University Bulletin 2018-2019

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MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Bridge to DNP Executive Nursing Administration Pathway

(MSN/CNL to DNP/ENA) is for students who completed their MSN in the area of Clinical Nurse Leader and want to complete their DNP in the specialty area of Executive Nursing Administration.

Students may pursue a DNP in the specialty area of Nursing Executive Administration after receiving an MSN degree and successfully passing the CNL certification.

Students would be required to complete 36 credit hours of the DNP program and two bridge courses to matriculate from the Clinical Nurse Leader to the Nursing Executive Administration specialty. Graduates of this program would complete a total of 42 credits.

The following bridge courses are required for the Clinical Nurse Leader to matriculate to the DNP Nurse Executive Administration specialty option:

NU 560: Administration and Management for Advanced Nursing Practice
NU 565: Nursing Administration Finance

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 613  Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 hrs  
NU 612  Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 hrs  
NU 616  Data Management & Decision Making in Complex Health Care Systems 3 hrs  
NU 615  Quality Improvement Outcomes Assessment 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 3 hrs  
NU 567  Nursing Administration Internship 4 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 Credits   61


College of Nursing Administrative Staff (251) 445-9400
Interim Dean Heather Hall
Associate Dean for Research/Development Sharon Fruh
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Katherine Bydalek
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs Tracey Taylor
Director of Special Projects & Evaluation Rebecca Graves
Professors L. Chilton,  S. Fruh, J. Gunn, H. Hall, J. Harris,  A. Smith, E. VandeWaa, J. Varner
Associate Professors K. Bydalek,  K. Hamilton, T. Harlan, A. Hedger, T. Huey, K. McCoy,
J. McMillan, T. McMullan, L. Minchew, C. Myers, M. Nadler,
D. Swanzy, S. Williams-Evans, T. Wright
Assistant Professors A. Adams, J. Anderson, J. Azok, E. Bentley, M. Bolton, H. Breazeale, C. Butler,  A. A. Campbell, A. Calvert Campbell, C. Cheese, D. Copeland, N. Curtis, L. Dailey, W. Davis, C. Elkins, K. Erdlitz, A. Gilligan, R. Graves, M. Guy, L. Hammonds, S. Harlan, S. Harris, T. Huey, P. Huffman, P. Johnson, L. Jones, B. Lang, S. Lawrence, C. Lewis, J. Lollar, A. Marass, J. Miller, T. McMurtrey, T. Meyer, K. Miller, S. Montgomery, B. Moore, E. Moore, J. A. Otts, K. Pancione, T. Platt, W. Powell, D. Reed, B. Riley, S. Scott, A. Shing, S. Smith, K. Stauter, W. Stuart, T. Taylor, R. Thomas,  C. Thompson, A. Townsend, N. Turnham, M. Varnado,  N. Walls, S. Whitworth,  S. G. Williams, A. Younce
Senior Instructors S. Bertolla, S. Bihan, C. Herf, M. Meyer
Instructors C. Baughn, J. Cockrell, A. Davis, A. Holley, D. Hutto, K. Jordan, C. Lynch,  K. Norris, S. Scott, T. Sikes-Doggett, T. Sturdivant, T. Sturm, S. Waweru, B. Woodmansee
Interim Department Chair, Adult Health Nursing Theresa Wright
Department Chair, Community/Mental Health Nursing Todd Harlan
Interim 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 web site

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.


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.


  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.


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 (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120: Telephone (202)877-6791).

Application Procedures

Application forms are available on the College of Nursing's web site. 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. MSN and DNP applicants are also required to complete a primary application in Nursing CAS at

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.  Students not accepted during a certain term must submit a new application for admission to another term.

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, 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.