2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Nursing (M.S.) - Nurse Administrator Specialization


Program Coordinator/Contact

Heidi Mennenga, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 255, Box 2275
605-688-5178 or 1-888-216-9806 Ext. 3

Program Information

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

Program Outcomes

To prepare Nurse Administrators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners 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 to promote and translate evidence into practice to effectively tailor health care to diverse populations.
  • Use leadership strategies at the organizational and individual level to work with interprofessional teams to recommend quality improvement initiatives to provide safe healthcare delivery and improve population health.
  • Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, decrease health disparities, and address the diversity of health care needs.
  • Utilize informatics to enhance delivery of healthcare to a population.
  • Communicate effectively with populations to improve health through population- centered strategies of health promotion/disease prevention education.
  • Analyze and apply a broad spectrum of administrative functions such as management principles and business skills to influence health care delivery systems.

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

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-BC)*

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • At least 2000 hours of experience in a leadership, management, or administrative role with a primary responsibility for the daily operations and outcomes of one (1) or more unit(s)/departments within the last 3 years.
  • Complete 30 hours of continuing education in leadership, management, or administration within the last 3 years.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Nurse Executive - Advanced Board Certified (NEA-BC)*
  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or hold the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a graduate degree and either the baccalaureate or graduate degree must be in nursing.
  • At least 2000 hours of experience in a leadership, management, or administration position, with primary responsibility for organization-wide or system-wide operations and outcomes, that include nursing within the last 3 years.
  • Complete 30 hours of continuing education in leadership, management, or administration within the last 3 years.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML)*

To be eligible for the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) examination, a candidate must meet the target practitioner definition and fulfill one of the following requirements for education / work experience.

  • A valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse; and
  • A baccalaureate in nursing degree or higher plus one year of experience in a nurse manager/leader role.

OR

  • A valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, and
  • A baccalaureate in nursing plus 4 years of experience in an executive nursing role.

American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)

Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)*

To be eligible for the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) examination, a candidate must meet the target practitioner definition and fulfill one of the following requirements for education / work experience.

  • A valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse; and
  • Master’s degree or higher plus 2 years of experience in an executive nursing role. Once of the degrees must be in Nursing.

OR

  • A valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, and
  • A baccalaureate in nursing plus 4 years of experience in an executive nursing role.
American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)

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) Credits: 9

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


Additional Admissions Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 81 Internet-based
IELTS:  6.5 total band
Duolingo: 110

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

  • 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 course.
  • Completed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completed Compliance requirements: Clear Background check, clear FBI rolled fingerprint, clear drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.
  • Interview assessment reviewed by graduate faculty.
  • Applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for leaving that said program.  A letter of recommendation must also be submitted to the College of Nursing from the dean/director of their former program that includes the applicant’s standing in that program upon exit.

For applicants who completed their higher education within the United States:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.

For applicants who completed their higher education outside the United States:

  • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.

General Requirements


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

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