants selected for admission and alternates will be announced in late April of any year.

Graduation Criteria

  1. Successful completion of a Scholarly Project based on established guidelines.
  2. Successfully pass an oral defense of the Scholarly Project as a component of the comprehensive examination.
  3. Meet all requirements established by ISU, the Graduate School, and the School of Nursing for graduation with the DNP degree.

Scholarly Project

The Scholarly Project includes synthesis of scientific evidence and theoretical principles within a practice environment(s) to improve healthcare outcomes. The Scholarly Project involves the incorporation of knowledge of current and emerging healthcare technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems for groups and populations. Requires a minimum of six credit hours.

Continuous Enrollment

Students must maintain continuous enrollment in NURS 7790 while in the process of completing the Scholarly Project. The student must maintain continuous enrollment until graduation.

*Upon admission to the DNP degree program, the student will be provided access to a SON DNP Handbook which will provide further information on program specific policies and procedures.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Programs of Study

Core Courses (required for all DNP options)
NURS 6699 Advanced Human Pathophysiology3
NURS 6611Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 6611LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab3
PHAR 6645Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses3
NURS 5580Genetics for Health Care Professionals2
NURS 6600Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice3
NURS 6610Advanced Evidence Application3
NURS 6655Advanced Leadership3
NURS 7720Professional Issues of the DNP3
NURS 7723Health Promotion for Advanced Practice Nurses3
NURS 7725Informational Technology in Health Care2
NURS 7735Statistical Analysis in Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 7760Professional Issues of the DNP II3
NURS 8809Research and Practice in Rural and Global Communities2
NURS 8826Approaches to Scholarly Writing2
NURS 8840Leadership and Health Policy3
NURS 7790DNP Scholarly Project2-3
Total Hours 46-50
 
Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 6642Primary Care of the Young Adult3
NURS 6642LPrimary Care of the Young Adult Lab3
NURS 6643Primary Care of the Child and Adolescent3
NURS 6643LPrimary Care of the Child and Adolescent Lab2
NURS 6644Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult3
NURS 6644LPrimary Care of the Middle and Older Adult2
NURS 7740Primary Care Throughout the Life Span FNP1
NURS 7740LPrimary Care Throughout the Life Span Lab FNP5
NURS 7780LFNP Practicum6
Total Hours28
 

Full Time Curriculum for the DNP Degree Family Nurse Practioner [FNP] Option

Bachelors in Nursing (BS or BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
Human Pathophysiology (NEXus course or equivalent)3NURS 66103 
NURS 66003NURS 66113 
NURS 77203NURS 6611L3 
NURS 77252PHAR 66453 
NURS 88092NURS 88403 
 13 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 66423NURS 66433NURS 66553
NURS 6642L3NURS 6643L2 
NURS 77353NURS 66443 
NURS 77233NURS 6644L2 
NURS 88262NURS 77902 
 14 12 3
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 77902NURS 77603NURS 55802
NURS 77401NURS 7780L6NURS 66553
NURS 7740L5NURS 77902 
NURS 55802  
 10 11 5
Total Hours: 83

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

NURS 7745Adult Psychiatric Mental Health3
NURS 7745LAdult Psychiatric Mental Health Lab2-4
NURS 7755Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health3
NURS 7755LChild/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum4
NURS 7795Individual, Group, and Brief Therapies4
NURS 7795LIndividual, Group, and Brief Therapies Lab4
NURS 7798PMHNP Advanced Practicum6
Total Option Specific Credits28
 

Full Time Curriculum for the DNP Degree Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [PMHNP] Option

Bachelors in Nursing (BS or BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NURS 66993NURS 66103 
NURS 66003NURS 66113 
NURS 77203NURS 6611L3 
NURS 77252PHAR 66453 
NURS 88092NURS 88403 
 13 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 77453NURS 77553NURS 66553
NURS 7745L4NURS 7755L4NURS 55802
NURS 77353NURS 77902 
NURS 77233  
NURS 88262  
 15 9 5
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NURS 77902NURS 77603 
NURS 77954NURS 77902 
NURS 7795L4NURS 77986 
 10 11
Total Hours: 78

Post Masters in Nursing DNP Degree Program

Note: Applicant must hold certification as an FNP or PMHNP in order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program. See School of Nursing website for further details at www.isu.edu/nursing.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 77203NURS 77903NURS 66553
NURS 88092NURS 77603NURS 55802
NURS 88262  
 7 6 5
Second Year
FallHours  
NURS 77353  
NURS 77903  
NURS 77252  
 8
Total Hours: 26

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.) program is offered online and requires 43 credits. A full time program is available in the Nursing Education option.  Delivery of a Master’s degree program option in any academic year is based on number of total applicants and ability to establish a full cohort at the time of the admission process as determined by SON.

Pathway to the M.S. degree

Bachelor of Science (BS) to Master of Science (MS). Students enrolled in the Nursing Education option will be prepared to teach in an academic nursing program as well as in other settings. Leadership is emphasized in the preparation of the student in the Master's in Nursing program, Education option.   

Application for the Master of Science degree options open in October of any academic year. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced late April of any year.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. 
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include:
      1. Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or
      2. Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or
      3. Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.

Application Requirements

The student must apply and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Application through the ISU Graduate School website with payment of appropriate fees.
  2. Submission of official transcripts of all degrees including completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BS in Nursing) degree from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar’s Office of the applicant’s previous institution(s) of study.
  3. Evidence of completing prerequisite descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher prior to admission to the program.
  4. Submission of a professional essay (2-3 pages) through the ISU Graduate School application system..
  5. Three professional reference forms attesting to the applicant’s capacity and potential for Master’s study. (It is recommended two references be from academic sources and one from a recent employer.) All forms are sent through the ISU Graduate School application system.
  6. Submission of professional vitae or resume through the ISU Graduate School application system..

The SON Admission Committee will make the final recommendation regarding admissions. This decision will be based on evaluation of established admission and application requirements for any program.

Individuals who do not meet these admissions requirements may be considered from admissions as a classified student with program restrictions until all requirements are met, or candidate is evaluated for progress based on established SON guidelines, policies, and/or procedures.

Required Coursework
Master of Science (MS) Nursing Education Option
NURS 6600Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice3
NURS 6602Health Policy3
NURS 6610Advanced Evidence Application3
NURS 6612Health Care of Rural Communities2
NURS 6613Health Assessment2
NURS 6613LHealth Assessment Lab1
NURS 6621Advanced Nursing Roles2
NURS 6633Rethinking Nursing Education3
NURS 6635Curriculum Issues and Development3
NURS 6640Evaluation Issues and Strategies in Nursing Education3
NURS 6639Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing Education3
NURS 6647Advanced Practicum in Nursing Education6
NURS 6699 Advanced Human Pathophysiology (or NEXus course OR equivalent)3
Electives 3
Total Option Credits43
 

Progression of Graduate Students

  1. Progression criteria established by the SON and Graduate School. Each degree program or option has specific progression requirements established within the SON. These policies are made available in specific program option Student Handbooks provided upon admission. Students are admitted and enter into an established curricular plan of study and must maintain that plan of study in order to progress.

Graduation Criteria

To qualify for graduation with a graduate degree (M.S., D.N.P., or Ph.D.) from the School of Nursing, the student must:

  1. Successfully pass a comprehensive examination process or equivalent as established by the School of Nursing.
  2. Meet all requirements established by ISU, the Graduate School, and the School of Nursing specific to the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

NURS 5517 Interdisciplinary Evaluation Team: 1 semester hour.

Introduction to the principles and techniques associated with interdisciplinary evaluation. Disciplines emphasized: Audiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology. Equivalent to DHS 5517, PSYC 5517, SOWK 5517, and CSD 5517.

NURS 5580 Genetics for Health Care Professionals: 2 semester hours.

An in-depth interdisciplinary review of the impact of genetics on patients and patient care and the biological, social, ethical and legal issues surrounding genetics and genomics. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus. Equivalent to CSD 5580 and NURS 5580.

NURS 5599 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated.

NURS 6600 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice: 3 semester hours.

Critical examination of the development of nursing knowledge critique, evaluate and apply a variety of theories from nursing, family and related disciplines as a base for advanced nursing practice.

NURS 6602 Health Policy: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of policy research relevant to health care. Evaluate effects of local, regional, national, and international health policy and trends on delivery systems and care of rural and diverse populations. PREREQ: NURS 6600.

NURS 6610 Advanced Evidence Application: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of current evidence for application to nursing practice. Includes question formulation, comprehensive review of evidence related to clinical issues, evidence appraisal, and application for research-informed practice. PREREQ: NURS 6600.

NURS 6611 Advanced Health Assessment: 3 semester hours.

Concepts of advanced health assessment required for advanced nursing practice in various settings and diverse populations. Introduction to differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning skills. COREQ: NURS 6611L. PREREQ: NURS 6600.

NURS 6611L Advanced Health Assessment Lab: 2-3 semester hours.

Acquisition and application of advanced health assessment, skills in diverse populations. Skills include health history, physical assessment and health promotion. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6611.

NURS 6612 Health Care of Rural Communities: 2 semester hours.

Explores rural culture using theories, frameworks and methodologies from various disciplines. Focus on culturally responsive care systems at the community level. Rural life analyzed to identify factors related to health systems and health care practice needs. PREREQ: NURS 6610.

NURS 6613 Health Assessment: 2 semester hours.

Concepts of health assessment for practice in various settings and with diverse populations. COREQ: NURS 6613L

NURS 6613L Health Assessment Lab: 1 semester hour.

Acquisition and application of advanced health assessment skills in diverse populations. Skills include health history, physical assessment, health promotion, and pharmacological evaluation in practice. COREQ: NURS 6613.

NURS 6621 Advanced Nursing Roles: 2 semester hours.

Integration of theory and research related to role development, transition and ambiguity in advanced practice nursing. Emphasis on evaluation of health care delivery, ethical decision-making, partnership development, collaborative practice and accountability for quality. PREREQ: NURS 6600.

NURS 6633 Rethinking Nursing Education: 3 semester hours.

Theoretical perspective on teaching and learning in nursing education, creating a theoretical base for the education curriculum. The learners will examine theories of learning and adult learning and explore their application to nursing education.

NURS 6635 Curriculum Issues and Development: 3 semester hours.

Examination of various external and internal issues influencing nursing curriculum. Curriculum components and designs will be explored and a model curriculum developed. PREREQ: NURS 6633.

NURS 6636 Special Problems: 1-3 semester hours.

Independent study under faculty guidance. 1-3 credits. May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

NURS 6639 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing Education: 3 semester hours.

Exploration of a variety of strategies to facilitate achievement of curriculum outcomes. The use of current technology and learner-centered strategies are emphasized. PREREQ: NURS 6633.

NURS 6640 Evaluation Issues and Strategies in Nursing Education: 3 semester hours.

Examination of issues surrounding program and student evaluation. Plans for formative and summative evaluation will be developed. PREREQ: NURS 6633.

NURS 6642 Primary Care of the Young Adult: 3 semester hours.

Management and evaluation of primary care problems in the young adult. Provides the student with knowledge to assist individuals with common health problems, while integrating the concepts of health promotion. COREQ: NURS 6642L. PREREQ: NURS 6611, NURS 6611L, and PHAR 6645.

NURS 6642L Primary Care of the Young Adult Lab: 2-3 semester hours.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to young adults and their families. Clinical application of theoretical knowledge with ongoing refinement of essential skills used by nurse practitioners in primary health care. Identification and management of a broad range of common health problems including health promotion in various clinical settings. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6642. PREREQ: NURS 6611, NURS 6611L, and PHAR 6645.

NURS 6643 Primary Care of the Child and Adolescent: 3 semester hours.

Management and evaluation of primary care problems of children, adolescents and their families in a variety of ambulatory settings. The initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities is stressed. COREQ: NURS 6643L. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L.

NURS 6643L Primary Care of the Child and Adolescent Lab: 2 semester hours.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to children and adolescents and their families. Clinical application of theoretical knowledge with ongoing refinement of essential skills used by nurse practitioners in primary health care. Identification and management of a broad range of common health problems including health promotion in various clinical settings. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6643. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L

NURS 6644 Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult: 3 semester hours.

Management and evaluation of primary care problems of middle and older adults, including acute episodic and chronic illnesses. The initiation of health promotion and maintenance activities is stressed. COREQ: NURS 6644L. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L.

NURS 6644L Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult: 2 semester hours.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to middle and older adults and their families. Clinical application of theoretical knowledge with ongoing refinement of essential skills used by nurse practitioners in primary health care. Identification and management of a broad range of common health problems including health promotion in various clinical settings. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6644. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L.

NURS 6647 Advanced Practicum in Nursing Education: 6 semester hours.

Application of learning theories, strategies and evaluation in a nursing program. The learners will explore and practice various facets of the faculty role. Graded S/U. PREREQ: NURS 6633, NURS 6635, and NURS 6639. COREQ: NURS 6640.

NURS 6655 Advanced Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Examination of nursing leadership in the advanced nursing role in the complex health care system. Application of leadership principles and practices for improving health care systems at the local, regional, and global level.

NURS 6699 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated.

NURS 7720 Professional Issues of the DNP: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to DNP-related professional issues including DNP background, APRN role development, and interprofessional practice. Exploration of current and emerging healthcare issues.

NURS 7723 Health Promotion for Advanced Practice Nurses: 3 semester hours.

Critical examination and implementation of therapeutic interventions employed in disease prevention and health maintenance, protection, promotion, and restoration across age and culture in various populations, with focus on the role of the advanced practice nurse in primary care. PREREQ: NURS 6600, NURS 6611 and NURS 6611L, PHAR 6645.

NURS 7725 Informational Technology in Health Care: 2 semester hours.

Application of technologies and information systems to evaluate and improve health care outcomes. Exploration of information technologies in clinical practice, education, research, and administration will be emphasized with a focus on transformation of data into information.

NURS 7735 Statistical Analysis in Evidence Based Practice: 3 semester hours.

Exploration of bio-statistical methods used in implementing and evaluating health care-related research. Legal and ethical issues in research are addressed. PREREQ: NURS 6610.

NURS 7740 Primary Care Throughout the Life Span FNP: 1 semester hour.

Integration of advanced nursing care for patients and families across the lifespan. Application and evaluation of primary care management of complex diagnoses and system foci. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L, NURS 6643 and NURS 6643L, NURS 6644 and NURS 6644L, and NURS 7723. COREQ: NURS 7740L.

NURS 7740L Primary Care Throughout the Life Span Lab FNP: 4-5 semester hours.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to patients and families across the lifespan. Clinical application and evaluation of theoretical knowledge and skills used by the nurse practitioner in primary health care at a more complex level. Includes focus on systems individualized by each student. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L, NURS 6643 AND NURS 6643L, NURS 6644 and NURS 6644L, NURS 7723. COREQ: NURS 7740.

NURS 7745 Adult Psychiatric Mental Health: 3 semester hours.

Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, planning, evaluation and documentation of common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders of adulthood. COREQ: NURS 7745L. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L and PHAR 6645.

NURS 7745L Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Lab: 2-4 semester hours.

Clinical application and evaluation of theoretical knowledge, evidence, and skills used by the PMHNP in caring for the adult in varied care settings. COREQ: NURS 7745. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L and PHAR 6645

NURS 7755 Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health: 3 semester hours.

Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, planning, evaluation and documentation of common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders of the child and adolescent. COREQ: NURS 7755L. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, and NURS 7745L.

NURS 7755L Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum: 4 semester hours.

Clinical application and evaluation of theoretical knowledge, evidence and skills used by the PMHNP in caring for the child/adolescent in varied care settings. COREQ: NURS 7755. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, and NURS 7745L.

NURS 7760 Professional Issues of the DNP II: 3 semester hours.

Integration of DNP-related professional issues including the APRN's role in the initiation and evaluation of change in patient care, interprofessional practice and current and emerging health care issues. Transition into the APRN role is emphasized. PREREQ: NURS 7720.

NURS 7780L FNP Practicum: 4-6 semester hours.

Application of theoretical content, research findings and intervention strategies to advanced nursing practice in both rural and non-rural settings. PREREQ: NURS 7723, NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L, NURS 6643 and NURS 6643L, NURS 6644 and NURS 6644L, and NURS 8809.

NURS 7790 DNP Scholarly Project: 2-3 semester hours.

Synthesis of scientific evidence and theoretical principles to improve health care outcomes. Incorporation of knowledge of current and emerging health care technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems for groups and populations. Requires a minimum of six credit hours over four semesters. May be repeated.

NURS 7795 Individual, Group, and Brief Therapies: 4 semester hours.

Survey of current, brief, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal therapy models applied to individuals and groups. Developing a therapeutic alliance, and viewing the client from a developmental and sociocultural context will be examined. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, NURS 7745L, NURS 7755, NURS 7755L. COREQ: NURS 7795L.

NURS 7795L Individual, Group, and Brief Therapies Lab: 4 semester hours.

Synthesis and application of current brief psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal therapy models applied to individuals and groups. Development of skills for building a therapeutic alliance and viewing the patient from a developmental and sociocultural context will be examined. COREQ: NURS 7795.

NURS 7798 PMHNP Advanced Practicum: 4-6 semester hours.

Synthesis and application of PMHNP role, knowledge, and skills in select areas of family psychiatric mental health practice. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, NURS 7745L, NURS 7755, NURS 7755L.

NURS 8805 Philosophy of Nursing Science and the Role of the Nurse Researcher: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to give the doctoral student an overview of scientific philosophy, philosophy of nursing, and the role of the nurse researcher. The student will learn about the most influential philosophers and the patterns of knowing, and responsibilities of a nurse researcher within the scientific community, academia, and the world.

NURS 8808 Theoretical and Conceptual Analysis in Nursing Science: 3 semester hours.

This course focuses on the relationship of theory to research with an emphasis on applying theory in the design, implementation, and interpretation of research. Students will develop an understanding of the evaluation of theory, utility in research and abiliity to compare research strategies from different theoretical perspectives.

NURS 8809 Research and Practice in Rural and Global Communities: 2 semester hours.

This course explores rural culture using theories, frameworks and methodologies in nursing and from various disciplines. It focuses on diversity and culturally responsive methodologies. Rural life is analyzed to explore factures related to health systems and health care delivery across communities.

NURS 8813 Qualitative Inquiry and Analysis: 3 semester hours.

The course examines qualitative design, methods and analyses. Emphasis is placed on the appropriateness of each approach for description and explanation of phenomena encountered in clinical, organizational and educational settings, and in the conduct of the analysis of qualitative data. Qualitative methods such as phenomenology, grounded theory, and ethnography, among others will be discussed.

NURS 8814 Statistical Methods in Health Research I: 3 semester hours.

The focus of this course is on the student's ability to conduct, report, and interpret commonly used descriptive and inferential statistics for continuous and categorical outcomes such as t-tests, chi-square tests, analysis of variance and covariance, and generalized linear models. Statistical software will be used to conduct quantitative data analysis.

NURS 8815 Statistical Methods in Health Research II: 3 semester hours.

The focus of this course is th expand the student's ability to conduct, report and interpret the results of generalized linear models and commonly used statistical procedures of data reduction and discrimination usch as principal component analysis and factor analysis, among others. Statistical software will be utilized to conduct quantitative data analysis. PREREQ: NURS 8814

NURS 8816 Quantitative Inquiry and Analysis: 3 semester hours.

The focus of this course is on the design, methods, and analysis of quantitative health research. Emphasis in strengths and limitations of the most commonly used primary study devices including observational, experimental, and quasi-experimental, and secondary methods such as systematic reviews will be discussed, as well as the associated statistical analysis. Statistical software will be utilized to conduct quantitative data analysis. PREREQ: NURS 8814, CO-REQ or PREREQ NURS 8815.

NURS 8820 Ethics in Nursing Research: 3 semester hours.

This course provides in-depth learning of the ethics involved in conducting human subjects' research in the health care field. Federal regulations, IRB review, conflict of interest and other considerations involved in conducting research in an ethical manner will be covered.

NURS 8825 Research and Grant Writing: 3 semester hours.

Research process applied to grant funding exploration, and the development of grant writing skills for accomplishing funding for the dissertation through grant proposal preparation and submission.

NURS 8826 Approaches to Scholarly Writing: 2 semester hours.

Explore process of scholarly writing, and strategies for dissemination including publication in peer-reviewed journals among other avenues for building the nursing knowledge base.

NURS 8830 Current Trends in Research Design and Methods: 3 semester hours.

The focus of this course is to introduce the student to additional research designs and methods used in nursing research such as mixed methods, trajectory research, translational, meta-analysis, clinimetrics, and comunity-based participatory research will be discussed, among others. The class will explore each design/method, reasons for using and limitiations. Examplars of published studies will be examined. PREREQ: NURS 8813, NURS 8816

NURS 8840 Leadership and Health Policy: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of policy research relevant to health care access, affordability, delivery, finance and integrated care systems. Students will evaluate effects of local, regional, national and international systems of health care delivery. This course focuses on the role of the nurse leader in policy development and professional practice. The leadership role in nursing to promote health policy initiatives in facilitating change will be emphasized.

NURS 8881 Research Seminar I: 3 semester hours.

The student will develop the statement of the problem, research questions, and beginning literature review for the dissertation.

NURS 8882 Research Seminar II: 1-2 semester hours.

The student will conduct a comprehensive literature review and develop the conceptual or theoretical framework for the dissertation. PREREQ NURS 8881.

NURS 8883 Research Seminar III: 1-2 semester hours.

The student will develop research methodology for the dissertation in the quantitative and qualitative, or mixed method paradigm. PREREQ NURS 8882.

NURS 8890 Dissertation: 1-12 semester hours.

Completion of original research.

NURS 8899 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content.

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