School of Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
In addition to the extensive library and computer resources of the University, certain special resources within the School of Nursing provide support for graduate work.
The Research Office. The focus of this office is the promotion of funded research by nursing faculty members. The staff provides support and consultation services and compiles information about opportunities for research funding and presentations, including some for which graduate students are eligible. The computer laboratory is used for graduate courses and is available for graduate student research projects. The Research Office also provides employment opportunities for graduate students interested in experience as research assistants.
The Learning Center. The Learning Center includes an audiovisual and reference library, a graphic and audiovisual production studio, clinical simulation laboratories for teaching psychomotor nursing skills, and a computer classroom and user facility equipped with Macintosh and Windows-based computers. Group study rooms and individual study carrels are available.
The Southwest Center for Nursing History. The archives of the Texas Nurses Association, the Texas League for Nursing, and the Texas Occupational Health Nurses' Association are housed here. The center also contains the personal papers of many notable Texas nurses, a photographic collection, and historic nursing textbooks.
Clinical Research and Practice Sites. The School of Nursing has access to a wide variety of private practice and community and state facilities for field research and clinical placement. These include all major health care facilities in Austin and in several surrounding communities.
Graduate work in the School of Nursing may lead to either the Master of Science in Nursing or the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The master's degree program is designed to give students the theoretical, analytical, and clinical knowledge needed for advanced nursing practice, administration, or public health nursing. Those preparing for advanced practice should choose either the clinical nurse specialist track, with a concentration in holistic adult health nursing; or the nurse practitioner track, with a concentration in family or pediatric care. Students preparing for careers in maternal and/or child nursing should choose the parent-child nurse clinician concentration. Students preparing for careers in midlevel management of health care facilities should choose the concentration in nursing systems. Students preparing for careers in public health and care of populations in the community should choose the concentration in public health nursing.
The doctoral degree program emphasizes the acquisition of a sound foundation in nursing science and research methods as a basis for developing nursing knowledge and scholarship in one of the five nursing concentrations--holistic adult health, public health nursing, parent-child nursing, women's health, and nursing systems. Graduates of the doctoral program typically enter positions in nursing education, research, or executive management of health care agencies. Some prepare to make contributions to the development of nursing theory or health policy.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2002-2003.
Master of Science in Nursing
The entering student normally holds a bachelor's degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Registered nurses with nonnursing baccalaureate degrees may also apply; if admitted, these students must complete three bridge courses in public health nursing and nursing management before beginning work for the master's degree. Factors considered in the admission decision include satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test, with attention to the relative balance between verbal and quantitative scores; a grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division and graduate coursework; information derived from academic and professional references; professional background and goals; and proficiency in the English language. The composite picture presented by these factors is an important part of the admission review and decision.
The student is expected to complete an upper-division statistics course before admission or during the first semester of enrollment. Since all courses are not offered each semester, the student who waits to complete the statistics requirement after enrolling may find that his or her course sequence is altered. As a result, the student may need more time to complete the degree program. Before or at the time of enrollment, the student must meet the school's health requirements and must show evidence of physical assessment knowledge and skills, current licensure as a registered nurse in Texas, and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The student must purchase professional liability insurance through the School of Nursing.
The clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner tracks both require at least forty-eight semester hours of coursework, as does the parent-child nurse clinician concentration. The concentrations in nursing systems and public health nursing require at least thirty-nine semester hours. Preparation of a thesis is optional; when this option is chosen, an additional three to six semester hours are required.
The program is organized into four components: (1) core courses that provide advanced theoretical and research knowledge and a deeper understanding of professional issues; (2) courses in the student's concentration; (3) support courses from outside nursing; and (4) electives.
Completion of the concentration in nursing systems, the concentration in public health nursing, or the clinical nurse specialist track with a concentration in holistic adult health provides the academic basis for national certification exams in the respective specializations. Completion of the nurse practitioner track with a concentration in family or pediatric care makes these graduates eligible for the national certification exams in their areas.
Master of Science in Nursing: Alternate Entry
The alternate entry program is designed for people who are interested in providing health services and who hold at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing. It is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and is nationally accredited. Alternate-entry students may choose from concentrations in nursing systems, public health nursing, holistic adult health, and parent-child nursing. Depending on the concentration they choose, students must complete a minimum of either seventy-seven or eighty-six semester hours of coursework.
Admission requirements include at least a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing; satisfactory and relatively balanced verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test; a grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division and graduate coursework; satisfactory references; personal and professional goals compatible with the purpose of the program; and proficiency in the English language.
Prerequisite courses in the natural and behavioral sciences must be completed prior to enrollment. Before or at the time of enrollment, students must meet the school's health requirements and must provide evidence of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students must purchase professional liability insurance through the School of Nursing.
Program components are (1) accelerated foundation courses in all major clinical areas of nursing; (2) core courses that provide advanced theoretical and research knowledge and a deeper understanding of professional issues; (3) courses in one of the four nursing concentrations available to the alternate-entry student; (4) support courses from outside nursing; and (5) electives.
The alternate-entry student is eligible to take the licensure examination to become a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN) after completing the foundation courses. The student must be a registered nurse to enroll in concentration courses. The graduate who completes the concentration in nursing systems, the concentration in public health nursing, or the clinical nurse specialist track with a concentration in holistic adult health nursing has the academic basis for the national certification examination in the area of specialization.
Doctor of Philosophy
The entering student must be a registered nurse who holds a either a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The occasional student who holds no master's degree or a master's degree in another discipline will be required to complete prescribed graduate bridge courses in nursing as a condition of admission. Factors considered in the admission decision include satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test, with attention to the relative balance between verbal and quantitative scores; a grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division and graduate coursework; information derived from academic and professional references; professional background; congruence of the student's goals with the expertise of the nursing faculty; and proficiency in the English language. The composite picture presented by these factors is an important part of the admission review and decision.
The student is expected to complete an upper-division statistics course before admission or during the first semester of enrollment. In addition, the entering student takes a research placement examination to determine the appropriate sequence of nursing research courses. The student must pass a qualifying examination at about the end of the second year of study before entering candidacy for the degree.
The degree program requires completion of at least sixty-four semester hours of coursework beyond the master's degree. The coursework consists of (1) twenty-two hours in core courses focused on advanced theoretical, analytical, and research method skills; (2) thirty hours in the concentration the student has chosen, seminars, and related support courses; and (3) twelve hours in the dissertation courses.
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration
The objective of this joint degree program is to prepare nurses with bachelor's degrees for leadership positions in the health care industry, particularly in hospital and community-based administration. Admission is open to students with undergraduate degrees in nursing. Applicants must take both the Graduate Record Examinations General Test and the Graduate Management Admissions Test. Prerequisite courses in college algebra, business calculus, and upper-division-level statistics are required.
A student seeking admission to the joint degree program must apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Center and the McCombs School of Business. He or she must be accepted by both programs to be admitted to the joint program. Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program.
Upon admission to the joint degree program, the student must pay the nonrefundable enrollment deposit required by the McCombs School of Business. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling in the joint program and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit.
The student must complete a total of at least seventy-two hours of coursework in the School of Nursing and the McCombs School of Business. This coursework consists of fifteen hours in nursing core courses, fifteen hours in the concentration in nursing systems, twenty-seven hours of required coursework in business, nine hours in business electives, and six hours in free electives.
In the interest of public safety, there are legal restrictions on enrollment in some nursing courses and on eligibility for RN licensure. Clearance for criminal conviction is required before enrollment in psychiatric-mental health nursing courses. Licensure as a registered nurse is required to proceed beyond the foundation courses or to be employed as a professional nurse. Factors that may make an individual ineligible for licensure in Texas include prior denial of a license by a licensing authority; disciplinary action by a licensing/certifying authority; conviction for a crime other than a minor traffic violation; diagnosis/treatment/hospitalization in the past five years for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder; addiction or treatment for addiction to alcohol or any other drug during the past five years; issued an order concerning eligiblity for examination or licensure or received a proposal of ineligibility.
To avoid delay in course enrollment, delay or denial of licensure, or possible disciplinary action and criminal prosecution for later discovery of falsified records, those with a history of any of the noted factors are strongly urged to apply for a determination of eligibility for licensure. Request for a determination should be made as early as possible, before or upon enrolling in the nursing program. Such a determination, called a Declaratory Order, is issued by the Board of Nurse Examiners. For more information, send a written request for a Declaratory Order packet to the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, P O Box 430, Austin, Texas 78767-0430. Issuance of a Declaratory Order may take nine months or more. Information obtained during the investigation phase of the petition process is confidential. Once issued, Declaratory Orders are subject to the Texas Open Records Act.
Campus address: Nursing School (NUR) 2.104N, phone (512) 232-4701, fax (512) 232-4777; campus mail code: D0100
Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Student Affairs Office, School of Nursing, 1700 Red River Street, Austin TX 78701-1499
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