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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Addictions Focus Specialization

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Master of Science in Nursing

The traditional master of science in nursing degree (MSN) provides experienced professional nurses with the additional education needed to function in a rapidly changing health care environment that demands new and innovative approaches to nursing and health care delivery. Graduates are prepared for positions as leaders in community organizations and institutions, or as primary care nurse practitioners. The advanced practice nursing (APN) immersion is an accelerated path to the MSN for non-nurses holding undergraduate degrees in other fields. The APN Immersion prepares graduates to be primary care nurse practitioners, or for leadership in health care organizations and communities.

The MSN program at Seattle University is grounded in the Jesuit ideals of teaching, service, education for values, and growth of persons. Graduate faculty members are doctorally prepared and clinically experienced nurses who are also expert teachers. The curriculum focus on care of vulnerable clients actualizes the Jesuit commitment to social justice. Values-based education emphasizes the ethical, moral, and spiritual dimensions of nursing care. Attention to individual student strengths and needs produces graduates who are knowledgeable, skilled, and confident in their ability to effect change.

The MSN program offers two tracks. The Leadership in Community Nursing (LCN) track prepares nurses in health promotion and prevention strategies for communities or populations. Two specialties are available. The program development specialty prepares graduates to collaborate with communities and organizations to design and implement health programs for vulnerable populations. The spirituality and health specialty is offered in collaboration with the School of Theology and Ministry and prepares graduates to meet the spiritual health needs of individuals, families, and communities. Clinical experiences in both tracks are arranged to focus on populations of special interest to students.

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track (PCNP) offers specialties in family, gerontological or psychiatric mental health with an addictions focus. Graduates are eligible for national certification exams in the area of specialization: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Adult or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PSYCHMHNP), Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) or Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Psychiatric nurse practitioner graduates are also eligible for advanced practice certification in addictions care. All of the primary care nurse practitioner specialties require more than 500 hours of supervised clinical practice for program completion. Full-time two-year and post-master’s certificate options are available for traditional registered nurse students in the MSN program.

The APN immersion is designed for non-nurses holding undergraduate degrees in other fields. Students first complete a four-quarter pre-licensure curriculum that confers eligibility to sit for the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon achievement of RN licensure, students continue into specialty courses. Graduates are awarded the MSN. Students completing the PCNP tracks and the LCN program development track are eligible to sit for certification examinations in their chosen specialty area (see above). It is a full-time, year-round program of study. Students in the family, gerontological, program development, and spirituality and health specialties complete the program in two full calendar years, plus one additional quarter. Students in the psychiatric mental health specialty complete the program in 2 full calendar years of full-time study plus three additional quarters of study.

The application deadline for the APN Immersion is December 1 for entry the following June. The application deadline for the traditional MSN (RN applicants) is April 1 for entry in the fall.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for all MSN programs submit the following for consideration:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and the non-refundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni)
  • Evidence of a four-year equivalent bachelor’s degree in nursing recognized by a national nursing accrediting agency, or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, or for APN applicants a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Professional and academic experiences will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.00 calculated from official transcripts of all course work from all post-secondary educational institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, including any transfer credits earned during this time, and any post-baccalaureate course work. Individuals who have less than a 3.00 GPA may be considered, given evidence of other accomplishments.
  • Statement describing professional and personal goals, including reasons for choosing the MSN program and a particular specialty, as well as the fit with the Seattle University and College of Nursing mission and values
  • Résumé; two years of work experience preferred
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the past 5 years. Not required for applicants holding a graduate degree from a U.S. accredited institution, including medicine and law.
  • Two recommendations using College of Nursing forms that speak to the applicant’s abilities
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion applicants only: Completed APNI Prerequisite Form indicating plan for required course work noted below
  • Screened applicants will be invited to interview with faculty.
  • If English is not applicant’s native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the university’s entrance requirements must be submitted. See policy 2008-01 in Admission Policies for details. Admission through Culture and Language Bridge Program is not an option for the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion program.

Applicants who do not meet all of the admission requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for all post-master’s certificates submit the following for consideration:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and the non-refundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni)
  • Evidence of MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Copy of current RN license and ability to obtain an RN license in the state of Washington
  • Professional résumé
  • Statement describing professional and personal goals and reason for interest in the post-master’s certificate program
  • Using College of Nursing forms, two recommendations that speak to the applicant’s clinical and academic abilities
  • Successful interview with faculty


MSN Program for Professional Nurses

  • Satisfactory completion with a grade of C (2.0) or better in an undergraduate statistics course (or an acceptable equivalent) that includes descriptive and inferential statistics with computer application (a 5 quarter credit minimum) and completed within the past 5 years.

Evidence of the following must be provided to the College of Nursing prior to enrollment:

  • Washington State RN licensure.
  • Professional liability insurance.
  • Current immunizations required in clinical sites, and other Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state requirements. Students will be informed of these health requirements and will be responsible for compliance. Specific requirements are published in the College of Nursing MSN Student Handbook.

Non-matriculated Option

A prospective registered nurse student may take a maximum of 12 graduate nursing credits as a non-matriculated student without being admitted to the MSN program. These credits may be applied towards a master’s degree once admitted to the MSN program. Clinical courses cannot be taken without formal admission to the MSN program. Enrollment in any course requires permission of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and the course instructor. Non-matriculated students who seek admission to the MSN program must successfully complete NURS 502 prior to or during their first academic term as matriculated graduate students.

APN Immersion for Non-nurses Holding Undergraduate Degrees

APN Immersion prerequisites include the following undergraduate courses:

MATH 110 or College algebra or higher math   5 qtr credits
PSYC 120 Introduction to psychology   5 qtr credits
BIOL 200-210 Anatomy and physiology I and II with lab   *10 qtr credits
BIOL 220 Microbiology with lab   *5 qtr credits
PSYC 322 Growth and development   5 qtr credits
STAT XXX Basic Descriptive and Inferential Statistics   *5 qtr credits

* Must be completed within the last 5 years. All other prerequisites except chemistry must be completed within 10 years prior to application.

In addition, one year of high school or one quarter of college chemistry is also a major prerequisite.

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the immersion. Official transcripts showing successful prerequisite course completion should be sent to the Seattle University Office of Graduate Admissions as soon as possible following completion of course(s). Students will not be permitted to progress if transcripts are not received by the Office of Admissions before or during the first fall quarter of the immersion.

Transfer Credit for the MSN Program (Policy 2003-2)

In general, applicants to Seattle University must meet requirements for transfer of credit from other accredited institutions set forth in this Graduate Bulletin. However, up to 30 quarter (20 semester) credits may be accepted for registered nurse students wishing to transfer to Seattle University from another accredited master’s degree program. All courses accepted in transfer are approved by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in accordance with Policy 2003-2, and an individualized program of study for transfer students is designed based on previous course work and Seattle University degree requirements.

MSN Program Policies

Graduate students in the College of Nursing are subject to all Seattle University academic policies published in this Graduate Bulletin. Policies and procedures specific to the College of Nursing include the following as well as those published in the MSN Student Handbook.

Clinical hours: Three contact hours are required for each credit hour for clinical courses/field work in the MSN program for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option. Five contact hours are required for each credit hour for clinical courses in the MSN program for the Family Nurse Practitioner, the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and the Leadership & Community Nursing Program Development options. The ratio of credit to contact hours for the MSN clinical practica is consistent with University policy.

Academic policies: Graduate nursing academic policies are described in the current edition of the MSN Student Handbook including criteria for admission, progression, probation, and dismissal. Students are responsible for purchasing the Handbook and understanding its contents.

Commencement with deficiencies: MSN students scheduled to complete program requirements at the end of summer quarter, and who have completed all degree requirements except a final clinical practicum, may participate in the preceding June graduation ceremony.

Degree Requirements:

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with addictions focus specialty curriculum is a 10-quarter (three-year) program of study. Graduates are prepared as advanced practice nurses to provide psychiatric and addictions treatment in a variety of community settings.

Minimum credits required for degree: (74-77)

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