Academic Program Proposal

Academic Program Proposal

Date
Proposal
Activated
Institution
and
Proposal
Degree
Awarded
Academic
Program
Name
Objections
Received
Decision
Deadline
MHEC Final
Action
Final
Decision
Date
8/3/2015South University
Proposal
OOS Renewal & New Programs2/3/2016
OOS Renewal & New Programs Program Description
Descriptions of previously approved programs<p>The Master of Science (M.S.N.) in Nursing is designed for professionals who are licensed teachers seeking opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.  The curriculum does not lead to initial teacher licensure; nor does it include a student teaching component.  Students may specialize in any of the following areas:  Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner; Family Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Administrator or Nurse Educator.  The program requires 32-41 semester credit hours depending on the area of specialization.</p><p>The R.N. to Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program allows students with strong academic backgrounds to reduce the number of courses required in the undergraduate component of the program. Students substitute certain graduate courses for undergraduate nursing courses. The program includes integrated practica experience, didactic instruction, and a summative project to assess individual student learning outcomes.  Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program will be awarded both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the M.S.N. degrees.  The program requires 142-155 semester credit hours.</p>  <p>The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) provides an option for nurse practitioners who aim to incorporate progressive and thoughtful clinical practice, inquiry, and leadership competencies into their clinical practice repertoire. The program requires 35-44 credit hours.</p><p>The Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) curriculum is focused on areas of critical importance to local, national and international public health challenges.  The program requires 37 credit hours. </p> <p>The Doctor of Ministry is designed to be the first professional degree to prepare ministry practitioners for vocational or bi-vocational ministry.  The goal is to develop a student’s understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhance competencies, ministry skills, and promote growth in spiritual maturity.   The program requires 32-64 credit hours.</p>  Proposed new program offerings<p>The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics emphasizes the importance of optimizing information management and communication including the design and use of informatics solutions and technology to support nursing practice, the direct provision of care, establishing effective administrative systems, designing useful decision support systems, managing and delivering educational experiences, enhancing lifelong learning, and supporting nursing research. Students will develop leadership skills and the ability to implement information management systems in a variety of settings including home health and hospice agencies, nursing homes, public and community health agencies, physician offices, ambulatory care centers, medical device vendors, large and small software companies, web content providers, disease management companies, and government agencies.  Students will complete 240 practicum hours during the course of the program.  Students completing this program will be eligible to sit for the AACC certification examination.  The program requires 35 credit hours.</p><p>The R.N. to M.S.N. with a specialization in Nursing Informatics program allows students with strong academic backgrounds to reduce the number of courses required in the undergraduate component of the program. Students substitute certain graduate courses for undergraduate nursing courses. The program includes integrated practica experience, didactic instruction, and a summative project to assess individual student learning outcomes.  The core curriculum incorporates a specialization in Nursing Informatics which develops the use of informatics solutions and technology to support nursing practice, the direct provision of care, and establishing effective administrative systems.  The program requires 142-155 credit hours.</p><p>The Post Graduate Certificate in Adult-Gerontology