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Nursing (BSN) - Traditional

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General Education Requirements (62 Credit Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Credit Hours)

  1. 3 Credit hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 Credit hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)

  1. 3 Credit hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 Credit hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 3 Credit hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  4. 3 Credit hours from:  AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 101, LG 102, LG 111, LG 112, LG 121, LG 122, LG 131, LG 132, LG 141, LG 142, LG 151, LG 152, LG 153, LG 171, LG 172, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272, LG 273, LGS 101, LGS 102, LGS 106, LGS 107, LGS 110, LGS 111, LGS 131, LGS 141, LGS 142, LGS 161, LGS 162, LGS 171, LGS 172, LGS 181, LGS 182, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, LGS 241, LGS 242, LGS 261, LGS 262, LGS 281, LGS 282, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11 Credit Hours)

  1. 3 Credit hours from:  MA 110, MA 112

  2. 8 Credit hours from:  BLY 101 & BLY 101L, CH 101 & CH 101L

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Credit Hours)

  1. 3 Credit hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 9 Credit hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V – (21 Credit Hours)

  1. 4 Credit hours from:  BLY 213 & BLY 214, BMD 210 & BMD 210L

  2. 8 Credit hours:  BMD 251, BMD 252

  3. 3 Credit hours from:  ST 210, BUS 245, PSY 220, ST 305

  4. 3 Credit hours:   CIS 150, **CIS 010

  5. 3 hours:  ECO 215, ECO 216

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136)

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor.

Major Requirements (62 Credit Hours)

Nursing (BS) Major Core (23 Courses, 62 Credit Hours)

  1. 62 Credit hours: HSC 342, HSC 343, NU 300, NU 301, NU 304, NU 325, NU 327, NU 311, NU 312, NU 332, AHN 447, AHN 448, CMN 350, CMN 351, CMN 420, CMN 421, MCN 352, MCN 353, MCN 354, MCN 355, NU 412, NU 414, NU 460

Minor Requirements (0 Credit Hours)

A minor is not required for this degree program


Notes:

PSY 120 is required

*CIS 150 Introduction to Computer Applications elective or **CIS 010 Computer Proficiency Exam (must replace 3 credits)


Additional Information

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 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. Demonstrate the application of theory and evidence from contemporary nursing science and related disciplines as a basis for clinical reasoning, management, and evaluation of professional nursing care through the use of professional writing and clinical judgment.

  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.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Traditional Pathway

Students wishing to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree who have not completed a prior bachelor degree, may apply to the University of South Alabama as a pre-nursing student. Upon completion of the Pre-nursing requirements, students may apply for admission to the Professional Component of the Traditional BSN Pathway.

Admission Criteria

  1. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on all prerequisite courses for the Traditional Pathway. 

  2. A minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite courses.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit an application for admission to the Professional Component of the BSN degree program.  The application form is available on the College of Nursing's website. Applications are reviewed carefully to determine that students have satisfied all pre-nursing requirements, and satisfy the requirements of emotional and physical health, conduct, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing. The College of Nursing Admissions Committee and the Dean of the College of Nursing reserve the right to select the applicants best qualified for and most likely to succeed in the study of nursing. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alabama merits immediate dismissal from the nursing program. 

  1. Submission of a completed online application to the College of Nursing is required.

  2. Payment of $50 non-refundable application fee via debit or credit card.  There is a $20.00 fee for non-sufficient funds.

  3. Transfer credit must comply with College of Nursing policies.

  4. Notification of missing documents will be sent to your JagMail email account.

  5. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance required upon admission.

  6. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Deadline is March 15

Spring Semester Deadline is July 15

Summer Semester Deadline is January 15

In keeping with the dynamic changes in the nursing and health field, the baccalaureate 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. Applicants MUST meet with their advisor at least two semesters before applying to the Professional Component.

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 throughout all course work, 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 students must complete for admission:  BLY 101 with Lab, MA 110 or MA 112, and CH 101 with Lab, and be 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 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.

Academic Progression Policy

The University of South Alabama College of Nursing will recommend for promotion only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of emotional and physical health, conduct, scholastic achievement, and aptitude for nursing.  Students continually in adjustment difficulties may be dropped from the nursing program. 

  1. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all nursing courses.  A student may repeat only one nursing course.  Students repeating a course must take NU 302 Essentials of Professional Nursing at the same time.

  2. Student receiving a failing grade in either a didactic course or a clinical course that are co-requisite must repeat both courses the following semester to progress in the program.

  3. Students withdrawing from a first semester course "failing" must take NU 302 Essentials of Professional Nursing.

  4. A second "D", "F", or "U" will result in an academic dismissal from the College of Nursing.

  5. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at USA is required to continue in the nursing program.  Students with a GPA below 2.0 may not register for nursing courses.

  6. A dosage calculation test is required prior to promotion to NU 300/NU 301, MCN 352/MCN 353, MCN 354/MCN 355, and AHN 447/448 and NU 460. A score of 100% on one of three attempts or successful completion of standards based grading opportunities must be achieved to pass.  

  7. After completion of the ATI Capstone course embedded into NU 412, all students are required to complete the ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor. If the student is unsuccessful on the ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor, the faculty-selected NCLEX remediation questions will be assigned with completion necessary to pass the course. All students, regardless of ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor performance, are also required to attend the 3-day ATI Live Review given on campus each semester. Failure to complete the ATI Capstone course, ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor and/or remediation, other course requirements as stated in the syllabus, and attend the ATI Live Review will result in a grade of “U” (unsatisfactory) for the NU 412 course and the student must repeat NU 412 the next term.

  8. Failure to show good ethical and moral character including but not limited to any of the following may result dismissal from the program: (a) conviction of a crime, (b) disciplinary action against a nursing license in Alabama or any other state, (c) positive drug test, (d) adverse background check, or (e) disruptive behavior, including online behavior.  All students must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately or no later than 48 hours of any of the above stated incidents.

  9. All students must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean of the College of Nursing immediately or no later than 48 hours following an arrest.  Failure to report an arrest may result in removal from the program.

  10. All students are subject to testing for controlled substances and must submit to random drug testing as requested.  A positive test or refusal to submit to testing will result in removal from the program. 

  11. All students are subject to a background check and must submit to additional background checks as requested. An adverse finding or refusal to submit to a background check may result in removal from the program.

  12. 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.

Uniform Policy

The Uniform policy is provided to students at the time of admission.

Graduation Requirements

Traditional BSN students who will complete all degree requirements are required to apply for graduation by the application deadline established by the Registrar’s Office.  Deadlines for each semester application are located on the Registrar’s website at https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/registrar/commencement/index.html.

 

  

Multiple Degree Plans available.  Select to view Option:

Nursing (BSN) :  traditional for History Sequence (120 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 101 English Composition I 3
MA 110 or MA 112 Finite Math or Pre-calculus Algebra 3
BLY 101/BLY 101L Life Sciences with Lab 4
HY 101 or HY 135 Western Civilization or US History to 1877 3
HSC 101 or NU 101 Interprofessional Freshman Seminar OR Freshman Seminar in Nursing 2
     
      Total Hours 15 

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 101/CH 101L Chemistry with a Lab 4
EH 102 English Composition II 3
**Area II, C Fine Arts Elective 3
*PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology (**Area IV, B) 3
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
     
      Total Hours  16

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
BMD 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab 4
BLY 213/BLY 214 L OR BMD 210/BMD 210L

Microbiology & Lab OR
Microbiology in Healthcare & Lab 

EH 215, EH 225, or EH 235 Literature Elective 3
**Area II, D Humanities Elective 3
ST 210, BUS 245, PSY 220, or ST 305 Statistics Elective 3
     
      Total Hours  17

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
BMD 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4
ECO 215 or ECO 216 Economics Elective 3
HY 102, HY 136 Second History in series 3
CIS 150 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
**Area IV, B History, Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
     
      Total Hours 16 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
NU 325 Health Assessment 3
NU 327 Pathophysiological Basis of Nursing 3
HSC 343 Clinical Pharmacology 3
NU 311 Clinical Nursing Skills 3
NU 312 Clinical Skills Immersion 1
HSC 342 Administration of Meds 1
      Total Hours  14

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
NU 300 Foundations Professional Nursing 5
NU 301 Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical 3
CMN 350 Psych/Mental Health Nursing 2
CMN 351 Psych/Mental Health Clinical 2
NU 304 Evidence Based Practice 3
     
      Total Hours 15 

Third Year - Summer Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MCN 352 Obstetric & Gynecologic Nursing Care 2
MCN 353 Obstetric & Gynecologic Nursing Care 2
MCN 354 Pediatric Nursing Care 2
MCN 355 Pediatric Nursing Care Clinical 2
     
     
      Total Hours
 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
AHN 447 Adult-Geron Nursing 4
AHN 448 Adult-Geron Nursing Clinical 4
CMN 420 Community Health Nursing 3
CMN 421 Community Health Nursing Clinical 1
     
      
      Total Hours 12 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
NU 332 Clinical Nutrition 2
NU 412 Nursing Decision Making & Delegation of Nursing Practice 3
NU 414 Issues and Trends 3
NU 460 Practicum
     
     
      Total Hours  13
Notes
*Recommended Course
**See Degree Requirements
 
 



Nursing (BSN) : Traditional for Literature Sequence (120 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 101 English Composition I 3
MA 110 or MA 112 Finite Math or Pre-calculus Algebra  3
BLY 101/BLY 101L Life Sciences with Lab 4
HY 101 or HY 135 Western Civilization or US History to 1877 3
HSC 101 or NU 101 Interprofessional Freshman Seminar OR Freshman Seminar in Nursing 2
     
     
      Total Hours 15 

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 101/CH 101L Chemistry with a Lab 4
EH 102 English Composition II 3
**Area II, C Fine Arts Elective 3
*PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology (**Area IV, B) 3
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
     
     
      Total Hours 16 

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
BMD 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab 4
BLY 213/BLY 214L OR BMD 210/BMD 210L

 Microbiology & Lab Or
Microbiology in Healthcare & Lab

4
EH 215, EH 225, or EH 235 Literature Elective 3
**Area IV, B History, Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
ST 210, BUS 245, PSY 220, or ST 305 Statistics Elective 3
     
     
      Total Hours 17 

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
BMD 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4
ECO 215 or ECO 216 Economics Elective 3
EH 216, EH 226, EH 236  Second Literature in series 3
CIS 150 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
**Area IV, B History, Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
     
     
      Total Hours 16 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
NU 325 Health Assessment 3
NU 327 Pathophysiological Basis of Nursing 3
HSC 343 Clinical Pharmacology 3
NU 311 Clinical Nursing Skills 3
NU 312 Clinical Skills Immersion 1
HSC 342 Administration of Meds 1
     
      Total Hours 14 

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
NU 300 Foundations Professional Nursing 5
NU 301  Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical 3
CMN 350 Psych/Mental Health Nursing 2
CMN 351 Psych/Mental Health Clinical 2
NU 304 Evidence Based Practice 3
     
     
      Total Hours  15

Third Year - Summer Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
MCN 352 Obstetric & Gynecologic Nursing Care 2
MCN 353 Obstetric & Gynecologic Nursing Clinical 2
MCN 354 Pediatric Nursing Care 2
MCN 355 Pediatric Nursing Care Clinical 2
     
     
      Total Hours
 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
AHN 447 Adult-Geron Nursing 4
AHN 448 Adult-Geron Nursing Clinical 4
CMN 420 Community Health Nursing 3
CMN 421 Community Health Nursing Clinical 1
     
     
      Total Hours 12 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
NU 332 Clinical Nutrition 2
NU 412 Nursing Decision Making & Delegation of Nursing Practice 3
NU 414 Issues and Trends 3
NU 460 Practicum 5
     
     
      Total Hours  13
Notes
*Recommended Course
**See Degree Requirements
 
 
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 Leigh Minchew
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs   
Director of Clinical Affairs Emily Bentley
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Shanda Scott
Director of the DNP Program Casey Elkins
Director of Special Projects & Evaluation Rebecca Graves
Professors C..Dolan, S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris,  S. Rider, E. VandeWaa
Associate Professors K. Bydalek,  C. Elkins, R. Graves, K. Hamilton, T. Harlan, T. Huey, P. Johnson, S. Lawrence, A. Marass, 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, M. Baker, C. Baughn, E. Bentley, M. Bolton, A. Bowman, S. Brand, H. Breazeale, T. Brown, C. Butler,  L. Byrd, A. A. Campbell, A. Calvert Campbell, K. Cheshire, D. Copeland, L. Dailey, A. Davis,  S. Davis, W. Davis,  N. Dixon,  J. Ferry, A. Gilligan, M. Guy, C. Haboush, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, H. Horton, P. Huffman,  C. Jackson, B. Johnson, P. Johnson,  L. Jones, K. Jordan,  M. Korn, B. Lang, A. Lewis, C. Lewis,  S. Lewis, J. Lollar, C. Lynch,  C. McCarter, K. Miller, K. McMurtrey, T. Meyer, K. Miller, S. Montgomery, E. Moore, L. Moore, J. A. Otts, K. Pancione, T. Platt, W. Powell, D. Reed, S. Scott, J. Sellers,  T. Sikes-Doggett, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, T. Sturm, R. Thomas,  C. Thompson-Ferrell, M. Thread, A. Townsend, N. Turnham, S. Williams,  B. Woodmansee, A. Younce
Research Assistant Professors Candice Selwyn
Senior Instructors J. Cockrell, M. Meyer
Instructors K. Cooper, L. Emley, A. Holley, D. Hutto, S. James, R. Johnson, ,J. Ladnier,  B. Mosley, K. Norris, C. Pierce, C. Taylor,  B. Urquhart, S. Waweru, E. Woods
Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing Theresa Wright
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing Todd Harlan
Department Chair, Maternal/Child Health Nursing Tricia Huey
Director, Academic Advising Mary Phillips
Academic Advisors Jennifer Bouvier,  Kristen Dykes, Katelyn Foster, Leigh Holland, Camry McCants, Brenda Mosley,  Kristyn Seawell, Suzan Williams
Academic Records Specialists Lisa Brock
Clinical Placement Advising and Assessment Coordinator Kimberly McLean-Mundy
Clinical Affiliation Coordinators Elizabeth Collier, Shari Lord, Yolanda Mack

College of Nursing website
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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 program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

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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, to be aware of the University calendar,
http://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.