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Alternate Entry (MSN) Option
PhD in Nursing

Concentration Information

Adult Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse-Midwifery
Nursing Education
Nursing Leadership

RN to MSN

Adult Nurse Practitioner (top)

The purpose of the Adult Nurse Practitioner concentration is to prepare professional nurses for advanced practice nursing in primary health care of adults. Education for such advanced practice nursing is grounded in theoretical and practical knowledge; therefore, didactic and clinical experiences are integral to the Adult Nurse Practitioner curriculum. Clinical practicum sites are arranged as close as possible to home areas for students. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. This concentration is offered online. There are a total of 7 on-campus dates required throughout the curriculum for evaluations with standardized patients.  There are 24 students admitted yearly to the ANP concentration.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (top)

The Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration was developed in 2004. In 2007 it was reviewed by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and meets the criteria for consistency with the standards set by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist. The CNS concentration prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in complex care settings. The program is 42 semester hours and is 100% online. Students can enroll either full-time or part-time. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examination as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
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Family Nurse Practitioner (top)

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration prepares advanced practice nurses to meet the primary health care needs of individuals and families in rural communities. Graduates of this concentration are prepared to provide primary health care in outpatient and ambulatory settings. Education for such advanced nursing practice is grounded in theoretical and practical knowledge and therefore, didactic and clinical experiences are integrated throughout the Family Nurse Practitioner clinical curriculum which begins once prerequisite core courses are completed.

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is offered online. On site face-to-face sessions at the university campus may be scheduled 3-4 times a semester. The schedule is established at the start of the course to enable students to plan their schedules in advance. Arrangements for clinical preceptors and settings are negotiated with the student before beginning of the clinical course sequence. Preceptors and settings are selected based on student's geographical location and learning needs.

Family Nurse Practitioner candidates are encouraged to have a minimum two full years of recent nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings prior to beginning the clinical courses. Candidates may enroll in the graduate core courses while gaining clinical experience.

A minimum of 59 semester hours is required for completion of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration within the MSN program. The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration offers two options for completing graduation requirements. The first is a full-time curriculum plan which spans three years. The second is a part-time plan which takes five years to complete. The suggested course sequence may be modified in collaboration with the student's graduate advisor. The curriculum meets requirements to take national certification examinations, a requirement for approval to practice as an FNP in the state of North Carolina.

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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (top)

The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) concentration prepares advanced practice neonatal nurses to meet the needs of high-risk infants and their families in tertiary care centers. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner manages a caseload of neonatal patients with consultation and collaboration from a physician. Using extensive knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physiology, the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner exercises independent judgment in the assessment, diagnosis and initiation of nursing and delegated medical processes and procedures.

As an advanced practice neonatal nurse, the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner is involved in education, consultation and research. Graduates of this concentration will be employable as practitioners in neonatal intensive care units, nurse-managed clinics, home health services, health departments, and managed care organizations.

A minimum of 51 s.h. is required for graduation in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration. The curriculum includes both didactic and clinical requirements. Students apply the knowledge gained in didactic study to patient management. The opportunity to integrate theory, research and clinical practice facilitates the acquisition and expansion of clinical decision-making skills and improves technical competence. Full and part-time study options are available. The curriculum meets requirements for licensure in the state of North Carolina as well as certification by NCC.

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Nurse Anesthesia (top)

The East Carolina University College of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia concentration is a 28-month, 71 semester hour course of study. It is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Upon completion of the concentration, graduates receive the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Students in the concentration first take basic science courses in Chemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Gross Anatomy. These courses provide the foundation for learning the applied science of anesthesia. Instructors in the basic sciences are content experts in their field. Clinical instruction takes place at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) and its affiliate SurgiCenter. The nurse anesthesia students receive clinical and didactic anesthesia instruction from physicians and nurses who are experts in the practice of anesthesia. Maura S. McAuliffe - CRNA, PhD, FAAN is the Program Director and Melydia J. Edge - CRNA, MSN is the Associate Director.

A new class begins each January. The first class of 11 students began in January 2003. A full orientation for the students accepted into the nurse anesthesia concentration takes place each January at the College of Nursing Rivers Building. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Interviews with the Nurse Anesthesia Admission Committee take place each May and June for admission to the class starting the following January.

The Nurse Anesthesia offices which include a classroom, student conference room, and Simulated Operating Room with SimMan Anesthesia Simulator are located at #5A Doctors Park, in close proximity to the PCMH operating rooms.

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Nurse-Midwifery (top)

The purpose of the Nurse-Midwifery concentration is to prepare professional nurses as safe and competent practitioners of nurse-midwifery who are eligible for certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. A special intent is for graduates to assume care provider roles in rural areas so as to better meet the needs of underserved women and infants. Additionally, graduates are prepared to incorporate appropriate theory bases and research findings into the delivery of care and to use the scientific method to solve problems in their area of practice, nurse-midwifery. This concentration is offered online.

There are no required dates to be on campus for NURS 6115 and NURS 6116 in fall 2004.

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Nursing Education (top)

Welcome to the Nursing Education Concentration Students!
(The Nurse Educators of the Future)

We are excited about the newest concentration in our MSN program, the Nursing Education concentration, which began Fall 2004. The faculty are looking forward to being your facilitators in this educational journey. The Nursing Education option will prepare you to function in complex educational environments to teach traditional as well as non-traditional learners using a variety of emerging technologies and interdisciplinary skills. This online option will provide cost-effective education for students who will assume roles in academic or clinical settings to meet the growing demand for nurse educators. As the profession of nursing faces a critical shortage of nurse faculty, we applaud your efforts to help meet this urgent need.

We are committed to assist you in meeting your learning needs and becoming competent nurse educators.

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Nursing Leadership (top)

The major in Clinical Services Administration is designed to facilitate the graduate nurse in the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for management positions within the health care delivery system. In addition to meeting the objectives of the graduate program in nursing, the student will be able to utilize technology effectively through use of computer and software for communication (personal and instructional), literature reviews, and facilitation of successful use of management information systems.

Each student will develop specialized knowledge and practice in administration including but not limited to: conflict management, financial management, cost/benefit analysis, program evaluation, health law, negotiation, managerial decision processes, monitor/tracking mechanisms for specific patient populations, CQI/TQM, continuous performance improvement, organizational assessment, strategic planning, and marketing.

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PhD in Nursing (top)

The PhD in nursing will prepare nurse researchers and scholars to explore, develop, and move forward the scientific bases of nursing practice and nursing education. Advancements in nursing science and health care will emerge from research, theory development, and clinical trials. Students will be prepared to conduct research in the domains of nursing science and collaborate with other professionals on interdisciplinary projects. Dissertation research will prepare graduates to contribute their discoveries to the body of nursing and health care knowledge.

Upon graduation, students are ready to assume positions as Researchers, Administrators in public and private health care organizations, Policy Makers and Analysts, and University Faculty.

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