Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus M.S.

Course Requirements

NUR-600Theory Development in Nursing Research3
NUR-613Nursing Leadership and Communication3
NUR-616Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
NUR-617Teaching Strategies & Instructional Tech3
NUR-622Scholarly: Generating and Assessing Research4
NUR-627Assessment and Evaluation2
NUR-628Nurse Education Capstone with Educator Role Practicum4
NUR-631Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR-632Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR-633Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology3
NUR-714Clin Practicum in Comm-Based Family Care2
NUR-601Research Methods in Nursing3
Total Credits36

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed online graduate application for admission (no application fee).
  2. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an approved or accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on an overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended. Non-US students must submit ‘course-by-course’ evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
  5.  GPA of 2.75-2.99 is eligible for provisional admission status. Students will be allowed to register for  and must successfully complete two faculty determined graduate courses with a grade of B or better in the first semester to attain full admission in the second semester of study.  Students who earn a grade less than B will not be permitted to repeat the course and will be ineligible to continue in the program. 
  6. Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York or in Ontario for Canadian students. Students enrolled in online programs must have an active unencumbered RN license to practice nursing in the state where their practicum will take place.
  7. A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  8. Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent.
  9. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a graduate nursing program at another college or university must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.

Academic Regulations

In addition to the general academic regulations, all matriculated students in the Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus Program must fulfill these requirements:

  1. Completion of 36/37 credit-hours (master of science) or 30 credit-hours (postmaster’s certificate) as required.
  2. Students on academic probation are limited to six credits per semester while on probation.
    1. Students in Graduate Nursing Programs are expected to maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0. Students who do not maintain this GPA will be reviewed by the Progression and Retention Committee for academic consequences. A student who has less than a 3.0 GPA in either semester or cumulative, at any time will be placed on academic probation for the next semester or summer session. At the end of the probation period, the student’s file will be reviewed by the program Graduate Progression and Retention committee. If the student’s cumulative or semester GPA is a minimum of 3.0, the student will be removed from probation.
    2.  If the student does not achieve the 3.0 cumulative or semester GPA after a first probation, the graduate progression and retention committee may consider a second semester of probation. If a minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative or semester) is not achieved after a second probation, the student will automatically be ineligible to continue in their program.
    3. A student will be allowed probationary status for no more than two semesters during the entire graduate program. The student will automatically be ineligible to continue in their program if in excess of two semesters.
  3. Students cannot register for clinical courses until formally accepted into the program.
  4. Nurse Education with a Clinical Focus students are required to receive at least a B in all courses required for the degree. Students who receive less than a B, including a B-, C+, C or lower in these courses, will have to repeat that course, will be placed on probation and cannot take any of the clinical practicum courses until they raise their grade in the applicable course to at least a B. They are also limited to six credits while on probation.
  5. Student responsibilities: The graduate nursing track is a demanding program in coursework, time, commitment and financial obligation. Due to these responsibilities for the program, students should seriously evaluate the impact that employment may have on their clinical performance and academic progress.