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Master of Science in Nursing

Attention prospective MSN students: An online application is now available. A downloadable application is also available. Fall deadline is February 15th.

Mission

Simulation orientation video

Students must view Outside Linkthis brief video prior to participating in simulation in the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing is committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education at an affordable cost to a student population diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, gender, and age. The baccalaureate program combines liberal arts and nursing education to assist students to develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives required for professional practice; it fosters intellectual development, personal growth, and professional collaboration. The master’s program educates nurses for diverse and expanded roles. The faculty is strongly committed to excellence in teaching and preparing graduates for the complex, rapidly-changing health care environment. The School provides a nurturing, inclusive, performance-based, technologically-equipped, innovative learning environment that promotes caring, competence, and professionalism. Faculty, students, and alumni contribute to the improvement of health and health care through practice, service, and scholarship activities that extend to populations, agencies, and institutions throughout the City of Providence, the State of Rhode Island, and the surrounding communities.

For MSN information, contact program director:

Cynthia Padula
Professor and Director of the MSN Program
Yellow Cottage 208
(401) 456-9720
cpadula@ric.edu


Master's Program Goals

Master's Program Expected Outcomes

Apply scientific knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to plan, direct, and evaluate health care Competency in Background for Practice: Sciences & Humanities
Assume leadership responsibilities to shape nursing practice in adult/older adult care or public health nursling Competency in Organizational/Systems Leadership
Implement quality and safety initiatives to assure positive individual and population health outcomes Competency in Quality & Safety
Promote translation and integration of scholarship, research, and evidence based practice Competency in Translation and Integration of Scholarship, Research, Evidence Based Practice
Incorporate innovative healthcare technologies and informatics to improve care management and enhance outcomes Competency in Innovative Health Care Technologies and Informatics
Promote policies that assure quality, cost effective and equitable care within a dynamic health care system Competency in Health Policy and Advocacy
Engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative practice to improve individual and population health outcomes Competency in Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Practice
Analyze population health needs of a diverse society for preventive health strategies Competency in Clinical Prevention and Population Health.
Competency in Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity
Demonstrate ethical practice, professional responsibility, and continued professional growth Competency in Ethics
Demonstrate master's level nursing practice Competency in Master's Level Nursing Practice
Assume advanced practice roles in adult/gerontology acute care or public health nursing Competency in Advanced Practice Role

Program Options

Two areas of study are available:

A. Adult/Gerontology with an Acute Care Emphasis

Students may choose the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) role. Students who successfully complete the Adult/Acute Care option will be eligible to apply to take the following certification examinations: the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Acute (NPs) exam; the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP exam (NPs); the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult / Gerontology CNS exam (CNSs); the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Adult / Gerontology Acute CNS exam (CNSs)

B. Nurse Anesthesia

Students who successfully complete the Nurse Anesthesia option will be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) Nurse Anesthesia certification exam.

C. Public Health / Community Leadership

Students who successfully complete the Public Health / Community Services Leadership option will be eligible to sit for the ANCC Advanced Public Health Certification exam.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree major from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  3. Applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  5. Completion of a course in statistics (MATH 240 or its equivalent), with a minimum grade of C.
  6. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate course work. Provisional acceptance occasionally granted.
  7. An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies test (MA). The MA is administered on the RIC campus; for further information please contact Denise Males at dmales@ric.edu.
  8. An official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from international applicants who are from countries where English is not the first language.
  9. Current unrestricted licensure for the practice of nursing in Rhode Island.
  10. A professional résumé.
  11. Three Adobe PDFprofessional references (at least one from the clinical area).
  12. A brief letter of intent, which includes a statement of goals.
  13. Proof of residency is required for in-state tuition.
  14. An interview may be required.
  15. Upon acceptance, a passport photo will be required.

Application deadline is February 15th for fall admission

Additional Admission Requirements for Adult/Gerontology acute care

One year of relevant acute care experience

Additional Admission Requirements for Nurse Anesthesia

  1. Due to clinical rotations at hospitals in Massachusetts, a license is required for Massachusetts.
  2. Personal interview is required.
  3. Completion of two courses in chemistry (Chem 105, 106) within the last 10 years with minimum grades of C.
  4. A preferred undergraduate science GPA of 3.0
  5. Of the three required references, one must be from a clinical supervisor.
  6. Current ACLS certification.
  7. Minimum of 1 year critical care experience. Complete definition of accepted critical care experience is found on the sjhsna website: www.sjhsna. com
  8. Skills and abilities applicants and students must demonstrate are also on the sjhsna website: www.sjhsna.com

Additional Admission Requirements for RN to M.S.N. Students

Applicants will be required to meet all admission requirements for the MSN with the exception of having earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students who have senior standing in the B.S.N. program may complete NURS 501, 502, 503, or 512 (up to 9 credits) as electives. M.S.N. courses that are completed will be waived upon entry into the M.S.N. program of study.

Retention Requirement for All M.S.N. Students

Students must fulfill all of the above requirements and successfully complete the RN to B.S.N. program, including Math 240 or equivalent. Students who earn less than a B in a required nursing course will be placed on the probationary status and must earn a minimum grade of B in all required nursing courses over the next 9 credits.

Handbook

The School of Nursing Handbook for Graduate Students in Nursing provides detailed and essential information about the graduate nursing program. It is available by clicking here.

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Page last updated: December 27, 2013