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University of South Alabama (College of Nursing)




The College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama has an excellent record of making a difference by preparing professional nurses who are outstanding clinicians, leaders, and managers. Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to be successful in their careers as professional nurses.

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree and the Master of Science in nursing degree (MSN). If you are seeking the traditional college experience, you can complete the 4-year BSN degree program at our Mobile campus or on the USA Baldwin County campus in Fairhope, Alabama. We also offer an accelerated track for highly qualified and motivated students.

Students in the accelerated track complete the undergraduate nursing component of the curriculum in just 12 months. Accelerated MSN students continue on and in three additional semesters graduate as nurse educators or nurse administrators. USA students have rich clinical opportunities in all specialty areas and in a variety of health care settings. Accelerated Clinical Nurse Leader track information available now.

The Clinical Nurse Leader RN to MSN Track is especially designed to meet the needs of registered nurses desiring both a MSN and the opportunity to stay unit-based. The coursework is online, allowing a flexible schedule to facilitate working RNs to return to school.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) educational track is offered completely online. Students take didactic courses in the comfort of their own home and arrange clinicals in their own community (in most cases). CNSs are licensed registered nurses who have graduate preparation (master's or Doctorate) as a CNS.

If you are interested in a cooperative (CO-OP) program that allows you to work while completing your degree see the link to our CO-OP program.

The College of Nursing also has a RN to BSN track for associate degree or diploma prepared RNs. Our RN to BSN track is totally online and designed to meet the needs of working RNs. Clinical courses are completed in the RN's home community with skilled preceptors.

The College of Nursing’s MSN program is offered entirely online with students completing clinical courses in their home communities. The MSN program has 13 different specialty tracks. You chose the track that best fits your career goals. We offer nurse practitioner tracks for several high demand clinical areas (Emergency, Adult Acute Care, Gerontological/Adult Psychiatric(GeroPsych), Neonatal, Women's Health, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Family, and Child Health.

The MSN program can also prepare you for a career in Nursing Education. As part of this track you will choose a clinical nurse specialist preparation in adult health, maternal child health, or psychiatric/mental health. We have innovative tracks in each of these areas Public Health Nursing Administration , Nursing Administration Clinical Nurse Leader or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The MSN program can also meet your needs if you are looking for a RN to MSN program. We have a special track for RNs with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. We also have a special track for nationally certified nurse practitioners that want the MSN degree and we assist post-master's students retool.

Complete your degree in your home community by taking courses online and completing clinical requirements with skilled preceptors! Our graduates have excellent scores on certification examinations and are receiving outstanding evaluations from their employers.

MISSION

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative education programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The College accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM (BSN)

The BSN program prepares graduates for professional nursing practice. Upon completion of the program graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

The BSN program is offered in a traditional four year format with nursing courses concentrated in the junior and senior years. The BSN program is also offered in an accelerated format and there is a special track for Associate Degree and diploma prepared nurses.



School name:University of South AlabamaCollege of Nursing
Address:160 North Catherine St., Springhill Ave Campus
Zip & city:AL 36688-0002 Alabama
Phone:(251) 434-3410
Web:http://www.southalabama.edu/nursing/
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FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Foundational course on nursing concepts and theories related to health promotion and maintenance to facilitate healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs. Exploration of professional nursing roles and strategies in promoting the health of individuals and families within a variety of acute and community settings. The emphasis is on the use of the nursing process as a systematic approach to health promotion and maintenance.

FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING CLINICAL
Application of concepts and theories related to health promotion and maintenance with individuals and families in a variety of settings to facilitate healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs. Also provides opportunity for the development of clinical competency in the performance of selected nursing skills and procedures. Clinical practice experiences with individuals and families in a variety of acute and community settings will be provided.

RESEARCH FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Surveys the research process through computer-assisted instruction. The focus is on the research process, methods for critiquing research, and ethical and legal implications. Emphasis is on the importance of research to nursing practice and the development of critical consumers of nursing research.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Nursing assessment of the whole person and includes physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual assessment of the adult and child. Emphasis on the development of skills in obtaining a health history and performing health assessment across the lifespan.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF NURSING
This course provides students knowledge related to physiology and alterations in physiology of individuals with health problems. The course focuses on theory and research applicable to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, immune, neurological, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. This course provides students with a foundation for providing nursing care to persons having acute, chronic and long-term health care problems.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Study of a significant topic or problem in Nursing and the Health Professions.

DIRECTED STUDY
Individual study in a nursing area chosen in consultation with instructor.

NURSING ISSUES AND LEADERSHIP
Continuation of the socialization process of students as professional nurses. Focuses on professionalism, leadership roles and functions, management strategies, continued professional development, and issues and trends in nursing and health care. Emphasis on the professional nurse as a leader in improving patient care and cost effectiveness of health care.

CONCEPTS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
A bridge course for the Registered Nurse student. Focus on the philosophy of the College of Nursing and on selected theories and concepts integrated throughout the curriculum. Emphasis is on professional nursing roles and strategies for health promotion and maintenance with individuals, families, and groups.

DELEGATION OF NURSING PRACTICE
This course focuses on leadership development of the student within the context of providing professional nursing care to patients and families across the lifespan. Decision-making, delegation, and motivation competencies are emphasized.

NURSING INFORMATICS
Provides he student an introduction to nursing informatics and the evolving importance of the application and evaluation of information technology in nursing and health care. The emphasis of the course is to provide the students the expertise and knowledge to function effectively in the modern health care IT environment.

PRACTICUM
Culminating clinical practice course to provide students an in-depth learning experience in a selected area of nursing practice. The leadership, management, and caregiver roles of the professional nurse with patients and their families in a selected area of nursing practice is emphasized. Students are assigned to nurse preceptors and with faculty guidance focus on leadership and management, and application of the nursing process theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for patients in a variety of preceptorship placements in acute and community settings.

SPECIAL TOPICS
Study of a significant topic or problem in nursing and the health professions. This course may be repeated for a total of four credits.

NU HONORS SENIOR PROJECT-H
Honor students implement their senior project prospectus under the guidance of a faculty member. Nursing Honors Program requires special permission.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
Provides students with an introduction to the normal child and family dynamics as well as introduces them to specific psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents and nursing interventions. Content includes specific psychiatric disorders and interventions within the framework of growth and development and family dynamics.

SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF NURSING
Investigation of the influence of selected ideas, individuals, issues, and events that shape contemporary nursing.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED NURSING
The purpose of the course is to examine theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice. The focus is on the evolution of nursing knowledge including theoretical structures from other disciplines. Emphasis is on the analysis and application of nursing models and related theories using critical thinking strategies and clinical reasoning.

HEALTH CARE POLICY AND ECONOMICS
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for participation in health policy and for understanding the economic impact of health planning. Content will focus on organization of health care systems, health care financing and economic implications and the role of the provider in policy making. Emphasis is on the analysis of health policy from a socioeconomic, ideological, political, historical, and technological perspective while integrating clinical management processes and use of available community fiscal resources.

ADVANCED NURSING LEADERSHIP, ROLES AND CONCEPTS
The purpose of this course is to develop critical thinking skills of the advanced nursing student in the analysis of work environments and health systems. Quality improvement, specifically related to outcome-based measures and adherence to guidelines, will be explored by applying scientific evidence to health outcomes. The focus will be on examining leadership within the context of organizational and health systems, focusing on relationship building, collaboration, negotiation, and working on interdisciplinary teams in a multicultural work force. Emphasis is on advanced nursing leadership and the influences of social, cultural, political, legal, ethical, spiritual and economic forces interacting with complex client systems.

ADVANCED NURSING RESEARCH
The purpose of this course is to develop student proficiency in using research to improve health care outcomes for patients. The course focuses on strategies to retrieve, evaluate, and use evidence to plan quality health care and to initiate change to health care systems and processes. The emphasis is on problem identification, evaluation of relevant research, and critical application of evidence.

ADVANCED NURSING ASSESSMENT
This course is designed to further develop the student's advanced knowledge and skills for obtaining and recording a systematic health history and advanced physical examination of individuals and families across the lifespan. The course involves the synthesis of nursing, biologic, psychologic, and sociocultural knowledge and theories as applied to the findings obtained in the comprehensive health assessment. The central objective is the development of cognitive and clinical skills needed to provide comprehensive care to individuals of all ages in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings.

ADVANCED NURSING ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM
The purpose of this course is to provide a practicum experience in which the student will have the opportunity to become proficient at obtaining and recording a comprehensive health history and advanced physical assessment of individuals appropriate to their clinical specialty area.

CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST SEMINAR, GRAD
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the analysis, synthesis, and application of knowledge acquired in previous courses to the CNS role. The course focuses on the CNS's spheres of influence on health care incorporating the perspectives of social justice, fiscal stewardship, client advocacy, and evidence based practice. The emphasis is on maximizing the students' ability to identify problems, manage resources and fiscal outcomes, design and select therapeutic interventions, and evaluate products and devices for use with patients and health team members from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Potential for contributions and entrepreneurial opportunities within nursing will be addressed.

CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST PRACTICUM, GRAD
The purpose of this precepted capstone course is to provide students an immersion experience in the CNS role with diverse populations in a selected area of nursing practice. The focus of the course is to develop the CNS's ability to assimilate and apply evidence based information in the design, implementation and evaluation of nursing care activities, nursing practice standards and norms, and influencing organizations to support the delivery of nursing care and achievement of optimal health outcomes for a specified population. Emphasis is on the socialization of the CNS to provide, manage, and evaluate the care of a group of patients with complex health care needs through the application of advanced theories, concepts, and research.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR NURSE EDUCATORS
Course provides students the opportunity to develop competence in basic and advanced software essential to executing the nurse educator role in the classroom and online.

CLINICAL CONCEPTS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE II
Continued analysis and evaluation of advanced clinical concepts and the role of nursing in providing evidenced based care to facilitate positive health outcomes.

NURSING EDUCATION PRACTICUM
Supervised practicum in the role of the nurse educator. The purpose of this course is the synthesis of nursing education theory in practicum experience. Focus is on the application of nursing education theory in developing, teaching, and evaluating an education unit, exemplifying the nurse educator role, and adhering institutional and legal guidelines.

CURRICULUM AND EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to curriculum development and evaluation in nursing. Emphasis is on institutional purposes, goals, nursing curricula, evaluation, and nursing education research.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN IN NURSING EDUCATION
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to instructional design in nursing practice and education. Emphasis is on institutional purposes and goals, classroom and clinical instruction, staff development, and nursing education research.

NURSING EDUCATION SEMINAR
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the evaluation of issues and trends encountered in nursing education. Emphasis is on critical analysis and management of these issues by nursing educators.

ACCELERATED MSN ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Advanced nursing assessment of the whole person including physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual assessment of the adult and child. Emphasis is on the development of skill in obtaining and recording a comprehensive health history and performing health assessment for individuals from diverse heritages across the lifespan.


ACCELERATED MSN ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Focuses on pathophysiology and cellular physiology theory and research of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, immune, neurological, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. This course provides students with a foundation for providing nursing care to persons having acute, chronic and long-term health care problems.

ACCELERATED MSN ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Advanced clinical application of drug therapy and concepts relating to the mechanism of drug actions, interactions, and adverse reactions, including immunologic-idiosyncratic-allergic drug responses. Emphasis on pharmacokinetics, cultural/ethnic considerations, dosage, methods of administration, and adverse effects according to major classifications. Current research in pharmacology is also incorporated in course content.

ACCELERATED MSN ADVANCED RESEARCH IN NURSING
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Evaluation of methods, designs, issues in nursing research; methods for critiquing research, data analysis methods, ethical and legal implications. Emphasis is on the importance of research and evidence-based practice to nursing. Development of critical consumers of research and participants in the research process.

ACCELERATED MSN ADVANCED NURSING ROLES AND LEADERSHIP
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Socialization process of students as professional nurses, leadership roles and functions, management strategies, continued professional development, and issues and trends in nursing and health care, analysis of selected advanced nursing roles, frameworks that provide the basis for specialization and expansion of roles for advanced nursing practice.

CLINICAL NURSE LEADERSHIP ROLE AND COMPETENCIES
The purpose of this course is to explore the role and function of the clinical nurse leader. The course focuses on the implementation of the role that will vary across settings and facilities. The emphasis is on evidence-based practice and knowledge and skills that CNL requires for successful enactment of the role.

CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICUM I
The purpose of this first of two capstone Clinical Nurse Leader courses is to provide students an in-depth preceptor-based clinical experience in a selected area of nursing practice. The focus of the course is on the CNL as caregiver, leader, and care manager. Emphasis is on the application of the nursing process, theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in providing care in complex patient situations and managing the care of a group of patients.

CLINICAL NURSE LEADER SYNTHESIS
The purpose of this culminating synthesis course for the CNL role is to provide students an opportunity to analyze and evaluate actual CNL practice patterns. The course focuses on continuing to build the students competencies in clinical decision making, problem identification, resource management, and outcome measurement for a selected patient population at the point of care. The emphasis is on working with patients and health team members from diverse cultural or ethnic backgrounds, and accountability for coordination, delegation and supervision of care within a multidisciplinary team.

CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICUM II
The purpose of this second of two capstone Clinical Nurse Leader courses is to provide students an immersion experience in the CNL role in a selected area of nursing practice. The focus of the course is to further develop CNL competencies with emphasis on team leading and building, advocacy, communication, resource and outcomes management, and evidence-based practice.

ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS
Focuses on the components of nursing information systems. Topics include analysis of available software for managing personnel budgets, and data. Basic computer experience required.

PHYSIO-PATHOLOGICAL BASIS OF ADVANCED NURSING
The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced practice nurse with knowledge of normal physiology and alterations in physiology in individuals across the life span. The focus is theory and research applicable to organ systems and cellular events. Emphasis is on regulatory and compensatory functions in health and in pathophysiological conditions.

HUMAN SEXUALITY AND NURSING
Focus is on the development of a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice with clients having sexual concerns. Emphasis is on developing self awareness and on strategies for advanced nursing practice.

NURSING ADMINISTRATION CONCEPTS AND THEORY
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for analysis and synthesis of selected theories, issues and trends, and research for the nurse administrator role. Emphasis is placed on development of a framework for practice for the role of nurse administrator, organizational structure, and nursing model in the changing sociopolitical economic environment.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONCEPTS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FIELD STUDY
The purpose of this course is to examine concepts and methods of administration applying these concepts and methods in supervised field activities. The focus is identification of health goals and management of physical, financial, and human resources in healthcare systems. Emphasis is on organization leadership, interdisciplinary team functioning, and political collaboration to meet health care needs of vulnerable populations in culturally diverse communities.

NURSING ADMINISTRATION FINANCE
The purpose of this course is synthesis of the fiscal processes in health care systems to include basic accounting, financial decision-making concepts, statement analysis, and information systems in advanced nursing and healthcare management.

NURSING ADMINISTRATION FIELD STUDY
The purpose of this field experience course is to provide students an opportunity to explore and analyze the structure, regulation, and operation of a selected health care system. Focus is on systems organization, and communications analysis in a selected health care organization.

NURSING ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
The purpose of this culminating course is to provide a preceptor and faculty facilitated experience in the nurse administrator role with a focus on the application and synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired in all previous courses.

NURSING ADMINISTRATION SEMINAR
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the evaluation of issues and trends encountered in health care. Emphasis is on critical analysis and management of these issues by nursing administration.

PHARMACOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES
The purpose of this course is to expand the pharmacological knowledge of the advanced practice nurse. The focus is the selection and monitoring of drug therapy for persons throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of major drug classifications.

HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS OF THE RURAL SOUTH
Orientation of health care problems of the rural South. Opportunity to assess, develop, and implement nursing intervention techniques in selected settings.

CONSULTATION IN NURSING PRACTICE
Focuses on the steps of the consulting process in advanced nursing practice with an emphasis on assessment, planning and the communication of findings. Theoretical frameworks and models for consultation are analyzed.

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