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2012-2013 Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science degree program in nursing prepares graduates for advanced practice in the role of adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (A-GNP), adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), and nurse educator (NE). The program builds on undergraduate education and is intense and dynamic. Its aim is to develop advanced knowledge and expertise based on critique and application of theory and research. The A-GNP and CRNA tracks are prescriptive regarding the progression of coursework within their respective curricula. The post-baccalaureate masterʼs degree program offers the opportunity for advanced preparation in the four areas stated above.

Accreditation

The graduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program is also approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The CRNA track is approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Program Outcomes

The program outcomes of the Master of Science degree in nursing program are to prepare graduates who will be able to:

  1. Practice in a leadership role in advanced nursing practice and/or nursing education in response to the needs and demands of society and the changing health care environment.
  2. Role model ethical, legal, and professional standards for advanced nursing practice and nursing education.
  3. Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines in advanced practice roles.
  4. Evaluate and apply evidence-based practice (EBP) research to clinical, educational, or administrative settings, thus improving patient care, health care systems, and nursing education.
  5. Assume responsibility for self-directed, life-long learning and for promoting the professional development of nursing staff and/or students.
  6. Design strategies to promote health and collaborative relationships with members of the health care team.
  7. Act as a resource for other nurses in the areas of clinical practice, outcomes and evaluation, professional standards, evidence-based practice, and other health care issues.
  8. Pass a national certification examination for A-GNP, CNS, CRNA, or NE.
  9. Prepare for entry into a doctoral program.

Program Contact Information

The Graduate Programs in Nursing office is located in Diehl Hall on West Campus on the second floor. All inquiries and admissions paperwork should be sent to this office directly. To contact the office, please call 717-815-1462 or e-mail us at msnursing@ycp.edu. The mailing address is:

York College of Pennsylvania
Graduate Programs in Nursing
441 Country Club Road
Diehl Hall
York, PA 17403

Admission for A-GNP, CNS, or NE

Students who wish to enroll in the Master of Science degree in nursing program must apply for admission and submit required supporting materials to the Graduate Programs in Nursing:

  • A-GNP: Application packets are due by March 15th (fall start only).
  • CNS: Application packets are due:
    • Fall start: July 15th
    • Spring start: November 15th
    • Summer start: March 15th
  • CRNA: Application packets are due by July 1st  (fall start only).
  • NE: Application packets are due:
    • Fall start: July 15th
    • Spring start: November 15th
    • Summer start: March 15th

Once the required documents have been received by the Graduate Programs in Nursing, the Admissions Committee will then determine if an interview will be scheduled. The program administrative assistant will contact eligible applicants to schedule an appointment. Following the interview, all documents will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. This committee will make the decision regarding acceptance or rejection into the program. Applicants will be notified of the decision within 24 hours of the last interview of the specified track. Applicants who are admitted are assigned an advisor who will work with the student to develop an individualized plan of study.

Requirements for Admission for A-GNP, CNS, or NE

Applicants must submit evidence of the following criteria for admission:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Department of Nursing faculty; RN-MS applicants must contact the MS-RN Completion Coordinator.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. (Applicants not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted on the recommendation of the admissions committee.)
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Current RN licensure in Pennsylvania.
  • One year of relevant practice experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees, regarding the applicantʼs practice and the potential for success in graduate work.
  • Successful completion of the following courses: a statistics course that covered descriptive and inferential statistics, a physical assessment course, and a nursing research course.
  • A personal statement indicating goals for graduate nursing education.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)

Admission for CRNA

Students who wish to enroll in the Master of Science degree program in nursing, CRNA track must apply for admission and submit required supporting materials to the Graduate Programs in Nursing/CRNA Track. This track admits students for the fall semester. All supporting documents must be submitted by November 1 for admission the following fall. The director, assistant director, chairperson of the Department of Nursing, director of the Graduate Programs in Nursing and other program clinical faculty members participate in the admission process. This committee will make the decision regarding acceptance to the program and notify applicants of the decision within 24 hours of the last interview.

Requirements for Admission for CRNA

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Department of Nursing faculty.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. (Applicants not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted on the recommendation of the admissions committee.)
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Current RN licensure in Pennsylvania.
  • Three completed recommendation forms: One of the three recommendations for the CRNA program must be from a nurse anesthetist. In order to insure this recommendation is a true reflection on the abilities of the student, the following are required:
    • To obtain a recommendation from a nurse anesthetist the applicant should:
      • Establish over time (60-90 days minimum), a professional relationship, and
      • The CRNA should be familiar with studentʼs abilities and potential: while this MAY be the person whom they shadow in the operating room that is not a requirement.
  • Each applicant will keep a log of his or her visits to the operating room. The log should contain (at a minimum) the hours they were there, with whom they spent time, and what they saw. If the applicant is invited to interview, this log will be sent to the admissions committee for their review and evaluation. The minimum time for this is eight hours.
  • Statement of academic goals may not exceed one typewritten (word processed) 8.5” by 11” page, in a size 12 font. Do not put this on your application.
  • GRE scores are required in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. The GRE Company will send you a score report. Be sure, also that your official scores are sent to: the Graduate Programs in Nursing
    • PLEASE NOTE: IT MAY TAKE A MONTH OR TWO TO RECEIVE YOUR SCORES; BE SURE TO TAKE THE GRE AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.
  • Evidence of the successful completion of the following undergraduate courses:
    • Statistics course that covered descriptive and inferential statistics,
    • Physical assessment course
    • Nursing research course.
  • Evidence of at least one yearʼs experience as a registered nurse in a critical care area, such as an intensive care unit.
  • Copy of current BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications.

Types of Admission

There are two types of student classifications in the Master of Science degree in nursing program for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Nurse Educator (NE) tracks:

  1. degree candidate
  2. non-matriculated student

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) track accepts only degree candidates, though prospective applicants may wish to take courses as non-matriculated students (see below). Admission as a non-matriculated student has no effect on admission into the CRNA track.

  1. Degree Candidate (matriculated): Students who have satisfactorily met all entrance requirements and desire to pursue a Master of Science degree in nursing will be admitted as matriculated degree candidates.
  2. Non-Matriculated : An application does not need to be completed under the following conditions:
    1. Transferring a course to another institution.
    2. Taking a graduate course unrelated to the pursuit of a degree.
    3. Demonstrating ability to succeed in graduate level education.

The prospective non-matriculated student should meet with the program director regarding which courses should be taken. A maximum of six credits or two courses may be taken as a non-matriculated student. Students should submit the following:

 
  • Written requests to the director of graduate programs in nursing
  • BSN transcript
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Current RN license

To facilitate registration for a course, a written letter of agreement from the director of graduate programs in nursing to the registrar accepting the student as non-matriculated and granting permission to take selected courses are required for each semester that courses are taken.

International Students

If you are considering York College of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Programs in Nursing, please contact 717- 815-1462 or email msnursing@ycp.edu for current criteria required for international graduate students.

Program Specific Academic Requirements And Policies

Continuous Enrollment Policy

Upon acceptance into the graduate program in the A-GNP, CNS, or NE tracks, the student must maintain enrollment in each semester, excluding summer sessions, by either 1) enrolling in one or more graduate courses or 2) paying a Continuous Enrollment Fee. Failure to maintain Continuous Enrollment status by either one of the two methods will automatically discontinue the studentʼs enrollment in the masterʼs program. A student may maintain the Continuous Enrollment status by paying the Continuous Enrollment Fee for no more than two consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions. The student must then enroll in one or more graduate courses for credit or the student will be discontinued from the masterʼs degree program. A student who does not maintain Continuous Enrollment status or who has discontinued course work must reapply for admission to the graduate program when reactivation is desired. Students may be granted leaves of absences for special circumstances at the discretion of the graduate committee. The CRNA track is only offered as a full-time program, and students will be continuously enrolled as fulltime graduate students for eight consecutive semesters.

Grading, Progress, and Dismissal

  • Candidates for graduate degrees in nursing are required to earn at least a B (3.0) in every course in order to progress through the curriculum and graduate. Courses in which the student earns less than a B (3.0) must be repeated. The student is allowed to repeat a course one time only. A student with a grade less than a B (3.0) in any course must repeat that course in the next semester that it is offered in order to maintain status as a graduate student. A grade of B (3.0) must be earned in order to progress. A second grade of less than a B (3.0) results in automatic dismissal from the program. As courses may only be offered once per year, this may effectively add one year to the program of study. If a course is repeated, both grades will appear on the transcript, but only the highest grade will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • Professors may give a course grade of incomplete (“INC”) if circumstances justify an extension of time required to complete course requirements. A student with an “INC” grade in any course that is a prerequisite to another course will not be allowed to enroll in the subsequent course until the “INC” in the prerequisite course has been removed and replaced by a B (3.0) or better. As courses may only be offered once per year, this may effectively add one year to the program of study. The “INC” must be resolved within 60 days or the “INC” automatically turns to a failure (0.0) according to college policy.
  • Failure of a clinical portion of a course results in dismissal from the program.
  • Students in the CRNA track receiving less than a B (3.0) will not be eligible to progress in the next semestersʼ courses until the grade is remediated. As courses may only be offered once per year, this may effectively add one year to the program of study.
  • Conduct consistent with the ethical and professional standards of the discipline is required. Violation of these standards is grounds for dismissal.

Master of Science Degree in Nursing Program of Study

The curriculum is delivered on a part-time basis for the A-GNP, CNS, and NE tracks. There are four curriculum sequences for the A-GNP, CNS, and NE tracks: (Both CNS foci are adult-gerontology) the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist role with an administration focus, the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist role with an education focus, the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner role, and the nurse educator role.

The curriculum is designed so that students are free to schedule courses as they are able to take them with some exceptions. For the CNS and NE tracks, students must take Seminar I and Seminar II during the last two semesters. During these two courses students will apply knowledge and skills accrued during earlier studies. An administration or education course may be taken with Seminar I and Seminar II. The AGNP clinical courses – Diagnosis and Management of Clinical Problems Adults/Older Adults I, Diagnosis and Management of Clinical Problems Adults/Older Adults II, Comprehensive Care of Older Adults, and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Seminar – are taken during the last three semesters in the order listed. It is also strongly recommended that Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology, Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis, and Pharmacology courses be taken during the three semesters immediately prior to the first A-GNP clinical course.

The CRNA track is only offered as a full-time program. The curriculum is designed in a highly structured fashion in order to meet or exceed the accreditation requirements of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). It should be noted that some of the core courses in the A-GNP, CNS, and NE tracks are replaced by anesthesia specific courses in the CRNA track.

Students pursuing the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist role will complete 41 credits and will be eligible for certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist. Students pursuing the nurse educator role will complete 39 credits and will be eligible for certification as a certified nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner track (primary care) consists of 44 credits preparing graduates for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students pursuing the certified registered nurse anesthetist role will complete 94 credits in preparation for the (AANA) National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certifying Examination (NCE).

Orientation to Graduate Study in Nursing at York College

Upon registration for the first course in the graduate program, students must attend a mandatory orientation provided by Graduate Programs in Nursing. Topics will include review of the graduate program policies and procedures, library orientation including access of nursing literature, an orientation to information resources, safety and security, APA (American Psychological Association) format (guidance and resources for writing), and other academic information.

Preparing for Clinical Experience

Students must submit the following documentation to the Graduate Programs in Nursing prior to registering for the first course requiring practice in a clinical nursing or educational setting:

  • HEALTH RECORDS
    • Student Health and Medical Record. The required information includes:
      • Health Insurance information (either an individual or family policy, or coverage through YCPʼs Health and Accident insurance). Please provide proof of coverage (copy of insurance card) annually.
      • Adequate immunization/immunity history (see form for details)
        • Meningitis or Meningococcal (e.g. Menactra, Menomune) Vaccine is required for all students unless waived by signature on the appropriate form. For most MSN students, it is appropriate to waive the vaccine.
        • Tdap (Adacel or Boostrix) is required. A dose of Tdap after age 11 should replace one decennial tetanus booster. Please ensure that the healthcare provider specifies which type of vaccine was received on the form.
        • Adequate evidence of immunity to chickenpox as demonstrated by two doses of varicella vaccine or a titer (blood test) indicating immunity. History of disease is NOT acceptable evidence of immunity.
        • Influenza immunization is recommended annually for all health care providers. Some clinical sites may require that students who have not had flu vaccine wear a mask for all patient contact. Students should provide documentation whenever they receive their annual flu vaccine and may be asked to sign a declination form each flu season.
      • PPD (TB test) administered within the last 6 months. This will need to be updated annually throughout the studentʼs participation in YCPʼs Nursing Program. If the student is a PPD reactor, please contact lab coordinator in the YCP Department of Nursing for an alternative TB screening questionnaire.
      • Physical exam – must have been within the past 12 months. Physical exam may need to be updated every two years.
    • Dental Examination Report – may be based on the studentʼs most recent exam, if within the last year.
    • Urine Drug Screening through WORKFIRST. If the student has had a urine drug screening at a Joint Commission-accredited institution in the last year, these results are acceptable. Otherwise, please complete the screening at WORKFIRST by the deadline for clinical semester.
  • CURRENT PROFESSIONAL LEVEL CPR CERTIFICATION (and ACLS if the student will have clinical in a critical care area, ACLS/PALS for CRNA students): Provide a copy to the Department of Nursing. Please make sure to copy front and back of the signed card.
  • LIABILITY INSURANCE: Studentʼs must have coverage with the terms of at least $2 million per occurrence/$6 million aggregate. YCP offers coverage of $1 mil/$3 mil billed automatically through the Business Office on the regular semester bill. You must make up the coverage gap of $1 mil/$3 mil. Please provide a copy of the proof of coverage at each annual renewal. A-GNP student policies should reflect that the student is a nurse practitioner student. This distinction must be made prior to taking NUR522/523. Beginning in the second year, CRNA students will obtain insurance through AANA but must provide a regular RN liability policy the first two semesters.
  • RN LICENSE: Student must provide a copy of their current PA license, as well as a copy each time it is updated in April or October. If a student has clinical in other states (e.g. Maryland or Wisconsin) provide a  copy of the license for that state. If no paper copy is available, provide a printout from the on-line verification system.
  • BACKGROUND CHECKS: All nursing students must have a PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and FBI clearance for the Dept. of Public Welfare through Cogent Systems, Inc. prior to clinical. The Department of Nursing must view the original documents. These background checks can take up to 8 weeks to go through. Please submit proof of submission (a copy of the money order receipt or proof of mailing) as soon as possible. When the certificate arrives, bring or send it to the Department of Nursing. PA Criminal Record Check must be updated annually for all students. CRNA students must also update Child Abuse clearance annually.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program prepares nurse leaders to apply advanced practice skills at the highest level of clinical practice. Students will acquire the skills to influence change that will improve health outcomes in populations specific to their advanced specialty preparation. The development of evidenced-based interventions, quality improvement methodologies, and health policy changes to enhance health care delivery at the system-wide practice level will be emphasized. The program culminates with practice immersion experiences in which the student develops, implements, and evaluates a practice change initiative within the clinical setting.

Program Outcomes

The DNP program outcomes are to prepare the advanced practice nurse who will:

  1. Integrate science from nursing and other disciplines with advanced nursing practice to identify, develop, and evaluate practice change initiatives that lead to improved health outcomes in targeted populations.
  2. Develop the knowledge and skills to influence health organizations and complex systems to adopt quality improvement strategies that address patient safety and health disparities in diverse populations.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of evidence-based practice into advanced clinical decision-making by providing leadership in the practice setting through evaluation of practice and translation of research in practice.
  4. Analyze, select, and evaluate appropriate information and patient care technologies that influence quality of care improvement in the practice setting.
  5. Apply knowledge of health policy-making, evaluation, and implementation to influence health providers, policy-makers, and health consumers.
  6. Develop skill in inter- and intra-professional communication and leadership in health care settings.
  7. Synthesize and manage individual and aggregate-level data to improve the health status and outcomes of populations.
  8. Demonstrate advanced clinical decision-making and clinical leadership skills to provide culturally sensitive, comprehensive care to patient groups within an advanced practice specialty role.

Program Contact Information

The Graduate Programs in Nursing office is located in Diehl Hall on West Campus on the second floor. All inquiries and admissions paperwork should be sent to this office directly. To contact the office, please call 717-815-1462 or e-mail us at dnp@ycp.edu. The mailing address is:

York College of Pennsylvania
Graduate Programs in Nursing
441 Country Club Road
Diehl Hall
York, PA 17403

Admission

Applications will be accepted once/year. The deadline for application submission is January 15 each year for admission in the summer. Admission to the program will be competitive, as class size will be limited to a small cohort of students each year. Non-matriculated status will not apply for doctoral courses, and applicants will only be accepted as degree-seeking students. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. Candidates will also be required to answer a question in the form of a short written essay on the day of the interview. Applicants will be notified of the decision within 24 hours of the last interview of the program.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must submit evidence of the following criteria for admission:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited masterʼs of nursing program from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the Department of Nursing faculty.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education.
  • Completion of a masterʼs-level health policy course; if not completed prior to admission, this course must be completed during the first year of the program
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from professional nurses with graduate degrees, addressing the applicantʼs practice.
  • Interview with DNP admission committee after submission of all application materials.
  • Submission of a professional portfolio that includes:
    • Statement of purpose for seeking the DNP degree
    • Current curriculum vitae or resume
    • Copy of certification in an advanced practice specialty (if applicable)
    • Copy of RN license, and advanced practice nurse license (if applicable), from the state of intended practice
    • Description and total number of supervised clinical hours completed in masterʼs curriculum from masterʼs program director
    • Proposal identifying an evidence-based practice project.
      • This should consist of an area of practice needing improvement and an idea for a nursing practice change initiative. Examples include a policy change, implementation of an evidence-based practice guideline, or a health systems change that leads to improvement of health outcomes for a targeted population. The proposal should be 3-5 pages in length, with appropriate citations, using APA format. Consideration should be given to the resources that would be needed to complete the project, including possible clinical sites and clinical mentors.

International Students

If you are considering York College of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Programs in Nursing, please contact 717-815-1462 or email dnp@ycp.edu for current criteria required for international graduate students.

Academic Policies

Students will be expected to enroll in the program for six consecutive semesters, beginning in the summer, as a member of a cohort group. However, if there are extenuating life circumstances that interfere with the studentʼs ability to maintain continuous enrollment, the student may petition for a leave of absence. Leaves of absence will be granted on a one-year basis. Students needing a leave of absence will be encouraged to continue the program with the next cohort group.

Grading, Progress, and Dismissal

  • Candidates for graduate degrees in nursing are required to earn at least a B (3.0) in every course in order to progress through the curriculum and graduate. Courses in which the student earns less than a B (3.0) must be repeated. The student is allowed to repeat a course one time only. A student with a grade less than a B (3.0) in any course must repeat that course in the next semester that it is offered in order to maintain status as a graduate student. A grade of B (3.0) must be earned in order to progress. A second grade of less than a B (3.0) results in automatic dismissal from the program. As courses may only be offered once per year, this may effectively add one year to the program of study. If a course is repeated, both grades will appear on the transcript, but only the highest grade will be used in calculating the grade point average.
  • Professors may give a course grade of incomplete (“INC”) if circumstances justify an extension of time required to complete course requirements. A student with an “INC” grade in any course that is a prerequisite to another course will not be allowed to enroll in the subsequent course until the “INC” in the prerequisite course has been removed and replaced by a B (3.0) or better. As courses may only be offered once per year, this may effectively add one year to the program of study. The “INC” must be resolved within 60 days or the “INC” automatically turns to a failure (0.0) according to college policy.
  • Failure of a clinical portion of a course results in dismissal from the program.
  • Students in the CRNA track receiving less than a B (3.0) will not be eligible to progress in the next semestersʼ courses until the grade is remediated. As courses may only be offered once per year, this may effectively add one year to the program of study.
  • Conduct consistent with the ethical and professional standards of the discipline is required. Violation of these standards is grounds for dismissal.

Executive Format

Each semester, courses will be held either during intensive week-long classes for 5 consecutive days prior to the start of the regular semester, or in day-long classes, twice per month through the semester.

Clinical Residency

The Clinical Residency courses (NUR730 and NUR731), are intended to provide an opportunity for the DNP student to enhance clinical skills that may be needed in order to complete the proposed scholarly project. Objectives for the residency will be developed in collaboration with the faculty member.

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