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1 The University of Scranton Department of Nursing Graduate Program

2 Master’s Degree Programs of Study Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Adult Health Nursing (AH) Nurse Anesthesia (NA) Completion Program for CRNAs, CNMs, CRNPs

3 Why choose The University of Scranton Graduate Nursing Program? n Faculty excellence in practice and scholarship n High certification pass rate and employment following graduation n Financial support n Student support Read on – See next few slides for details

4 Faculty n All of the full-time faculty teaching in the graduate program are doctoral prepared n Currently practicing CRNPs, CNSs, and CRNAs teach specialty/clinical courses n Faculty is highly published n Faculty is active in research and professional organizations

5 Graduates n Our FNP graduates have a 100% first-time pass rate on national certification examinations n Our NA graduates have a greater than 90% first- time pass rate on national certification examinations n More than 95% of the graduates from our master’s program are employed in their area of concentration or are pursuing further study

6 Financial Support n Currently students receive federal traineeship grant money n Several Graduate Assistantships, which pay tuition and a stipend, are available n Assistance with securing loans is available

7 Student Support n Each graduate student is assigned a faculty mentor/advisor who provides counseling and assists with program planning n Full-time faculty teach greater than 90% of the courses and have weekly posted office hours for consultation with students n Library and computer access and support are available

8 Admission Requirements n Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (Accelerated BSN-MSN program available) n Grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale n One year clinical nursing practice n Undergraduate Statistics and Physical Assessment n Interview n Additional for NA program – recent ICU/CCU experience, ACLS, PALS, two college chemistry courses

9 Accelerated BSN-MSN Program An accelerated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the student who does not hold a BSN. In the accelerated program, up to 12 graduate credits may also satisfy 12 undergraduate credit requirements. The student must enter at the undergraduate level and meet GPA requirements.

10 Admission Information n Students may begin course work in either the fall or spring semester for the FNP & AH programs n The deadline for applications for the NA program is Oct 1 of the year prior to expected enrollment n For additional information and application n Graduate Admissions Website: n Graduate Nursing Website:

11 Curriculum Adult Health - 37credits Family Nurse Practitioner - 46 credits Post master’s FNP - 27 credits Nurse Anesthesia - 60 credits Post master’s NA - 48 credits

12 Curriculum Master of Science Degree for Certified Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) for Certified Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) (CRNA, CRNP, CNM) 42 credits 21 University of Scranton credits required 21 validation credits awarded for prior education

13 Core Courses (taken by all graduate students) n Advanced Pathophysiology n Advanced Pharmacology n Advanced Clinical Assessment n Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing n Nursing Ethics n Research Methodology n Theory and Research Applications

14 Family Nurse Practitioner Program Objective: Prepare nurses to assess, diagnose, and treat common acute and chronic disorders, and to provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions and counseling in primary care settings.

15 Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses n Family Health Promotion n Health Problems in Developing Family n Health Problems in Established Family n Synthesis in Family Health Clinical Practicum n Approximately 2 days/week for 4 semesters

16 Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Is prepared to provide direct patient care in: n Private Offices - Physician / NP n Clinics n HMO’s n Business/Industry Employee Health n Home Health Care n Schools and College Student Health n Nursing Homes and Hospices

17 Adult Health Program Objective: n Prepare clinical nurse specialists with advanced competencies in nursing care of adults. In addition to the adult health (medical-surgical) specialty courses, the student also takes courses in nursing education.

18 Adult Health Nursing Specialty Courses n Advanced Adult Health Nursing I & II n Nurse Educator Role n Strategies for Teaching Nursing Clinical Practicum n Approximately 1 day/week for 4 semesters

19 Employment Opportunities for the Adult Health Graduate n Hospitals n Long-term Care/Home Care Facilities n Nursing Education n Health Care Businesses n Insurance Companies n Pharmaceutical Firms

20 Nurse Anesthesia Program Objective: Prepare nurses to function in the role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, able to administer all types of anesthesia in a variety of clinical settings.

21 Nurse Anesthesia Program This program is offered through an affiliation with Wyoming Valley Health Care System Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The specialty and clinical courses are taught at the hospital. The program is 25 continuous months in length and is full-time with classes and clinical during the day.

22 Master of Science Degree for Certified Advanced Practice Nurses (CRNAs, CRNPs, CNMs) Objective: Provide a course of study that will enable the certificate prepared APN to acquire a theoretical perspective important for advanced practice nursing.

23 Curriculum - MSN for APNs n 21 validation credits awarded n 21 Univ.of Scranton credits (7 courses) u Issues in APN u Nursing Ethics u Research Methodology u Theory and Research Applications u Application of Advanced Practice Concepts u Elective and Independent Study

24 National Certification Upon graduation, the FNP graduates are eligible for national certification through either the n American Nurses Credentialing Center OR n American Academy of Nurse Practitioners The AH graduates are eligible through the n American Nurses Credentialing Center The NA graduates are eligible through the n Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

25 Program Length n FNP and AH programs can be completed in 2 years of full-time study, or 3 to 5 years of part-time study. n Master’s completion program can be completed in 2 years of part-time study. n Nurse anesthesia program is a 25 month full-time program, there is no part-time option for the NA program.

26 Scheduling – FNP and AH programs Classes – core courses are offered every year, specialty courses are on a two-year rotation; most classes are scheduled in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays Clinical is as arranged between the student and preceptor and can be at a site near the student’s home Clinical is as arranged between the student and preceptor and can be at a site near the student’s home Full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) study available – FT students have two evenings per week of class, PT students usually one evening per week

27 For Information and to Apply n Graduate Admissions Website: n Graduate Nursing Website:  specific information about the NA program call  For specific information about the NA program call n For specific information about the FNP and AH programs call


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