University Bulletin 2019-20

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College of Nursing

College of Nursing Administrative Staff (251) 445-9400
Dean Heather Hall
Associate Dean for Research Faculty Development, and Evaluation Sharon Fruh
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Katherine Bydalek
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the DNP Program Casey Elkins
Director of Special Projects & Evaluation Rebecca Graves
Professors L. Chilton, C. Dolan, S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris, E. VandeWaa, J. Varner
Associate Professors K. Bydalek, Hamilton, T. Harlan, T. Huey, P. Johnson, S. Lawrence,
K. McCoy, T. McMullan, L. Minchew, C. Myers, M. Nadler, J. Pittman, B. Riley, D. Swanzy, K. Williams, T. Wright
Assistant Professors A. Adams, J. Anderson, C. Baughn, E. Bentley, M. Bolton, A. Bowman, H. Breazeale, C. Butler, A. A. Campbell, A. Calvert Campbell,  C. Cheese, N. Clark, D. Copeland, N. Curtis, L. Dailey, A. Davis, W. Davis, C. Elkins, A. Gilligan, R. Graves, M. Guy, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, H. Horton, T. Huey, P. Huffman, C. Jackson, L. Jones, K. Jordan, M. Korn, B. Lang,  C. Lewis, J. Lollar, C. Lynch, A. Marass, K. McMurtrey, T. Meyer, J. Miller, K. Miller, S. Montgomery, E. Moore, J. A. Otts, K. Pancione, T. Platt, W. Powell, D. Reed, S. Scott, T. Sikes-Doggett, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, R. Thomas, C. Thompson-Ferrell,  A. Townsend, N. Turnham, M. Varnado, N. Walls, S.G. Williams, A. Younce
Research Assistant Professors Candice Selwyn
Senior Instructors S. Bertolla,  C. Herf, M. Meyer
Instructors B. Baker, J. Cockrell, A. Holley, D. Hutto,  S. James, K. Norris, C. Pierce, T. Sturdivant, T. Sturm, S. Waweru, B. Woodmansee
Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing Theresa Wright
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing Todd Harlan
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing Leigh Minchew
Director, Academic Advising Mary Phillips
Academic Advisors Jennifer Bouvier, Leigh Holland, Brennen Mallet, Camry McCants, Brenda Mosley,  Kim Mundy, Kristyn Seawell

College of Nursing website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/

The College of Nursing is dedicated to the education of professional nurses who provide the highest quality health care to the communities they serve. The practice of nursing is both an art and a science; the focus of nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems.

The College of Nursing has two locations, one is on the USA main campus, and the other is on the USA Baldwin County campus in downtown Fairhope. The resources of the University, the USA Hospitals and clinics, and the numerous clinical agencies provide excellent opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for professional nursing.

Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The College accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.

Goals

  1. Cultivate a caring, innovative, and engaging environment to facilitate teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.
  2. Deliver innovative quality nursing programs that meet the needs of a diverse student body and other communities of interest.
  3. Promote the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge through scholarly activities and leadership.
  4. Provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.
  5. Develop community partnerships to promote nursing and the enhancement of the health care delivery system using interprofessional approaches.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate, master's, doctor of nursing practice and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
P: (202) 887-6791
F: (202) 887-8476

Application Procedures

Application forms are available on the College of Nursing's website. A ($50.00 for BSN; $100.00 for MSN or DNP) non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the application. Money orders or personal checks ($20.00 fee on returned checks) are acceptable. RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, MSN and DNP applicants are also required to complete a primary application in Nursing CAS at www.Nursingcas.org. Fall semester admission applications should be submitted by March 15 for the BSN program and February 15 for the MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs. Spring semester admission applications should be submitted by July 15 for the BSN, MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs. Summer semester admission applications should be submitted by January 15 for BSN program and November 15 for the MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate programs. Applications received at other times will be considered on a space available basis for RN-BSN track only.

Students who choose not to attend during the term in which they are accepted, are not permitted to roll admission status to another semester. Students who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply, pay another application fee, and compete with other applicants without guarantee of acceptance. Students who drop out of the program for two or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Readmission is not automatic.  

Student Responsibility

While the University of South Alabama will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and satisfy the degree requirements of the academic program found in the student's PAWS account, to be aware of the University calendar,
https://www.southalabama.edu/academiccalendar/index.html and to understand and comply with University academic policies and procedures.

Degrees Offered

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Certificates Offered

Post-Graduate Certificates are awarded to students completing planned programs of study in a nursing specialty area and subspecialty areas.

Departments of Instruction

Undergraduate

Bachelor Of Science In Nursing Program (BSN)

The BSN program prepares graduates for professional nursing practice. Upon completion of the program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.
The BSN program is offered in a traditional four- year format with nursing courses concentrated in the junior and senior years. The BSN program is also offered in an accelerated format and there is a special track for Associate Degree and diploma- prepared nurses.

BSN Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Baccalaureate Program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Deliver professional nursing care for diverse populations across the lifespan to optimize health care outcomes.
  2. Apply theory and evidence from contemporary nursing science and related disciplines as a basis for clinical reasoning, management, and evaluation of professional nursing care.
  3. Model responsibility and accountability for one's personal and delegated nursing care and lifelong learning to ensure excellence in nursing practice.
  4. Translate evidence into professional nursing practice to individualize patient care designed to improve care outcomes.
  5. Select principles of leadership and management that guide nursing, influence health policy, and transform health care delivery systems.
  6. Collaborate with inter-professional health care teams and consumers in delivering and advocating for safe and effective use of health care resources.
  7. Integrate professional nursing values in meeting current and emerging health needs in a dynamic, global society.
  8. Evaluate effective use of technology and information management to provide patient-centered care across the lifespan in a variety of environments.

College Of Nursing Early Acceptance Program (CONEAP)

The College of Nursing has an early acceptance program for highly qualified high school seniors and students who have completed their freshman year at USA. Students selected for the early acceptance program and who fulfill all program requirements are guaranteed admission to the upper division professional component of the nursing curriculum. To be considered for the CONEAP, high school seniors must complete all application procedures, have earned a minimum high school grade-point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 system as computed by USA, submit an ACT score of at least 25 composite (or 1200 SAT), and must have demonstrated leadership qualities and motivation toward the study of nursing. Students who are admitted to the CONEAP are encouraged to complete all Pre-Professional Nursing courses at USA; their curriculum includes core requirements and prerequisites for the upper division nursing program. Transient courses may be accepted upon approval from the College of Nursing Administration. Students participating in the College of Nursing's Early Acceptance Program must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA)of 3.2 on all required prerequisite courses must be continuously enrolled a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (does not include summer terms) and making acceptable progress toward completing the pre-professional component of the curriculum to be admitted to the professional component of the program. All application documents must be submitted by the end of the senior year in high school to be considered. Applications received at other times will be considered on a space available basis. For questions and applications, contact USA Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 or call (800) 872-5247 or (251) 460-6141.

A second opportunity for participation in the CONEAP is available to students who have completed their freshman year of pre-nursing prerequisite courses at USA and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.2 or above (as computed by the USA Registrar's Office). Additional requirements are that the student has completed the following courses at USA: BLY 101 with Lab, MA 110 or 112, and CH 101 with Lab and is approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Nursing. To remain in the CONEAP, the student must maintain a 3.2 GPA throughout all pre-nursing prerequisite course work and all final grades must be a C or better. Application documents will be accepted at the end of the spring term of the freshman year up until the beginning of the fall term of the sophomore year.

Curriculum Model For Bachelor Of Science In Nursing Degree
(Fall Semester Entry) Total Credit Hours 122

Prerequisite Pre-Professional Component
Freshman Year Credit Hours
First Semester    13
EH 101 3 hrs  
BLY 101 & BLY 101L 4 hrs  
CIS 150 3 hrs  
History Elective* 3 hrs  
Second Semester   16
EH 102 3 hrs  
CH 101 & CH 101L 4 hrs  
HY/Soc/Beh Sc Elective 3 hrs  
CA 110 3 hrs  
MA 110 or MA 112 3 hrs  
*Must have a 2 semester sequence in either History or Literature.

 

Sophomore Year Credit Hours
First Semester    17
BMD 251 4 hrs  
BLY 213 & 214 Lab 4 hrs  
Literature Elective* 3 hrs  
Economics 3 hrs  
 Fine Arts 3 hrs  
Second Semester   16
BMD 252 4 hrs  
ST 210, BUS 245, ST 305, or PSY 220 3 hrs  
PSY 120 3 hrs  
2nd HY or 2nd LIT 3 hrs  
HUM or HY Elective 3 hrs  
*Must have a 2 semester sequence in either History or Literature.
Professional Component
Junior Year Credit Hours
First Semester    14
NU 325  Health Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 327  Pathophysiological  Basis of Nursing 3 hrs  
HSC 342  Administration of Medication 1 hr  
HSC 343  Pharmacology 3 hrs  
NU 311  Clinical Nursing Skills 3 hrs  
NU 312 Clinical Skills Immersion 1 hr  
Second Semester   12
CMN 350  Psychiatric Mental/Health Nursing 2 hrs  
CMN 351  Psychiatric Mental/Health Nursing Clinical 2 hrs  
NU 300  Foundations of Professional Nursing 5 hrs  
NU 301  Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical 3 hrs  
Third Semester   9
NU 332 Clinical Nutrition 2 hr  
MCN 347  Childbearing/Child Rearing Nursing 4 hrs  
MCN 348  Childbearing/Child Rearing Nursing Clinical 3 hrs  
Senior Year Credit Hours
First Semester    12
AHN 447  Adult-Gerontological Nursing 4 hrs  
AHN 448  Adult-Gerontological Nursing Clinical 4 hrs  
CMN 420  Community Health Nursing 3 hrs  
CMN 421  Community Health Nursing Clinical 1 hr  
Second Semester   14
NU 304 Evidence-Based Practice 3 hrs  
NU 412  Nursing Decision Making & Delegation 3 hrs  
NU 414  Issues/Trends in Healthcare 3 hrs  
NU 460  Professional Nursing Practicum 5 hrs  

RN To BSN Pathway For Associate Degree And Diploma Nurses

The College of Nursing has a Pathway designed especially for registered nurses pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. The college also offers a Pathway for diploma and associate degree RNs who want the MSN degree (see MSN section). Once prerequisites are completed (see prerequisite professional component section for the RN-BSN Pathway, the professional component of the nursing curriculum can be completed in one calendar year. Courses are offered on-line and practice integration requirements can be completed in the student's home community if approved by faculty.  Twenty-four hours of nursing credit are awarded the semester students graduate.

Curriculum Model For The Registered Nurse RN-BSN Pathway

The following courses comprise the RN-BSN Pathway. Students are admitted to the professional component after completing all prerequisite courses (see courses listed in the Freshman and Sophomore years in the curriculum model for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree).

Prerequisite Pre-Professional Component
Pre-Professional Component for RN-BSN Pathway Credit Hours
Writing Composition EH 101 English Composition I
EH 102 English Composition
3 hrs
3 hrs
Humanities and Fine Arts Fine Arts
Literature
Humanities
Humanities or second Literature
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
Natural Sciences and Mathematics MA 110 or MA 112
CH 101/101L Chemistry and lab
or Biology and lab)
Second Science and lab
3 hrs
4 hrs

4 hrs
History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences History
PSY 120 Psychology
Social Science
Second History or Social Science or Behavioral Sciences
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
Additional Pre-Nursing Requirements BMD 251 Human A&P with lab I 
BMD 252 Human A&P  with lab II
BMD 213/214L
Microbiology with lab
ST 210 or ST 305 Statistics
CIS 150 Computer Applications
4 hrs
4 hrs
4 hrs

3 hrs
3 hrs

*(Students must complete a 6-hour sequence of Literature or History)  
Total Prerequisite hours    59
Professional Component for RN-BSN Pathway Credit Hours
NU 450 Leadership and Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice 4 hrs  
NU 451 Current Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing Practice 4 hrs  
NU 452 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 hrs  
NU 453 Information Management and Technology in Healthcare 4 hrs  
NU 454 Research and Evidence Based Practice 4 hrs  
NU 455 Concepts of Interprofessional Care 4 hrs  
Total USA Nursing credits    24

RN-BSN/MSN Pathway

Students in the RN-BSN/MSN Pathway who have completed the RN-BSN portion of the program, may pursue the following specialties toward the completion of their MSN degree: Informatics, Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult/Gerontological Nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses and have a competitive overall undergraduate GPA to compete for a seat in the NP specialty they select.  Curriculum for all MSN specialties are located in the Graduate section under Master of Science in Nursing.

Admission Criteria For The BSN

The College of Nursing Admissions Committee and the Dean of the College reserve the right to select applicants best qualified for and most likely to succeed in the study of nursing.

Enrollment into the pre-professional component as a nursing major does not assure the student admission to the Professional Component. Enrollment in the Professional Component is limited and competitive. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or qualified disability. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the BSN program:

The following are required to be considered for admission to the BSN program.

  1. Submission of a completed application with a $50 fee.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.9 on all prerequisite courses and in good standing within the University.
  3. Minimum University GPA of 2.5.
  4. Minimum grade of "C" in all pre-professional courses.
  5. Submission of health data forms and evidence of health insurance.
  6. Evidence of CPR certification.
  7. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
  8. Interview - applicants may be invited for a personal interview. 

In addition to the items listed above, registered nurses applying for admission to the RN-BSN track must show evidence of completion of an approved diploma or associate degree in nursing and a current, unrestricted RN license. Nurses with any restriction on their license, including participating in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.

Progression Requirements

Students will progress in nursing courses according to the established sequence. The College will recommend for promotion only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of health, conduct, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing. Students continually in adjustment difficulties may be dismissed from the nursing program.

Once students are admitted to the professional component of the BSN curriculum, the program must be completed within 5 years. If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of Student Services and apply for readmission. Students are readmitted on a space-available basis. Any alteration in usual progression may lengthen the student's program. In keeping with dynamic changes in health care and nursing, the curriculum may undergo change. Changes in curricula and/or admission requirements will be published as far in advance as possible. Advisors are available to assist students in adapting to those changes and planning their course of study accordingly. A dosage calculation test is required prior to promotion to clinical courses. A score of 100% on one of two attempts must be achieved to pass. (Not required of RN to BSN students.)

Academic Standards For The BSN Program

In accordance with University policy, students may not use the Grade Replacement Policy to replace professional nursing courses. A grade of "C" or higher is required for all professional nursing courses. A student may repeat only one professional nursing course in the curriculum. A second "D," "F," or "U" will result in academic dismissal from the nursing program. Successful completion of a dosage calculation exam is required each term prior to promotion to clinical courses. Students are also required to complete comprehensive exams as part of course requirements. If the student is unsuccessful on the comprehensive exams, a grade of "I" will be given for the course and must achieve the required score on the exams to progress. (Registered Nurses in the RN to BSN Pathway are exempt from the dosage calculation.) A minimum GPA of 2.0 at the University of South Alabama is required to continue in the program and for graduation. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse merits immediate dismissal from the program.

Accelerated BSN/mSN Pathway

The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway for academically-qualified and highly-motivated individuals that have a bachelor's degree in another field. The preprofessional component, as listed below, must be completed prior to admission to the professional component. The professional component of the curriculum, which normally takes 5 semesters to complete, can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. The curriculum and contact hours are the same as required for the traditionally-taught BSN degree offered by the College, except that the course schedule is accelerated and is not confined by the traditional academic calendar. Students in the first 12 months of the Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway follow the same promotion/progression policies as the students in the traditionally-taught BSN. Students having difficulty maintaining the pace of the program may request a transfer to the traditional program if they are in good academic standing. At the end of the 12-months of study, students are awarded the BSN degree and are prepared for the RN licensure (NCLEX) examination. During the first 12 months of the accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway, students complete 3 courses that are taught at the graduate level. These 3 courses "bridge" undergraduate and graduate knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. Two of these courses may be applied towards a graduate degree if grades received in the course comply with graduate progression policies.

Students are admitted as undergraduates during the foundation component of the curriculum (first 12 months). During the first twelve months of the program, tuition is charged at the undergraduate rate for undergraduate courses and at the graduate rate for the three graduate level bridge courses. Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible. 

Upon satisfactory completion of the foundation component of the curriculum, the student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program. During this phase of the curriculum, financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible.

Students then begin the MSN specialty component of the curriculum to prepare for a career in informatics, nurse executive administration, as a clinical nurse leader, or clinical nurse specialist in adult/gerontological nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses. Courses for the specialty component of the curriculum are offered on-line. Clinical requirements are completed in faculty-facilitated preceptorships.

Requirements For Admission To The Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway

Admission is selective and competitive. The curriculum is intensive and fast paced. The College of Nursing reserves the right to select students determined to be the best qualified and most likely to succeed in this challenging graduate program in nursing.

  1. Graduate of a baccalaureate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite course work as listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("A"=4.0) and no grade less than a "C".
    Prerequisite Courses
    EH 101 or Literature
    EH 102 or Literature
    Biology with Lab
    Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
    Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
    Microbiology and Lab
    Chemistry and Lab
    Statistics
    General Psychology
  3. Submission of completed application by March 15 for Fall and July 15 for Spring.
  4. Payment of $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  5. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance.
  6. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
  7. Submission of a resumé.
  8. Interview - after initial review of applications, a limited number of applicants may be invited for a personal interview. Verbal and written communication skills will be assessed during the interview.
Professional Component: Accelerated BSN Curriculum Example
(Spring Admission)
Credit Hours
NU 530  Accelerated MSN Advanced Health Assessment 4 hrs  
NU 531  Advanced Pathophysiology 4 hrs  
NU 532  Advanced Pharmacology 4 hrs  
NU311  Clinical Nursing Skills 3 hrs  
HSC 342  Administration of Medication 1 hr  
NU 312 Clinical Skills Immersion 1 hr  
CMN 350  Psychiatric Mental/Health Nursing 2 hrs  
CMN 351  Psychiatric Mental/Health Nursing Clinical 2 hrs  
NU 300  Foundations of Professional Nursing 5 hrs  
NU 301  Foundation of Professional Nursing Clinical 3 hrs  
NU 304  Evidence-Based Practice 3 hrs  
MCN 347  Childbearing/Child Rearing Nursing 4 hrs  
MCN 348  Childbearing/Child Rearing Nursing Clinical 3 hrs  
AHN 447  Adult-Gerontological Nursing 4 hrs  
AHN 448  Adult-Gerontological Nursing Clinical 4 hrs  
CMN 420  Community Health Nursing 3 hrs  
CMN 421  Community Health Nursing Clinical 1 hr  
NU 332 Clinical Nutrition 2 hrs  
NU 412  Nursing Decision Making & Delegation 3 hrs  
NU 414 Issues/Trends in Healthcare 3 hrs  
NU 460  Professional Nursing Practicum 5 hrs  
Total Semester Credit Hours   64

Graduate

Master Of Science In Nursing Program (MSN)

Organized within the graduate school at the University, the College of Nursing has several pathway, specialization, and sub-specialization options within the MSN program. In addition to admitting baccalaureate- prepared registered nurses, the college offers an accelerated BSN/MSN track for non-nurses (see Bachelor of Science in Nursing section), a pathway for associate degree or diploma-prepared nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, a special pathway for highly qualified associate degree and diploma nurses who do not hold a baccalaureate degree, and tracks for MSN-prepared nurses who are interested in certification in a new specialty area.

Areas Of Specialization

Several concentration areas are offered to meet the career goals of students. Students may prepare as a clinical nurse leader or for advanced nursing practice in one of ten nurse practitioner roles or the clinical nurse specialist role. Available NP include Family Nursing, Dual Role (Family) Nursing/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing), Dual Role (Family Nursing/Emergency Nursing), Psychiatric Family Nursing, Pediatric Acute Care Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nursing, Women's Health Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nursing, and Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing. Clinical Nurse Specialist is available in Adult-Gerontological Nursing. Concentrations are also available for students pursuing careers in Clinical Nurse Leader, Executive Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics. Sub-specializations are available in Cardiovascular, Palliative Care, Nursing Education, Clinical Lipidology,  and Advanced Forensic Nursing Care.  Emergency Nurse Practitioner is offered only as a post graduate certificate. See the MSN section for additional course listings. 

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate Credit Hours
NU 570 Advanced Emergency Nursing I 2 hrs  
NU 571 Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum I 1 hr  
NU 572 Advanced Emergency Nursing II 2 hrs  
NU 573 Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum II 2 hrs  
NU 574 Advanced Emergency Nursing III 3 hrs  
NU 575 Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum III 1 hr  
NU 576 Advanced Emergency Nursing IV 2 hrs  
NU 577 Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum IV 2 hrs  
Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate
Total Hours
  15

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students in full-time status. Additional information and an application can be obtained by contacting the College of Nursing graduate office.

Master Of Science In Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a global changing society.
  3. Use scientific inquiry to identify problems and individualize patient care designed to improve care outcomes.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of leadership and management to influence health policy to transform care delivery systems.
  5. Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession.

MSN Curricula For BSN Prepared Registered Nurses

Option I Executive Nursing Administration Credit Hours
Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practicum 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 hrs  
Support Courses   6
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 539  Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   19
NU 561  Nursing Administration Concepts & Theory  3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
NU 566  Nursing Administration Field Study 4 hrs  
     
NU 567  Nursing Administration Internship 3 hrs  
NU 568  Nursing Administration Seminar 3 hrs  
HSC 571  Managing Health Care Personnel 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   37
Option II Nurse Practitioner Credit Hours
Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational  & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses - Select One Track    
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP   24
AHN 581 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 588  Introduction to Adult-Geron Primary
Care NP 
2 hrs  
AHN 591  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP I 2 hrs  
AHN 592  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 593  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 594  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
AHN 595 Adult-Geron Primary Care NP III 2 hrs  
AHN 596  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Practicum III
4 hrs  
HSC 601  Intro to Interprofessional Education 1 hr  
HSC 602  Team Building 1 hr  
HSC 603  Assessment of Vulnerable Populations 1 hr  
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP   24
AHN 568  Introduction Adult-Geron Acute Care NP  3 hrs  
AHN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Acute Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 572  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 3 hrs  
AHN 573  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 574  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 575  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
AHN 576  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
AHN 577  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
Psychiatric Family NP   24
CMN 548  Introduction to Psychiatric Family NP  3 hrs  
CMN 551  Health Promotion/Disease prevention & Issues for Family Psychiatric NP 2 hrs  
CMN 552  Family Psychiatric NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 553  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 554  Family Psychiatric NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 555  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 556  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 557  Family Psychiatric NP II 3 hrs  
Family NP   24
CMN 568  Introduction to Family NP 3 hrs  
CMN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family NP 2 hrs  
CMN 572  Family NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 573  Family NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 574  Family NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 575  Family NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 576  Family NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 577 Family NP III 3 hrs  
Women's Health NP    24
MCN 538  Introduction to Women's Health NP  3 hrs  
MCN 541  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP Nursing 2 hrs  
MCN 542  Women's Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 543  Women's Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 544  Women's Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 545  Women's Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 546  Women's Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 547  Women's Health NP III 3 hrs  
Pediatric Acute Care NP   24
MCN 558  Introduction to Pediatric Acute Care NP  3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 562  Pediatric Acute Care NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 563  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 564  Pediatric Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 565  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 566  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 567  Pediatric Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
Pediatric Primary NP   24
MCN 548  Introduction to Pediatric Health NP  3 hrs  
MCN 551  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
in Pediatric Health NP
2 hrs  
MCN 552  Pediatric Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 553  Pediatric Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 554  Pediatric Health NP Nursing II 3 hrs  
MCN 555  Pediatric Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 556  Pediatric Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 557  Pediatric Health NP III 3 hrs  
Neonatal NP    24
MCN 568  Introduction to Neonatal NP 3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 572  Neonatal NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 573  Neonatal NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 574  Neonatal NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 575  Neonatal NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 576  Neonatal NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 577  Neonatal NP III 3 hrs  
Dual Role (Family NP/Adult/Geron Acute Care NP)  36
AHN 538  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues 2 hrs  
AHN 548  Family Primary Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 549  Family Primary Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 550  Family Primary Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 551  Family Primary Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  
AHN 552  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 553  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 554  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 555  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  
Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)   36
NU 580 Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, &
Issues for the FNP/ENP
2 hrs  
NU 581 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner I 5 hrs  
NU 582 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 2 hrs  
NU 583 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner II 5 hrs  
NU 584 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 4 hrs  
NU 585 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner III 5 hrs  
NU 586 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 4 hrs  
NU 587 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner IV 5 hrs  
NU 588 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV 4 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   45-57
Option III Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Gerontological) Credit Hours
Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   17
NU 515  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role I 2 hrs  
AHN 516  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum I 3 hrs  
NU 516  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role II 3 hrs  
AHN 517  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum II 3 hrs  
NU 517  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role III 3 hrs  
AHN 518  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum III 3 hrs  
Elective Course    
AHN 519  Diag. Reason & Adv. Pat. Mgt. CNS 4 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   38-42
Option IV Clinical Nurse Leader Credit Hours
Core Courses 9
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   15
NU 535  Clinical Nurse Leader Role & Competencies 3 hrs  
NU 536  Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum 5 hrs  
NU 537  Clinical Nurse Leader Synthesis 3 hrs  
NU 538  Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum Ii 4 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   36
Option V Nursing Informatics Credit Hours
Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   12
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
ISC 550  Health Data Security and Computer 3 hrs  
ISC 555  Health Data Management and Decision Support Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   13
NU 539  Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 556  Informatics and Quality of Care Improvement 3 hrs  
NU 557  Clinical Informatics Practicum I 2 hrs  
NU 558  Seminar in Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 559  Clinical Informatics Practicum II 2 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   37

Subspecialties: The following can be added to the above pathways as designated.

Cardiovascular - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP and Dual Role specialty can add these 8 credit hours.

Palliative Care - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult-Gerontological Health, or Family NP can add these 9 credit hours.

Nurse Educator - any student can add these 11 credit hours to their curriculum.

Clinical Lipidology - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Adult- Gerontological Primary Care NP, Family NP, Women's Health NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult-Gerontological Health, or Dual Role specialty can add these 8 credit hours.

Advanced Forensic Nursing Care – students who are enrolled in any graduate nursing specialty or who have already received an MSN degree can add these 9 credit hours.

Cardiovascular Option (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
AHN 630  Dysrhythmias and the Heart    2 
AHN 631  Foundations of Cardiac Care    2 
AHN 632  Diagnosis and Management of Acute
Cardiovascular Disorders
   2
AHN 633  Dig/Management Complex Cardiovascular Disorders    2 
Palliative Care Option (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
AHN 530  Foundations of Palliative Care and the
Advanced Practice Role
   2 
AHN 531  Advanced Palliative Care and End of Life    2 
AHN 532  Advanced Chronic Illness Care    2 
AHN 533  Advanced Palliative Care Practicum    3 
Nurse Educator Option (11 credit hours) Credit Hours
NU 620  Instructional Design and Technology for Nurse Educators    3 
NU 621  Curriculum and Outcomes Evaluation in Nursing Education    3 
NU 622  Current Topics in Nursing Education    2 
NU 623  Nursing Education Role Synthesis Practicum    3 
Clinical Lipidology Option (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
HSC 595  Evidence Based Lipid Practice    2 
HSC 596  Advanced Vascular Biology    2 
HSC 597  Advanced Pharmacology for Complex Dyslipidemia    2 
HSC 598  Diagnosis and Management of Complex Dyslipidemia    2 
Advanced Forensic Nursing Option (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
NU 500 Exploring Cultures of Sexual Assault Victim Populations Across the Lifespan    2 
NU 502 Care of the Sexual Assault Victim Practicum   1
NU 503 Trauma Informed Care of the Sexual Assault Victim Population    2 
NU 504 Advanced Pharmacologic Care Post Sexual Assault    2 
NU 505 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: Supportive Care of Comorbidities Post Sexual Assault    2 

Requirements for Admission to the MSN Pathway for BSN-Prepared RN's

Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents required for admission review must be official. Transcripts must be mailed from the home institution to the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS). These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Students applying for admission must pay a non-refundable $100.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date, in addition to primary application requirements for the NursingCAS.

Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/msn or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; congradapp@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400. Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines: February 15 - Fall Admission, July 15 - Spring Admission, and November 15 - Summer Admission. Students are admitted to a specialty option and may not change their specialty without prior permission. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the MSN program.

Regular Admission
  1. Graduate of an approved bachelors program with a major in nursing.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary, disciplinary, alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. A grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).
  4. Submission of a resumé which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.)
  5. After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager. Instructions provided in acceptance letter.

Note: An earned graduate degree from any accredited institution of higher education may qualify the applicant for regular standing.

Provisional Admission
  1. Graduate of an approved bachelors program with a major in nursing.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary, disciplinary, alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).
  4. Submission of a resumé which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty.)
  5. After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager. Instructions provided in acceptance letter.

(Note: Prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty.)

Non-Degree Admission
  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from accredited institution.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. A minimal grade-point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate work (A=4.00).

Enrollment in selective courses may not be available to non-degree students due to class size or required prerequisite.

Progression Requirements For The MSN Pathway For BSN-prepared RN's

A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade "C" can be counted towards a degree; however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second "C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained, must be repeated. If a second “C” or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second “C” or lower is obtained must be repeated before a student may move forward with a specialty course. All corresponding specialty clinical and didactic courses must be taken in sequence.  Any combination of three (3) courses with grades of "C" or less (C, D, U, F), including "C" grades which have been repeated, will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Two courses with a grade "F" will result in academic dismissal from the graduate program. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards required for licensure to practice as a registered nurse merits immediate dismissal from the program.
If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Because of limited spaces in the advanced clinical courses, any alteration in progression may lengthen the student's program.

Degree Requirements For The MSN Pathway For BSN-prepared RN's

The MSN program must be completed within 5 years of matriculation. A minimum of 45 semester credits are required for the MSN degree with preparation in a nurse practitioner track. Minimum credits for preparation in Executive Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics requires 37 semester credits; Clinical Nurse Leader requires 36 semester credits; and Clinical Nurse Specialist requires 38 semester credits.

Post-Graduate Certificate Program

The Post-Graduate Certificate Program is designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced practice nursing. Post-graduate certificate students can select any of the specialty options offered by the program. Each certificate program is designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements including required support courses, didactic specialty courses, and clinical hours.

Post-graduate Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a specific population or system.
  3. Use scientific inquiry to identify problems within an organization or specific patient population to improve care outcomes.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of leadership and management to transform care delivery systems in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
  5. Contribute to the focus and direction of the nursing profession within a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.

Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents required for admission review must be official. Transcripts must be mailed from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Students applying for admission must pay a non-refundable $100.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to primary application requirements for the NursingCAS.

Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/msn or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; congradapp@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400. Applications are accepted three times a year, and must adhere to the February 15, July 15, and November 15 application deadlines.

Requirements For Admission To The Post-Graduate Certificate Program

  1. Graduate of an approved master's or doctoral program with a major in nursing.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. A grade-point average of 3.0 on all graduate work (A=4.00). Enrollment in selective courses may not be available to non-degree students due to class size or required prerequisite.
  4. Submission of a resumé which documents clinical experience. (Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical course, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to the specialty track.)
  5. After acceptance into the program, admission is contingent upon a negative drug screen, results of an acceptable background check, submission of Health Data Forms, evidence of Health Insurance, and completion of Certified Profile Medical Records Manager. Instructions provided in acceptance letter.

Progression Requirements For The Post-graduate Certificate

Students follow the progression policies for the MSN Pathway for BSN prepared RN's.

The Post-Graduate Certificates Program must be completed within 2 years from the semester the specialty option coursework begins.

Program Completion Requirements For The Post-Graduate Certificate Pathway

Students are required to complete all specialty courses and any support courses not previously completed. Post-Graduate certificate students are not required to complete graduate core or research courses (see the previous section on MSN Curriculum for the BSN-prepared RN for a listing of courses for each specialty area).

RN - MSN Pathway for RN's with A Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree

This pathway is available to persons who are registered nurses and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a discipline other than nursing.

Admission to the program is limited and selective. All documents required for admission review must be official. Transcripts must be mailed from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Students applying for admission must pay a non-refundable $100.00 processing fee and submit a supplemental application by the deadline date in addition to primary application requirements for the NursingCAS.

Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/msn or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; congradapp@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400. Applications are accepted year round, and must adhere to the following application deadlines: February 15 - Fall Admission, July 15 - Spring Admission, and November 15 - Summer Admission.

Requirements For Admission To The RN - MSN Pathway For RN's With A Non-nursing Baccalaureate Degree

Students are admitted to this pathway as Provisional Admission; the admissions criteria are the same as for Provisional Admission to the MSN track for BSN-prepared RN's listed above except for #1 (bachelor's degree in nursing).

Progression Requirements For RN - MSN Pathway For Nurses With Non-nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

The following nursing courses must be completed with a GPA of at least 2.75 prior to enrolling in graduate nursing specialty courses: NU 410, CMN 411, NU 404, NU 425 or NU 530. Students who have earned a GPA of less than 2.5 will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School. Students in the RN to MSN track follow the same progression as students in the regular MSN program.

Program Completion Requirements For RN - MSN For Registered Nurses With Non-nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

Students in the RN - MSN pathway follow the same degree requirements and progression policies as students in the MSN track for BSN prepared RN's with the addition of the above listed courses.

RN-bSN/mSN Pathway for RN's Who Do Not Hold a Baccalaureate Degree

The College of Nursing has a special program to facilitate associate and diploma-prepared registered nurses attain the Master of Science in Nursing degree.
Upon completion of the first phase of the program, students will be awarded a BSN degree. Upon completion of the second phase of the program, the student will earn the MSN degree.

Requirements For Admission To The RN - BSN/MSN Pathway For Registered Nurses Who Do Not Hold A Baccalaureate Degree

Students admitted to this track will be licensed, registered nurses and will have completed all prerequisite course work for the RN-BSN degree (see RN-BSN curriculum section), have at least 90 semester hours of college credits with an overall "B" average, and have met all admission criteria.

In the first phase of the program, students will be classified as an undergraduate student and any financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which undergraduate students are eligible. Late applications will be accepted for the first phase of the program. During this phase, students will enroll in both undergraduate level and graduate level bridge courses. Students will be charged undergraduate course tuition for undergraduate courses and graduate course tuition for graduate level courses. At the end of this phase, the BSN degree must be awarded.

Prior to beginning the second phase of the program, the MSN specialty students must submit the NursingCAS application by the posted deadline. Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible. At the end of phase two, the MSN degree will be awarded.

Progression Requirements For The RN - BSN/MSN Pathway For Registered Nurses Who Do Not Hold A Baccalaureate Degree

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 on all work attempted in the program and must complete the degree requirements for the BSN prior to enrolling in the MSN phase of the program. A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of "C" can be counted toward a degree.  Any combination of three (3) courses with grades of "C" or less, will result in dismissal from the program.

Program Completion Requirements For The RN - BSN/MSN Pathway For Registered Nurses Who Do Not Hold A Baccalaureate Degree

Students in this pathway complete the following 24 credit curriculum for the BSN phase of the program. 
The Master of Science in Nursing phase of the program consist of core courses, research courses, support courses, and specialty courses for each track. Students in this pathway are guaranteed seats in non-Nurse Practitioner tracks upon successful completion of the BSN component of the pathway. See MSN curriculum below:

Option I Executive Nursing Administration Credit Hours
Graduate Core Courses 9
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   6
NU 539 Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   19
NU 561  Nursing Administration Concepts & Theory 3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
NU 566  Nursing Administration Field Study 4 hrs  
NU 567  Nursing Administration Internship 3 hrs  
NU 568  Nursing Administration Seminar 3 hrs  
HSC 571  Managing Health Care Personnel 3 hrs  
Total Credits   37
Option II Nursing Informatics Credit Hours
Graduate Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   12
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
ISC 555  Health Data Management and Decision Support Systems 3 hrs  
ISC 550  health Data Security and Computer 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   13
NU 539 Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 556 Informatics and quality of Care Improvement 3 hrs  
NU 557 Clinical Informatics Practicum I 2 hrs  
NU 558 Seminar in Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 559 Clinical Informatics Practicum II 2 hrs  
Total Credits   37 
Option III Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Gerontological Health) Credit Hours
Graduate Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
NU 518 Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545 Physiological-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   17
NU 515  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role I 2 hrs  
AHN 516  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum I 3 hrs  
NU 516  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role II 3 hrs  
AHN 517  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum II 3 hrs  
NU 517  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role III 3 hrs  
AHN 518  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum III 3 hrs  
Elective Course    
AHN 519 Diag. Reason & Adv. Pat. Mgt. CNS 4 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   38-42
Option IV Clinical Nurse Leader Credit Hours
Graduate Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
NU 518 Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545 Physiological-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   15
NU 535  Clinical Nurse leader Role & Competencies 3 hrs  
NU 536  Clinical Nurse leader Practicum 5 hrs  
NU 537  Clinical Nurse Leader Synthesis 3 hrs  
NU 538  Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II 4 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   36
Option V Nurse Practitioner Credit Hours
Graduate Core Courses 9
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
Research Courses   3
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurse 3 hrs  
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545 Physiological-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses     
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP   24
AHN 581   Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 588  Introduction to Adult-Geron Primary
Care NP 
2 hrs  
AHN 591  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP I 2 hrs  
AHN 592  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 593  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 594  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
AHN 595  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP III 2 hrs  
AHN 596  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Practicum III
4 hrs  
HSC 601  Intro to Interprofessional Education 1 hr  
HSC 602  Team Building 1 hr  
HSC 603  Assessment of Vulnerable Populations 1 hr  
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP   24
AHN 568  Introduction to Adult-Geron Acute
Care NP 
3 hrs  
AHN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Acute Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 572  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 3 hrs  
AHN 573  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 574  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 575  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
AHN 576  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
AHN 577  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
Psychiatric (Family) NP   24
CMN 548  Introduction to Family Psychiatric NP 3 hrs  
CMN 551  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psychiatric NP 2 hrs  
CMN 552  Family Psychiatric NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 553  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 554  Family Psychiatric NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 555  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 556  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 557  Family Psychiatric NP III 3 hrs  
Family NP   24
CMN 568  Introduction to Family NP 3 hrs  
CMN 571  Health Promotion/Disease prevention & Issues for Family NP 2 hrs  
CMN 572  Family NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 573  Family NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 574  Family NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 575  Family NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 576  Family NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 577  Family NP III 3 hrs  
Women's Health NP    24
MCN 538  Introduction to Women's Health NP  3 hrs  
MCN 541  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP Nursing 2 hrs  
MCN 542  Women's Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 543  Women's Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 544  Women's Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 545  Women's Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 546  Women's Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 547  Women's Health NP III 3 hrs  
Pediatric Acute Care NP   24
MCN 558 Introduction to Pediatric Acute Care NP  3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 562  Pediatric Acute Care NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 563  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 564  Pediatric Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 565  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 566  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 567  Pediatric Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
Pediatric Primary  Care NP   24
MCN 548  Introduction to Pediatric Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 551  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in
Pediatric Health NP
2 hrs  
MCN 552  Pediatric Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 553  Pediatric Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 554  Pediatric Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 555  Pediatric Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 556  Pediatric Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 557  Pediatric Health NP III 3 hrs  
Neonatal NP    24
MCN 568  Introduction to Neonatal NP  3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 572  Neonatal NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 573  Neonatal NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 574  Neonatal NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 575  Neonatal NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 576  Neonatal NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 577  Neonatal NP III 3 hrs  
Dual Role (Family NP/Adult/Geron Acute Care NP)  36
AHN 538  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
& Issues
2 hrs  
AHN 548  Family Primary Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 549  Family Primary Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 550  Family Primary Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 551  Family Primary Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  
AHN 552  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 553  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 554  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 555  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  
Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)   36
NU 580 Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, & Issues for the FNP/ENP 2 hrs  
NU 581 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner I 5 hrs  
NU 582 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 2 hrs  
NU 583 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner II 5 hrs  
NU 584 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 4 hrs  
NU 585 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner III 5 hrs  
NU 586 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 4 hrs  
NU 587 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner IV 5 hrs  
NU 588 Family/Emergency Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV 4 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   45-57

Post-Graduate Subspecialties

Subspecialties: The following can be added to the above pathways as designated.

Cardiovascular - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP and Dual Role specialty can add these 8 credit hours.

Palliative Care - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult-Gerontological Health, or Family NP can add these 9 credit hours.

Nurse Educator - any student can add these 11 credit hours to their curriculum.

Clinical Lipidology - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Adult- Gerontological Primary Care NP, Family NP, Women's Health NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult-Gerontological Health, or Dual Role specialty can add these 8 credit hours.

Advanced Forensic Nursing Care – students who are enrolled in any graduate nursing specialty or who have already received an MSN degree can add these 9 hours.

Cardiovascular Option (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
AHN 630  Dysrhythmias and the Heart 2
AHN 631  Foundations of Cardiac Care 2
AHN 632  Diagnosis and Management of Acute Cardiovascular Disorders 2
AHN 633  Dig/Management Complex Cardiovascular Disorders 2
Palliative Care Option (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
AHN 530  Foundations of Palliative Care and the Advanced Practice Role 2
AHN 531  Advanced palliative Care and End of Life 2
AHN 532  Advanced Chronic Illness Care 2
AHN 533  Advanced palliative Care Practicum 3
Nurse Educator Option (11 credit hours) Credit Hours
NU 620  Instructional Design and Technology for Nurse Educators 3
NU 621  Current & Outcomes Evaluation Nursing Education 3
NU 622  Nursing Education Role Synthesis 2
NU 623  Nursing Education Synthesis Practicum 3
Clinical Lipidology Option (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
HSC 595  Evidence Based Lipid Practice 2
HSC 596  Advanced Vascular Biology 2
HSC 597  Advanced Pharmacology for Complex Dyslipidemia 2
HSC 598  Diagnosis and Management of Complex Dyslipidemia 2
Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Option (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
NU 500 Exploring Cultures of Sexual Assault Victim Populations Across the Lifespan    2
NU 502 Care of the Sexual Assault Victim Practicum    1
NU 503 Trauma Informed Care of the Sexual Assault Victim Population    2
NU 504 Advanced Pharmacologic Care Post Sexual Assault    2
NU 505 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: Supportive Care of Comorbidities Post Sexual Assault    2

Doctor Of Nursing Practice Degree Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a professional degree and prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. This includes the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of health care and nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy. The program is designed to be in compliance with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice as put forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The College of Nursing has several pathways, specialization, and subspecialization options within the DNP program. The pathways include the Master of Science in Nursing to DNP for Advanced Nursing Practice roles, Master of Science in Nursing to DNP adding a new advanced practice certification area, Master of Science in Nursing to DNP Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to Executive Nursing Administration, and the BSN to DNP.

Areas Of Specialization

Several concentration areas are offered to meet the career goals of students. Available Nurse Practitioner options include Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nursing, Dual Role (Family Nursing/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nursing), Family Nursing, Psychiatric (Family) Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Pediatric Acute Care Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care Nursing, Women's Health Nursing, Dual Role (Family Nursing/Emergency Nursing). Clinical Nurse Specialist is available in Adult-Gerontological Nursing. Concentrations are also available for students pursuing careers in Executive Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics. Emergency Nursing is offered only as a post-graduate certificate.  Subspecializations are available in Cardiovascular, Palliative Care, Nursing Education, Clinical Lipidology, and Advanced Forensic Nursing Care.

Doctor Of Nursing Practice Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Assume organizational and system leadership in the analysis, delivery, and management of nursing care.
  2. Implement the highest level of advanced nursing care to produce high-quality, cost-effective outcomes for diverse patient outcomes.
  3. Use theories, concepts, and analytic methodologies to design, implement, and evaluate practice by applying evidence to transform nursing systems.
  4. Contribute to the knowledge of best-practices and dissemination of outcomes through professional writing and presentations.
  5. Develop practice standards based on the integration of ethics and evidence-based nursing care.

Requirements For Admission To The Master Of Science In Nursing to DNP Pathway

Admission to the program is limited and selective. Application forms and other information may be obtained from the College of Nursing's website at https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/dnp/dnpapplic.html or by contacting the college directly at College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688; condnpadmit@southalabama.edu; Telephone: (251) 445-9400.

To be considered for admission to the DNP program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.
  2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. Nurses with any restrictions on their license, including participation in a voluntary disciplinary alternative program, cannot be admitted.
  3. Completion of Primary and Supplemental Applications:
    a. Primary Application submitted through Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) at www.NursingCAS.org. Official transcripts of all college and university studies, regardless of the outcome of enrollment, must be sent directly from the home institution to the NursingCAS. These documents become the property of the NursingCAS and will not be returned to the applicant. Applicants are responsible for any fees required by NursingCAS for their services. Applications are accepted twice a year and must adhere to the following application deadlines: February 15 - Fall Admission and July 15 - Spring Admission.
    b. Supplemental Application submitted directly to the DNP Office at the USA College of Nursing. This application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $100.00, a Personal Goal Statement, and a resumé/CV documenting clinical experience. Note: Prior to enrolling in nurse practitioner clinical courses, students are required to have at least 2 years of experience in an area appropriate to their specialty.
  4. Applicants to the MSN to DNP pathways must have an overall graduate GPA no less than 3.0 as calculated by NursingCAS.  A minimal GPA of 3.0 on all MSN work (A=4.0).
  5. Applicants to the BSN to DNP pathways must have an overall undergraduate GPA no less than 3.0 as calculated by NursingCAS.  A minimal GPA of 3.0 on all BSN work (A=4.0).
  6. Structured phone interview with graduate nursing faculty members may be required.
  7. Students are admitted to a specialty track and may not change their track without permission.
  8. Students must be in good standing with all academic institutions/nursing programs that they have attended in order to be admitted to the DNP program.
  9. BSN degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
  10. Students applying to the MSN to DNP for advanced practice roles must have an MSN degree with preparation in an area of advanced practice nursing offered by the USA College of Nursing as listed under the DNP areas of specialization.

Requirements For Admission To The BSN-DNP Pathway

The admissions criteria is the same as the MSN to DNP Pathway except applicants to the BSN-DNP program must have an overall undergraduate GPA no less than 3.0 as calculated by NursingCAS.

Upon admission to the program, all students must submit Health Data Forms, and evidence of Health Insurance. All students are admitted pending the results of a drug screen and background check. Admission will be withdrawn for students who test positive on the drug screen as per the College of Nursing policy or whose background check would prevent the student from completing residency requirements. Students who sit out of the program for three consecutive semesters must apply for readmission through the Registrar's Office and repeat their drug screening and background check.

Progression Policy For Students In The Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP For Advanced Practice Roles

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Only one grade of "C" can be earned in the MSN to DNP for Advanced Practice Role program. A student earning a second "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program. A student earning a grade of "F" in the program will be academically dismissed. Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed. The outcome of the DNP Project Planning and Development course is “pass/fail.” Students failing the course twice will be academically dismissed. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the DNP program.

DNP Residency Coursework Policy

The DNP Residency Coursework includes the DNP Project Planning and Development, Residency I, Residency II, and Residency III.  Students who do not meet all requirements in a course must complete a DNP Progression Course prior to moving forward with the next course in the DNP Residency progression. 

The final outcome of the DNP Project Planning and Development course and the Progression course is “Successful/Unsuccessful.”  Students receiving two grades of “U” in these courses will be academically dismissed.

Scientific Review Committee Policy 

The DNP project will be reviewed by the USA College of Nursing DNP Scientific Review Committee to evaluate rigor and feasibility. The review process will occur during Project Planning and Development.  The DNP project must be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee before enrolling in Residency I.

Progression Policy For Students In The Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP Adding A New Certification Area, Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP Bridge Program For CNL, And BSN To DNP

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program. Students in these programs can have a maximum of two Cs. A maximum of two (2) courses with a grade of "C" can be counted towards a degree; however, only one (1) "C" is permitted in support or specialization courses. If a second "C" or lower is earned in a support or specialization course, the course in which the second "C" or lower is obtained must be repeated before a student may move forward with a specialty course. All corresponding specialty clinical and didactic courses must be taken in sequence.  A student earning a third "C" or lower will be academically dismissed from the program. A student earning two grades of "F" in the program will be academically dismissed. The outcome of the DNP Project Planning and Development course is “pass/fail.” Students failing the course twice will be academically dismissed. Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed. A student who has been academically dismissed is not eligible for readmission to the DNP program and is not eligible for admission to the MSN program. When adding a new certification area, students will earn a post-graduate certificate in the process of completion of the DNP. The post-graduate certificate coursework must be completed within 2 years from the semester the specialty option coursework begins. The retooling to a new specialty plus the MSN to DNP program must be completed in seven years of matriculation.

If a student's progression is interrupted for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs through their Academic Advisor. Because of limited space in the advanced clinical courses, any alteration in progression may lengthen the student's program.

Graduation Information

Application For Degree For Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP For Advanced Nursing Practice Role And MSN To DNP Bridge Program For CNL

Each candidate for the Doctor of Nursing practice degree must submit an application for the degree the semester preceding their anticipated graduation through the Registrar's Office. See the University Calendar for specific deadlines.

Application For Degree For Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP Adding A New Certification Area

The MSN to DNP adding a new certification area will only apply to graduate with the DNP degree. The Post-Graduate Certificate will be awarded through the College of Nursing upon the completion of all certificate requirements.

Application For Degree For BSN To DNP

Students in the BSN-DNP program will apply for two separate graduations. Applications should be submitted to the Registrar's Office the semester before the anticipated graduation. Each candidate must submit an application for the Master of Science in Nursing degree upon completion of the degree requirements. Upon completion of requirements for the Doctor of Nursing practice degree, each candidate must submit an application for that degree. The student's curriculum schedule indicates the semester in which each degree should be awarded. See the University Calendar for specific application deadlines.

DNP Curriculum

Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP Curriculum For Advanced Nursing Practice

The DNP curriculum consists of 36 credits for the student holding a Master of Science in Nursing degree with preparation in an area of advanced practice nursing. Students who graduated with an MSN from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing and completed the following courses NU 607, NU 608, NU 610, and NU 613 during the MSN coursework may complete the DNP program with an additional 24 credits if the previous coursework is within the seven year limit. The MSN to DNP program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more credits per semester. Permission to take more than 12 credits per semester must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Part-time study is also available.

The program must be completed in five years of matriculation for the MSN to DNP program.
Course work for the MSN to DNP program is offered completely on-line. Students are not required to come to campus during the MSN to DNP program. Electives can be taken but are not required. The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete a major synthesis project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student's home region with an approved mentor.

MSN to DNP Courses Credit Hours
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NU 608 Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care Systems 3
NU 610 Healthcare Policy and Finance 3
NU 611 Translating Evidence into Practice Systems  
NU 612 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3
NU 613 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3
NU 615 Quality Improvement and Outcomes Assessment 3
NU 616 Data Management and Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3
Specialty Project Planning and Development 3
Specialty Residency I  3
Specialty Residency II 3

Specialty Residency III

3

Master Of Science In Nursing To DNP Adding A New Certification Area Curriculum

Option I Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
AHN 568  Introduction to Adult-Geron Acute
Care NP 
3 hrs  
AHN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Acute Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 572  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 3 hrs  
AHN 573  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 574  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 575  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
AHN 576  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
AHN 577  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
AHN 604 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Project
Planning & Development
3 hrs  
AHN 617  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
AHN 618 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
AHN 619  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option II Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner                 Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
AHN 581  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 588  Introduction to Adult-Geron Primary
Care NP 
2 hrs  
AHN 591  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP I 2 hrs  
AHN 592  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 593  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 594  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Practicum II
3 hrs  
AHN 595  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP III 2 hrs  
AHN 596  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Practicum III
4 hrs  
HSC 601  Intro to Interprofessional Education 1 hr  
HSC 602  Team Building 1 hr  
HSC 603  Assessment of Vulnerable Populations 1 hr  
AHN 693 Adult-Geron Primary Care Project
Planning & Development
3 hrs  
AHN 694  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
AHN 695  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
AHN 696  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Residency III
3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option III Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP)                Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   48
AHN 538  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
& Issues
2 hrs  
AHN 548  Family Primary Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 549  Family Primary Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 550  Family Primary  Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 551  Family Primary Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  
AHN 552  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 553  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 554  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 555  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  

AHN 670 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Project
Planning & Development

or

ANH 680 Family NP Project Planning & Development

3 hrs

 

3 hrs

 
AHN 671  Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP (DR)
Residency I
or
AHN 681 Family NP (DR) Residency 1

3 hrs


3 hrs

 
AHN 672  Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP (DR)
Residency II
or
AHN 682 Family NP (DR) Residency II

3 hrs


3 hrs

 
AHN 673 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP (DR) Residency III
or
AHN 683 Family NP (DR) Residency III
3 hrs


3 hrs
 
Total Credit Hours   72
Option IV Family Nurse Practitioner            Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
CMN 568 Introduction to Family NP 3 hrs  
CMN 571 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
& Issues for Family NP
2 hrs  
CMN 572 Family NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 573 Family NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 574 Family NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 575 Family NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 576 Family NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 577 Family NP III 3 hrs  
CMN 680 Family NP Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
CMN 681  Family NP Residency I 3 hrs  
CMN 682  Family NP Residency II  3 hrs  
CMN 683  Family NP Residency III  3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option V Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner            Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610 Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 558  Introduction to Pediatric Acute Care NP  3 hrs  
MCN 562  Pediatric Acute Care NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 563  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 564  Pediatric Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 565  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 566  Pediatric Acute Care NP Practicum II 4 hrs  
MCN 567  Pediatric Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 604 Pediatric Acute Care NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
MCN 617  Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 618  Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 619  Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours     60
Option VI Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner    Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organization & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 548  Introduction to Pediatric Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 551  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in
Pediatric Health NP
2 hrs  
MCN 552  Pediatric Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 553  Pediatric Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 554  Pediatric Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 555  Pediatric Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 556  Pediatric Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 557  Pediatric Health NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 654 Pediatric Primary Care NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
MCN 655  Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 656  Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 657  Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option VII Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner                 Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
CMN 548 Introduction to Family Psychiatric NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 551  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psychiatric NP 2 hrs  
CMN 552  Family Psychiatric NP I    3 hrs  
CMN 553  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum I  3 hrs  
CMN 554  Family Psychiatric NP II  3 hrs  
CMN 555  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum II  3 hrs  
CMN 556  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 557  Family Psychiatric NP III  3 hrs  
CMN 604 Family Psychiatric NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
CMN 617  Family Psych NP Residency I  3 hrs  
CMN 618  Family Psych NP Residency II  3 hrs  
CMN 619  Family Psych NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option VIII Women's Health Nurse Practitioner                Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice   3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 538 Introduction to Women's Health NP  3 hrs  
MCN 541   Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Women’s Health NP Nursing  2 hrs  
MCN 542  Women's Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 543  Women's Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 544  Women's Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 545  Women's Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 546  Women's Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 547  Women's Health NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 644 Women's Health NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
MCN 645  Women's Health NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 646  Women's Health NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 647  Women's Health NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option IX Neonatal Nurse Practitioner           Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 568  Introduction to Neonatal NP I   3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 572  Neonatal NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 573  Neonatal NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 574  Neonatal NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 575  Neonatal NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 576  Neonatal NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 577  Neonatal NP III 3 hrs  
MCN  674 Neonatal NP Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
MCN 675  Neonatal NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 676  Neonatal NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 677  Neonatal NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   60
Option X Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult-Gerontological Health      Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing  3 hrs  
NU 610 Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613 Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   29-33
NU 515  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role I 2 hrs  
AHN 516  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum I 3 hrs  
NU 516   Clinical Concepts & CNS Role II 3 hrs  
AHN 517  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum II 3 hrs  
NU 517  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role III 3 hrs  
AHN 518  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum III 3 hrs  
AHN 519 Diag. Reason & Adv. Pat. Mgt. CNS (Elective Course) 4 hrs  
AHN 634 Adult-Geron CNS Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
AHN 635  Adult-Geron CNS Residency I 3 hrs  
AHN 636  Adult-Geron CNS Residency II 3 hrs  
AHN 637  Adult-Geron CNS Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   53-57
Option XI Executive Nursing Administration                            Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   6
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management  Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 539  Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   31
NU 561  Nursing Administration Concepts & Theory 3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
NU 566  Nursing Administration Field Study 4 hrs  
NU 567  Nursing Administration Internship 3 hrs  
NU 568   Nursing Administration Seminar 3 hrs  
HSC 571  Managing Health Care Personnel 3 hrs  
NU 661 Nursing Administration Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
NU 662  Nursing Administration Residency I 3 hrs  
NU 663  Nursing Administration Residency II 3 hrs  
NU 664  Nursing Administration III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   61
Option XII Nursing Informatics                           Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   12
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management  Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
ISC 550  Health Data Security and Computer 3 hrs  
ISC 555  Health Data Management and Decision Support Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   25
NU 539  Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 556  Informatics and Quality of Care Improvement 3 hrs  
NU 557  Clinical Informatics Practicum I 2 hrs  
NU 558  Seminar in Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 559  Clinical Informatics Practicum II 2 hrs  
NU 656  Informatics Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
NU 657  Informatics Residency I 3 hrs  
NU 658  Informatics Residency II 3 hrs  
NU 659  Informatics Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   61

Master Of Science Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader To DNP Bridge To Executive Nursing Administration

Executive Nursing Administrative  Credit Hours
Bridge Courses  6
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
NU 560  Administration and Management for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
Core Course   18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   12
NU 661  Nursing Administration Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
NU 662  Nursing Administration Residency I 3 hrs  
NU 663  Nursing Administration Residency II 3 hrs  
NU 664  Nursing Administration Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   42

BSN TO DNP Curriculum

The BSN to DNP curriculum consist of 69 to 87 credits. The program can be completed in 9 semesters of full-time study or in twelve semesters of part-time study. Full-time study is defined as six or more credits per semester. Permission to take more than 12 credits per semester must be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs prior to the student enrolling. The program must be completed within 7 years of matriculation.

Course work is offered on-line and students are required to come to campus at least one time when they begin the clinical portion of their specialty program for an intensive classroom, clinical skills,  and evaluation sessions. Specialty tracks within the College of Nursing's graduate program require a practice component.  Faculty assists students in locating a site and preceptor if it is indicated. Students who are unsuccessful in being accepted by an agency in their home community may have to travel to another area to complete practice requirements or withdraw from the program. 

The program does not require a thesis or dissertation; however, students are required to complete a major synthesis project that results in a quality improvement change and has a substantial effect on health care outcomes. Residency requirements for the synthesis project can be completed in the student's home region with an approved mentor.

BSN TO DNP Curriculum for BSN-Prepared Registered Nurses

Option I Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner                       Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
AHN 568  Introduction to Adult-Geron Acute
Care NP 
3 hrs  
AHN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Acute Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 572  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I  3 hrs  
AHN 573  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 574  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 575   Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II  3 hrs  
AHN 576  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
AHN 577  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP III 3 hrs  
AHN 604 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
AHN 617  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
AHN 618 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
AHN 619  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option II Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner                      Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
AHN 581  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Adult-Geron Primary Care NP 2 hrs  
AHN 588  Introduction to Adult-Geron Primary
Care NP
2 hrs  
AHN 591  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP I 2 hrs  
AHN 592  Adult-Geron Primary Car NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
AHN 593  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP II 3 hrs  
AHN 594  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
AHN 595  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP III 2 hrs  
AHN 596  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Practicum III  
4 hrs  
HSC 601  Intro to Interprofessional Education 1 hr  
HSC 602  Team Building 1 hr  
HSC 603  Assessment of Vulnerable Populations 1 hr  
AHN 693 Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
AHN 694  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
AHN 695  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
AHN 696  Adult-Geron Primary Care NP
Residency III
3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option III Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP)                     Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   48
AHN 538  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues 2 hrs  
AHN 548  Family Primary Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 549  Family Primary Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 550  Family Primary Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 551  Family Primary Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  
AHN 552  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP I 4 hrs  
AHN 553  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum I 4 hrs  
AHN 554  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP II 4 hrs  
AHN 555  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP Practicum II 5 hrs  

AHN 670 Adult-Geron Acute Care NP (DR) Project Planning & Development
Or
AHN 680 Family NP (DR) Project Planning & Development

3 hrs


3 hrs

 

AHN 671  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP (DR) Residency I
Or
AHN 681 Family NP (DR) Residency I

3 hrs

3 hrs

 

AHN 672  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP (DR) Residency II
Or
AHN 682  Family NP (DR) Residency II

3 hrs

3 hrs

 

AHN 673  Adult-Geron Acute Care NP (DR) Residency III
Or
AHN 683  Family NP (DR) Residency III

3 hrs

3 hrs

 
Total Credit Hours   81
Option IV Family Nurse Practitioner                           Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
CMN 568  Introduction to Family NP 3 hrs  
CMN 571  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family NP 2 hrs  
CMN 572  Family NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 573  Family NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 574  Family NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 575  Family NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 576  Family NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 577  Family NP III 3 hrs  
CMN 680  Family NP  Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
CMN 681  Family NP Residency I 3 hrs  
CMN 682  Family NP Residency II 3 hrs  
CMN 683  Family NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option V Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner                          Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced
Practice Nurses
3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 558  Introduction to Acute Care Pediatric NP 3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion/disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 562  Acute Care Pediatric NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 563  Acute Care Pediatric NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 564  Acute Care Pediatric NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 565  Acute Care Pediatric NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 566  Acute Care Pediatric NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 567  Acute Care Pediatric Care NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 604  Pediatric Acute Care NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
MCN 617  Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 618  Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 619  Pediatric Acute Care NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option VI Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner                        Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 548  Introduction to Pediatric Health NP 3 hrs  
MCN 551  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Pediatric Health NP 2 hrs  
MCN 552  Pediatric Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 553  Pediatric Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 554  Pediatric Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 555  Pediatric Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 556  Pediatric Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 557  Pediatric Health NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 654  Pediatric Primary Care NP Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
MCN 655  Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 656  Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 657  Pediatric Primary Care NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option VII Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner                        Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance     3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
CMN 548  Introduction to Family Psychiatric NP  3 hrs  
CMN 551  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family Psychiatric NP 2 hrs  
CMN 552  Family Psychiatric NP I 3 hrs  
CMN 553  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
CMN 554  Family Psychiatric NP II 3 hrs  
CMN 555  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
CMN 556  Family Psychiatric NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
CMN 557  Family Psychiatric NP  III 3 hrs  
CMN 604  Family Psych NP Project Planning & Development      3 hrs  
CMN 617  Family Psych NP Residency I 3 hrs  
CMN 618  Family Psych NP Residency II 3 hrs  
CMN 619  Family Psych NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option VIII Women's Health Nurse Practitioner                        Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 538  Introduction to Women’s Health NP  3 hrs  
MCN 541  Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Women’s Health NP Nursing 2 hrs  
MCN 542  Women’s Health NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 543  Women’s Health NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 544  Women’s Health NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 545  Women’s Health NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 546  Women’s Health NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 547  Women’s Health NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 644  Women's Health NP Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
MCN 645  Women's Health NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 646  Women's Health NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 647  Women's Health NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option IX Neonatal Nurse Practitioner                      Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   36
MCN 568  Introduction to Neonatal NP  3 hrs  
MCN 571  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Neonatal and Acute Care Pediatric NP 2 hrs  
MCN 572  Neonatal NP I 3 hrs  
MCN 573  Neonatal NP Practicum I 3 hrs  
MCN 574  Neonatal NP II 3 hrs  
MCN 575  Neonatal NP Practicum II 3 hrs  
MCN 576  Neonatal NP Practicum III 4 hrs  
MCN 577  Neonatal NP III 3 hrs  
MCN 674  Neonatal NP Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
MCN 675  Neonatal NP Residency I 3 hrs  
MCN 676  Neonatal NP Residency II 3 hrs  
MCN 677  Neonatal NP Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   69
Option X Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult-Gerontological Health         Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems          3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611  Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   9
NU 518  Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 545  Physiological-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 hrs  
NU 578  Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   29-33
NU 515  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role I 2 hrs  
AHN 516  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum I 3 hrs  
NU 516   Clinical Concepts & CNS Role II 3 hrs  
AHN 517  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum II 3 hrs  
NU 517  Clinical Concepts & CNS Role III 3 hrs  
AHN 518  Adult-Geron CNS Practicum III 3 hrs  
AHN 519 Diag. Reason & Adv. Pat. Mgt. CNS (Elective Course) 4 hrs  
AHN 634  Adult-Geron CNS Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
AHN 635  Adult-Geron CNS Residency I 3 hrs  
AHN 636  Adult-Geron CNS Residency II 3 hrs  
AHN 637  Adult-Geron CNS Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   62-66
Option XI Executive Nursing Administration          Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607  Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership   3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment   3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care   3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   6
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 539  Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   31
NU 561  Nursing Administration Concepts
& Theory
3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
NU 566  Nursing Administration Field Study 4 hrs  
NU 567  Nursing Administration Internship 3 hrs  
NU 568  Nursing Administration Seminar 3 hrs  
HSC 571  Managing Health Care Personnel 3 hrs  
NU 661 Nursing Administration  Project Planning
& Development
3 hrs  
NU 662  Nursing Administration Residency I 3 hrs  
NU 663  Nursing Administration Residency II 3 hrs  
NU 664  Nursing Administration Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   61
Option XII Nursing Informatics               Credit Hours
Core Courses 18
NU 607 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice    3 hrs  
NU 610  Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
Research Courses   6
NU 608  Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 hrs  
NU 611 Translating Evidence Into Practice Systems 3 hrs  
Support Courses   12
NU 562  Administrative Concepts & Resource Management Field Study 3 hrs  
NU 565  Nursing Administration Finance 3 hrs  
ISC 550  Health Data Security and Computer 3 hrs  
ISC 555  Health Data Management and Decision Support Systems 3 hrs  
Specialty Courses   25
NU 539 Introduction to Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 556  Informatics and Quality of Care Improvement 3 hrs  
NU 557  Clinical Informatics Practicum I 2 hrs  
NU 558  Seminar in Nursing Informatics 3 hrs  
NU 559  Clinical Informatics Practicum II 2 hrs  
NU 656  Informatics Project Planning & Development 3 hrs  
NU 657  Informatics Residency I 3 hrs  
NU 658  Informatics Residency I 3 hrs  
NU 659  Informatics Residency III 3 hrs  
Total Credit Hours   61

Subspecialties: The following can be added to the above pathways as designated.

Cardiovascular - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP and Dual Role specialty can add these 8 credit hours.

Palliative Care - students who are in an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult-Gerontological Health, or Family NP can add these 9 credit hours.

Nurse Educator - any student can add these 11 credit hours to their curriculum.

Clinical Lipidology - students who are in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP, Adult- Gerontological Primary Care NP, Family NP, Women's Health NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Adult-Gerontological Health, or Dual Role specialty can add these 8 credit hours.

Advanced Forensic Nursing Care – students who are enrolled in any graduate nursing specialty or who have already received an MSN degree can add these 9 credit hours.

Cardiovascular Option (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
AHN 630  Dysrhythmias and the Heart 2
AHN 631  Foundations of Cardiac Care 2
AHN 632  Diagnosis and Management of Acute Cardiovascular Disorders 2
AHN 633  Dig/Management Complex Cardiovascular Disorders 2
Palliative Care Option (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
AHN 530  Foundations of Palliative Care and the Advanced Practice Role 2
AHN 531  Advanced Palliative Care and End of Life  
AHN 532  Advanced Chronic Illness Care
AHN 533  Advanced Palliative Care Practicum
Nurse Educator Option (11 credit hours) Credit Hours
NU 620  Instructional Design and Technology for Nurse Educators 3
NU 621  Current & Outcomes Evaluation Nursing Education 3
NU 622  Nursing Education Role Synthesis 2
NU 623  Nursing Education Synthesis Practicum 3
Clinical Lipidology Option (8 credit hours) Credit Hours
HSC 595  Evidence Based Lipid Practice 2
HSC 596  Advanced Vascular Biology 2
HSC 597  Advanced Pharmacology for Complex Dyslipidemia 2
HSC 598  Diagnosis and Management of Complex Dyslipidemia 2
Advanced Forensic Nursing Care Option (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
NU 500 Exploring Cultures of Sexual Assault Victim Populations Across the Lifespan 2
NU 502 Care of the Sexual Assault Victim Practicum 1
NU 503 Trauma Informed Care of the Sexual Assault Victim Population 2
NU 504 Advanced Pharmacologic Care Post Sexual Assault 2
NU 505 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: Supportive Care of Comorbidities Post Sexual Assault 2

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students in full-time status. Additional information and an application can be obtained from the Scholarships Web Page on the USA College of Nursing Web Site at
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/con/students/scholarships.html.

Descriptions Of All Nursing Courses:

 

General Education Requirements

College of Nursing General Education Requirements
Area I. Written Composition (6 HRS) 

EH 101 English Composition (3)

EH 102 English Composition (3)

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (Total of 12 HRS)

Fine Arts elective (Intro Music, Drama, Art HY or surveys (3)

Literature elective* (American, British, or World (3)

CA 110- Public Speaking (3)

Humanities elective (3)
(Choose from literature, philosophy, foreign language, music, art, drama, communication, or religion)                                      

Area III. The Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 HRS)

BLY 101 Life Sciences with Lab or higher (4)

MA 110 or MA 112 Pre-calculus (3)

CH 101 Chemistry with Lab or higher (4)

IV. History, Social & Behavioral Sciences* (12 HRS)

PSY 120 Intro to Psychology (3)

History elective* (US, West Civ) (3)

History/Social/Behavioral SC elective (3)

History/Social/Behavioral SC elective (3)
(Choose from psychology, sociology, history, political science, geography, anthropology, or economics)

V. Major Requirements (20 hours)

BLY 213 Microbiology and Lab (4)

BMD 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (4)

BMD 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab (4)

ST 210 Statistics or BUS 245 Applied Bus. Stats (3)

CIS 150 Intro to Computer Applications elective (3)

Economics elective (Micro or Macro) (3)