• Graduate Catalog

  • Master of Science in Nursing




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    Web site: www.nlnac.org


    The Department of Nursing facilitates the educational preparation of men and women as generalists and advanced practice nurses in the professional practice of nursing. To this end, the faculty and students are supportive of Catholic and Christian values and the dignity of the human person. To advance this mission, the department is centered on nursing as a healing ministry focused on the health of the person in his environment. The Nursing Department is further dedicated to the promotion of learning and academic excellence in teaching, and is supportive of professional nursing standards in the process and practice of nursing.

    The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to facilitate the educational preparation of registered nurses into the roles of advanced practice nurses.


    Nursing: Professional nursing is both an art and a science. As a service discipline and ministry, nursing is built on the foundation of the unity of faith and knowledge and the charisms of the Franciscan belief that all people deserve compassionate healthcare. Nurses work in many roles to provide healthcare to people. Autonomous and collaborative in nature, the nurse may practice as a nurse generalist and in advanced practice. Nurses work to promote and restore health, prevent illness, and support persons through illness, disability, or a peaceful death.

    Health: Health is a holistic, dynamic growth towards fulfilling an individual’s potential and considering the individual’s needs, abilities, and disabilities. It is purposeful and adaptive, responding to internal and external stimuli in order to responsibly maintain balance, stability, and comfort. Health is a quality of the individual and can only be expressed by the individual experiencing it. This self-perception lies on a continuum.

    Learning: Learning is a lifelong process of change through which people build on prior knowledge to develop new knowledge, skills, and attitudes through study and experience. The learning process occurs over time and assists the learner to think critically. Faculty set a climate for encouraging the student to be responsible and accountable for his/her own learning and recognize that individuals learn in variousways and have unique learning needs. Various learning is fostered through open exchange and linking of ideas from one academic circle to another, collaborative multidisciplinary practices, role modeling, and mentoring.

    Enviroment: Environment is ever changing and external to the person. It includes other people, all circumstances, influences, and conditions that surround us. This includes family, community, society, socio-cultural political and economic factors as well as the healthcare system. There is a dynamic, reciprocal interaction between a person and the environment. The environment can either promote or interfere with aperson’s health and wellbeing. The manner in which a person interacts with and adapts to the environment affects one’s health.

    Person: Every human person is a unique individual made in the image and likeness of God. The person consists of body, mind, and spirit existing within complex systems that include the family, community, and society. Residing in the person is a deep human need for balanced integration throughout one’s lifetime, a dynamic process through which the individual seeks to maximize his/her potential. The well-integrated individual, in turn, embraces his/her personal responsibility for balanced and meaningful interaction with the environment, thus fostering both individual and collective wellness.

    The Department of Nursing graduate program is built on the undergraduate nursing program and is organized around the concepts of:

    • Critical thinking: an approach to nursing practice that reflects analytical methods, including observation, reflection, experience, reasoning, inquiry, and Christian maturity. 
    • Therapeutic nursing interventions: is the ability to provide theory based psychomotor and psychosocial nursing actions according to professional standards that are designed to optimize the health of individuals, families, and groups. 
    • Communication: the goal-driven, culturally appropriate process using various methods to exchange information in nursing and health related situations.

    The program provides graduates with a strong foundational background of theory, research, and experiential learning in which to practice in avariety of health care systems and educational settings. Through lectures, discussions, seminars, clinical experiences, and independent study, students acquire a strong foundational background of critical thinking, therapeutic nursing interventions, and communication skills. The Master of Science in Nursing Program has two areas of specialization from which students may choose: The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Education Specialist (ES).

    The Department of Nursing graduate program curriculum objectives are consistent with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties domains (NONPF, 2006) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (1996), Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.


    Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing Program will be prepared to:

    1. Evaluate the determinants of both illness and health including factors such as the environment, psychosocial, ethical and spiritual, economical, biological and genetic, and lifestyles of individuals, families, and groups.*
    2. Develop a plan for providing affordable, accessible holistic assessment and care to clients from various races, ages, and degrees of health and illness.*
    3. Utilize advanced clinical skills in health promotion, disease prevention, and illness in order to meet the health care needs of racially and culturally diverse populations.*
    4. Coordinate and manage care, as well as conduct education and outcome oriented nursing research individually or in collaboration with other health care professionals.*
    5. Provide ethical counseling education to individuals, families, communities, and church groups faced with the multiple choices of advanced technological medicine and the inevitable rationing of health care.*
    6. Use effective communication, collaboration, and leadership skills to coordinate care for diverse populations and to relate to multiple agencies and healthcare professionals.*
    7. Assume responsibility for the quality of one’s own education, professional growth, and advanced practice.*
    8. Comprehend the design of the payment systems and the skills necessary to procure third-party reimbursement of services for the advanced practice nurse.**
    9. Design, implement (utilizing appropriate learning theories and teaching strategies), and evaluate curriculum programs for diverse populations in a variety of settings.***
    * Includes both specializations
    ** FNP students only
    *** ES students only


    The curriculum content for the MSN Program is designed to provide the graduate nurse with a strong foundational background in theory, research, and practice. A minimum of 48 semester hours in Family Nurse Practitioner or 46 semester hours in Education Specialist of didactic and clinical/practicum experiences are required to complete the program.


    The three curriculum components of the Master of Science in Nursing Program include: Graduate Core Curriculum (22 credits); Advanced Practice Nursing Core Curriculum (9 credits); and Specialization Core Curriculum (17 credits for FNP or 15 credits for ES).


    (FNP & ES Specializations)
    • NUR 601 Theoretical Foundations
    • NUR 620 Health Promotion
    • NUR 630 Bioethics in Nursing
    • NUR 641 Healthcare Systems
    • NUR 650 Advanced Practice Role
    • NUR 676 Quantitative Nursing Research Methods
    • NUR 677 Qualitative Nursing Research Methods
    • NUR 685 Human Diversity & Social Issues
    • NUR 690 Thesis
    • NUR 695 Research Option


    (ES & FNP Specializations)*
    • NUR 655 Advanced Pathophysiology
    • NUR 660 Advanced Assessment
    • NUR 670 Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    *Prerequisites for FNP Core Curriculum


    • NUR 810 Health Problems I
    • NUR 820 Health Problems II
    • NUR 830 Primary Healthcare Management
    • NUR 850 FNP Role Practicum A minimum of 540 clinical/practicum hoursrequired


    • NUR 710 Curriculum and Instruction
    • NUR 720 Evaluation and Outcomes
    • NUR 730 ES Role Practicum
    • NUR 770 Advanced Clinical Nursing
    • NUR 780 Learning Theories in Nursing


    Orientation to the Master of Science in Nursing Program will be given to graduate students by the Program Director/Chairperson of the Nursing Department, Nursing Faculty, and the Graduate Secretary. Each student will be assigned an advisor to provide individual help and guidance in selecting courses and other academic matters.

    The faculty advisor’s duties to his/her advisees are to assist them in planning a program schedule based on the students' time frame for completing the program and to monitor their progress toward achieving their degree.

    The principle responsibility for seeing that requirements for graduation are fulfilled rests with the individual. However, it is strongly recommended that the students seek academic advice from their advisor. Students should understand that an advisor’s signature indicates only that the advisor has been consulted, not that the advisor necessarily agrees with the decision or action of the student. Prospective graduates must complete an application for graduation.


    The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum is designed to satisfy educational preparation for national certification by an official credentialing center. Upon completion of the FNP program, students are advised to take the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination through a national credentialing center.

    “Becoming certified is one of the most important career advances you can make. Certification indicates that you meet standards set by your peers in your area of practice, and it demonstrates your commitment to yourself, your career, and competence in your profession” (Jan Yo-nes-Schenk, ANCC President, 1999).

    Arrangements for taking the certification examination can be made by contacting:


    600 Maryland Avenue SW
    Suite 100 West
    Washington, D.C. 200242571.

    The Ohio Board of Nursing requires pharmacology to be within three years of a request for prescription privileges. Other state requirements may vary.

    Students who pass the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination may then apply to the Ohio Board of Nursing for licensure to practice in the state of Ohio as a Family Nurse Practitioner.


    The Education Specialist curriculum is specifically designed to prepare graduates as advanced practice nurse educators of populations such as ambulatory/hospital patients, families, communities, clinic/hospital staff, health care consumers, allied health partners, and nurses. Education Specialist students will acquire the knowledge and ability to incorporate and evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum theories, instructional methods, and teaching/learning theories for teaching in various clinic/hospital, community, and classroom settings.

    The Education Specialist curriculum is designed to satisfy educational preparation for national certification by an official credentialing center. Upon completion of the ES program, students are advised to take the Education Specialist Certification Examination through a national credentialing center.

    Qualified individuals will attain the credentials to sit for Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). For information about registration, visit www.nln.org/ FacultyCertification/index.htm.


    A post-master certification is offered to those students who have previously earned a master degree in nursing. The certificate may be earned in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Educational Specialist program of study. Students seeking the post-master’s certificate must meet the basic admission requirements for the University and Graduate Nursing Program. In addition, they must submit evidence of the Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program. Candidates for the post-master certificate must confer with the Graduate Director or academic advisor in order to schedule appropriate course work that will lead to the certificate.


    • NUR 620 Health Promotion (3 credits)
    • NUR 655 Advanced Pathophysiology(3 credits)
    • NUR 660 Advanced Assessment (3 credits)
    • NUR 670 Pharmacology and Therapeutics (3 credits)
    • NUR 810 Health Problems I (4 credits)
    • NUR 820 Health Problems II (4 credits)
    • NUR 830 Primary Healthcare Mgmt. (4 credits)
    • NUR 850 FNP Role Practicum (5 credits)
      Minimum total clinical hours 540


    • NUR 655 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 660 Advanced Assessment (3 credits)
    • NUR 670 Pharmacology & Therapeutics (3 credits)
    • NUR 710 Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
    • NUR 720 Evaluation and Outcomes (3 credits)
    • NUR 730 ES Role Practicum (3 credits)
    • NUR 770 Advanced Clinical Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 780 Learning Theories in Nursing (3 credits)


    Admission will be granted to those applicants who satisfy the basic qualifications and show high promise of success in the graduate program of his/her choice. In general, the admission decision will be based on these qualifications:

    1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum quality point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
    2. Determination by the Admissions, Promotion, and Graduation (APG) Committee of the candidate’s potential to be effective and responsible in his/ her chosen field.

    In addition to the University’s general admission criteria to graduate programs, the following guidelines for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree include:

    1. Graduate of an accredited BSN program
    2. Eligible for RN licensure in Ohio and nearby states
    3. Health examination
    4. Malpractice insurance will be provided by the University at the student’s expense
    5. Health insurance
    6. Phone or personal interview with the nursing faculty may benecessary
    7. Courses completed at baccalaureate level:
    8. Computer Literacy:
      • Word processing 
      • Back up work on a disk 
      • Accessing the Internet 
      • Communicating via e-mail with attachments Accessing a library database.

    Prospective MSN students not admitted for failure to meet any of the above standards, who can present compelling evidence of successfully completing graduate work in the program, may appeal in writing to the APG committee. In conforming to the policy of the University, admission to the master’s program will not be based on the gender, race, religion, or physical ability of the applicant.


    The process for applying to the MSN Program includes:

    1. Submitting completed application to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office.
    2. Requesting all college transcripts to be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
    3. Requesting two letters of recommendation from academic or professional persons in proposed field of study to be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. 
    4. Taking the required Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicants are current or recent residents on non-English speaking countries.


    Students requesting to transfer graduate course credit from other accredited institutions to Franciscan University’s Master of Science in nursing program may be permitted to do so up to a maximum of 10 credits, provided the grade is at least a B and not more than 10 years old. These credits will not be accepted in lieu of nursing courses required for the Specialization Core Curriculum. Requests for transfer credit should be made to the Director/Chairperson of the Nursing Program through a formal letter. All requests must include a photocopy of the course description from the graduate catalog of the school where the course was taken and the course syllabus. At the discretion of the Director/Chairperson, graded assignments may also be required.

    A student wishing to transfer a course worth four quarter credits for a course worth three semester credits may do so for 2 2/3 semester credits, if the course meets the above course transfer criteria. The student would need to make arrangements with his or her advisor and take additional course work.


    Recognizing that the majority of graduate nursing students are employed full time and have family responsibilities, the University wants to allow as much flexibility within the MSN Program as possible. Projection schedules for program completion are made on an individual basis in order to accommodate the progression goals of all students. The basic full-time program schedule has been organized as a 7 to 9 credit evening program that can be completed in six 15-week semesters.

    *Spring Certificate applicants may have difficulty registering for required classes. 


    The student’s proficiency in graduate course work toward the MSN or postmaster certificate is recorded in the following manner on a 4.0 quality point average (QPA) grading scale:

    • A= 4.0
      A- = 3.7
      B+ = 3.3
      B = 3.0
      B- =2.7
      C+ = 2.3
      C =2.0
      C- = 1.7
      D+ = 1.3
      D = 1.0
      D- = 0.7

    P = Passing-No quality points. Used for specific courses. WP = WithdrewPassing – No quality points. WF = Withdrew Failing – No quality points.I = Incomplete – No quality points. IP = In Progress. F = Failing.



    The grade of Incomplete, I, indicates that the work has not been completed because of factors outside of the control of the student. Students must complete the work 30 days after the beginning of the succeeding semester to remove the I grade. If it is not removed within this period, the grade becomes an F. The Master of Science in Nursing is a tri-mester program.


    The graduate nursing program expects each student to adhere rigorously to Christian moral standards in the academic life. A student who cheats on any test or plagiarizes a paper shall fail the course and have a memorandum of action placed in his/her file. If the student repeats this action, dismissal will result, with the action so noted in the student’s permanent record.


    The graduate nursing student should maintain a 3.0 or B average in all graduate course work undertaken at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In order to progress in the program, students must:

    • Maintain a 3.0 or B average in the graduate nursing core curriculum.
    • Maintain a 3.0 or B average in the advanced practice nursing core curriculum.
    • Retake any graduate course in which they earn less than a C (2.0) one time only.
    • Maintain a 3.0 or B in each course in the specialty core curriculum.
    • Students who achieve less than a B in a specialty course will have the opportunity to repeat the course one time. If the student fails to raise the grade to a B or better, the student is subject to dismissal.Only two courses in the specialization may be repeated.


    No student will be permitted to enter upon the study of any subject, if in the opinion of the instructor and with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the preparation necessary to insure competent work is lacking.

    Students are required to complete course work to the instructor's satisfaction, and assignments are due when specified by the instructor.

    With the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, instructors may, at any time, dismiss from a course any student who, in their judgment, has neglected the course work. A student thus excluded will be recorded as having failed the course, unless the instructor determines otherwise.


    Auditors are not required to participate in class discussions or examinations and do not receive credit; however, in order to have this designation recorded on their transcripts for the appropriate courses, they must attend classes. Designation as an auditor should be made at registration or during the first two weeks of classes. Transfer to the status of auditor after the first two weeks may be made only with the permission of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The charge for auditing is the same as that for courses taken for credit.


    Graduate students are expected to maintain sufficient progress toward a degree. At mid-term and at the end of each semester, the faculty reports academic or behavioral problems to the Department of Nursing Admissions, Progression, and Graduate Committee (APG). Faculty consults with other members of the graduate faculty and/or clinical/practicum preceptor about the academic, personal, and professional quality of performance of the student. Any student not showing progress toward completing the program and whose academic performance or professional performance does not meet requirements may be subject to probationary status or dismissal from the program.


    A student can be placed on probationary status as a result of one or more semesters in which he/she has done unsatisfactory work, or has created disciplinary problems. The director of the program and nursing faculty will set the conditions that have to be fulfilled by the student so as to have the probationary status removed.

    Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Educational Specialist Core Curriculum must earn a minimum of a B in each specialization course in order to successfully progress in either specialization. A grade less than a B warrants repeating the course.


    Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to dismiss a student from the MSN Program. Reasons for dismissal include, but are not limited to:

    • Repetitive violation of nursing ethics as outlined in the ANA Code of Ethics
    • Failure to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0
    • Failure to obtain a 3.0 in specialization core curriculum courses
    • Inappropriate or disruptive behavior towards colleagues, faculty, as well as staff at school or at clinical placement settings
    • An inability to carry out one’s assignments in a clinical agency
    • A breach of school or clinical agency policy
    • A hostile or resistant attitude toward learning or supervision
    • Plagarism/cheating
    • Evidence of chemical dependency or illegal drug use while enrolled in the program
    • Conviction of a felony during the course study.

    It is the hope of the MSN program that problems will not develop to the point of dismissal. If a problem occurs that jeopardizes the standing of a student in the program, the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing will be informed and will evaluate the situation. In the case of dismissal, the University’s Academic Review Board will issue written dismissal status to the student. If a student feels he/she was treated unfairly during the dismissal, he/she has the right to have his/her situation reviewed through the grievance/appeal process.


    The following are the progressive steps for submission and resolution of academic conflicts between students and the Department of Nursing:

    1. The student shall meet with the involved faculty member as soon as possible after the incident has occurred, preferably within three working days.
    2. If the situation is not resolved in the meeting with the involved faculty member, the coordinator of the specific nursing course (if applicable) shall be requested by the student to hear the problem within three working days.
    3. If number two is not applicable, the student shall present the problem to his/her academic advisor.
    4. If there is no satisfactory response in step two or three, the student may see the Chairperson of the Department of Nursing within three working days after meeting with the academic advisor.
    5. If step four does not resolve the disagreement, the student may request a meeting with the Department of Nursing Faculty Council. This meeting shall be requested in writing to the Chairperson of the Department to occur within three working days after meeting with the Department Chair.
    6. If the conflict is still not resolved, the student then may take his or her concern to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


    The student must assume responsibility for knowing University and his/her Graduate Department regulations and for complying with all applicable procedures. In no case will a requirement be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance or claims that his/her advisor or other authority did not inform the student of the requirement. While advisors and personnel of the Graduate Department will assist in any way possible, the student has the responsibility for meeting the requirements stated herein.

    Each student must fulfill all requirements of the program and abide by all academic regulations in order to earn a degree at Franciscan University. It is the student’s responsibility to learn the requirements, policies, and procedures governing the program being followed and to act accordingly.


    Students admitted to the graduate nursing program are required to have a health examination prior to clinical experiences. Subsequent yearly health examinations or health requirements are contingent on those set by clinical facilities. Students are generally accountable to the same health standard as the facility employees in order to assure safe practice within those facilities.


    Each student in the master’s program must provide proof of the proper liability insurance coverage for an Advanced Practice Nurse, if not covered by Franciscan University’s policy. The insurance must be approved by his or her advisor. The cost for liability insurance through Franciscan University is $25 for the ES student and $90 for the FNP student.

    The University will automatically charge the fee for clinical practice and liability insurance to clinical students’ accounts. Students already possessing liability insurance must show proof of coverage and payment to avoid charges for insurance.


    Graduate students at preceptor sites represent the advanced professional role of the Registered Nurse and are representatives of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Therefore proper professional appearance is imperative.

    • The graduate student must adhere to the required dress code inagreement with the assigned clinical placement. 
    • A student name tag, which states that the student is a Franciscan University of Steubenville graduate student, with his/her name and title in full view, must be worn.


    A major assumption of adult education is that students assume responsibility for their own learning through class discussion and active participation. Therefore, it is the expectation of nursing faculty that students attend all classes.


    Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites.


    Graduate students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees. No student will be permitted to attend classes unless payment for tuition and fees, less financial aid, is received in the Business Office prior to the first day of class. Full payment is due by the first day of each term. Registration is not complete until the full payment is made.

    The tuition for the Master’s in Nursing is $400 per credit hour for the 2007-2008 academic year, and a $50 clinical fee is attached to each clinical course. Additional details may be seen on the University Webpage: www.franciscan.edu.  


    Candidacy for graduation will be reviewed by the Registrar near the completion of a student’s course work.

    To initiate the process of applying for graduation, students MUST notify the Registrar’s Office when they register for the term preceding this, their final term of study. The necessary forms and information will be processed to confirm that graduation requirements are satisfied. Students will be notified of discrepancies and/or acceptance for graduation.


    The Department of Nursing maintains unofficial student academic or “working” records, which include documentation of advising records, copy of the health record, admission to the major information record, clinical evaluations, reference letters, and other material pertinent to the student’s stay in the program, in locked files in the department. The Department of Nursing also retains copies of the student’s written assignments in designated course notebooks for purposes of outcome evaluation.

    The department retains records of the graduate for five years post graduation.

    The Office of the Registrar keeps official academic records according to the following schedule in locked files:

    • Official academic files for all graduates: Three years post graduation 
    • Official academic transcripts: Perpetually


    Students may take as few as two credits or as many as nine credits during a semester, based on their specific needs and courses offered.  (1 credit clinical practice = 45 hrs; 3:1 credit hour ratio)

    • Year 1
      • Fall
        • Nur 601 Theoretical Foundations (2 credits)
        • Nur 620 Health Promotion (3 credits)*
        • Nur 630 Bioethics (3credits)
      • Spring
        • Nur 641 Health Care System (3 credits)
        • Nur 650 Advanced Practice Role (2 credits)**
        • Nur 676 Quantitative Nursing Research (2 credits)
        • Nur 685 Human Diversity and Social Issues (2 credits)
      • Summer
        • Nur 655 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
        • Nur 677 Qualitative Nursing Research Methods (2 credits)
    • Year 2
      • Fall
        • Nur 660 Advanced Assessment (3 credits)*
        • Nur 670 Pharmacology and Therapeutics (3 credits)
        • Nur 690 Thesis or 695 Research Option (3 credits)***
      • Spring
        • Nur 650 Advanced Practice Role (2 credits)**
        • Nur 685 Human Diversity and Social Issues (2 credits)**
        • Nur 710 Curriculum and Instruction (ES) (3 credits)
        • Nur 770 Advanced Clinical Nursing (ES) (3 credits)#
        • Nur 780 Learning Theories in Nursing (3 credits)
        • Nur 810 Health Problems I (FNP) (4 credits)*
        • Nur 820 Health Problems II (FNP) (4 credits)*
      • Summer
        • Nur 720 Evaluation and Outcomes (ES) (3 credits)
        • Nur 730 ES Role Practicum (3 credits)#
        • Nur 830 Primary Health Care Management (FNP) (4 credits)*
        • Nur 850 FNP Role Practicum (5 credits)#
          (For FNPs and ES)
    * Theory and clinical practice
    ** May be offered every other year
    *** NUR 690 Thesis, 3 credits, may be taken for 1 credit per semester until completion. NUR 695 is a 135-hour research practicum course using the 3:1 ratio. May be taken any time after NUR 676 and NUR 677




    For both FNP and ES

    NUR 601 Theoretical Foundations
    (2 credits)
    In this course, various theories applicable for advanced practice nursing, curriculum development, and research are examined. Theories are evaluated for patterns of knowledge, levels of theory development, and utility. Theories are analyzed taking into account patient needs, values, and interpersonal relationships utilized in advanced practice. This course is recommended early in the program.

    NUR 620 Health Promotion
    (3 credits)
    This course focuses on theories of health promotion and disease prevention. Biological, behavioral, social, nutritional, environmental, cultural, spiritual, and epidemiological data that reflect the health needs of individuals of all ages, families, and groups are explored. Master-prepared nurses must assume the advocate role for society when identifying health risks and developing holistic multidisciplinary interventions for health promotion. Recommended prior to role practicums in both FNP and ES curriculums. Two credits of theory and one credit of clinical.*

    NUR 630 Bioethics in Nursing
    (3 credits)
    Christian and Catholic moral theology will provide a basis for the examination of autonomy and personal responsibility in various nursing contexts. Analyses of current ethical issues in advanced practice nursing are explored. The impact of Christian values and Church teaching on the professional role of the advanced practice nurse are examined. Three credits of theory.

    NUR 641 Health Care Systems
    (3 credits)
    This course addresses the role of government and public institutions in the health and welfare of people. The influence of cost-driven modes of health care such as managed care and integrated healthcare systems will be evaluated. Models for financing, budgeting, and strategic planning that reflect current healthcare organizational trends and the Church’s teaching on social action provides a basis for approaching political, organization, and financial issues in health, nursing, and health education. The advanced practice role in facilitating and influencing political, financial, and organizational policy will be discussed. Funding sources will be examined including community and population-based systems that serve vulnerable populations. Three credits of theory.

    NUR 650 Advanced Practice Role
    (2 credits)
    Professional ethics, accountability, and responsibility of advanced practice nurses and education specialists are the focus of this course. State and federal laws regulating advanced nursing practice, credentialing, and standards of practice in both nurse practitioner and nurse educator roles will be carefully reviewed. Two credits of theory.

    NUR 676 Quantitative Nursing Research Methods
    (2 credits)
    This course focuses on an empirical approach to research. The philosophical underpinnings of this approach will be discussed. Quantitative research methods and appropriate analysis and interpretation of findings will be explored. The use of information technology by the advanced practice nurse is stressed. Research funding priorities, ethical treatment of human subjects, and the concept of evidence-based practice and educational utilization will be emphasized. Two credits of theory.

    Prerequisite for NUR 690 and NUR 695.

    NUR 677 Qualitative Nursing Research Methods
    (2 credits)
    This course focuses on an experiential process of acquiring scientific knowledge. The philosophical underpinnings of various qualitative research methods and analysis will be explored. The use of triangulation and additional methods to establish trustworthiness of findings will be discussed. Ethical considerations and dissemination of qualitative findings will be emphasized. The use of qualitative research for concept and theory development will be explored. Two credits of theory.

    Prerequisite for NUR 690 and NUR 695.

    NUR 685 Human Diversity and Social Issues
    (2 credits)
    This course focuses on cultural norms of individuals of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds. Universal aspects of culture addressed in the course include: healthcare practices, patterns of communication, kinship, education, diet, religion, art, politics, and economics. The advanced practice nurse’s understanding of health problems related to social issues and lifestyle choices is discussed utilizing the Christian/Catholic viewpoint as the framework for teaching. Two credits of theory.

    Note: Students may take either NUR 690 Thesis or NUR 695 Research Option.

    NUR 690 Thesis
    (3 credits)
    This course is an independent scientific research study conducted over three semesters. The Thesis Committee will consist of a chairperson (a doctoral prepared Franciscan University nursing faculty member) and two other members (one master’s or doctoral-prepared nursing faculty member and one outside master’s or doctoral-prepared person). Replication of nursing research studies is highly recommended. Three credits taken over three semesters (1 credit per semester).

    Prerequisites: NUR 676, NUR 677.

    NUR 695 Research Option
    (3 credits)
    Participation in scientific research activities is the focus of this course. Students who choose the research option in lieu of the thesis have the opportunity to learn from and participate with experienced researchers in research-related activities. Three credits taken during one semester Research Practicum Course.

    Prerequisites: NUR 676, NUR 677.


    Graduate nursing students have the option of taking NUR 690 Thesis or NUR 695 Research Option. Both are three credit courses. NUR 690 Thesis is completed over three semesters – one credit taken for three consecutive semesters, whereas NUR 695 can be completed in one semester, if a student is unable to complete the thesis in three semesters, he/she will be required to continue registering for one credit until the thesis is complete; however, he/she will receive only three credits for the course.


    Prerequisites for FNP Specialization and ES Core Curriculum

    NUR 655 Advanced Pathophysiology
    (3 credits)
    Through a systems approach, master’s prepared nursing students will learn to interpret physiology and related pathology of diseases. Responses to illness and treatment will be assessed across the lifespan. Current research related to disease in the primary healthcare setting will be the focus. Three credits of theory.

    Prerequisite for NUR 660 and NUR 670.

    NUR 660 Advanced Assessment
    (3 credits)
    This course focuses on routine screening, assessment skills, diagnostics, and diagnostic instrumentation used by the master’s prepared nursing student in the primary healthcare setting. Clinical practice related to individual needs will be independently developed. Two credits of theory and one credit of clinical. Prerequisite for all FNP Specialization Core Courses.

    Prerequisite: NUR 655 Advanced Pathophysiology.

    NUR 670 Pharmacology and Therapeutics
    (3 credits)
    Pharmacological principles, nutritional, and other treatment modalities including responses on the cellular level are presented. In order to plan and provide safe healthcare, pharmacotherapeutics of broad categories of drugs used by advanced practice nurses and masters-prepared nursing students in primary care, and current trends in nutrition and alternative treatment modalities will be reviewed. Three credits of theory. Prerequisite for all FNP Specialization Core Courses.

    Prerequisite: NUR 655 Advanced Pathophysiology


    Prerequisites: NUR 655, NUR 660, NUR 670

    It is recommended that students in the FNP Program schedule their specialization courses later in their course of study. By doing this, the knowledge for credentialing is more recent.

    NUR 810 Health Problems I
    (4 credits)
    This course allows the family nurse practitioner to examine common health problems of the childbearing family, infant, child, and adolescent population. Emphasis is on health promotion and disease prevention using a developmental approach. Treatment modalities for primary healthcare needs are the focus. Three credits of theory and one credit of clinical.

    Prerequisite for NUR 830.

    NUR 820 Health Problems II
    (4 credits)
    This course allows the family nurse practitioner to examine common health problems of men and women from early adulthood through the geriatric population. Emphasis is on health promotion and disease prevention using a developmental approach. Treatment modalities for primary healthcare needs are the focus. Three credits of theory and one credit of clinical.

    Prerequisite for NUR 830.

    NUR 830 Primary Healthcare Management
    (4 credits)
    This course adds to the knowledge gained in Nursing 810 and Nursing 820. A case study approach is used by family nurse practitioners to refine differential diagnostic skills and clinical protocols for more complex health problems for all clients. One credit of theory and three credits of clinical.

    Pre/Co-requisite for NUR 850.

    NUR 850 Role Practicum
    (5 credits)
    Family Nurse Practitioner students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills under preceptorship of experienced nurse practitioners or physicians in primary care settings. Five credits of clinical role practicum.

    Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 830**

    A minimum of 540 clinical hours is required for FNP.

    **It is recommended that students take their FNP Role Practicum with NUR830.


    NUR 710 Curriculum and Instruction
    (3 credits)
    This course introduces the education specialist student to curriculum development and instructional methods related to the teaching/learning process for various ages and groups. Students in this course are expected to apply these concepts to an area of health education of interest to them. This area should be applicable to patient education, nursing staff development, community education, or nursing education. Three credits of theory.

    Pre/Co-requisite for NUR 720.

    NUR 720 Evaluation and Outcomes
    (3 credits)
    Methods, frameworks, and research that provide a basis for educational evaluation will be addressed. Approaches to quantitative and qualitative evaluation will be presented. Examples of assessments specific to clients and various settings will be emphasized. The education specialist will be prepared to implement legal and ethical aspects of educational evaluation. Three credits of theory.

    Pre/Co-requisite: NUR 710.

    NUR 730 ES Role Practicum
    (3 credits)
    Education specialist students will choose an educational or healthcare practice setting that facilitates their area of expertise and further develops their abilities in the role as education specialist. Educational experiences are planned to meet the focus and needs of the learner in a variety of settings in the community, in education, and in healthcare under the preceptorship of master’s or doctoral prepared educators. Students have an opportunity to apply skills learned in prior course work in this practicum. Three credits of clinical role practicum.

    Prerequisites: NUR 710, NUR 780

    NUR 770 Advanced Clinical Nursing
    (3 credits)
    The focus of this course is a clinical practice role of nurses in clinical and community settings. Students have the opportunity to apply and broaden their knowledge and expertise in a specialized clinical or community area of nursing under the guidance of an experienced masters- or doctoral-prepared nurse preceptor. Thirty hours independent study with 45 hours clinical with preceptor.

    NUR 780 Learning Theories in Nursing
    (3 credits)
    This course focuses on teaching/learning theories and their relevance to nursing education and practice of education specialists. Andragogy and pedagogy models, psychology, and nursing theories are examined along with strategies for implementation. Three credits of theory.

    Prerequisite for NUR 730.


    The RN to MSN program is designed in order that the Registered Nurse without the bachelor's degree progresses through to the master's level with as few redundancies as possible. The RN to MSN students may choose up to 10 credits from selected graduate level courses in order to complete the bachelor of science in nursing. This course work may be applied to the master’s degree at Franciscan University. The RN will be awarded the BSN upon completion of all course work and the sufficient number of credits required for the undergraduate degree. The student will then progress through the master's degree program in the educational track of his or her choice.

    Students wishing to enter this educational track should meet with their academic advisor for further details regarding this special program.

    RN to MSN students who take graduate-level courses prior to earning the BSN will pay the graduate tuition rate for those graduate-level courses if the number of credits exceeds 18 credits.


    Franciscan undergraduate nursing major students are offered an opportunity to take a maximum of 9 selected nursing credits at the graduate-level that will be applied toward the MSN degree should they choose to earn a master’s degree in nursing at Franciscan University. The undergraduate student must have special permission from the Admissions, Progression, and Graduation Committee of the Department of Nursing for permission to take graduate-level course work. The undergraduate student must meet with his/her academic advisor to arrange the appropriate course work.

    Undergraduate nursing students who take graduate level courses will pay the graduate tuition rate for those graduate courses if the number of credits exceeds 18 credits.

    All students enrolled in master level course work are expected to complete work designed for the graduate level.


    Department of Nursing
    POLICY: Professional Responsibility— Program Requirements/Disciplinary Code

    In the Department of Nursing, each nursing instructor discusses policies relative to academic expectations of each course. These expectations are included in each nursing course outline, syllabus, and student handbook. However, the Department of Nursing also has an obligation for the proper professional formation and behavior of the nurse who wishes to earn the bachelor of science or master degree from Franciscan University.

    Professional responsibility, as outlined below, is a Program Requirement of the Department of Nursing at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Violation of these program requirements may subject the student to the disciplinary measures of the Department of Nursing.

    Professional Responsibility—Program Requirements

    The student shall:

    1. Take the initiative and responsibility for pursuing learning experiences.
    2. Accept constructive criticism in a professional and mature manner.
    3. Adhere to the “no cut” attendance policy for classes and clinical experiences.
    4. Give appropriate notice for absences from class and clinical experiences.
    5. Be on time for all scheduled class and clinical periods.
    6. Complete and submit all assignments to faculty at the designated times.
    7. Dress in an appropriate professional manner as set forth in the department of Nursing Dress Code.
    8. Conduct oneself in a professional manner in the classroom and at all clinical sites.
    9. Be courteous to faculty, peers, department staff, patients, and clinical personnel.
    10. Maintain confidentiality of patient information.
    11. Comply with health regulations in apartment of Nursing physical exam or by clinical facilities.
    12. Abide by the “student conduct related to patient care” policy, as outlined in the Department Handbook.
    13. Comply with the University-wide regulations relative to destruction, damage or misuse of University, Department of Nursing, or private property.
    14. Comply with the University policy relative to alcohol and drug use.
    15. Use proper channels of communication for concerns, complaints, and appeals as outlined in the University Student Handbook.


    EXAMPLES OF MAJOR INFRACTIONS of the Department of Nursing Program Requirements:

    • Breach of confidentiality related to patients. 
    • Insubordination to instructors, staff in department and staff inclinical sites. 
    • Cheating/Plagiarism 
    • Attending class or clinical under the influence of alcohol and/orillegal drugs.
    • Failure to comply with Department of Nursing health policy.
    • Attempted or actual theft.
    • Malicious damage of Department of Nursing property
    • Violence or threat of violence- physically, verbally, or technology generated to others.
    • Failure to comply with standards of care as determined by the hosting clinical agency policies.

    EXAMPLES OF MINOR OFFENSES of the Department of Nursing Program Requirements:

    • Violation of department dress code. 
    • Not reporting off properly for class or clinical.
    • Not submitting assignments in a timely fashion.
    • Loud or disruptive or inappropriate behavior in class or clinical site. 
    • Failure to self report to clinical instructor any impairment that may interfere with safe care of patients.

    A continual pattern of minor offense behaviors as outlined above can betreated in a similar manner as a major infraction.


    If, in the considered judgment of the Department of Nursing, a student becomes dangerous to him/her self, to others, to clients, or to property, the student may be immediately dismissed from the nursing major.

    If a student breaks the law/commits a felony while enrolled in the nursing program, the student may immediately be dismissed from the nursing major.

    Verbal or written warning – Notice to a student either verbally or in writing that he/she has failed to meet the department’s standards of conduct. The warning will include a caution that the continuation or repetition of the conduct involved or other misconduct will result in a more serious penalty.

    Reprimand – Formal action censuring the student for failure to meet the department’s standards of conduct. The reprimand will be made in writing to the student by the officials taking the action. A copy is kept in the student’s departmental file.

    Probation – Student placed on departmental probation for a specific period of time, at which time a behavioral contract will be set forth. The contract will contain specific obligations that the student must meet. Any violation of terms of the contract may be cause for other sanctions to be imposed, which may include dismissal from the nursing major.

    Suspension – Exclusion of a student from the Department of Nursing academic activities for a specified period of time. This action will be in writing and placed in the student’s departmental file. The student will withdraw from all nursing courses in which he or she is enrolled. When the student has completed the suspension period, the student may request, in writing, a reinstatement and may return only after an affirmative decision by the Department of Nursing.

    Dismissal – Dismissal is a permanent expulsion from the nursing major. It may be ordered as a result of a serious violation of for repeated offenses.

    Continued violations of the Program Requirements may subject the student to dismissal from the nursing major.

    The student at all times is required to maintain these standards. However, faculty acknowledges that special circumstances can arise that are out of the student’s control. It must be noted that certain behaviors and standards are more critical than others. Therefore, faculty reserves the right to weigh the seriousness of infractions and deal with the situation accordingly. All students are bound by the guidelines for student behavior as stated in the University Student Handbook.


    Students may appeal a decision reached or a sanction imposed according to grievance process outlined in this catalog.

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