Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

Study type:Part-time Languages: English
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Program Objectives

The graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program will:
* Demonstrate evidence based practice and lifelong learning.
* Serve South Dakota and the region in nursing administration, nurse education, or in roles as clinical nurse leaders.
* Serve leadership roles in healthcare.
* Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines into advanced nursing practice.
* Display competence within the legal scope of practice for the chosen specialization.
* Evaluate, conduct, and utilize research within advanced nursing practice.
* Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse lifeways of clients.
* Seek to decrease health disparities among populations by addressing socioeconomic, political or cultural determinants of health.
* Use leadership, administration, and teaching strategies to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
* Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve health care delivery, address the diversity of health care needs, and advance the nursing profession.
* Contribute to the advancement of the science of nursing serving rural and underserved populations.

Core Requirements

* Advanced Nursing Practice Introduction to Roles and Issues
* Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan - Application to Advanced Practice Nursing
* Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing
* Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan/ Advanced Assessment - Lifespan Clinical Laboratory
* Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics
* Cultural Competence in Health Care
* Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Lifespan C
* Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum

Select One of the Following Options: * Option A: Thesis
* Option B: Problems in Nursing Research
* Option C: Coursework Only

Pharmacotherapeutics: Application to Advanced Practice

In addition to meeting basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for graduate study in nursing must have: * Bachelors degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with an upper division major in nursing with a B average (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system). * Current licensure as an RN or eligibility for licensure. * Professional nursing liability insurance. * 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to first clinical lab/practicum (N631). * Completed approved statistical methods course with a grade of C or higher within the past 5 years. * Completed application to the Graduate Nursing program. These documents can be obtained at Graduate Nursing Program. * FBI background check. Drug screening. * Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100

SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


The masters degree in nursing at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Students must provide evidence of professional registration by submitting a copy of the most current RN license.

After completing the program of study, graduates may be eligible to complete certification through several professional organizations.

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