School of Nursing
 

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing Science degree as well as a Graduate Certificate. For both programs, students may select one of three population foci: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) for family, or Nursing Education (EDUC). The Graduate Certificate program for EDUC are for individuals who have an earned master’s degree in nursing and who want to enhance their knowledge about educating nurses. The Graduate Certificate for FNP and PMH-NP are only for master’s   prepared individuals who are already licensed advanced nurse practitioners and who want to expand their scope of practice.

The graduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326; 404-957-5000).

  • Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner option are eligible to write the national certification examination for advanced professional practice as a FNP from the American Nurses Association (ANA) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
  • Graduates of the PMH-NP option are eligible to write the national certification examination for advanced practice as a PMH-NP for family.
  • Graduates of the Nursing Education track, who have had two years of full time academic teaching experience, are eligible to take the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

    Student Learning Outcomes (MS and Certificate)

    The graduate is prepared to:

  1. Engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence based research to advanced nursing practice or nursing education.
  2. Practice in a manner that incorporates ethical, legal, & professional standards for advanced nursing practice or nursing education.
  3. Collaborate across disciplines and in partnership with communities, groups, families and individuals incorporating culturally sensitive principles.
  4. Demonstrate competence and caring in the role of the advanced practice nurse to serve as a leader, provider, and educator in the health care system.
  5. Articulate a plan for self-directed, life-long learning, and professional development.

Admission Requirements

Application for either the MS in Nursing Science or Graduate Certificate must be made to both UAA and the School of Nursing. Prior to admission, a Non-Degree Seeking student (NODS) may take up to 9 credits of program specified core courses (with instructor permission and space availability). If a NODS student wants to take more than the 9 credits of coursework before beginning the specialty courses, they must be admitted to Graduate Study (degree seeking status). Admission to Graduate Study occurs in the fall and spring semester. However, it does not guarantee admission into the specialty tracks (PMH-NP, FNP, EDUC); students accepted into Graduate Study must maintain continuous registration and must apply for and be accepted to a specialty track the next time it is offered in order to maintain degree seeking status. Acceptance to the clinical/specialty program is a competitive process.

UAA ADMISSION

Refer to the current UAA Course Catalog for UAA graduate admission requirements and deadlines. The following application submission deadlines are recommended to ensure full processing of application and transcripts:

  • November 1st for March 1st applicants
  • July 1st for November 1st applicants

 SON Admission Requirements

The SON’s application must be submitted directly to the SON. You can find additional information and the application forms at:  http://nursing.uaa.alaska.edu/students/ms.cfm.

The SON recommends the following application submission deadlines to ensure full processing of application and transcripts:

October 1st  for March 1 (spring admission to Graduate Study of FNP, PMH-NP, EDUC specialties)

June 15th for November 1 (fall admission to Graduate Study [degree seeking status])

Additional information on the admission process and application deadlines for each specialty focus can be found in the table below.

                                                                                                       
SpecialtyAdmission ProcessApplication Due
PMH-NP (MS or Cert.)Applicants admitted every other spring semester to start the clinical courses the following fall. To be considered for the next PMH-NP cohort, students should have a completed application to the SON by March 1, 2016 and plan to start clinical courses fall 2016.            March 1st (even years),         however, it is advised to submit the application by October 1st for full processing.  
FNP (MS or Cert.)Applicants admitted every spring semester to start the clinical courses in the fall. Next cohort will begin clinical in fall 2015.  March 1st (every year),    however, it is advised to submit the application by October 1st for full processing.        
EDUC (MS or Cert.)Applicants should contact Dr. Betty Predeger for information on dates for admission to the specialty (786-4575; EJPREDEGER@uaa.alaska.edu)   TBA
Graduate StudyStudents admitted to Graduate Study are eligible to take more than 9 credits of core courses (see Table 1 for list of core courses). Please note that acceptance into Graduate Study status does not guarantee admission into the clinical/specialty nursing tracks. Admission to the clinical/specialty is competitive and all applications will be considered at the same time. Once admitted to graduate study, students must maintain continuous registration and must apply for and be accepted to a specialty track the next time it is offered in order to maintain  degree seeking status.      March 1st or November 1st, it is advised to submit the application earlier (see above) to assure full processing.

GRADUATE STUDY ADMISSION APPLICATION

1. Submit completed SON application form directly to the SON.

2. Submit Resumè (directions can be found in application packet and should be followed carefully)

3. Provide documentation of the following requirements:

a. Bachelor or graduate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly the National League   for Nursing Accrediting Commission) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

b. Minimum undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) GPA of 3.00* (B) on a 4.00 scale.

NOTE: *Student who does not have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may substitute their graduate GPA (based on completion of 3 graduate core courses).

c. Minimum grade of 2.00 (C) in an undergraduate research methods course and a statistics course that covers descriptive and inferential statistics.

d. Copy of active unencumbered* registered professional nurse license in the State of Alaska (and copy of ANP license if applicable (required if applying to Graduate Certificate program for FNP or PMH-NP).

NOTE: *There are different reasons for a license to be encumbered and some may preclude admission to the program. Students with encumbered licenses should meet with the graduate chair to determine program eligibility.    

e. Three letters of professional recommendation. Letters must be submitted directly to the School of Nursing from the person writing the reference.

NOTE: References may be contacted by a member of the admissions committee.

f. Minimum of one year of half-time clinical experience as a registered nurse.

SPECIALTY TRACK ADMISSION APPLICATION

1. Complete all requirements for admission to Graduate Study (above).

NOTE: If students have already been admitted to graduate study, they should update their Resumè and transcripts and submit a new application. Letters of recommendation submitted for Graduate Study consideration may be used in the Specialty Track application packet.    

2. Complete interview and proctored writing. Once the application is complete and there is documentation that the minimum requirements are met, students  may schedule their proctored writing and interview. Accommodations will be made for distance students.

a. Interviews will be scheduled for the 1st Tuesday and Wednesday of March*

b. Proctored writing will take place on the first Tuesday in March*

c. Candidates should contact the SON (Jessica Salas, 786-4537) to schedule a time.

NOTE: *although unlikely, the dates may be changed, so please check with SON to verify.

Admission to the specialty tracks is a competitive process. In reviewing applicants, special consideration may be given to candidates with clinical expertise, proficiency in other languages, knowledge of other cultures, and a proven record of professional contributions. This information should be put     in the Resume as part of the SON application. To the extent that there are limited seats available in the program, preference may be given to residents of     the State of Alaska, as defined by the University’s policy on residency for tuition purposes

Academic Progress

The SON has a Good Standing Policy. To remain in good standing the student must:

1. Meet provisional admission requirements within admission letter time frame.

2. Maintain professional and academic standards at all times.

3. Earn a minimum B grade (3.0) in all required courses for Master of Science, Nursing Science and/or Graduate Certificate programs.     [Note: A student cannot be considered for SON admission and/or cannot start the SON specialty courses unless a B grade (3.0) has been earned in all graduate course work, to date. If unable to start the specialty courses after admission to a cohort, the student will be placed on probation and their status will revert to Graduate Study. They will need to reapply for the specialty track the next time it is offered.

4. Maintain continuous registration once admitted to graduate study [or asks for and is granted, a one-time only leave of absence].

5. Make continual progress toward degree completion once admitted to the graduate program; the one exception being if a student is on an approved leave of absence (see above).

6. Complete capstone project within 3 sequential semesters after passing final clinical course.

NOTE: Students may request an extension of this deadline, which may or may not be granted, by filling out Graduate Nursing Program Request for Extension to Project/Thesis Completion Deadline (section XII).

Graduation Requirements

Refer to the current UAA Course Catalog for master's level graduation requirements.

Computer Requirements

Graduate students will need a good computer with internet connectivity. Click on the following link to see what types of systems the University recommends:

https://support.uaa.alaska.edu/Pages/Online-Class-Requirements.aspx

Knowledge of MS Word and typing skills are also critical. You can find tutorials here for MS Office Word 2003,MS Office Word 2007 and Basic Typing.

The School of Nursing does not provide support for Mac computers. Students who have Macs can use them, as long as they learn how to save files in a format that can be opened by faculty. IT services can provide some help with this (786-4646).

Program Requirements for Master’s Degree

1. Complete the following required CORE courses (18 credits)                                                                                                         

                                                                                                           

Course

Title

Credits

NS A618

Roles for Advanced Practice    Nursing

2

NS A619

Health Policy for Advanced    Practice Nursing

2

NS A620

Nursing Research Methods

4

NS A621

Knowledge Development for Advanced    Nursing Practice

3

NS A625

Biostatistics for Health Professionals

3

NS A696 Individual Project (4    credits must be taken over two semesters. 2+2)

4

2. Complete one of the following options (27-32 credits):

A. Family Nurse Practitioner (32 credits)                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                               

Course

Title

Credits

NS A601

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NS A602

Advanced Health Assessment in    Primary Care

3

NS A610

Pharmacology for Primary Care

3

NS A660

Family Nurse Practitioner I

4

NS A661

Family Nurse Practitioner II

5

NS A662

Family Nurse Practitioner III

5

NS A663

Family Nurse Practitioner IV

6

Elective

(Advisor approved)

3

B. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (32 credits):                               

                                                                                                                                               

Course

Title

Credits

NS A601

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NS A602

Advanced Health Assessment in    Primary Care

3

NS A610

Pharmacology for Primary Care

3

NS A660

Family Nurse Practitioner I

4

NS A661

Family Nurse Practitioner II

5

NS A662

Family Nurse Practitioner III

5

NS A663

Family Nurse Practitioner IV

6

Elective

(Advisor approved)

3

C. Nursing Education (27 credits)                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                               

Course

Title

Credits

NS A601

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NS A602

Advanced Health Assessment in    Primary Care

3

NS A610

Pharmacology for Primary Care

3

NS A611

Psychopharmacology

3

NS A670

Adv Psych/Mental Health Nursing I

5

NS A671

Adv Psych/Mental Health Nursing II

5

NS A672

Adv Psych/Mental Health Nursing    III

5

NS A674

Adv Psych/Mental Health Nursing IV

5

3. A total of 45-50 credits are required for the degree, depending on specialty option selected.

  Program Requirements for Graduate Certificate

The program requirements and credits needed will vary based on current advanced practice license and population foci for certificate. See Graduate Program Handbook for details.

Part-Time/Full-Time Study    

The Master of Science, Nursing Science is designed to be completed in six to eight semesters of part-time study, although students can take longer.

Prior to being formally admitted to graduate study, students with a Bachelor's or higher degree in nursing may complete up to nine credits of degree applicable course work. Students admitted to the graduate nursing program will have priority in registering for classes. Students who are not yet formally admitted (e.g. non–degree seeking status or NODS) will be allowed to register on a space available basis and with instructor permission. For part-time students, it is recommended they get as many core courses completed prior to starting clinical/specialty course work. A student who is given Graduate Study status may take more than 9 credits of core courses; however, no clinical/specialty courses may be taken unless formally admitted into a specialty track.

Additional Requirements:

All students enrolled in UAA nursing programs must provide documentation of continuous and current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adults, infants, and children; meet certain health requirements; and have a School of Nursing sanctioned background check. Specific details of these requirements can be found in the School of Nursing Graduate Handbook.

Scheduling of Courses:

Graduate nursing courses are offered in different formats. Core courses (NS A618, NS A619, NS A620, NS A621, NS A625), and some specialty courses (NS A601, NS A610, NS A640, NS A641, NS A643, NS A644), are all done on line (via distance delivery). The EDUC specialty is completely online with the exception of   the NS A602, Advance Physical Assessment. For other specialty classes an alternative scheduling format is utilized, consisting of intensive classroom sessions presented in short time blocks on the UAA campus followed by periodic class meetings throughout the semester that are available via computer and audio-conferencing. Students may be required to attend a 2-3 day seminar at the start of the semester and another 1-3 day seminar at the end of the semester in Anchorage. This makes it possible for students who reside outside of Anchorage to take advantage of clinical learning opportunities throughout the State, including both urban and rural settings.