Master of Science in Nursing Program - On-Campus Dates

New Student Orientation

For students beginning classes Fall 2014: Friday, August 1, 2014, 9:30 – 4:00

For students beginning classes Spring 2015: Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:30 – 4:00

 

On-Campus Dates: All courses in the MSN program have periodic on-campus meetings. All non-clinical courses require between 1 and 3 on-campus meetings each semester. Advanced Health Assessment and the Nurse Practitioner Clinical courses meet 5 times a semester. Dates for on-campus meetings are published in the UCA Registration system at https://ssprod.uca.edu/pls/SSBPRODDAD/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched (or Schedule of Classes on the UCA website located through the A to Z Index) and are available to students when advance registration begins for the upcoming semester.

 

Campus Location: The UCA campus is located in Conway, Arkansas and approximately 35 miles from Little Rock, the state capital. It is easily accessible by I-40 and is 36 miles from the national airport in Little Rock, the Bill and Hilary Clinton National Airport. See http://uca.edu/maps/ for driving directions to campus.

Master of Science in Nursing Program - Program Outcomes

Graduates of the University of Central Arkansas’ MSN program will be able to:

  1. Engage in advanced nursing practice based on the integration of nursing science, related sciences and humanities, current evidence, clinical experience, and ethical principles.
  2. Provide leadership in practice and education to improve healthcare quality, safety, and patient outcomes.
  3. Use health information systems and technology to support lifelong learning, ensure safe practice environments, optimize healthcare outcomes and promote patient self-management.
  4. Participate in policy and regulatory processes to improve the healthcare delivery system, the health of the public, and the profession of nursing.
  5. Collaborate to improve systems of care, and to optimize patient and population health outcomes.
  6. Design and apply culturally responsive, patient-centered, evidence-based activities for population health improvement.
  7. Use translational science to generate meaningful evidence for nursing practice. Incorporate an evolving personal nursing philosophy based on professional nursing standards, practice accountability, and life-long learning.

Master of Science in Nursing Program - Curriculum Patterns of Enrollment

The curriculum patterns are designed for the working RN who enrolls on a part-time basis. These students bring valuable work experiences to their courses, and their courses enhance their work experiences. We have found that our students are able to manage school, work, and personal responsibilities with this pattern as long as they make arrangements for the additional time that their studies will require.

To allow students to complete the degree in a reasonable and expedient manner, beginning in 2014 cohorts of students are admitted twice a year and progress through the program on the same schedule. Students must prepare to maintain their schedule. If they withdraw from the pattern, a re-application is required and not guaranteed in order to re-enter the MSN program.

 

Nurse Practitioner Track - students beginning Fall 2014

This is being prepared and will be posted by March 15, 2014. It will require summer enrollment. Students beginning classes in August 2014 will graduate in December 2017.

Clinical Nurse Leader Track - students beginning Fall 2014

This is being prepared and will be posted by March 15, 2014. It will require summer enrollment. Students beginning classes in August 2014 will graduate in May 2017

Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty Track - students beginning Fall 2014

This is being prepared and will be posted by March 15, 2014. It will require summer enrollment. Students beginning classes in August 2014 will graduate in May 2017.

Nurse Practitioner Track - students beginning Spring 2015

This is being prepared and will be posted by March 15, 2014. It will require summer enrollment. Students beginning classes in January 2015 will graduate in December 2018.

Clinical Nurse Leader Track - students beginning Spring 2015

This is being prepared and will be posted by March 15, 2014. It will require summer enrollment. Students beginning classes in January 2015 will graduate in May 2018.

Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty Track - students beginning Spring 2015

This is being prepared and will be posted by March 15, 2014. It will require summer enrollment. Students beginning classes in January 2015 will graduate in May 2018.

Master of Science in Nursing Program - Curriculum and Course Description

MSN Foundation Courses (All Tracks – 15 credits)

NURS 6301 Research for Evidence Based Practice I

NURS 6304 Research for Evidence Based Practice II

NURS 6332 Health Policy and Economics

NURS 6347 Theoretical Bases of Nursing

NURS 6322 Epidemiology and Community Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

 

Clinical Foundation Courses (All Tracks – 9 credits)

NURS 6315 Advanced Health Assessment

NURS 6320 Advanced Pathophysiology

NURS 6325 Advanced Pharmacology

 

Clinical Nurse Leader Support Courses (CNL Track – 6 credits)

NURS 6327 Healthcare Quality and Leadership

NURS 6329 Healthcare Informatics

 

Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Support Courses (NECS Track – 9 credits)

NURS 6345 Evaluation in Nursing Education

NURS 6348 Instructional Design and Teaching Strategies

NURS 6350 Curriculum in Nursing Education

 

Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Leader Support Courses (CNL & NP Tracks – 3 credits)

NURS 6305 Educational Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice

 

Clinical Nurse Leader Clinical Courses (6 credits, 400 clinical hours required)

NURS 6370 CNL Immersion Practice I (100 clinical contact hours)

NURS 6371 CNL Immersion Practice II (300 clinical contact hours)

 

Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Clinical Courses (6 credits, 450 clinical hours required)

NURS 6340 Clinical Specialty Practicum (180 clinical hours)

NURS 6349 Nurse Educator Practicum (270 clinical hours)

 

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses

(12 to 17 credits, 540 to 720 clinical hours required based on specialty)

NURS 6520 Primary Care of Women and Children (180 clinical hours)

NURS 6521 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care I (180 clinical hours)

NURS 6526 of Adult/Gerontology Primary Care II (180 clinical hours)

NURS 61/6264 Clinical Immersion: Family Nurse Practitioner (2 credit hours, 180 clinical hours required)

NURS 61/6260 Clinical Immersion: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

(2 credit hours, 180 clinical hours required)

 

All Tracks (Optional Courses, Not Required)

NURS 5310 Ethics in Nursing

NURS 5325 Guide to Alternative/Complementary Health

NURS 5330 Cultural & Human Diversity

NURS 6143, 6243, 6343 Independent Study in Nursing

NURS 6344 Master’s Project

NURS 6110, 6210, 6410 Directed Practicum: Selected Populations

NURS 6199 – 6499 Continued Studies

 

Total Credit and Clinical Clock Hours per Track

CNL: 39 credit hours (400 clinical hours)

NECS: 39 credit hours (450 clinical hours)

FNP: 44 credit hours (720 clinical hours)

AGNP: 39 credit hours (540 clinical hours)

 

Course Descriptions – see http://uca.edu/gbulletin2013/courses/nursing/

 

Master of Science in Nursing - Application Process

Steps for Applying to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

The University of Central Arkansas' (UCA) Department of Nursing receives applications for admissions and most applicant credentials exclusivelythrough the Nursing Central Application Service (NursingCAS), provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Start the application process at http://www.nursingcas.org/
  1. Create an account and login to your secure NursingCAS online application. When creating an account, be sure to click 'yes' to the question: "Are you applying to a graduate level program in nursing?"
  1. When logged in, complete all the required items on the 'Application Checklist' as directed by the NursingCAS website. This includes entering coursework information and arranging for official transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS.
  1. In addition, the UCA Nursing Department also requires the following items to be submitted through NursingCAS (these items are indicated as 'Optional' on the NursingCAS website):
    1. In the 'Professional Experience' section, submit information regarding your work experience, professional activities, certifications, honors/awards, etc.
    2. In the 'References' section, submit two (2) reference forms:
  • One reference should be from your recent immediate supervisor;
  • The second reference should be from a professional colleague who has worked with you in your role as a BSN RN.
      • New BSN graduates may submit references from two clinical course faculty members but additional work references will be required prior to enrolling in clinical courses.
    1. In the 'Personal Statement' section, complete an essay that addresses the following:
  • Discuss how the MSN program and chosen track fits your career goals.
  • Provide an example of how your attributes and values will make you effective in your chosen MSN track.
  • Discuss your future employment goals in your chosen MSN track. Include the geographic area and population with whom you want to work.
  • Describe how you are going to manage your current obligations while taking courses (including clinical experiences) for the MSN degree.
  1. Be sure to designate University of Central Arkansas in the 'Designation' section of the application and link your essay. NursingCAS charges $65 for your application to be sent to the first program destination and $35 for each additional designation.
  1. International students should check the Admission Requirements tab for further information.
  1. Be sure to add NursingCAS.org to your safe email sender because we will communicate with you via email through NursingCAS.

 

Enrollment Requirements: Once accepted, candidates must complete the following before enrolling in courses:

1. Admission to the UCA Graduate School. If accepted to the MSN Program, applicants must submit a separate online supplemental application and application fee ($25) directly to the UCA Graduate School.

2. Satisfactory criminal background check through the UCA Department of Nursing provider.

3. Clean urine drug screen through the UCA Department of Nursing provider.

4. Verification of 1 year practice as a BSN RN with direct patient care in the last 3 years. New BSN graduates may submit verification of clinical hours associated with the BSN program but must submit verification of 1 year (2080 hours) of practice as a BSN RN in direct patient care prior to enrolling in clinical courses.

5. Attend the program orientation. (See On-Campus Dates tab)

If any of the above requirements are not satisfied, admission to the program may be rescinded.

 

Questions about your application and/or requirements should be directed to:

Ms. Rose Schlosser Department of Nursing, University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72035

Master of Science in Nursing - Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements (Admission to the MSN program is selective and competitive).

  1. Bachelor's degree in nursing from a CCNE, ACEN, or NLNAC accredited program.
  2. Current unencumbered RN license. Verification printed from the State Board of Nursing website.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours (4.0 scale).
  4. Completion of a basic statistics class with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  5. Graduate Records Examination (GRE) revised general test scores for verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.
  6. Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to score 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing center will be accepted as valid.
  7. Submit a completed application file (refer to Application Process tab). Admission to the MSN program is selective and competitive. Candidates are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. It might take six or more weeks to complete the application and for all the credentials to be received and verified through the centralized application service (NursingCAS).

Master of Science in Nursing - Application Dates

For classes beginning August 2014

  • Application period – January 15 through April 1, 2014
  • Final selection and notification - May 15, 2014

For classes beginning January 2015

  • Application period – May 15 through August 1, 2014
  • Final selection and notification – September 15, 2014

Master of Science in Nursing - General Information

The UCA Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for a working Registered Nurse (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. All nursing courses are offered online with periodic visits to the Conway campus required for each course (see On-Campus Dates tab). Each track meets the professional standards for that role preparation.

Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in the area of adult/older adult healthcare.  The NP is an advanced practice nurse who diagnoses; manages acute, episodic and chronic illness; and promotes health and disease prevention.

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in the area of family health, treating individuals across the life span. The NP is an advanced practice nurse who diagnoses; manages acute, episodic and chronic illness; and promotes health and disease prevention.

Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty Track - is for the graduate student who seeks to be an educator in higher education, staff education, or patient education. The student selects a clinical specialty in Community/Family; Geriatrics; Maternal/Newborn/Women's Health; Adult; Pediatrics; and Psychiatric/Mental Health.

Clinical Nurse Leader Track – is for the graduate student who seeks to be prepared in an emerging advanced nursing practice role. The CNL works within a health care system to improve patient care quality and safety at the point of care delivery.  The CNL may work in any health care setting with any patient population.

 

Post-Master’s Certificate and 2nd MSN Degree Options

These options are available to nurses who already have a graduate degree in nursing and wish to change their career focus by completing one of the above tracks.

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