Nursing Overview

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N)

DIRECTOR: Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., MPH, RN, OFFICE: 205 Stallings Hall
COORDINATOR FOR NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM: Cynthia Collins, DNS, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC , OFFICE: 114 Stallings Hall
COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: Jane Savage, Ph.D., RN, CNE, OFFICE: 203 Stallings Hall

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The School of Nursing offers three different tracks in the M.S.N. program. Two are clinical tracks to prepare family and adult nurse practitioners, which are available for continuing nurse practitioner students only. Beginning in 2012, nurse practitioner preparation will occur in the post-BSN to DNP track. Please see Doctor of Nursing Practice section degree track section. The other master's track prepares nurse managers and accepts new students each semester.

Mission of the M.S.N. Program

The mission of the M.S.N. program is to prepare nurses to function in advanced roles in a variety of health care settings. The M.S.N. program seeks to develop critical thinking and ethical decision making skills as primary skills needed by all nurses in advanced roles. The curriculum is designed to educate nurses to provide effective and cost-efficient nursing care, and to provide leadership in improving and extending health care to specific populations.

Accreditation

Loyola’s bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) through spring 2015. To contact the NLNAC, use the following information. Address: 3343 Peachtree NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: (404) 975-5000

Nurse Practitioner Program Goals and Objectives

The N.P. is limited to currently enrolled students seeking a masters degree in the N.P.

The goals of the N.P. program are to:

  1. Provide graduate nursing education in the Jesuit tradition of respect for individuals from diverse cultures.
  2. Create opportunities for the development of expertise in an advanced practice role.
  3. Foster development of advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  4. Prepare advanced practice nurses capable of improving health care and initiating change in the health care delivery system.
  5. Foster professional identity as an advanced practice nurse.

The objectives of the N.P. program are that graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate the influence of beliefs, values, and economic status on the provision of health care and client health behaviors.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning in the implementation of advanced therapeutic interventions with clients across the life cycle.
  3. Function in collaborative advanced practice roles as members of interdisciplinary teams in a variety of health care settings.
  4. Demonstrate mastery in the use of contemporary communication tools and techniques.
  5. Contribute to the development of the discipline of nursing through the application of nursing and related theory and research to practice.
  6. Critically analyze current health care policies and practices.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for legal and ethical standards of advanced practice.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for advanced nursing practice.

Health Care Systems Management Program Goals and Objectives

The goals of the H.C.S.M. program are to:

  1. Provide graduate nursing education in the Jesuit tradition of respect for diverse cultures.
  2. Create opportunities for the development of expertise as client care managers or managers of health care systems.
  3. Foster development of advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
  4. Prepare nursing graduates capable of assuming advanced care management and leadership roles in health care systems.
  5. Foster professional growth and provide a foundation for doctoral study.

The objectives of the H.C.S.M. program are that graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate the influence of beliefs and values on the coordination and management of health care and health care systems in a cost-conscious environment.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking in managing and coordinating health care programs and services for specified client populations and health care organizations.
  3. Function in collaborative and facilitative roles as members of interdisciplinary teams.
  4. Demonstrate mastery in the use of contemporary communication tools and techniques.
  5. Contribute to the discipline of nursing through the application of nursing and related theory and research to practice as a care manager or systems manager.
  6. Critically analyze current health care policies and practices.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical, and regulatory standards related to care management and systems management.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one’s personal nursing practice.

Admission to the M.S.N. Program

Students are admitted into the M.S.N. program based on a thorough review of all materials provided to the Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing. Students may be admitted unconditionally or provisionally.

Sixty days prior to enrollment, the student is required to apply for a certified background review at their own expense, by a provider designated by Loyola University New Orleans with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing: Attention: Lisa Williams. Information on this process will be provided to the student upon acceptance of an admission offer. 

Admissions Requirements for Persons with Bachelor’s Degrees

  1. A B.S.N. degree from an accredited school or a bachelor’s degree in any field in conjunction with completion of the Loyola M.S.N. Bridge program.
  2. Official transcripts from each college/university attended.
  3. A current unencumbered R.N. license.
  4. A minimum of one year of recent/appropriate work experience in clinical nursing for NP applicants.
  5. A cumulative GPA of either 2.8 or higher on all prior undergraduate work or a GPA of 3.0 or higher on all Loyola Nursing courses.
  6. Three recommendations (on the form provided by Loyola) from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude for graduate school, such as former professors or master’s prepared nursing supervisors.
  7. A thoughtful, typed, double-spaced goal statement of approximately to one page in length describing career goals and interest in graduate education.
  8. The undergraduate equivalent of three semester credit hours in statistics.
  9. For the N.P. program: The undergraduate equivalent of the following number of semester credit hours: 10 in biological sciences and three in chemistry and one year of recent/appropriate clinical experience.
  10. A formal interview with one or more graduate faculty at Loyola.
  11. Sixty days prior to enrollment, the student is required to apply for a certified background review at their own expense, by a provided designated by Loyola University New Orleans with the results reported to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing: Attention Lisa Williams. Information on this process will be provided to the student upon acceptance of an admission offer. 

Admissions Requirements for R.N.-to-M.S.N. Option in the M.S.N. Program

Graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs may apply for admission to the R.N.-to-M.S.N. option for the M.S.N. program. In this option, students complete requirements for both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees.

  1. A graduate of an associate degree or diploma nursing program is first admitted to the Loyola B.S.N. program and classified as a “B.S.N.” student.
  2. Requirements for admission to B.S.N. program include:

a.) Application for Undergraduate Admission.

b.) Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

c.) Proof of a current R.N. license.

d.) Proof of Professional Liability insurance (limits 1,000,000-3,000,000)

e.) Application fee of $20 ($40 for online program). Checks to be made payable to Loyola University.

  1. Upon admission to the B.S.N. program, a student will be advised to first complete most
    core, adjunct, and elective courses.
  2. In the semester prior to taking the first 700-level nursing course, the student
    must submit an application to M.S.N. program.

Types of Admission

The School of Nursing reviews all applications and makes admissions decisions. The committee may recommend two types of admission:

  1. Unconditional Admission: Applicants are admitted unconditionally when they have submitted all required materials and met all admission standards. Since admission into the M.S.N. program is limited, the Committee reserves the right to determine which applicants are the best match for Loyola’s graduate program.

  2. Provisional Admission: If an applicant appears to meet admission standards but is unable to provide one or more documents required for admission by the time admissions decisions are made, provisional admission may be granted. A provisionally admitted student has until the beginning of the second academic term to provide required materials. The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny any provisionally admitted student the right to enroll in courses if needed documentation has not been provided by the beginning of the second academic term.

Transfer Credits

For a complete Transfer of Academic Credit policy, please view - http://2011bulletin.loyno.edu/graduate/graduate-academic-regulations#transfer_of_credit
 

Registered Nurse Licensure Requirements

Upon entering the M.S.N. program, each student provides evidence that she/he has a current, unencumbered, unrestricted, and valid registered nurse license and there are no grounds for disciplinary proceedings. If at any point during the program a student’s R.N. license becomes encumbered or restricted, the student is obligated to immediately inform the director of the School of Nursing.

Academic Probation and Student Progression

In order to remain in good standing and progress through the MSN program, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation has one semester (fall, spring, or summer semester) to remove the academic deficiency.  If the deficiency is not removed in the allotted time, the student may not be eligible to continue in the program. The final decision to allow a student to remain in the program will be made by the department faculty. Generally, no course with a grade below C may be used toward degree requirements and must be repeated. Each program has published policies in the handbook indicating the minimal grade required in each course to progress in the program. A grade of "F" in any course will result in dismissal from the program.

Length of Time to Complete the M.S.N. Program

Students are required to complete the program within five years of their first term of enrollment.

Students should be advised that, for purposes of application for an advanced practice license, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing sets a time limit on the age of courses in advanced pharmacology. Thus, students cannot apply for an advanced practice registered nurse (A.P.R.N.) license in Louisiana unless course work in advanced pharmacology is deemed current.

Nursing Course Descriptions