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  Sep 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Nursing (M.S.) - Nurse Administrator Specialization


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Program Coordinator/Contact
Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
605-688-4114
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/nursing/graduate-nursing

Program Information
Established in 1979, the M.S. in Nursing at South Dakota State University prepares nurses for advanced practice in nursing administration, leadership, clinical practice, or education.

Program Outcomes
To prepare Nurse Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Educators who:

  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning,
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings, and
  • function in leadership roles.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes:  

  • Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines..
  • Display competence within the legal scope of practice for the chosen specialization. 
  • Evaluate and utilize research..
  • Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse life ways of clients. 
  • Seek to decrease health disparities among populations by addressing socioeconomic-political- cultural determinants of health. 
  • Use leadership, administration, and teaching strategies to improve nursing practice and health care delivery. 
  • Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, address the diversity of health care needs, and advance the nursing profession. 

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
Accreditation
The master’s degree in nursing at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Licensure
Students must provide evidence of professional registration by submitting a copy of the most current RN license.

Certification
After completing the program of study, graduates may be eligible to complete certification through several professional organizations.


Upon Completion of the M.S. in Nursing - Nurse Administrator Specialization, students may be eligible for the following certifications:

National Certification Eligibility Certifying Body
Nurse Executive - Board Certified (NE-BS)*
*requires candidate to have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration, OR a nursing management or executive consultation position, for at least 24 months full time equivalent in the last 5 years.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/

Nurse Executive - Advanced Board Certified (NEA-BC)*

*requires candidate to have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration, for at least 24 months full time equivalent in the last 5 years.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/

Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)*

*requires 2 years of experience (minimum of 1,040 hours per year) in a nurse manager role.

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

http://www.aone.org

Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)*

*requires 2 years of experience in an executive nursing role.

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

http://www.aone.org

 

Course Delivery Format
The program coursework is delivered online and includes a field-based practicum.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science Option A - Thesis 31 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Option C - Coursework Only


  • Electives (as approved by academic advisor): 9

Total Required Credits: 31 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)


Additional Admissions Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Department requirement of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS:  7.0 total band

In addition to meeting basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for graduate study in nursing must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE Accredited program with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical lab or within the first program year.
  • Completed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.
  • Interview with graduate faculty for FNP specialization only.
  • Completion of a written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interest and desired practice career.

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Master's Degree Requirements .

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