Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Nursing

Administration

Shanna W. Akers, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N./M.B.A.-H.C., Ed.D. CNE
Interim Dean, School of Nursing
Administrative Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing

Sharon J. Kopis, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., Ed.D., CNE, FNP-C
Chair of DNP Program
Professor of Nursing

Kimberly Little, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., CNE
Chair of MSN Program
Associate Professor of Nursing


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster.  There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty.  The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
In accordance to the missions of the University and the School of Nursing, the purpose of the Nursing Graduate Programs is to prepare nursing leaders, nurse educators, and advanced practice nurses to transform the nursing profession through character development, leadership, and scholarship. Grounded in Biblical values, the Nursing Graduate Programs focus on the care of the whole person; body, mind, and spirit.

As a condition of Liberty’s Certificate of Approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Nursing:

Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice. www.abn.alabama.gov


Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

PURPOSE
Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing program is founded on a Christian worldview and designed to prepare competent men and women in the field of nursing education and nursing administration. The program prepares students as nurse educators and faculty members in schools of nursing, and nurse administration/leaders. Graduates are equipped with the critical thinking skills, leadership, and knowledge needed to promote the profession of nursing through clinical practice, teaching, research, program development and implementation, and scholarship

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANA-Admin. 10, 13, 15).
  2. Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16).
  3. Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing (AACN/CCNE III, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 7).
  4. Collaborate with members of interprofessional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANA-Admin 5b, 10, 11).
  5. Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings (AACN/CCNE V, NLN1, ANA-Admin. 14).
  6. Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin 12).
  7. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).

Nursing Administration Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct health care systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Admin. 5c, 11, 10).
  2. Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process* to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin. 1-6, 14).
  3. Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values, advocacy, current nursing practice, legal ethical and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12).
    *Assessment, diagnosis/data analysis, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, and outcomes evaluation.

Nurse Educator Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing curricula that reflects student learning needs, innovative teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes that support a positive learning environment (NLN competencies 3 and 4).
  2. Construct a learning environment based on educational theory and evidence-based practice which promotes individual learner needs (NLN competency 1).
  3. Demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities in creating a learning environment that supports individual goals and diverse student needs (NLN competency 2).

Nurse Informatics Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing informatics solutions to reach a community need, resolve a healthcare issue, or improve an outcome in the healthcare setting (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1, 4, 5).
  2. Collaborate with key stakeholders in the healthcare setting to create strategies for informatics solutions (ANA-Nursing Inform. 6, 11, 13).
  3. Synthesize available data, information, evidence, and knowledge to create a culture of safety and quality based on legal, ethical, and regularly compliance (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1, 7, 10, 15).

ACCREDITATION
The Master of Science in Nursing program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

CERTIFICATION
The Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator Concentration may meet the educational requirements of the National League of Nursing’s Nurse Educator Certification. The Nurse Administration concentration may meet the educational requirements of the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Nurse Executive/ Nurse Executive Advanced Certification.

Note:  Certification and eligibility requirements are changed periodically by credentialing bodies and are out of the control of the academic institution.  Credentialing bodies such as the National League of Nursing and the American Nurse Credentialing Center make the final determination to sit for any exams they may offer.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
All policies and procedures for admission to graduate programs as stated in this Catalog apply unless otherwise stated.  The following criteria are established to encourage applications from qualified students who are highly motivated, self-directed, and academically competent to ensure selection of individuals who possess abilities that will enable them to successfully pursue graduate study in nursing. Each applicant must submit documentation to the Office of Graduate Admissions [gradadmissions@liberty.edu] that addresses the following criteria:

  1. Graduate of a nationally accredited nursing program/school or its equivalent.  Accrediting bodies include: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.  Non-B.S.N. applicants with an RN license may be admitted to the M.S.N. program but must satisfy requirements for the following undergraduate bridge courses: NURS 225, Research in Nursing; NURS 440, Strategies for Community Health; NURS 445 Population Health NURS 490, Leadership/Management in Nursing and NURS 491 Nursing Management. Bridge courses are not a prerequisite to admission into the M.S.N. program, but must be completed within the first year of admission to the M.S.N. program. 
  3. Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program and must complete a undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate nursing research course prior enrollment in NURS 500, Research; the undergraduate course for health assessment must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in NURS 505, Advanced Health/Physical Assessment.
  4. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  5. Ability to meet the Liberty School of Nursing Statement of Essential Attributes.
  6. Nurses educated outside of the United States must submit the following documentation in order to be considered for admission:
    1. Proof of valid and current RN licensure based on review by the Commission on Graduates for Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International [+1(215) 222-8454)] (must hold a valid registered nurse license issued in one of the fifty States.  See #6.)
    2. Pass the NCLEX Readiness Exam (offered by the CGFNS)
    3. Undergraduate transcript evaluation report from the World Education System (WES) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This evaluation is required to determine equivalency of the applicant’s nursing and baccalaureate degrees to nursing education programs offered by schools in the U.S.
  7. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test). Additionally, the School of Nursing will require a TOEFL score for all students education outside of the United States regardless of the nursing degree obtained.
  8. Current registered nurse license in good standing without any sanctions or restrictions, actual or pending issued in one of the fifty United States.
  9. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  10. Must have one year of nursing practice as a registered nurse.
  11. All students must be fully admitted into the MSN program to enroll in classes.
  12. Nurse Educator: NURS 617, 618, 619, 620; and Nursing Administration: NURS 623, 624, 625, 626 require a practicum, which must be completed within the United States.
  13. One Recommendation from a Nurse Manager or Faculty.

EVALUATION OF TRANSFER CREDITS
With approval from the School of Nursing Graduate Faculty Committee, students may transfer up to 21 credit hours from an appropriately accredited institution. In order to transfer credit hours, the student must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and the courses must have been completed within five years of the start date of the program.  Students may receive transfer credit for graduate courses that were required for another completed master’s degree.  No correspondence or life experience study will be accepted for credit in the M.S.N. program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science in Nursing offers nurse educator and nurse administration concentrations. With faculty guidance students develop a program of study and practicum that reflects their nursing education or administrative interests. Full and part-time options are available. Each student should obtain an up-to-date copy of the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook (available online at Liberty University’s M.S.N. website), for information about matriculation and progression in the M.S.N. program. The application information and forms are also available online.

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS
Documentation that verifies  current American Heart Association CPR card immunization status (i.e., measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tuberculosis (TB) testing, Varicella titer or immunity, Hepatitis B & Influenza), HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogens, a Criminal Background Check, and 10 Panel Drug Screen must be submitted prior to students enroll in courses that include a practicum component. Additional requirements may be requested by the student-selected practicum facility sites.  Students are responsible to assume all costs associated with practicum requirements.

PROGRAM DISMISSAL
Automatic dismissal without the options for extensions, to repeat courses, or to reapply to the MSN program occurs when students:

  • Earn more than three (3) graduate grades of C+ or lower.
  • Earn more than one (1) graduate grade of D+ or lower.
  • Earn a GPA lower than 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  • Fail to report any changes, sanctions, or other updates to their RN license to the MSN program Chair.
  • Are in violation of the Liberty University Online honor Code.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 42 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 3.0 GPA.
  4. No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Liberty coursework more than 5 years old must be repeated.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for the Master of Science in Nursing program are available online from the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) - Nurse Educator
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) - Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) - Nursing Informatics


Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Liberty University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice roles with a commitment to Christian ethical standards to transform healthcare through leadership and clinical practice.

ACCREDITATION
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a competitive process. The applicants who meet the admission requirements are not guaranteed acceptance. The program has two pathways, Post BSN DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and Post MSN DNP.

Admission standards for Post - BSN DNP include:

  1. Complete a Graduate School Application form
  2. Graduate of a nationally accredited school of nursing (National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission) (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  3. Earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, or Master of Science Degree in Nursing (for students seeking DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner specialty certification.
  4. Current, unencumbered RN license issued in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please submit a copy of your RN license to luoverify@liberty.edu.
  5. (If applicable) Advanced practice license and associated certification. Advanced practice Licenses must be current and unencumbered and issued in Virginia. A copy of certification must be also provided in addition to license.
  6. If past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.
  7. If student has an advanced practice certification: Verification of professional certification as an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist) *Nurse Leaders may hold national certification in Nursing Administration, not required but preferred.
  8. GPA 3.0 or above in most current nursing program completed (BSN or MSN).
  9. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  10. Contact information for three recommendations: Academic-professor, Professional-physician or nurse manager, Personal-pastor, colleague or friend.
  11. Curriculum Vitae
  12. Two years professional nursing experience.
  13. Undergraduate statistics course.
  14. Undergraduate research methods course.
  15. Undergraduate health assessment course.
  16. Writing Sample (not to exceed 3,000) words – A document discussing introduction and world view, professional experience/ goals, and vision for professional practice including scholarly project.
  17. TOEFL if applicable.
  18. CPR Certification American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers with AED.
  19. Interview with nursing faculty (in person, telephone or electronic).
  20. Background check, drug and finger print screening.
  21. Immunization/Physical Exam Form.
  22. Ability to meet Essential Attributes Requirements.

Admission standards for Post – MSN DNP include:

  1. Complete a Graduate School Admission Application form.
  2. Graduate of a nationally accredited school of nursing (National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  3. Earned Master of Science Degree in Nursing, specialty in an advanced practice role-Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Leader.
  4. Current, unencumbered RN license issued in one of the fifty United States. Please submits a copy of you RN license to louverify@liberty.edu.
  5. Current, unencumbered APRN license issued in one of the fifty United States (if applicable). Please submit a copy of your APRN license to louverify@liberty.edu.
  6. If a past sanction or disciplinary action exists on a professional license, the applicant may be contacted by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee for further explanation.
  7. Verification of professional certification as an advanced practice nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist) *Nurse Leaders may hold national certification in Nursing Administration, not required but preferred.
  8. GPA 3.0 or above in all previous graduate course work.
  9. Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  10. Contact information for one recommendation-professional/academic/personal.
  11. If advanced practice nurse must have a graduate level health assessment course, graduate level pathophysiology course and graduate level pharmacology course.
  12. Writing Sample (not to exceed 3000) words – A document discussing introduction world view, professional experience goals and vision for personal practice including scholarly project.
  13. Verification of practicum hours from graduate program director.
  14. TOEFL if applicable.
  15. CPR Certification American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers with AED
  16. An interview may be requested for selected applicants. Please note that not all applicants will be requested to interview with the school of nursing. Interviews can be conducted remotely, as needed.
  17. Background, drug and finger print screening
  18. Immunization/Physical Exam Form
  19. Ability to meet Essential Attributes Requirements.

Note: All students enrolled in both pathways must also hold current American Heart Association CPR certification, and complete a background check, physical examination and immunizations, OSHA training and HIPPA training and/or other requirements as designed by specific practicum sites.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate nursing science, theory research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice.
  2. Design effective health care environments to improve quality, cost-effectiveness and outcomes.
  3. Apply evidence and clinical scholarship to support clinical/systems decision making, policy and advocacy.
  4. Utilize information systems and technology to support decision-making and improve outcomes.
  5. Extend knowledge of clinical prevention, population health, and policy through application of evidence and collaboration with stakeholders and professionals.
  6. Apply evidence-based advanced clinical decision-making and culturally competent care to individuals, families and populations.
  7. Integrate the Christian World view into the delivery of care of diverse populations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POST – BSN DNP

  1. Complete 78 hours.
  2. A minimum of 72 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.0 GPA
  5. Students must complete all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.  Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program, with no grade lower than a B. All course grades averaged into the GPA course work towards degree completion must be B or above. Students may repeat one grade of B-, C+, C or C-. The most recent grade will be calculated in the GPA. A grade of B-, C+, C or C- received in a second course or any grade below C- will result in dismissal from the program. Any grade of B- or below will not be applied to the degree. There shall be no unresolved reports of the Academic or Personal Honor Code, or pending reviews.
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Successful completion of Comprehensive Exam.
  8. Successful completion of 1,232 Practicum hours.
  9. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POST – MSN DNP

  1. Complete 41 hours.
  2. A minimum of 35 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.0 GPA.
  5. Students must complete all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or greater and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.  Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program, with no grade lower than a B. All course grades averaged into the GPA course work towards degree completion must be B or above. Students may repeat one grade of B-, C+, C or C-. The most recent grade will be calculated in the GPA. A grade of B-, C+, C or C- received in a second course or any grade below C- will result in dismissal from the program. Any grade of B- or below will not be applied to the degree. There shall be no unresolved reports of the Academic or Personal Honor Code, or pending reviews.
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Successful completion of 560 Practicum hours.
  8. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

*Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requires all DNP students to complete at least 1,000 practicum hours post-BSN. Student must complete at least 560 DNP practicum hours, additional hours may be required to support the 1,000 hours post-BSN depending on the on the number of practicum hours considered from the MSN program.


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - Family Nurse Practitioner

Students who are interested in teaching nursing are encouraged to take the Nurse Educator Elective Sequence.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program are available online from the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.

Dual Degree Programs


RN-BSN-MSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) for RNs: Post-Licensure
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

PURPOSE
The RN-BSN-MSN program will sharpen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they manage in the capacity of a healthcare professional.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is a competitive process.

Admission standards for RN-BSN-MSN include:

  1. Graduation from an NLN-Accredited Associate Degree or Diploma nursing program.
  2. Current and Active Registered Nurse license.
  3. Documentation of the ability to meet the Essential Attributes of Nursing.
  4. Students admitted to the RN-BSN-MSN program with less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to enroll in GRST 500 with NURS 500; students must pass both NURS 500 and GRST 500. The course fee for GRST 500 is $100. Students who do not pass the course are automatically re-enrolled in a subsequent term and charged an additional $100 for every subsequent registration. GRST 500 is a zero credit hour class and does not affect the student’s GPA.
  5. If a student makes a C -/+ in NURS 500 or NURS 503, the student is required to take the undergraduate equivalents course (NURS 225 or NURS 445) prior to retaking the graduate course for transcript adjustment.
  6. Prior to taking NURS 500 (Research), the student must successfully complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or above.
  7. Progression to the MSN program following BSN completion is dependent upon earning a grade of B- or higher in all graduate courses.
  8. If the student makes a D or less in either NURS 500 or NURS 503, the student will be administratively dismissed from the RN-BSN-MSN program. He or she would remain eligible to continue in the RN-BSN program.
  9. Students in the RN to BSN to MSN track must maintain a GPA or 3.0 or higher. RN to BSN to MSN track students with GPA’s between 2.0 and 2.9 will admitted on caution, but should maintain a current GPA 3.0 or higher. If the student is unable to maintain this GPA, he or she may remain in the RN to BSN track if meeting RN to BSN progression policies.
  10. The gate course in the RN-BSN program in NURS 492 (capstone course). This course must be completed prior to taking any 500 or 600 level nursing class, except for NURS 500 and NURS 503.
  11. NURS 220 is the entry nursing course. Students will be informed that this is their chance to transfer to the dual degree, afterwards, the students will not be eligible to transition into the dual degree program.
  12. UG pre-reqs should be completed by NURS 492.
  13. MSN requirements will lead for admission and graduation.
  14. After completing NURS 492, progression policies of the Graduate School apply.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. View nursing as a ministry of demonstrating Christ’s love to hurting people of all religions, creeds, and cultures;
  2. Provide and coordinate nursing care for individuals, families, and groups within the community;
  3. Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills in determining nursing interventions and applying therapeutic skills;
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills in collaboration with clients, other professionals and groups within the community for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and restoring health;
  5. Apply a personal and professional Christian value system, based on biblical principles, to ethical issues related to the practice of professional nursing; and
  6. Value the need for ongoing personal and professional development through both formal and informal learning experiences.
  7. Foster professional level competencies in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy.
  8. Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANA-Admin. 10, 13, 15).
  9. Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16).
  10. Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing (AACN/CCNE III, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 7).
  11. Collaborate with members of interprofessional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANA-Admin. 5b, 10, 11).
  12. Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings (AACN/CCNE V, NLN 1, ANA-Admin. 14).
  13. Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin. 12).
  14. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).

Nurse Educator Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing curricula that reflects student learning needs, innovative teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes that support a positive learning environment (NLN competencies 3 and 4).
  2. Construct a learning environment based on educational theory and evidence-based practice which promotes individual learner needs (NLN competency 1).
  3. Demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities in creating a learning environment that supports individual goals and diverse student needs (NLN competency 2).

Nursing Administration Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct health care systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Admin. 5c, 11, 10).
  2. Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin. 1-6, 14).
  3. Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values, advocacy, current nursing practice, legal ethical and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12)

Nursing Informatics Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Design nursing informatics solutions to reach a community need, resolve a heathcare issue, or improve an outcome in the healthcare setting (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1,4,5)
  2. Collaborate with key stakeholders in the healthcare setting to create strategies for informatics solutions (ANA-Nursing Inform. 6, 11, 13).
  3. Synthesize available data, information, evidence, and knowledge to create a culture of safety and quality based on legal, ethical, and regulatory compliance (ANA-Nursing Inform. 1, 7, 10, 15).

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR RN-BSN-MSN

  1. Complete 151 hours.
  2. 120 Credit hours must be 100-400 level courses (NURS 500 & 503 included)
  3. 3.0 GPA
  4. 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses must be upper-level (300-400 level)
  5. Grade of ‘C’ minimum required for all undergraduate courses in the major
  6. Grade of ‘B’ or higher required for all graduate courses
  7. 46% of the undergraduate courses in majors must be taken through Liberty University
  8. 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses must be taken through Liberty University
  9. Coursework taken through Liberty University and is more than 5 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  10. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  11. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administration (B.S.N. to M.S.N)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator (B.S.N. to M.S.N.)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs: Post Licensure and Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Informatics (B.S.N. to M.S.N.)

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

PURPOSE
The MSN/MBA program will sharpen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they manage in the capacity of a healthcare professional. Students will learn how to be successful in the health care organization, manage operations and personnel, ensure quality, and maintain compliance with laws that affect healthcare providers, administrators, and organizations

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is a competitive process.

Admission standards for MSN/MBA include:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program and must complete a undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate nursing research course prior enrollment in NURS 500, Research; the undergraduate course for health assessment must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in NURS 505, Advanced Health/Physical Assessment.
  3. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  4. Students admitted to the MSN-MBA program with less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to enroll in GRST 500; students must pass GRST 500.
  5. Current registered nurse license in good standing without any sanctions or restrictions, actual or pending issued in one of the fifty United States.
  6. Must have one year of nursing practice as a registered nurse.
  7. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  8. Students with RN license and bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Nursing must take NURS 225, 440, 490, and 491 within the first year of the program.
  9. One Recommendation from a Nurse Manager.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANAAdmin. 10, 13, 15).
  2. Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16).
  3. Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing. (AACN/CCNE Ill, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin 7).
  4. Collaborate with members of Inter-professional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings. (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANAAdmin Sb, 10, 11).
  5. Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings. (AACN/CCNE V, NLN 1, ANA-Admin. 14).
  6. Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin 12).
  7. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings. (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).

Nurse Administration Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct healthcare systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Ad min Sc, 11, 10).
  2. Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process* to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin 1-6, 14).
  3. Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values; advocacy; current nursing practice; legal, ethical, and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12)

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate Christian worldview perspectives when solving business ethical dilemmas.
  2. Evaluate and present scholarship relevant to business contexts.
  3. Solve complex business issues within various contexts.

PROGRAM DISMISSAL
Automatic dismissal without the options for extensions, to repeat courses, or to reapply to the MSN – MBA program occurs when students:

  • Earn more than three (3) graduate NURS grades of C+ or lower.
  • Earn more than one (1) graduate NURS grade of D+ or lower.
  • Earn a GPA lower than 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  • Fail to report any changes, sanctions, or other updates to their RN license to the MSN program Chair.
  • Are in violation of the Liberty University Online honor Code.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MSN/MBA

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 3.0 GPA
  4. No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
  5. Liberty University coursework that is more than 5 years old may not be applied towards that degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it is has exceeded the age limit.
  6. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  7. Student admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The MSN/MS program will sharpen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they manage in the capacity of a healthcare professional. Students will learn how to be successful in the health care organization, manage operations and personnel, ensure quality, and maintain compliance with laws that affect healthcare providers, administrators, and organizations.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) / Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS) program is a competitive process.

Admission standards for MSN/MS include:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. Introductory statistics course (math preferred) and an undergraduate course in health assessment are required. For those who did not complete these courses in their undergraduate programs, they may fulfill these requirements during the first two semesters of the M.S.N. program and must complete a undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate nursing research course prior enrollment in NURS 500, Research; the undergraduate course for health assessment must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in NURS 505, Advanced Health/Physical Assessment.
  3. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  4. Students admitted to the MSN-MS program with less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to enroll in GRST 500; students must pass GRST 500.
  5. Current registered nurse license in good standing without any sanctions or restrictions, actual or pending issued in one of the fifty United States.
  6. Must have one year of nursing practice as a registered nurse.
  7. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR card.
  8. Students with RN license and bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Nursing must take NURS 225, 440, 490, and 491 within the first year of the program.
  9. One Recommendation from a Nurse Manager.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

The student will be able to:

  1. Integrate research and scholarship into advanced nursing practice (AACN/CCNE I, IV, NLN 7, ANAAdmin. 10, 13, 15).
  2. Influence nursing practice by integrating policy criteria and advocacy skills (AACN/CCNE VI, NLN 8, ANA-Admin. 16}.
  3. Employ quality improvement, safety standards, and outcomes management to support best practices in nursing. (AACN/CCNE Ill, IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin 7).
  4. Collaborate with members of Inter-professional teams to promote culturally competent population health care and clinical prevention in a variety of settings. (AACN/CCNE VII, VIII, ANAAdmin Sb, 10, 11).
  5. Utilize innovative health care technologies in a variety of practice settings. (AACN/CCNE V, NLN 1, ANA-Admin. 14).
  6. Apply Christian Worldview and ethical decision making to Advanced Nursing Practice (LU mission, AACN/CCNE IX, NLN 6, ANA-Admin 12).
  7. Demonstrate leadership in a variety of professional practice and educational settings. (AACN/CCNE II, IX, NLN 5, 8, ANA-Admin. 3, 15).

Nurse Administration Concentration
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to direct healthcare systems delivery of nursing services and professional practice (ANA-Ad min Sc, 11, 10).
  2. Provide health care systems management utilizing the nursing process* to perform strategic planning, fiscal and resource management and evaluation of outcomes (ANA-Admin 1-6, 14).
  3. Utilize evidence to create a culture of safety and quality based on nursing values; advocacy; current nursing practice; legal, ethical, and regulatory compliance (ANA-Admin. 7, 8, 9, 12).

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.)
The student will be able to:

  1. Provide solutions that align with a biblical worldview to problems associated with cost, access, and quality of care.
  2. Evaluate environmental factors impacting the management of healthcare organizations .
  3. Design strategic planning initiatives that incorporate financial analysis, human capital management, operational improvement, marketing, and legal/regulatory compliance based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

PROGRAM DISMISSAL
Automatic dismissal without the options for extensions, to repeat courses, or to reapply to the MSN – MS program occurs when students:

  • Earn more than three (3) graduate NURS grades of C+ or lower.
  • Earn more than one (1) graduate NURS grade of D+ or lower.
  • Earn a GPA lower than 3.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  • Fail to report any changes, sanctions, or other updates to their RN license to the MSN program Chair.
  • Are in violation of the Liberty University Online honor Code.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MSN/MS

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 3.0 GPA
  4. No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
  5. Liberty University coursework that is more than 5 years old may not be applied towards that degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it is has exceeded the age limit.
  6. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  7. Student admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (M.S.)



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