2020-2021 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctoral Nursing


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Doctoral Programs and Requirements

Degrees/Programs
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) (Post-Master’s)
          Advanced Practice (D.N.P.) 
          Advanced Practice Emergency Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.)  
          Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner-Post Master’s (D.N.P.)  
          Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.)  
          Nursing Administration (D.N.P.) (Post-Master’s)  

B.S.N to D.N.P Option (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
          Nurse Anesthesia (B.S.N. to D.N.P.)  

Older Programs*
B.S.N to D.N.P Option (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
          Family Nurse Practitioner
                    Family Nurse Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) 
                    Family Nurse Practitioner w/ENP Specialty (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) 
          Nursing Informatics and Analytics (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) 

R.N. to Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)  (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
          Family Nurse Practitioner
                    Family Nurse Practitioner (R.N. to D.N.P. Option) 
                    Family Nurse Practitioner w/ENP Specialty (R.N. to D.N.P. Option) 
          Nursing Administration (R.N. to D.N.P. Option) 
          Nursing Informatics & Analytics (R.N. to D.N.P. Option)           


The Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing offers flexible, innovative options in a program leading to a doctor of nursing practice degree (D.N.P.). Graduates are prepared to practice in an advanced role to meet and/or manage health care needs of families across the life span. The graduate will be prepared to practice in a variety of settings with a functional focus in one of the following areas: emergency nursing, family nursing, psychiatric mental health, and nursing administration.

Through the B.S.N. to D.N.P. option, the School of Nursing provides students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing the opportunity to earn a D.N.P.in nurse anesthesia.

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*These programs are under review and subject to change/closure/replacement. They are currently closed to new admits.


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

The doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program will fulfill a need within the profession for advanced practice nurses who can provide leadership in the healthcare system of the 21st century. The D.N.P. will be a visionary leader for the practice of nursing and the delivery of health care in all settings. This program prepares graduates to demonstrate competencies, including organizational and systems leadership, advanced clinical skills, the ability to mobilize interdisciplinary teams, the ability to establish collaborative relationships to solve complex clinical problems, and to initiate policy and programmatic changes. The D.N.P. program will prepare clinicians (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists) and nurse administrators for leadership roles, evidence-based practice, and to fully implement the emerging science and practice innovations in health care.

D.N.P. Outcomes

Graduates with a doctor of nursing practice from the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing will be prepared to:

  1. Practice at the highest level of nursing by integrating nursing science and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, organizational and public health sciences to improve health, nursing and education outcomes;
  2. Integrate advanced critical reasoning and judgment in the management of complex clinical situations and systems;
  3. Assimilate ethical principles, personal beliefs, and Christian values to provide a framework for advanced nursing practice;
  4. Engage in scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice to effect optimal outcomes;
  5. Apply information systems and technology for the provision and/or transformation of health care delivery and nursing practice;
  6. Participate in interprofessional collaboration for the improvement of individual and population health outcomes;
  7. Advocate change in health care practice through policy development, implementation and evaluation.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P)

The post-master’s doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) is a terminal degree in nursing that can be completed in one calendar year of full-time study or in two years of part-time study. The concentrations include nursing administration, advanced practice, advanced practice-emergency nurse practitioner, and advanced practice-family nurse practitioner.

Admission Requirements

Applications for the D.N.P. program are considered on a competitive basis by the School of Nursing; thus, applicants’ admission profiles are evaluated according to stated admission criteria. The applicant will be considered for admission to Samford University and the School of Nursing graduate program upon submission of the following required materials:

  1. Completion of application. For complete admission instructions, visit www.samford.edu/nursing.
  2. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse.
  3. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited and CCNE, CNEA, or an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program in the area of advanced practice or administration (applicants with unique credentials will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  4. Master’s degree cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  5. International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements.
  6. American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper), or 90 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  7. Video interview.
Transfer Credit

Graduate students are permitted to transfer a maximum of twelve hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited and a CCNE, CNEA, or an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited college or university. To do so, students should complete a course substitution form and attach a copy of the syllabus. Transfer credits will be evaluated by the associate dean of the graduate program for applicability to the program.

Progression Policies

In order to progress in the doctoral program in the School of Nursing, the student must:

  1. Have a completed Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) updated annually and on file with ESS.
  2. Carry health insurance while enrolled at Samford. Students in the School of Nursing are required to provide proof of current personal health insurance coverage. Each semester, students in the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing are automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored student health insurance plan. There is a charge for this coverage. To have the charge removed from his/her Samford account, a nursing student must provide proof of insurance by completing the insurance waiver at https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/school-page.

    International Students: Based upon federal regulations and University policy, all F and J visa holders are required to carry insurance that meets certain coverage requirements. Information about specific policy carries, minimum coverage, and premium costs is available from the Office of Global Engagement at (205) 726-4334.

  3. Provide current documentation of BLS certification
  4. Adhere to the Code of Ethical/Professional Conduct as specified in the Samford University catalog.
  5. Possess a current unencumbered RN nursing license in your state of practice and in the state of all clinical rotations.
  6. Maintain licensure and certification. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing of any encumbrance that is placed on any license.
  7. Submit to background check and random drug testing.
  8. Make a grade of B or better in each required or prescribed course in the D.N.P. program. NOTE: A grade of C, D or F constitutes a failure in any prescribed or required course in the D.N.P. program. **Students must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and may not earn a grade below B in any course to progress in the curriculum. Students must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA to graduate.
  9. Maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and may not earn a grade below B in any course to progress in the curriculum.
Academic Policies

Students who receive a grade below a B in any required or prescribed course or whose cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and must:
• Repeat any nursing course in which a grade received was below a B and receive a grade of B or better.
• Be aware that a required nursing course can only be repeated one time.
• Be aware that failure of the same course twice or failure of two separate courses constitutes dismissal from the program

Students who fail to successfully complete a required nursing course within one calendar year of the academic probation notification will be dismissed from the program.

Students must be aware that matters of plagiarism, unethical, unprofessional or unsafe conduct may result in immediate dismissal from the School of Nursing.

Program Interruptions

Students who need more than five years to complete the program may petition the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing graduate program to request an additional year for completion (a total of six years for completion).

Readmissions Policy

A student who has been dismissed from the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing graduate program may apply through the Office of Graduate Student Services for readmission after an intervening period of not less than one semester. The appropriate graduate admission committee will consider such requests for readmission on presentation of substantial evidence of a responsible and successful period of work or study during the intervening period. There is no guarantee, however, that a student will be readmitted. The decision regarding readmission rests with the dean and is based upon the faculty’s evaluation of the likelihood of the applicant’s ability to perform successfully in graduate coursework.


Nurse Anesthesia

B.S.N. to D.N.P. (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Admission Requirements

Applications for the B.S.N. to D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia program are considered on a competitive basis by the School of Nursing; thus, applicants’ admission profiles are evaluated according to stated admission criteria. The applicant will be considered for admission to Samford University and the School of Nursing graduate program upon submission of the following required materials:

  1. Completion of application directly through Slate. For complete admission instructions, visit www.samford.edu/nursing.
  2. Complete the Supplemental Application Form for the nurse anesthesia program, found at www.samford.edu/nursing/supplemental-application-forms.aspx.
  3. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse.
  4. Bachelor of science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited and ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  6. Minimum one year full time critical care experience as a registered nurse.
  7. Minimum GRE score within the last 5 years. a. Verbal: 153; Quantitative: 144; Analytical: 4.0 b. The Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is not accepted.
  8. International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  9. On-campus interview.
  10. If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $1,000 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.
Progression Policies

In order to progress in the School of Nursing nurse anesthesia program, the student must:

  1. Have a completed Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) updated annually and on file, according to policy with ESS.
  2. Carry health insurance while enrolled at Samford. Students in the School of Nursing are required to provide proof of current personal health insurance coverage. Each semester, students in the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing are automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored student health insurance plan. There is a charge for this coverage. If you are a new nursing student, you will need to register your health insurance coverage by clicking on the following link and completing the information: https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/school-page.
  3. Document and keep current professional liability insurance for clinicals.
  4. BLS, ACLS, PALS certification prior to clinical rotations and through graduation.
  5. Adhere to the Code of Ethical/Professional Conduct, School of Nursing section.
  6. Possess a current unencumbered Alabama registered nursing license and in the states of all clinical rotations.
  7. Submit to random drug testing and a criminal background check.
  8. Obtain a grade of “B” or better in each didactic course and a “Pass” grade in each clinical course.
Program Interruptions and Readmissions
  1. Students must complete all semester coursework before progressing to the next semester. Individual exceptions may be made by the department chair. An incomplete grade (INC) may be awarded if the student has done work that would earn a passing grade in the course but has failed to complete some portion of the required work because of an emergency, and the work can be completed without further class attendance. An INC grade automatically becomes an F if not removed by the last day of classes in the next full semester after the grade was given.
  2. Students who receive a non-progressing grade may reapply to continue their course of study the following year. Additional remedial courses may be required on a case-by-case basis prior to readmission. Determination for readmission will be made by the nurse anesthesia program faculty with approval of the dean of the School of Nursing.
  3. Students who take a leave of absence or withdraw from the program may reapply to continue their course of study the following year. Additional remedial courses may be required on a case-by-case basis prior to readmission. Determination for readmission will be made by the nurse anesthesia program faculty with approval of the dean of the School of Nursing.
  4. Students will be obligated for complete tuition payments for any enrolled semester. For students readmitted to the program, tuition costs will be at the tuition rate in place at the time of readmission.

Programs

    Doctoral

    Courses

      Nursing - Doctoral

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