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1 COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS GRADUATE PROGRAMS Achieve More. Together. NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS GRADUATE PROGRAMS MSN-NE MSN-HSL MSN-NP MSN-CNS MSN/MBA Dual Degree Certificate Programs Doctor of Nursing Practice

2 Welcome Dear Prospective Graduate Nursing Student: This is an exciting time for nurses to pursue advanced professional education! In their landmark report The Future of Nursing the Institute of Medicine has recommended that Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. Lewis University supports this recommendation by offering many venues by which you can achieve your advanced educational goals. Registered nurses may enter our MSN directly, with a BSN, or through our RN-to-MSN program, with a bachelor s degree in another field. Either way, the student may choose to progress through the curriculum on a full-time or part-time basis, with courses offered at many convenient locations throughout the Chicago area and with an online option. Many courses are offered at various healthcare institutions to facilitate the adult, working nurse s ability to pursue graduate study. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be granted a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Healthcare Systems Leadership, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist are also available as Post-Graduates certificate programs for the professional nurse who already has a master s degree in nursing. The student, who successfully completes a certificate program, will receive a certificate from the College of Nursing and Health Professions with a notation on the student s official Lewis University transcript. Graduates in each of the advanced practice specialty areas will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination within that area. In addition, we offer a dual MSN/MBA degree with a specialization in Healthcare Systems Leadership in conjunction with the Lewis University Graduate School of Management. For nurses who wish to practice at the highest level we offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, which is a post master s online program focusing on leadership. The MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Integrating the Essential s of Master s Education in Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011), the standards set by the specialty organizations relevant to a specific track, and the Catholic and Lasallian values of Lewis University, the curriculum is consistent with the professional values represented by the American Nurses Association Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in nursing at Lewis University. Please contact the Office of Graduate and Adult Admission at (815) for further information. Sincerely, Peggy Rice, EdD, APN, Professor Dean, College of Nursing and Health Professions Suling Li, PhD, CNS, RN, Professor Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Scholarship

3 Table of Contents Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Systems Leadership Nursing Education Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.. 9 Family Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist RN to MSN Program MSN/MBA Dual Degree Healthcare Systems Leadership Post Graduate Certificate Programs Healthcare Systems Leadership Certificate Nursing Education Certificate Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Doctor of Nursing Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice COLLEGE OF Nursing and Health Professions In a community of working professionals guided by expert faculty, small interactive classes at Lewis University offer the ideal learning environment. You will be challenged to question critically, search for truth, and generate new knowledge through scholarship and innovation. Respecting your need to balance career, personal life, and education, Lewis offers multiple delivery options including traditional, accelerated, evening, and online formats at convenient locations across the Chicagoland area and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition, our approach is values-based and studentfocused. Expert dedicated faculty who are both scholars and practitioners will inspire and prepare you to assume active roles while responding ethically to the many complex issues in your profession and communities. 1

4 Achieve More. Together. The professional nurse is a provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care, a member of a profession, and a leader assuming responsibility for effecting change to improve the health of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Brittany Bogs, Intensive Care Step-Down Unit Advocate Christ Medical Center I have had an excellent experience with Lewis University over the last two years. I have taken classes at the regional campuses, and the professors have challenged me and provided a strong base for my future career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have been a nurse for five years and continue to learn each and every day between the school and work setting. 2 lewisu.edu/conhp

5 Conceptual Framework The conceptual framework of Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions for the major of nursing addresses the concepts of nursing, person, health, and environment in articulating the faculty s view of nursing education. Person A person is a unique, multidimensional being, defined as an individual, family, aggregate, or community. As a child of God, a person has inherent dignity and worthiness living in association with others. Having freedom of choice and the capacity for change and transformation, a person has the ability to make informed decisions influenced by life circumstances, personal capabilities and limitations, values, beliefs, cultural norms, and traditions. A person pursues a unique life pathway, finding personal meaning in experiences. Diversity is honored and celebrated. A person has inherent rights and responsibilities, including responsibility for personal health. Seeking assistance from others provides a person with opportunities for change and transformation. A person seeks nursing care when assistance is needed to promote health and quality of life. Health Health is a personal expression of perceived sense of well-being, achieved through a balance of mind-bodyspirit. Health is a mutual process expressed in a dynamic interplay of person with environment, which is correlated with quality of life. Each person has the capacity for health promotion, recovery, and self-healing. Nursing supports health promotion, wellness, and maximization of potential through professional interaction and collaboration. Environment The environment is a dynamic, emerging, and everchanging universe, which is relevant to time, person, and space. Through introspection, a person assigns meanings to interactions with the environment. Each individual, in reciprocity with the environment, affects change in both self and the environment. Health manifests itself within the context of a personally defined environment. Admission Admission to the College of Nursing and Health Professions graduate programs is based on individual qualifications of the applicant without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, or disability. Students in the graduate programs must meet Health and Clinical requirements by the end of the first semester of enrollment. In addition, all incoming students born after January 1, 1957 and taking six or more credit hours per semester on the Romeoville campus, must have an updated immunization record sent to the Center for Health and Counseling Services. Requests for exceptions to any of the stated admission criteria must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Scholarship, and will be considered on an individual basis. Time Limit for Completion Students must meet all requirements for the degree within a period of five to seven consecutive years depending on the type of program from the time of enrollment in graduate coursework upon admission to the program. Transfer Credit and Grade Point A maximum of nine semester credits of graduate-level coursework from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted for transfer if the courses are applicable to the student s area of specialization as determined by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Scholarship. Only courses carrying a grade of B or above will be considered. Grades from courses accepted for transfer credit are not calculated into the cumulative grade point average. Academic Standing A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in order for a student to remain in good academic standing and to continue progression in the program. 3

6 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) The Graduate Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions offers the professional nurse several options for continuing formal professional education at the master s and doctoral level. MSN Vision To develop nursing leaders with expertise in translating evidence into practice, in order to impact health outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems. MSN Program Outcomes The graduate of the Lewis University MSN program will: Exercise leadership in the design and implementation of systems changes using theoretical frameworks, analytical skills, and informatics to enhance quality and safety in the healthcare environment. Develop collaborative approaches within a transdisciplinary environment to improve healthcare outcomes. Synthesize knowledge to design health promotion and prevention strategies in collaboration with individuals and populations to promote culturally congruent health outcomes across the lifespan. Utilize ethical principles and awareness of health policy and advocacy processes to influence practice. MSN Specialty Tracks Healthcare Systems Leadership 42 credit hour program leading to a MSN degree designed to provide the professional nurse with requisite knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles. Graduates are prepared to function as leaders in the administration of nursing services and patient care services to improve the delivery of healthcare and the practice of nursing. Graduates will incorporate knowledge and skills gained in the financial, economic, human resources, and organizational components of management. Nursing Education 40 credit hour program leading to an MSN degree designed to provide a professional nurse with requisite knowledge and skills to assume nurse educator roles in academic nursing education programs, clinical staff development, continuing education, and community education in municipal, managed care, and private sector environments. Students will learn curricular design, instructional methodology, program evaluation, and educational research skills that help them become valuable and highly marketable members of the nursing education profession. Nurse Practitioner Programs These specializations are prepared to provide primary healthcare in a wide variety of settings, including primary care clinics, hospitals, private practices, community health centers, and in the home. The graduate will be prepared to perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat common acute and chronic illnesses, and order and interpret labs and other diagnostic testing. Of special importance, nurse practitioner graduates will have advanced skills in patient education, health promotion, and disease prevention in the healthcare system. Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 46 credit hour program leading to an MSN designed to prepare the professional nurse with the knowledge and skills to assume an advanced practice role as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Family Nurse Practitioner 48 credit hour program to prepare the professional nurse with the knowledge and skills to assume an advanced practice role as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 4 lewisu.edu/conhp

7 Post-MSN Certificate Programs The Graduate Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions offers post-msn certificate programs in Healthcare Systems Leadership, Nursing Education, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Accessibility We are committed to providing our graduate students with a program that meets their professional needs. MSN courses may be offered on any Lewis campus site, at selected cohort sites, or online. Other than per specific cohort program contracts, there is no guarantee that the entire program can be completed online. Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist 48 credit hour program to prepare the professional nurse with the knowledge and skills to assume an advanced practice role as an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Graduates are prepared to function as clinical experts who provide direct care, consultation, leadership, collaboration, coaching, research, and ethical decisionmaking and advocacy services in a variety of settings. MSN/MBA Daisy Sherry, PhD, CNP 66 credit hour program leading to a joint MSN/MBA degree. The credit hour requirement for the MSN portion of the program is 36 semester hours and for the MBA portion of the program is 30 hours. Requirements for both degree programs must be completed prior to graduation in the dual degree program. Tuition and Fees Published regularly by the Offices of the Bursar and Registrar, current tuition and fees can be found in the University Course Schedule. Financial Assistance A variety of options exist to assist the student in funding a graduate degree in nursing including graduate assistantships, Advanced Education Nurse Traineeships, employer reimbursement plans, and loans. A graduate advisor in the Office of Financial Aid will be able to assist the student in analyzing financial assistance options. On-site Cohorts We have arranged for cohorts on-site at certain hospitals based on student interest. Please contact us for additional information. Questions? Call (815) or 5

8 Admission Requirements MSN Program Applicant with a BSN, for entry into Nursing Education (NE), and Healthcare Systems Leadership (HSL) Programs: Graduation from a BSN program, accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly known as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Illinois or state of practice. Official transcripts from all previous academic programs are required. 1. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA from BSN degree; or 2. Minimum of a 3.2 cumulative GPA from post BSN, graduate level coursework of no less than 6 credit hours; or 3. Minimum of 3.2 cumulative GPA from MSN and post- MSN coursework for entry into post-msn, HSL or NE Certificate programs. Successful completion of: 1. A statistics course 2. A nursing research course If not, equivalent course(s) must be taken prior to or concurrent with the first graduate-level nursing course. Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a nurse with a master s or doctoral degree in the specialty for which you are applying; the second from your current supervisor or manager. Letters from persons deemed to have a conflict of interest will not be accepted, e.g. relatives or persons in a reporting position to the applicant. A current résumé or curriculum vitae. Essay (maximum 500 words) addressing the following: 1. How your work experiences prepared you for graduate studies; 2. How graduate study will facilitate achievement of your short and long term professional goals; 3. How the Lewis University Mission integrates with your personal and professional identity. Applicant with a BSN, for entry into the MSN/ MBA Program with MSN specialization in Healthcare Systems Leadership: applicant must meet the admission requirements for both the MSN and MBA Programs. Applicant with a BSN, for entry into the Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Programs: In addition to meeting all requirements for admission to the MSN program as delineated above for the NE and HSL programs, the applicant must meet additional specific requirements for the AGCNS or NP programs: Official transcripts documenting applicant has earned a C or better in: 1. Undergraduate Pharmacology course 2. Undergraduate Health Assessment course 3. Undergraduate Pathophysiology course If not, equivalent courses must be taken prior to enrollment in the first specialty core course. Essay (maximum 500 words) addressing the following: 1. The skills and qualities the applicant will bring to the Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist role; 2. The most important things to learn in order to be a successful Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist; 3. How the Lewis University Mission integrates with your personal and professional identity. 6 lewisu.edu/conhp

9 RN Applicant with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degree, for entry into any MSN program (RN-to-MSN Option): Meet all requirements for admission to the desired track in the graduate program in nursing as delineated above, except having a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Graduation from a state approved associate degree or diploma-nursing program. Graduation from a state approved non-nursing baccalaureate degree program with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Successful completion of: 1. A statistics course. 2. Concepts of Professional Nursing course 4 semester hours (L5306 in the Lewis University RN/BSN program). 3. An Evidence-Based Practice course 3 semester hours (L5301 in the Lewis University RN/BSN program). 4. Promoting Healthy Communities course 5 semester hours (L5432 in the Lewis University RN/BSN program). Post-Graduate Certificate Programs Post-Graduate Nursing Education (NE) or Healthcare Systems Leadership (HSL) Certificates: Submission of a completed application and nonrefundable application fee. Current licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN) in Illinois or state of practice. Graduation from an accredited MSN program (ACEN formerly known as NLNAC or CCNE). Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) in graduate coursework. Official transcripts from all previous academic programs are required. Two Letters of Recommendation: one from a nurse with a master s or doctoral degree in the specialty for which you are applying; the second from your current supervisor or manager. Letters from persons deemed to have a conflict of interest will not be accepted, e.g. relatives or persons in a reporting position to the applicant. Current résumé or curriculum vita. Essay (maximum 500 words) addressing the following: 1. How your work experiences prepared you for the Post-Graduate s Certificate program; 2. How the Post-Graduate s Certificate will facilitate achievement of your short and long terms goals; 3. How the Lewis University Mission integrates with your personal and professional identity. Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate: In addition to meeting the requirements delineated above (a-g) for Post-Graduate s NE or HSL Certificate programs, the applicant for the Post-Graduate s NP or AGCNS programs must meet the following additional criteria: Completion of the following prerequisite undergraduate courses with a grade of C or higher validated by official transcript: 1. Pharmacology 2. Health Assessment 3. Pathophysiology Essay (maximum 500 words) addressing the following: 1. The skills and qualities the applicant brings to the Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist role; 2. The most important things the applicant needs to learn in order to be a successful Nurse Practitioner/ Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist; 3. How the Lewis University Mission integrates with your personal and professional identity. Provisional Admission for MSN Program An applicant with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 and having met all other admission criteria may be provisionally admitted to the MSN program. A grade of less than a B during the provisional admission will result in dismissal. 7

10 Curriculum Note: The graduate curriculum and sequence of courses are subject to change without notice or obligation. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Nursing and Health Professions for current information. Healthcare Systems Leadership Degree Offered: Master of Science Total Credit Hours Required: 42 I. Core Courses (18) Applied Biostatistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Health Care Organizations, Systems, and Policy (3) Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (2) Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (1) Population Health (3) Scholarly Inquiry (3) Healthcare Informatics (3) II. HSL Specialty Core (6) Financial Management for Healthcare Decision Makers (3) Leadership in the Evolving Healthcare System (3) III. HSL Specialty Track (18) Dimensions in Healthcare Leadership (3) Dynamics of Healthcare Organizations (3) Evidence-Based Performance in Healthcare (3) Business Skills in Healthcare Organizations (3) Healthcare Systems Leadership Capstone Project (6) Nursing Education Degree Offered: Master of Science Total Credit Hours Required: 40 I. Core Courses (18) Applied Biostatistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Health Care Organizations, Systems, and Policy (3) Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (2) Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (1) Population Health (3) Scholarly Inquiry (3) Healthcare Informatics (3) II. NE Specialty Core (4) Integrated Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator (4) III. NE Specialty Track (18) Educational Theory and the Scholarship of Teaching (3) Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3) Teaching Methodology and Delivery Systems (3) Role Transition for the Nurse Educator (3) Nursing Education Scholarly Project (6) 8 lewisu.edu/conhp

11 Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Degree Offered: Master of Science Total Credit Hours Required: 46 All students in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program must complete the following courses, including a minimum of 540 hours of clinical experience: I. Core Courses (18) Applied Biostatistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Health Care Organizations, Systems, and Policy (3) Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (2) Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (1) Population Health (3) Scholarly Inquiry (3) Healthcare Informatics (3) II. AGPCNP Specialty Core (13) Role Transition and Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse (1) Epidemiology (3) Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) III. AGPCNP Specialty Track (15) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults in Community/Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults in Community/Primary Care (2) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (2) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Special Populations (3) Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Special Populations (2) Melissa Boyer Throughout the program each instructor has made my choice of pursuing my nurse practitioner degree an easy transition and their support is overwhelming. Lewis University graduate nursing program has been organized and has the resources available to be successful. 9

12 Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Offered: Master of Science Total Credit Hours Required: 48 All students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program must complete the following courses, including a minimum of 630 hours of clinical experience: I. Core Courses (18) Applied Biostatistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Health Care Organizations, Systems, and Policy (3) Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (2) Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (1) Population Health (3) Scholarly Inquiry (3) Healthcare Informatics (3) II. FNP Specialty Core (13) Role Transition and Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse (1) Epidemiology (3) Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) III. FNP Specialty Track (17) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults in Community/Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults in Community/Primary Care (2) FNP Management: Primary Care of Women, Infants, and Children (4) FNP Practicum: Primary Care of Women, Infants and Children (3) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (2) Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Degree Offered: Master of Science Total Credit Hours Required: 48 All students in the Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist program must complete the following courses, including a minimum of 540 hours of clinical experience: I. Core Courses (18) Applied Biostatistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Health Care Organizations, Systems, and Policy (3) Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (2) Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (1) Population Health (3) Scholarly Inquiry (3) Healthcare Informatics (3) II. AGCNS Specialty Core (15) Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Development (3) Epidemiology (3) Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) III. AGCNS Specialty Track (15) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults in Community/Primary Care (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum 1 (2) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum 2 (2) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Special Populations (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum 3 (2) 10 lewisu.edu/conhp

13 Anna Rzepecka, RN Advocate Lutheran General Hospital The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Lewis is preparing me for delivery of advanced practice nursing care to patients of all ages. The program combines activities in class with hands on experiences during clinical rotations. Faculty members have advanced degrees and serve as leaders and professional consultants. They guide the learning through their extensive experience in clinical practice and research. The focus of this program has been on health promotion and disease prevention that starts in childhood and continues throughout adolescence and adulthood. I have been learning to diagnose patients as well as develop treatment plans incorporating nursing theory and research. The newly gained knowledge is not only beneficial for my future career but also promotes my professional development for my current position as a registered nurse. RN to MSN Degree Degree Offered: Master of Science Total Credit Hours Required: To be considered for admission to the MSN in Healthcare Systems Leadership or Nursing Education, the RN with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree must successfully complete the following courses: L6 303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3) L5 306 Concepts of Professional Nursing (4) L5 432 Promoting Healthy Communities (5) L5 301 Evidence Based Practice (3) To be considered for admission to the Advanced Practice Nursing programs, the RN with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree must successfully complete the following courses: L6 303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3) L5 306 Concepts of Professional Nursing (4) L5 432 Promoting Healthy Communities (5) L5 301 Evidence Based Practice (3) L5 312 Health Assessment/Health Promotion (3) or equivalent L5 340 Pharmacotherapeutics for the RN (3) L2 270 Pathophysiology (3) Core Courses and Specialization Courses Once admitted to the MSN program, students follow the outlined curriculum for the desired specialization. 11

14 The MSN/MBA dual degree provides nurses with great flexibility in their careers. 12 lewisu.edu/conhp

15 MSN/MBA Dual Degree MSN/MBA Dual Degree Registered nurses interested in obtaining an MBA as well as an MSN have the opportunity to pursue a joint degree at Lewis. Degree requirements for the joint program may vary from the information provided in this catalog. Contact the Graduate School of Management in the College of Business or the Department of Graduate Studies in the College of Nursing and Health Professions for information and program requirements. The dual degree program Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration is based on the MSN and MBA curricula. The credit hour requirement for the MSN program is 36 semester hours. Requirement for the MBA program is 30 hours. The dual degree total credit hour requirement is 66 semester credit hours. Degree Offered: Master of Science / Master of Business Administration Total Credit Hours Required: 66 I. MSN Core and Specialty Core Courses (15) Applied Biostatistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Health Care Organizations, Systems, and Policy (3) Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (2) Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (1) Population Health (3) Scholarly Inquiry (3) II. MBA Courses (30) Fundamentals of the Business Enterprise (3) Healthcare Management Operations and Accounting (3) Healthcare Finance and Economics (3) Introduction to Healthcare Informatics (3) Managerial Accounting (3) Marketing Management (3) Managerial Finance (3) Managerial Economics (3) Strategic Management in the Global Environment (3) Major Field Test (0) XX XXX 3 Credit Hours Elective Approved By Advisor (3) III. MSN Specialization (21) Leadership in the Evolving Healthcare System (3) Dimensions in Healthcare Leadership (3) Dynamics of Healthcare Organizations (3) Evidence-Based Performance in Healthcare (3) Business Skills in Healthcare Organizations (3) Healthcare Systems Leadership Capstone Project (6) Alix-Victoria McNulty, Pediatric Neurology Nurse Coordinator Advocate Children s Hospital The MSN program (NE Track) at Lewis University has been an opportunity of a lifetime. The instructors, coursework and mission of the program provided me with a strong foundation guaranteed to help me excel as a nurse educator. In all my years of schooling, I have never seen a more supportive and nurturing environment. Thank you Lewis! 13

16 POST-GRADUATE Certificate Programs It takes approximately one year to complete either the Healthcare Systems Leadership or Nursing Education certificate programs and approximately 2 years to complete the AGPCNP or FNP certificates. Tuition for certificate program courses is listed in the current University Course Schedule. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduate credit hours will be posted on the student transcript noting concentration. Healthcare Systems Leadership Certificate Total Credit Hours Required: 12 The Healthcare Systems Leadership Certificate is designed for Master s in Nursing degree-prepared nurses currently practicing in nursing management, or interested in a future career change to this specialty. The curriculum is designed to enhance administration skills in a variety of settings Dimensions in Healthcare Leadership (3) Dynamics of Healthcare Organizations (3) Evidence Based Performance in Healthcare (3) Business Skills for Healthcare Organizations (3) Nursing Education Certificate Total Credit Hours Required: 9 The Nursing Education Certificate is designed for Master s in Nursing degree-prepared nurses currently practicing in nursing education, or interested in a future career change to this specialty. The curriculum is designed to enhance nurse education skills in a variety of settings including academic nursing education programs, clinical staff development, continuing education, and community education. Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Total Credit Hours Required: Role Transition and Development (1) Epidemiology (3) Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults in Community/Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults in Community/Primary Care (2) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (2) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Special Populations (3) Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Special Populations (2) Educational Theory and the Scholarship of Teaching (3) Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3) Teaching Methodology and Delivery Systems (3) 14 lewisu.edu/conhp

17 Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Total Credit Hours Required: Role Transition and Development (1) Epidemiology (3) Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults in Community/Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults in Community/Primary Care (2) FNP Management: Primary Care of Women, Infants, and Children (4) FNP Practicum: Primary Care of Women, Infants and Children (3) Advanced Practice Nursing Management: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (3) NP Practicum: Adults and Adolescents in Primary Care (2) Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate Total Credit Hours Required: Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (4) Epidemiology (3) Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Role Development (3) Nurse Practitioner Management I: Adults in Community/Primary Care (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I (2) Nurse Practitioner Management II: Adults & Adolescents in Primary Care (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II (2) Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Management III: Special Populations (3) Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum III (2) Joan Kelley RN, BSN TNS, Nurse Clinician III Emergency Department Advocate Christ Medical Center If I were to choose one thing that distinguishes the graduate nursing studies program at Lewis University from other education programs, I would have to say that it is the individuals who lead us in the classroom the faculty. The program while still in its infancy stage is very successful due to the guidance, knowledge and experience of the teaching staff. These faculty have been instrumental in their ability to mentor and lead me through one of the most challenging programs at Lewis University. I feel they have helped me to become more confident by sharing their own life experiences. I feel that this has greatly contributed to my success. It has helped to shape and confirm my career choice as a family nurse practitioner. 15

18 DOCTOR OF Nursing Practice (DNP) The DNP degree is the terminal practice degree for the nursing profession. Prospective students will obtain an advanced nursing degree with a focus in leadership. The DNP degree is the terminal practice degree for the profession of nursing. The impetus for enhancing graduate education for practicing clinicians includes an increasingly complex healthcare environment, explosive growth in knowledge of science and therapeutics, quality and safety concerns, and financial pressures driving efficiency efforts. The practice-focused doctorate in nursing builds upon expert level practice skills with coursework on quality improvement, evidence-based performance, and systems approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of the public. Each DNP student must complete a minimum of 504 residency hours. DNP Vision To develop Advanced Practice Nurses who will be innovative experts in leadership and practice who will transform practice in an increasingly complex healthcare system. Marie Penn, Director of Case Management, Nursing Administration Galesburg Cottage Hospital I chose Lewis University because it was a Lasallian University with high academic standards, supported ethical values, and offered the nursing administrative graduate program that appealed to me in my role as a nurse leader. These were things that were important in my selection of a graduate program. DNP Program Outcomes The graduate of the Lewis University DNP program will: Integrate nursing science, ethics, and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytic, and organizational sciences as the basis for advanced nursing practice to influence legal, political, and organization policy and support access to care, social justice and the profession of nursing. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in the design, delivery, and evaluation of evidencebased care in complex decision making. Use analytical methods and information technology to improve population and system outcomes considering legal, financial, ethical, and regulatory issues. Analyze practice initiatives in order to develop effective interprofessional strategies to ensure and improve healthcare outcomes for patients and populations in relationship to safety and quality care. 16 lewisu.edu/conhp

19 Admission Requirements 1. Graduation from a MSN program accredited by CCNE or ACEN with a specialty focus. 2. Minimum of two years of professional nursing practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). 3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. 4. A current RN license in the state the student intends to conduct DNP residency experience. 5. APRN applicants must hold appropriate credentials for advanced practice in the state the student intends to conduct DNP residency experience. 6. Two letters of recommendation from professionals with graduate level education in the student s area of specialty practice. 7. Essay of 500 words addressing: 1) How the DNP program will facilitate achievement of your short and long term goals; and 2) how the Lewis University Mission integrates with your personal and professional identity. 8. Essay of 500 words delineating the area of focus for the DNP scholarly project that is pertinent to practice. 9. A current resumé or curriculum vitae. 10. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in graduate level coursework. 11. Applicants are required to have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better: A graduate level course in Statistics. A graduate level course in Population Health. A graduate level course in Healthcare Informatics. If not previously completed, these courses will be in addition to the course requirements for the DNP degree. Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Offered: Doctor of Nursing Practice Total Credit Hours Required: 30 All students in the DNP program must complete the following courses, which are offered online: Research, Design and Measurement in Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Healthcare Ethics (3) Healthcare Policy (3) Quality and Safety Science in Healthcare (3) Financial and Strategic Management for Healthcare Decision Makers (3) DNP Scholarly Project Planning (3) DNP Scholarly Project Implementation (3) DNP Scholarly Project Evaluation and Dissemination (3) DNP Residency: Minimum of 6 credit hours, equivalent to 504 clock hours. 17

20 Faculty and Staff Information Dean Peggy Rice, EdD, APN Professor Practice Area: Community/public health Research Interests: Instructional design Teaching Expertise: Community/public health Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Scholarship Suling Li, PhD, CNS, RN Professor Practice Area: Adult health/gerontology, staff development Research Interests: Physical activity/exercise, bone health, menopausal symptoms, simulation, flipped classroom, scale development, transition experience of new nurses Teaching Expertise: Gerontology, measurement, health assessment, medical surgical nursing, EBP, grant writing, pathophysiology Staff Kathleen Lisak, BA, MS Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Scholarship Laura Marks, BA Secretary Michele Latta Secretary Faculty Kathleen Blanchfield, PhD, MPS, RN Associate Professor Practice Area: Healthcare systems leadership, faith community nursing/parish nursing, human resource management Research Interests: Authority and autonomy of nurses in acute care, spiritual leadership in faith community nursing, population health of clergy, telephone triage interventions in ambulatory care Teaching Expertise: Leadership in healthcare, human resource management in healthcare, ethics in healthcare, faith community nursing/parish nursing Stacie J. Elder, PhD, RN, CNE Associate Professor Practice Area: Cardiac critical care, CCU management, end-of-life education (ELNEC Trainer), nursing education Research Interests: End-of-life decision-making and education, nursing education methodology, faculty education Teaching Expertise: Nursing research, nursing education, program planning, proposal development, end-of-life education Kathleen Fitzgerald, PhD, RN Associate Professor Clinical Expertise: Adult chronic illness, gastroenterology and nutritional support Research Interests: Evidence-based practice in the hospital and in the classroom, quantitative and qualitative research, quality improvement, institutional review board Teaching Expertise: Research-baccalaureate, MSN and DNP, health policy, strategic planning, evidence-based practice, and concepts and theories as a basis for nursing 18 lewisu.edu/conhp

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