OOS Renewal Program Description
The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program prepares individuals for advanced nursing practice in several specialty areas. The specialty areas include: adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist/nurse educator, family nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery, nursing administration, psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, and womenís health nurse practitioner. The MSN program specialties are designed so that upon completion of programs of study, students meet the educational requirements to take specialty certification examinations. The program consists of 42 to 58 semester credit hours, including 504 to 784 clinical hours depending on the specialty. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Medical Laboratory Science program offers working professional the opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed for professional growth. This program is open to students who currently hold an A.S. or A.A.S. in clinical laboratory technology/medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution. Courses include didactic lecture and seminar formats delivered through discussion boards, assignments, virtual laboratory activities and online chat. The program consists of 60 semester credit hours. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Newly proposed programs:The Post-Masterís Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare nurses who already have masterís degrees in primary and acute care specialties to add advanced psychiatric skills to the scopes of practice, positioning them to do therapy and to prescribe and manage psychiatric medication for individuals of all ages and psychiatric conditions. The program prepares PMHNP to diagnose children and adults with psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders, as well as address the mental health problems that often go along with medical illness. It fosters the application of evidence based practices, psychopharmacology, group and individual therapy. The program requires 20 credit hours.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program is designed to address the shortage of faculty in nursing programs and enhance the skills of practicing nurses as preceptors and facilitators of staff development. Graduates of this program will be prepared to become educational leaders in academic and practice settings. The program provides students with essential knowledge and skills in teaching and learning, program development, assessment, evaluation and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. The program requires 12 credit hours.