2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Page 87 School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Certification Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track are qualified to seek national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track are qualified to seek national certification through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) or American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduates of the Nurse Educator (NE) track meet the education requirements to sit for the Certification for Nurse Educator (CNE) exam through the National League for Nursing (NLN). Graduates of the Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Improvement (NLHI) track meet the education requirements to seek Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) through the American Organization for Nursing Leadership Credentialing Center (ADNL-CC). Graduates of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care (PNP) track are qualified to seek national certification through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Licensure Prospective students should be aware that each state and U.S. territory may have different professional licensure requirements governing nursing occupations. Cedarville University ensures that its educational programs meet the educational prerequisites for professional licensure within the State of Ohio; however, if you reside outside of the state of Ohio, you should contact the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs at Cedarville University regarding the rules and regulations pertaining to licensure and clinical supervision in your state/territory before beginning the DNP and MSN programs. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensure board to confirm licensure requirements and to obtain additional guidance as needed from that board and the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs at Cedarville University. Admission Standards Cedarville University invites applications to the MSN program from graduates who have received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved university, who are able to present strong academic records, who are currently licensed as a registered nurse, and who have a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Each candidate will be reviewed on an individual basis. In addition to the general admission requirements listed in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog, applicants must meet the following requirements: • Have earned a BSN undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. • Official transcripts of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program. Transcripts must show completion evidence of undergraduate nursing research and an undergraduate statistics course. The ability to enroll is contingent upon receipt of documentation acknowledging successful completion (C- or above) of undergraduate nursing research and undergraduate statistics courses prior to the enrollment date. • Evidence of current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States for clinical experience in the United States. • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional; however, taking the GRE may strengthen a graduate application. • Recommendations from a Christian leader and professional colleague. Recommendations from personal friends or family members will not be accepted. Admission Process and Timeframe Applicants should follow specific admission criteria found in the Admissions section of the graduate catalog. The School of Nursing MSN Admission, Progression, Retention Committee (APRC) reviews all applicants for the MSN program on a rolling basis with support from University Graduate Admissions. An interview may be required. The decision made by the School of Nursing APRC is communicated to Graduate Admissions. Graduate Admissions notifies applicants of the admission decision. Tuition and Fees The estimated cost of attendance equals basic costs plus variable costs. These are estimates and may vary. Prior to each term, a student will receive a billing invoice, generated from the Cashiers Office, based upon enrollment information at that time. An online payment calculator is available to evaluate different payment plans. Tuition cost for the MSN program for the 2023–24 academic year is $680 per semester credit hour. Audit is $340 per semester hour. There is a one-time program fee, according to track: AGACNP is $1,500; FNP is $1,500; NE is $250; NLHI is $250; and PNP is $1,500. Tuition cost for BTGS-6100 Biblical and Theological Foundations for Graduate Study for the 2023–24 academic year is $436 per semester credit hour. The graduation fee for the MSN program for the 2023–24 academic year is $125. Course fees vary and are listed per course in this catalog under Graduate-Level Course Descriptions. Financial Aid and Scholarships For information regarding financial aid and institutional scholarships, visit cedarville.edu/gsfinaid or preview the Financial Information section of this catalog. Academic Advising Upon admission into the MSN program, each student is assigned a program advisor and a faculty advisor. The program advisor assists in helping the students with class scheduling and other graduate processes. The faculty advisor provides professional guidance and monitors progress throughout the length of study. Degree-seeking students may review their academic program progression by selecting the Progress tab option in Student Planning at cedarville.edu/studentplanning. Course Sequencing Refer to the graduate MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Global Public Health Nursing, Nurse Educator, Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Improvement, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care website pages via cedarville.edu/msn for course sequencing and completion options information. Course Load Assuming that proficiency requirements have been satisfied, a minimum of 38–44 semester hours is required for graduation from the MSN program.