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2022-2023 Supplemental Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Supplemental Graduate Catalog

Nursing - MSN


Master of Science in Nursing


The WSSU Master of Science in Nursing Program focuses on the preparation of Advanced Nurse Educators (ANE) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). The ANE concentration is designed to prepare graduates to demonstrate master’s level nursing practice in a nursing specialty area, teach in undergraduate nursing programs, and to fulfill clinical education and staff development positions in hospitals and other health care organizations.  FNP graduates are prepared to provide comprehensive primary care to patients, across a broad range of health care settings, especially underserved and disadvantaged patients, and those of diverse ethnicity. Dedicated to the advancement of health and knowledge, both of these tracks are built on a strong foundation of science, health policy, health promotion, methodology and research.  Graduates achieve a personal and intellectual transformation, a global perspective, and a creative approach to meeting the changing needs of the community and society.

Both MSN programs (Advanced Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner) and the two post-MSN certificate options (Advanced Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner) offer advanced practice education, qualifying those who complete program requirements to take national certification exams. FNP MSN and FNP post-master’s certificate graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam. ANE MSN and ANE post-master’s certificate graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) certification exam. The post-baccalaureate Nursing Education Certificate prepares nurses for beginning teaching roles in nursing education.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN Program will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Provide primary health care including health promotion and disease prevention in order to improve health outcomes for patients and families in all economic levels.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other health care providers to improve quality of care and access to health care for diverse and underserved populations.
  • Function as expert clinicians in managing both acute and chronic physical and/or mental illness in a variety of settings.
  • Utilize research findings, evidenced-based practice strategies, technology, and creativity to improve the delivery and outcomes of health care.
  • Use ethical principles, standards of safe advanced nursing practice, and caring relationships to promote health and/or dignified death.
  • Stimulate change within the profession and improve management of the health care delivery system by addressing legal and economic policies and the psychosocial, cultural, and environmental factors that affect health care.
  • Demonstrate role development and commitment in the selected advanced practice role.
  • Synthesize a wide range of theories from nursing and other related disciplines and apply to practice.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for early admission to the Graduate Nursing program, applicants must submit a complete application by February 15th for Fall admission. The final date to be considered for Fall admission is June 30th

MSN Admission

Submit an Admission essay of 350-500 words describing the reason for choosing the MSN program at WSSU, short and long term goals, your understanding of the advanced nursing role (ANE or FNP), qualities you possess that will help you become an excellent advanced practice nurse and plans for your nursing career upon completion of MSN.

Transfer Credits

Subject to approval and review of transcript, up to 9 hours of graduate transfer credits may be applied to the Advanced Nurse Educator concentration and 10 hours of graduate transfer credits may be applied toward the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. Transfer credits will only be granted for graduate level courses completed with a grade of “B” or higher within the last five (5) years.

Degree Requirements

A total of thirty-nine (39) credit hours and two hundred and forty (240) practicum hours are required for completion of the ANE concentration; a total of fifty-one (51) credit hours and six hundred and seventy two (672) clinical hours are required for completion of the FNP concentration.

Time Limits for Degree Completion

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program can be completed within two years of full-time study. A student may not take longer than six years to complete the curriculum.

Courses

NUR 6201 - Advanced Practice Clinical Problems   

NUR 6243 - Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition   

NUR 6250 - Advanced Nurse Educator Role Preparation and Transition Practicum (72 Practicum Hours)   

NUR 6301 - Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice     

NUR 6305 - Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education    

NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies   

NUR 6310 - Advanced Pathophysiology    

NUR 6312 - Advanced Pharmacology   

NUR 6322 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families    

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance  

NUR 6324 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families    

NUR 6325 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adult in Families    

NUR 6326 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)    

NUR 6327 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)    

NUR 6328 - Curriculum Development  

NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project  

NUR 6336 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion   

NUR 6340 - Theoretical Foundations for the Advanced Nurse Educator   

NUR 6344 - Practicum in Nursing Education (104 Practicum Hours)    

NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice    

NUR 6423 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)  

NUR 6444 - Residency Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)    

NUR 6450 - Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology    

NUR 6511 - Advanced Health Assessment, Health Promotion, and Diagnostic Reasoning   

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

NUR 6201 - Advanced Practice Clinical Problems   

NUR 6301 - Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice   

NUR 6444 - Residency Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)   

NUR 6310 - Advanced Pathophysiology  

NUR 6312 - Advanced Pharmacology   

NUR 6324 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families   

NUR 6325 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adult in Families   

NUR 6327 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)  

NUR 6243 - Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition   

NUR 6326 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)  

NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice   

NUR 6423 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)    

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance    

NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies    

 

Winston-Salem State University

School of Health Sciences

Division of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Full-Time Plan of Study

Fall Year One
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6511 - Advanced Health Assessment, Health Promotion, and Diagnostic Reasoning   5
NUR 6310 - Advanced Pathophysiology    3
NUR 6301 - Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice     3
  Total 11
Spring Year One  
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6312 - Advanced Pharmacology    3
NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice    3
NUR 6325 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adult in Families    3
NUR 6423 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)    4
  Total 13
Summer Year One
Course Title Credits
NUR 6322 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families    3
NUR 6327 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)   3
  Total 6
Fall Year Two
Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies    3
NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project   1/3
NUR 6324 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families    3
NUR 6326 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)    3
  Total 10/12
Spring Year Two
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance    3
NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project    2/3
NUR 6444 - Residency Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)   4
NUR 6243 - Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition   2
  Total 11/12
 

Total Required Credits: 51

Thesis Option: 54

Total Clinical: 672

 

Note: This is a sample curriculum plan of study. An individual course of study and program completion time may vary. All course work must be completed within six years.

Updated 6/14/2012; 7/8/14; 8/20/2015 DRS; 7/26/2018 DR/LCA; 6/1/2021 LCA

 

Winston-Salem State University

School of Health Sciences

Division of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Part-Time Plan of Study

Fall Year One
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6301 - Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice    3
NUR 6310 - Advanced Pathophysiology   3
  Total 6
Spring Year One
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice    3
NUR 6312 - Advanced Pharmacology    3
  Total 6
Fall Year Two
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies    3
NUR 6511 - Advanced Health Assessment, Health Promotion, and Diagnostic Reasoning   5
  Total 8
Spring Year Two
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance    3
NUR 6325 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adult in Families   3
NUR 6423 - Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)    4
  Total 10
Summer Year Two
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6322 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families    3
NUR 6327 - Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)    3
  Total 6
Fall Year Three
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6134 - Scholarly Project or Thesis      1/3
NUR 6324 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families    3
NUR 6326 - Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum (144 Practicum Hours)   3
  Total 7/9
Spring Year Three
Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6134 - Scholarly Project or Thesis       2/3
NUR 6243 - Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition    2
NUR 6444 - Residency Practicum (192 Practicum Hours)    4
  Total 8/9
 

Total Credits:  51

Thesis Option:  54

Total Clinical:  672

 


Note: This is a sample curriculum plan of study. An individual course of study and program completion time may vary. All course work must be completed within six years.

Updated 6/14/2012; 7/8/2014; 8/20/2015 DRS; 7/26/2018 DR, LCA; 6/1/2021 LCA

Advanced Nurse Educator Concentration

NUR 6250 - Advanced Nurse Educator Role Preparation and Transition Practicum (72 Practicum Hours)   

NUR 6305 - Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education   

NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies    

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance    

NUR 6328 - Curriculum Development   

NUR 6336 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion   

NUR 6338 - Teaching and Learning Strategies   

NUR 6340 - Theoretical Foundations for the Advanced Nurse Educator    

NUR 6344 - Practicum in Nursing Education (104 Practicum Hours)   

NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice    

NUR 6348 - Practicum in Health Problems (64 Practicum Hours)    

NUR 6450 - Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology   

 

Winston-Salem State University

School of Health Sciences

Division of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Advanced Nurse Educator (ANE)

Full-time Plan of Study

Fall Year One

Course Title Credit Hours

NUR 6336 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion   

3

NUR 6450 - Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology   

4

NUR 6340 - Theoretical Foundations for the Advanced Nurse Educator  

3

 

Fall Year One

Total Credit Hours

10

Spring Year One

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice   

3

NUR 6338 - Teaching and Learning Strategies  

3

NUR 6348 - Practicum in Health Problems (64 Practicum Hours)   

3

 

Spring Year One

Total Credit Hours

9

Summer Year One

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6328 - Curriculum Development  

3

 

Summer Year One

Total Credit Hours

3

Fall Year Two

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies   

3

NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project  

1/3

NUR 6305 - Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education   

3

NUR 6344 - Practicum in Nursing Education (104 Practicum Hours)   

3

 

Fall Year Two Total Credit Hours

10/12

Spring Year Two

Course Title Credit Hours

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance  

3

NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project  

2

NUR 6250 - Advanced Nurse Educator Role Preparation and Transition Practicum (72 Practicum Hours)   

2

 

Spring Year Two Credit Hours

7/8

 

Total Credits 39   

Thesis Option:  42

Total Practicum:  240

 

 

Winston-Salem State University

School of Health Sciences

Division of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Advanced Nurse Educator (ANE)

Part-time Plan of Study

 

Fall Year One

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6336 - Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion  

3

NUR 6450 - Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology   

4

 

Fall Year One Total Credit Hours

7

Spring Year One

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6345 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice  

3

NUR 6323 - Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance  

3

 

Spring Year One Total Credit Hours

6

Fall Year Two

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies   

3

NUR 6340 - Theoretical Foundations for the Advanced Nurse Educator   

3

 

Fall Year Two Total Credit Hours

6

Spring Year Two

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6338 - Teaching and Learning Strategies  

3

NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project  

2

NUR 6348 - Practicum in Health Problems (64 Practicum Hours) 

 

3

 

Spring Year Two Credit Hours

7

Summer Year Two

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6328 - Curriculum Development   

3

 

Summer Year Two

Total Credit Hours

3

Fall Year Three

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project   

1/2

NUR 6305 - Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education   

3

NUR 6344 - Practicum in Nursing Education (104 Practicum Hours)   

3

 

Fall Year Three

Total Credit Hours

7/8

Spring Year Three

Course Title

Credit

Hours

NUR 6334 - Scholarly Project  or Thesis 2

1/2

NUR 6250 - Advanced Nurse Educator Role Preparation and Transition Practicum (72 Practicum Hours)    

2

 

Spring Year Three

Total Credit Hours

3/4

 

Total Credits:  39

(Thesis Option: (42) 

Total Practicum:  240

 

Admission Requirements 

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Admission Requirements:

  • Complete WSSU MSN Program Admissions Application
  • Official report of GRE or MAT scores for FNP program applicants
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally recognized accredited college or university
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or greater
  • Official transcripts from all previous academic work
  • Undergraduate courses in statistics, research, and health assessment with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • One-year clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse (Waive for a GPA of 3.4 and combined GRE 1000 (New scale a minimum of Verbal-153 and Quantative-144)
  • Three Letters of Reference. The letter should reflect the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
  • Professional resume
  • Documentation of an active and unencumbered North Carolina or Compact State registered nurse license
  • Submit an Admission essay of 350-500 words describing the reason for choosing the MSN program at WSSU, short- and long-term goals, and your understanding of the advanced nursing role (ANE or FNP).
  • Complete MSN Supplemental Application

Post Master’s Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Complete WSSU Graduate Program Application
  • Master’s degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
  • Three Letters of Reference. The letter should reflect the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from all previous academic work (MSN and BSN)
  • Documentation of an active and unencumbered North Carolina or Compact State registered nurse license
  • Copy of Nurse Practitioner Certification for Nurse practitioner applicants
  • Submit an Admission essay of 350-500 words describing the reason for choosing the MSN program at WSSU, short and long term goals, and your understanding of the advanced nursing role (ANE or FNP).

Competencies

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (FNP)

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Competence in the domain of management of patient/illness.
  • Competence in the domain of the nurse practitioner-patient relationship.
  • Competence in the domain of teaching-coaching function.
  • Competence in the domain of professional role.
  • Competence in the domain of managing and negotiating health care delivery.
  • Monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice.

Advanced Nurse Educator Concentration (ANE)

Graduates of the Advanced Nurse Educator concentration will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Apply critical thinking when making effective decisions and solving problems creatively with students, colleagues, administrators, and members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Formulate learning objectives, learning strategies and activities in relationship to theories of teaching/learning
  • Evaluate therapeutic nursing interventions of students to facilitate role development in the delivery of health care
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and administrators
  • Integrate the role of scholarship, teaching, and service that foster improvement and innovation with health care nursing education environments
  • Analyze economical, political, ethical, legal, and regulatory standards, which influence nursing and nursing education with the focus on the needs of rural, diverse, vulnerable, and aging populations
  • Provide evidence-based teaching and practice the use of information technology.
  • Demonstrate curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate Master’s level practice skills.

All application materials should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Winston Salem State University
Anderson Center

Suite 1111/1112
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Departmental Links

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Master of Science in Nursing Webpage