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School of Nursing—Master's Degree Program

The master's program leads to the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and consists of three majors: Nurse Specialty Role, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nurse Practitioner (currently only accepting applications to the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner area of concentration). The majors can be completed in full or part-time study. The curriculum design includes core courses, advanced practice specialty courses, and role development courses. Students in any of the majors may also elect to earn a minor in nursing administration, nursing education, nursing informatics, nursing research, or health care genetics.

Nurse Anesthesia Major

The Nurse Anesthesia MSN Degree Program prepares registered nurses for entry into anesthesia practice. Through an integrated program of classroom and clinical instruction, students develop the didactic knowledge base and clinical skills necessary for safe and effective practice. Graduates are prepared to administer a full range of anesthetics to a wide variety of patients across the life span.

Students rotate through numerous clinical sites in Pittsburgh, the surrounding region and more distant sites to enhance clinical experiences. Specialty rotations in cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, dental, organ transplantation, pediatrics, obstetrics, and electroconvulsive therapy enrich the program. The clinical program also incorporates rotations to community hospitals to more broadly prepare the graduate for practice in diverse settings. This is a time-intensive course of study and prospective students should consult the department for further details.

Nurse Anesthesia Applicant Requirements

Nurse Anesthesia applicants to the program must be BSN prepared registered nurses from a CCNE, NLN, ACICS or ACEN accredited program of nursing with a minimum of one year of full-time critical care nursing experience. There is an RN to MSN option for applicants without a BSN. Other requirements for admission include an application, transcripts, professional references, a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, an essay, a resume/curriculum vitae (CV), a statistics course, and a copy of a current nursing license. All students will be required to obtain a Pennsylvania Nursing License. Interviews are conducted in late fall and early spring.

Nurse Anesthesia Curriculum

This major is offered in a full-time format over 28 months, and classes begin each August and January. Part-time study is also available. The curriculum design integrates classroom and clinical courses and consists of 20 nursing core credits and 32 anesthesia specialty credits. Clinical practice begins at two days a week in the first term and increases in both intensity and frequency throughout the course of study. Clinical practice in the last term is five days per week and is interspersed with clinical conferences and preparation sessions for the Certification Examination.

MSN Nurse Anesthesia Sample Fall Curriculum

 

Fall Term (YR 1)

NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.

NUR

2004/2404*

Pathophysiology Across the Life Span

4 cr.

NURSAN

2700

Basic Principles of Anesthesia

5 cr.

NURSAN

2701

Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia

3 cr.

NURSAN

2791

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 3 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 1/-2/WEEK

#class 5 days/week-first 8 weeks

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -12

Spring Term (YR 1)

NURSAN

2720

Applied Physiology and Pathophysiology

4 cr.

NUR

2034/2434*

Advanced Pharmacology

3 cr.

NUR

2010/2410*

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations

3 cr.

NUR

2008

Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing Module

0 cr.

NURSAN 2792 Clinical Practicum 0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -10

Summer Term (YR 1)

NUR

2031

Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span

3 cr.

NURSAN

2730

Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 1

4 cr.

NURSAN

2731

Applied Pharmacology

3 cr.

NURSAN

2793

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -10

Fall Term (YR 2)

NUR

2000/2400*

Research for Evidence Based Practice 1

2 cr.

NURSAN

2740

Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 2

3 cr.

NUR

2009

Leadership and Health care Systems: Policy, Organization & Financing of Health Care Module

0 cr.

NUR

2011/2411*

Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

3 cr.

NUR

2025

Physical Diagnosis-ANES

1 cr.

NURSAN

2794

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -9

Spring Term (YR 2)

NUR

2002

Research Practicum

2 cr.

NURSAN

2750

Advanced Principles of Anesthesia

3 cr.

NUR

2007/2407*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2

2 cr.

NURSAN

2751

Team Training in Patient Safety

1 cr.

NURSAN

2795

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -8

Summer Term (YR 2)

NURSAN

2760

CRNA Role Seminar

3 cr.

NURSAN

2796

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 13 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 4/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -3

Fall Term (YR 3)

NURSAN

2797

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 13 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 5/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - Fees

Comprehensive Examination
    Total Credits 52 cr.(+ 61 equivalent cr.)

 

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

All anesthesia courses (NURSAN) must be taken sequentially.

 

Nurse Anesthesia MSN Sample Full Time Curriculum Plan for Students Beginning in the Spring Term:

 

Spring Term (YR 1)

NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.

NUR

2004/2404*

Pathophysiology Across the Life Span

4 cr.

NURSAN

2700

Basic Principles of Anesthesia

5 cr.

NURSAN

2701

Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia

3 cr.

NURSAN

2791

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 3cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 1-2/WEEK

#class 5 days/week-first 8 weeks

Total Assessed Tuition Credits -12

Summer Term (YR 1)

NURSAN

2720

Applied Physiology and Pathophysiology

4 cr.

NUR

2034/2434*

Advanced Pharmacology

3 cr.

NURSAN

2730

Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 1

4 cr.

NUR

2008

Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing Module

0 cr.

NURSAN

2792

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - 11

Fall Term (YR 1)

NUR

2031

Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span

3 cr.

NURSAN

2740

Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 2

3 cr.

NUR

2025

Physical Diagnosis-ANES

1 cr.

NURSAN

2731

Applied Pharmacology

3 cr.

NURSAN

2793

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - 10

Spring Term (YR 2)

NURSAN

2750

Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 3

3 cr.

NUR

2000/2400*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1

2 cr.

NUR

2011/2411*

Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

3 cr.

NURSAN

2751

Team Training in Patient Safety

1 cr.

NUR

2009

Leadership and Health care Systems: Policy, Organization, & Financing of Health Care

0 cr.

NURSAN

2794

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - 9

Summer Term (YR2)

NURSAN

2760

CRNA Role Seminar

3 cr.

NUR

2007/2407*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2

2 cr.

NUR

2002

Research Practicum

2 cr.

NURSAN

2795

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 8 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 3/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - 7

Fall Term (YR 2)

NUR

2010/2410*

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations

3 cr.

NURSAN

2796

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 13 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 4/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - 3

Spring Term (YR 3)

NURSAN

2797

Clinical Practicum

0 cr. (hours equivalent to 13 cr.)

CLINICAL DAYS - 5/WEEK

Total Assessed Tuition Credits - Fees only

Comprehensive Examination
   
Total Credits
52 cr. (+61 equivalent cr.)

 

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

 

All anesthesia courses (NURSAN) must be taken sequentially.

Nurse Practitioner Major

Area of Concentration:Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) is prepared as a generalist, principal provider of care to adults with acute, critical and complex chronic health conditions. The AG-ACNP concentration includes sub-specialties in selected clinical emphases: cardiopulmonary, critical care, oncology, trauma & emergency preparedness, or directed study. The directed study clinical emphasis allows the student to design a clinical around a particular area of interest (i.e., internal medicine, general surgery). The AG-ACNP is prepared to assume responsibility for promoting, maintaining and restoring health to adults who are acutely, critically and complex chronically ill. AG-ACNP's also participate in research and provide leadership in mobilizing health services. The AG-ACNP graduate is eligible for state certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) by the State Board of Nurse Examiners of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This requires successful completion of the national certification exam in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

As of June 2, 2011 the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is no longer accepting applications to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration in the master’s program. We will only be accepting applications to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for this area of concentration.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Curriculum

 

Summer Term (Year 1)
NUR 2004/2404* Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 4 cr.
NUR 2008 Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing 0 cr.
NUR 2009 Leadership and Healthcare Systems: Policy, Organizations and Financing HealthCare Module 0.cr
NUR 2031/2431 The Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span 3 cr.
NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0.cr
Fall Term (Year 1)
NUR 2010/2410* Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr.
NUR 2011/2411* Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
NUR 2032/2432* Differential Diagnosis Clinical 2 cr.
NUR 2033/2433* Differential Diagnosis Theory Across the Life Span 2 cr.
NURNP 2026/2406* Role Seminar 1 cr.
Spring Term  (Year1)
NUR 2000/2400* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1 2 cr.
NUR 2034/2434* Advanced Pharmacology 3 cr.
NURNP 2100/2401* Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Theory 2 cr.
NURNP 2101 Management of Adult Episodic/Chronic Health Problems in Acute Care Clinical 3 cr.
Summer Term  (Year 2)
NUR 2007/2407* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2 2 cr.
NURNP 2104/2414* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely & Critically Ill Adult 3 cr.
NURNP 2526/2426* Management: Geriatric Health 2 cr.
Fall Term (Year 2)
NUR 2865/2465* Fundamental of Disaster/Mass Casualty Care 2 cr.
NURNP 2102/2402* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely and Chronically Ill Adult 3 cr.
One of the following:
NURNP 2105 Clinical Emphasis - Cardiopulmonary 3 cr.
NURNP 2106 Clinical Emphasis - Critical Care 3 cr.
NURNP 2107 Clinical Emphasis - Oncology 3 cr.
NURNP 2109 Clinical Emphasis - Directed Study 3 cr.
NURNP 2194 Clinical Emphasis - Trauma/Emergency Preparedness 3 cr.
Spring Term (Year 2)
NURNP 2028 Role Practicum 4 cr.
NURNP 2029/2429* Role Seminar 2 cr.
    Comprehensive Exam  
    Total Credits: 51  

 

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

 

Area of Concentration: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) is prepared to manage the health care of high-risk infants within families and children up to 2 years of age. This expanded clinician role is performed in collaboration with neonatologists and other pediatric clinicians. Graduates assume leadership roles in a variety of clinical settings including intensive care nurseries of various levels, newborn nurseries and high-risk follow-up clinics. Course work and clinical experiences focus on the care and management of critically ill and convalescent premature and full-term infants. Graduates select and perform diagnostic and therapeutic invasive procedures on newborns in the intensive care setting.  Students are also prepared to participate in research.

The NNP area of concentration offers both full and part time study only on site on the main campus in Pittsburgh. A post master's option is also available. Selected core courses may be transmitted to distance students (additional fees apply). Graduates are eligible to take the NNP certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC)  and for legal certification as a CRNP and prescriptive privileges through the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of PA.

 

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Applicant Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, NLN, ACICS or ACEN accredited program in nursing   An RN-Option, Early Admission to MSN is available. Other requirements for admission include an application, transcripts, professional references, an essay, a resume/CV, a prerequisite undergraduate statistics course of at least three credits, with a minimum of a C grade, and a copy of a current license to practice nursing in a stare or territory of the United States. All students must obtain a Pennsylvania license prior to beginning clinical courses. . Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).The GRE may be waived if the BSN GPA IS 3.5 or higher.

 

Relevant clinical experience: Equivalent of 2 year full time recent (within past 5 years) practice experience as a registered nurse in the care of critically ill newborns, infants, or children in critical care inpatient settings, primarily Level III  or IV NICU is required before a student begins the clinical courses

 

 

NNP Full-Time Sample Curriculum Plan:

 

Fall Term (YR 1)

NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.

NUR

2004/2400*

Pathophysiology Across the Life Span

4 cr.

NUR

2010/2410*

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations

3 cr.

NUR

2011/2411*

Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

3 cr.

NURNP 2026/2406* Role Seminar I 1 cr.

Spring Term (YR 1)

NUR

2000/2400

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1

2 cr.

NUR

2034/2434*

Advanced Pharmacology

3 cr.

NURNP

2540/2440*

Pediatric Well Child Care Theory

3 cr.

NURNP

2570

Comprehensive Neonatal Assessment Theory

2 cr.

Summer Term (YR 1)

NUR

2007/2407*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2

2 cr.

NUR

2031

The Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span

3 cr.

Fall Term (YR 2)

NUR

2032/2432*

Differential Diagnosis Clinical

2 cr.

NUR

2033/2433*

Differential Diagnosis Theory Across the Life Span

2 cr.

NURNP

2571

General Management of the Sick Neonate - Theory

4 cr.

NURNP

2572

General Assessment and Management of the Sick Neonate -Clinical

5 cr.

Spring Term (YR 2)

NURNP

2573

Neonatal Disease Process 1 - Theory

4 cr.

NURNP

2028

Role Practicum

3 cr.

Summer Term (YR 2)

NUR

2008

Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing

0 cr.

NUR

2009

Leadership and Healthcare Systems: Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care Module

0 cr.

NURNP

2574

Neonatal Disease Process 2 Theory

4 cr.

NURNP

2028

Role Practicum*

1-4 cr.

NURNP

2029/2429*

Role Seminar 2

2 cr.

Comprehensive Exam
Total Credits 55

 

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

 

Nurse Practitioner Certificates

Post-MSN/DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

This non-degree certificate curriculum is designed for nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists with a previous Master of Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree who are seeking to expand their roles via nurse practitioner certification in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care. This certificate requires 23 credits.

Post-MSN/DNP Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

This non-degree certificate is designed for nurses with previous Masters or DNP preparation as a family or pediatric nurse practitioner who are seeking to expand their role to practice as neonatal nurse practitioners. This certificate requires a minimum of 25 credits.

Post-MSN/DNP: Psychiatric Mental Health

This certificate provides the theory content and skill development for a Nurse Practitioner role with a focus on individuals psychiatric illnesses and their management across the lifespan. This certificate requires a minimum of 34 credits.

Gerontology for Nurse Practitioners

This certificate is intended for nurse practitioners who are seeking to increase their knowledge about the care of older adults.  Content on the diagnosis and management of health problems in older adults is offered through a combination of didactic and clinical learning experiences.

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Major

 

Area of Concentration: Adult-Gerontology

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) concentration prepares nurses as expert providers of care to patients/families in acute and ambulatory care settings. In addition, the CNS functions as a developer and manager of programs of care for populations of patients; as a leader, consultant, mentor, and change agent in advancing nurse practice; as a clinical outcomes manager who produces quality, cost-effective outcomes; as a leader of multidisciplinary groups in implementing innovative projects; and as a developer of research projects that test innovative practices. This concentration includes choice of a clinical emphasis in cardiopulmonary, critical care, oncology, trauma and emergency preparedness (TEP) or a directed (self-designed) emphasis. The directed emphasis allows the student to design a clinical emphasis in a particular area of interest, e.g., internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics. Full and part-time study is available. A minimum of 540 clinical hours is included. Graduates are eligible for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (if critical care emphasis is selected), or the Oncology Nursing Society (if oncology emphasis is selected).

As of June 2, 2011 the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is no longer accepting applications to the Adult-Gerontology (CNS) concentration in the master’s program. We will only be accepting applications to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for this area of concentration.

 

Adult-Gerontology CNS Sample Full Time Curriculum (formerly Medical -Surgical CNS)

 

Fall Term ( Year 1)
NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.
NUR 2004/2404* Pathophysiology Across the Life Span 4 cr.
NUR 2011/2411* Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
NUR 2010/2410* Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations 3 cr.
#NUR 2865/2465* Fundamentals of Disaster and Mass Casualty Care (TEP) 2 cr.
Spring Term (Year 1)
NUR 2008 Ethics for advancing Practice Nurses 0 cr.
NUR 2000/2400* Research for Evidence-Based Practice I 3 cr.
NUR 2034/2434* Advanced Pharmacology 3 cr.
NURCNS 2850 CNS Role Implementation 3 cr.
*NURNP 2100/2401* Management: Episodic/Chronic Problems in Acute Care Theory 4 cr.
Summer Term (Year 1)
NURNP 2526/2426* Management Geriatric Health 2 cr.
NUR 2031 Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span 3 cr.
*# NURNP 2104/2414* Management of Complex Health Problems of the Acutely and Critically Ill Adult 3 cr
Fall Term (Year 2)
NUR 2007/2407* Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2 2 cr.
NUR 2009 Leadership and Health care Systems: Policy, Organization, and Financing of Health Care 0 cr.
NURCNS 2851 CNS Clinical Practicum 1 (300 hours)  
One of the following:
NURSP 2190 Advanced Specialty Option: Cardiopulmonary 3 cr.
NURSP 2191 Advanced Specialty Option: Critical Care 3 cr.
NURSP 2192

Advanced Specialty Option: Oncology

 

3 cr.
NURSP 2193 Advanced Specialty Option: Directed Study 3 cr.
NURSP 2195 Advanced Specialty Option: Trauma Emergency Preparedness (TEP emphasis) 3 cr.
Spring Term (Year 2)
NURCNS 2852 CNS Clinical Practicum II (240 hours)** 4 cr.
NURSP 2090 Healthcare Outcomes 3 cr.
NURSP 2091/2481* Financial Management for Healthcare Leaders 3 cr.
    Total Credits: 46-47  

 

Comprehensive Exam

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

*Either NURNP 2100/2401* or NURNP 2104 may be selected

# TEP courses: NURNP 2104/2414*, NUR 2865/2465*, NURSP 2195

** an additional 4 credits of differential diagnosis is recommended for anyone interested in prescriptive authority

 

 

Nurse Specialty Role Major

Area of Concentration: Nursing Administration

This area of concentration is designed for experienced nurses who are interested in learning the art and science of leading a clinical discipline and in using those skills to contribute to the future development of the profession. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles at a department or director level. This concentration is unique in that the faculty has extensive experience in this area, and is able to apply theoretical concepts and principles to meet the demands of a challenging environment that is rapidly changing and continually evolving.

The Nursing Administration MSN is also available online.  Additional information regarding the online option can be found at http:/www.online.pitt.edu.

 

Nursing Administration Applicant Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE, NLN, ACICS, or ACEN accredited program of nursing, or a graduate level first professional degree in nursing is preferred.  An RN-Option, Early Admission to MSN is available.  Other requirements for admission include an application, transcripts, professional references, an essay, a resume/CV, a statistics course, and a copy of a current license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the state or U.S. territory where the clinical practice requirements will be completed. A GRE score may be required.

The Nursing Administration concentration can be completed on a full time or part time basis. Core courses provide a foundation in evidence based practice and research, nursing outcomes, use of technology, and organizational theory. Cognate courses expand that knowledge to include finance, health policy, management of human resources, and leadership development. Students develop critical thinking skills through case studies and group discussion, and gain practical experience in a clinical residency with an experienced mentor. Each uniquely designed residency includes access to a wide range of clinical sites, including one of the premier health care systems in the country.

Nursing Administration Sample Full Time Curriculum Plan:

 

 

Fall Term (YR 1)

NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.

NUR

2011/2411*

Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

3 cr.

NURSP

2061/2461*

Organization and Management Theory

3 cr.

NUR

3099/3499*

The Science of Health Care Delivery

2 cr.

Spring Term (YR 1)

NUR

2000/2400*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1

2 cr.

NURSP

2090

Healthcare Outcomes

3 cr.

NURSP

2091/2491*

Financial and Economics for Healthcare Leaders

3 cr.

NUR

2010/2410*

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations

3 cr.

NUR

2680/2480*

Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics

3 cr.

Summer Term (YR 1)

NUR

2007/2407*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2

2 cr.

NURSP

2092/2492*

Leadership Development

3 cr.

NURSP

2372

Using Data to Drive Decisions (120 clinical hours)

2 cr.

NUR 2075/2475* Introduction to Health Informatics 3 cr.

Fall Term (YR 2)

NUR

3012/3412*

Public Policy in Health Care

2 cr.

    Elective (subject to advisor approval) 3 cr.

NURSP

2373

Nursing Administration Residency (180 clinical hours)

3 cr.

NUR 2008 Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing 0 cr.
Comprehensive Exam
Total Credits 40

 

* These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

*There is also an online option.   See www.online.pitt.edu for additional information related to the online Nurse Administration program.

 

Area of Concentration: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The CNL is designed for the nurse who wants to have an impact on nursing while remaining at the point of care. This new nursing role was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to improve the quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive in the complex healthcare arena.

 

Clinical Nurse Leader Applicant Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN, CCNE, ACICS, or ACEN accredited program of nursing. An RN-Option, Early Admission to MSN is available.  Other requirements for admission include an application, transcripts, professional references, an essay, a resume/CV, a statistics course, and a copy of a current license to practice nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the state or U.S. territory where the clinical practice requirements will be completed. A GRE score may be required.  Applicants should have 1 year of clinical experience prior to beginning clinical courses.

The clinical nurse leader curriculum may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, health promotion and patient/family education deepen the student's understanding of wellness, illness and treatment modalities.

Courses in organizational theory, leadership development, informatics, health care outcomes and a role seminar prepare the student to be a leader in the clinical area.

Courses in research and statistics teach the student how to strengthen evidence-based practice. The CNL Clinical Practicum enables the student to transfer theoretical knowledge into practical application.

Upon graduation, candidates are eligible to sit for certification through The Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) which is the autonomous arm of AACN responsible for all certification functions. The CNL certification is based upon a national standard of requisite knowledge and experiences, thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the health professions in the assessment of a CNL. (AACN web site).

Clinical Nurse Leader Sample Full Time Curriculum Plan:

 

Fall Term (YR 1)

NUR   2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0 cr.

NUR

 

2011/2411*

Applied Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

3 cr.

NUR

 

2004/2404*

Pathophysiology Across the Life Span

4 cr.

NUR   2009 Leadership and Healthcare Systems: Policy, Organization and Financial Health Care Module 0 cr.

NURSP

 

2061/2461*

Organization and Management Theory

3 cr.

 

Spring Term (YR 1)

NUR

 

2000/2400*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 1

2 cr.

NUR

 

2034/2434*

Advanced Pharmacology

3 cr.

NURSP

 

2090

Healthcare Outcomes

3 cr.

NUR

 

2010/2410*

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations

3 cr.

NUR

 

2008

Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing

0 cr.

Summer Term (YR 1)

NUR

 

2007/2407*

Research for Evidence-Based Practice 2

2 cr.

NUR

 

2031

Diagnostic Physical Exam Across the Life Span

3 cr.

NURSP

 

2092/2492*

Leadership Development

3 cr.

NURSP

 

2093

Education and Mentoring in the Clinical Setting **

3 cr.

Fall Term (YR 2)

NURSP

 

2075/2475*

Introduction to Health Informatics

3 cr.

NURSP

 

2095

Contemporary Issues in Nursing and the CNL Role Seminar **

2 cr.

NURSP

 

2096

Clinical Practicum for the CNL 1 **

2 cr.

NURSP

 

2097

Clinical Practicum for the CNL 2 **

3 cr.

      Comprehensive Exam  
      Total Credits 42

 

 * These courses are available via distance education for qualified students per Policy 438

** Clinical Practicum

 

*There is also an online option. All courses can be completed online except the 420 clinical practicum hours, which can be completed at a health care facility near your home.  See www.online.pitt.edu for additional information related to the online CNL program.

 

Area of Concentration: Nursing Informatics

The nursing informatics area of concentration prepares nurses to focus on the structure and process of nursing information as it supports the practice of nursing. Nursing informatics is a combination of cognitive science, computer science, information science, and nursing science. It includes the development, analysis, and evaluation information of systems, augmented by technology that support, enhance, and manage patient care.

Nursing Informatics Applicant Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN, CCNE, ACCIS or ACEN accredited program in nursing. An RN-Option, Early Admission to MSN is available.  Other requirements for admission include an application, official transcripts, professional references, an essay, a resume/CV, a statistics course, and a copy of a current license to practice nursing in the state or U.S. territory where the clinical practice requirements will be completed.

The nursing informatics area of concentration is only offered online. It can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The nursing informatics core serves as a basis for increasing the students' knowledge of nursing theory and research, health care outcomes, and nursing informatics. The nursing informatics core includes course work in introduction to informatics, clinical information systems, database management, evaluation of informatics projects, and consumer health informatics. Practica are designed to enhance the students' active participation in a selected informatics role. Completion of this program fulfills the requirements for eligibility for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nursing Informatics certification exam.

Nursing Informatics Sample Full Time Curriculum:

0 Credit courses to be taken any term

NUR 2008 – Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing

NUR 2009 – Health Policy /Finance Module


 

Fall Term (YR 1)

NUR 2044 Nursing Graduate Orientation Module 0.cr.

NURSP

2075

Introduction to Health Informatics

3 cr.

NURSP 2388 Database Management 1.5 cr.

NUR

2011

Statistics for Evidence Based Practice 1

3 cr.

NURSP 2383 Methods in Technology Evaluation & Usability 1.5 cr.

Spring Term (YR 1)

NUR

2000

Research for Evidence-Based Practice I

3 cr.

NURSP 2070 Information Technology Project Management

3 cr.

NURSP 2076 Clinical Information Systems 3 cr.

Summer Term (YR 1)

NUR

2010

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Culturally Diverse Populations

3 cr.

NURSP

2082

Informatics Theories  & Issues

3 cr.

NUR 2007 Research for Evidence-Based Practice II 2 cr.

NURSP

2092

Leadership Development

3 cr.

(Part-tme - or you can take elective credits to increase the credits to meet the full-time requirement of 9 credits/term)

Fall Term (YR 2)

NURSP

2085

Nursing Informatics Practicum 1

3 cr.

Spring Term (YR 2)

NURSP

2086

Nursing Informatics Practicum 2

3 cr.

NUR

2090

Healthcare Outcomes

2 cr

    Comprehensive Exam  
    Total Credits 38
The Practica are designed to enhance the students' active participation in a selected informatics role. Completion of this program fulfills the requirements for eligibility for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nursing Informatics certification exam.

 

 

Certificates

 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Genetics

This curriculum is designed for Bachelor's Degree prepared individuals who are seeking focused, graduate-level education in the specialty of genetics. Knowledge gained through coursework will enable health care workers to better care for and educate their patients. The curriculum consists of two courses(6 credits) taught through the School of Nursing (Introduction to Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics and Advanced Topics in Human Genetics) and 9 credits taught through other departments in the Schools of the Health Sciences (selected to meet the student's career goals or interests) A total of 15 credits are required for this certificate..

In addition to the courses, learning experiences may be enriched through the availability of Clinical Genetics Case Conferences, Human Genetics Research Seminar, Human Genetics Journal Club, Genetics Grand Rounds, and a Research Practicum in a molecular genetics laboratory.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Post-Master/DNP in Nursing Research

This curriculum provides a multidisciplinary non-degree certificate for Bachelor's prepared nurses who are seeking focused education in the field of research. Non-BSN prepared registered nurses with a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field are eligible to apply for the certificate, but will be evaluated individually for admission. Current graduate students and those who have completed a graduate degree are also eligible. This certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. A total of 17 credits are required for this certificate.

Post-Master's Certificate in Health Care Genetics

This curriculum offers the course work necessary to fulfill the educational requirement for credentialing as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics, which is offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. A total of 15 credits are required for this certificate.

Post-MSN/DNP Nursing Education

This curriculum is a combination of didactic, preceptorship, and web-supported learning, offering flexibility for individualized learning. Part-time study is possible. A total of 15 credits are required for this certificate.

Post-MSN/DNP Nursing Informatics

This online curriculum offers flexibility in individualized learning. A total of 15 credits are required for the certificate and can be completed in four academic terms.

 

Minors

Health Care Genetics

Genetic based medicine is routinely becoming a part of daily health care, having major impacts on patient diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Nurses need to understand how genetics impacts these facets of their patient care. This minor program will prepare them for the medical advances that are occurring in the field of genetics. The minor involves the completion of a minimum of 12 credits of coursework.

Nursing Administration

Courses in the Nursing Administration minor focus on management in complex social and operational systems for healthcare delivery. Attention is given to applying role-related knowledge and skills in diverse settings and populations, including acute care, long term care, psychiatric, and community. The minor in Nursing Administration requires 12 credits, including a 3-credit practicum.

Nursing Education

The Nursing Education Minor is available to students majoring in a clinical practice area or advanced specialty role e.g., informatics, and will provide a foundation of knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning. This minor will enable students to apply instructional theory and research in the following types of educational settings and roles: schools of nursing, health care agency staff development, continuing education departments, advanced practice nursing and patient and community education agencies. The minor involves the completion of a minimum of 12 credits of identified coursework.

Nursing Informatics

The online Nursing Informatics Minor is available to other graduate (MSN, DNP and PhD) students and will appear on the transcripts of graduates, giving evidence of the fact that they had a concentration of courses in the area of Nursing Informatics. Students who complete the program will have specialized Nursing Informatics training that will increase their marketability. The minor requires the completion of a minimum of 10.5 credits of coursework.

Nursing Research

The Minor in Nursing Research is available to students pursuing education in advanced clinical specialty roles who want the opportunity to also obtain training pertinent to the coordination and conduct of clinical research. The minor requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credits of coursework focusing on research methodology and statistics.

Gerontology Minor for Nurse Practitioners

A 9-credit Gerontology Minor for Nurse Practitioners (NP) can be obtained by DNP students who are enrolled in the Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs. The NP functions in an expanded role that includes the diagnoses and management of health care needs of a specific population and this gerontology minor will prepare the NP to develop expertise in the care of older adults

 

 
 
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