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Academic Program Proposal
Currently Under Review
Date Proposal Received Institution and Proposal Degree Awarded Name of Academic Program Objections Received Decision Deadline MHEC Final Decision Final Decision Date

University of South Alabama

Program Proposal(pdf)

Multiple  OOS Initial Application Yes 8/20/2014  Authorized  7/8/2014 

OOS Initial Application  Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program is designed to meet the needs of registered nurses. The curriculum offers the registered nurse an opportunity to reach educational goals without unnecessary repetition of course content. Students are assisted to complete the practice requirements for the degree in their home communities. The program prepares professional nurses for leadership positions and for graduate study. The program requires 122 credit hours.

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice and to contribute to the advancement of the profession. Upon completion of the MSN program, graduates should be able to integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice, as well as demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a global changing society. The program ranges from 34 to 57 credit hours. The program offers the following areas of concentration: Adult-Gerontological Acute NP, Adult-Gerontological NP (Primary Care), Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role), Family NP , Family Psychiatric NP, Neonatal NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, Women’s Health NP, Acute Care Pediatric NP, Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Executive Nursing Administration, Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics.

The Post-Master’s Certificates are designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty or subspecialty area of advanced nursing. Each specialization is designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements including support courses, didactic specialty courses, and clinical hours. The program requires 22 to 36 credit hours. The program offers the following areas of concentration: Advanced Family, Advanced Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Advanced Adult-Gerontological Acute Care, Advanced Family Psychiatric, Executive Nursing Administration, Advanced Women’s Health, Advanced Pediatric Primary Care, Advanced Emergency Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nursing Informatics.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is a professional degree that prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals and communities. This includes the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of health care and nursing systems, and the development and implementation of health policy. The program requires 36 credit hours. The program offers the following areas of concentration: Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role), Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult Health, Executive Nurse Administrator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.

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