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    Augusta University
   
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Augusta University Catalog

College of Nursing


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About the College

 

Welcome to the Augusta University College of Nursing. I am delighted that you will embark on an educational journey at Augusta University - you’ve made an excellent choice! Here you will have the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment where healthcare is the focus - educating healthcare professionals, delivering healthcare to our communities, and discovering new healthcare knowledge. You will receive a world-class education from outstanding nurse educators who care about students and their learning, and you will gain a broader perspective through your interaction with students and faculty from medicine, dental medicine, biomedical science, and allied health sciences.

Augusta University College of Nursing is dedicated to excellence in education from which to launch or advance your nursing career. Few nursing programs offer the variety and versatility of clinical and research options found here. We have integrated traditional instruction with online and simulation technology to accommodate a range of learning styles, locations, and preferences. To enhance your educational experience, Augusta University provides state-of-the-art campus facilities and distance instructional technologies which are supported by committed, student-oriented professionals.

Whatever your career trajectory, you will leave Augusta University prepared to take on new challenges, embrace exciting opportunities, and forge your own path in the world of nursing. Again, welcome to the Augusta University College of Nursing where we are preparing tomorrow’s nurses…today.

-Lucy N. Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor

 

The College of Nursing offers:

  • Excellence in undergraduate and graduate education (nationally-ranked) in our BSN, MSN, PhD and DNP programs

  • The latest in classroom technology and curricula that integrate traditional instruction with the online and simulation technology

  • An academic nursing clinic that serves as a centerpiece for providing clinical services and training site opportunities for faculty and students

  • Involvement in ground-breaking biobehavioral research in such vital areas as health disparities, cancer prevention and control, cardiovascular risk reduction, and smoking cessation

  • A Center for Nursing Research that provides a wide range of services to support our growing research enterprise, and our researchers have access to specialized research amenities across campus

  • Excellent opportunities to collaborate with other professionals in a dynamic, resource-rich health sciences university environment that includes modern multi-media classrooms and a high-fidelity simulation laboratory

Administration

Dean and Professor Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lori Anderson, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for Research Pamela Shiao, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Pamela Cook, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Assistant Dean for Community Partnerships Vacant
Assistant Dean for Research Julie Zadinksy, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean for Administration William Hamilton, MHA, MBA
Interim Assistant Dean for the Athens Campus Cathy Dykes, PhD, RN
Chair, Biobehavioral Nursing Jean Pawl, PhD, RN
Chair, Physiological and Technological Nursing Elizabeth Nesmith, PhD, RN

A list of faculty within the College of Nursing can be found at the link below.

http://www.augusta.edu/faculty/directory/search.php?college=4

Mission

 

Our Mission is to provide leadership through excellent and innovative nursing education, research, practice, and service in diverse environments and to promote health, healing, and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in any healthcare setting.

Vision

 

To be a top-tier college of nursing recognized for excellence, innovation, and transformation of health care through discovery and evidence-based education and practice.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

 


Undergraduate Programs


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Career Information/Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares students to become Professional Registered Nurses (RNs). RNs care for patients by providing both treatment and education. They work closely with physicians and other health professionals as part of a healthcare team. RNs use a broad knowledge base to assess and understand problems, administer treatments and make decisions about patient care. They interpret and respond to patient symptoms, reactions, and progress. RNs also teach patients and families about proper healthcare, assist in patient rehabilitation, and provide emotional and physical support to promote recovery and well-being. Nursing is a challenging and rewarding career that will continue to be in high demand well into the future.

About the Program

Aspiring undergraduate nursing students enroll as freshmen pre-nursing majors.  The BSN program is an upper-division offering that requires Pre-nursing majors to complete the core curriculum courses and the wellness requirements prior to matriculation into the BSN Major. Each August, new junior students enter the 4 semester course of program study (secondary application to the program is required usually in the sophomore year).

Instruction progresses from simple to complex, and the curriculum is sequentially organized using core and process concepts. The core concepts that are central to content development are the person, environment, health, and nursing. Interwoven with the core concepts are those process concepts that nursing uses to maintain and improve the health of persons in their environment.

Connecting the core and process concepts is the overarching desired outcome of quality health care that should be safe, effective, patient/client-centered, timely, efficient, equitable, and evidence-based.

BSN Program Outcomes:

  • Synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences to deliver safe, comprehensive care.
  • Demonstrate values that exemplify the caring, professional nurse.
  • Apply evidence-based research to improve health and reduce health disparities in a global society.
  • Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration and clinical reasoning when caring for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Pursue knowledge as a lifelong learner to promote professional growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership, accountability, and competence as a beginning professional nurse.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen Level Entry http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/degree-seeking.php

Junior Level Entry http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/hs-programs/nursing.php

Nursing Scholars Program: http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/nursing_scholars_program.php

Legislative Graduation Requirement (part of core Area E):

  • History and Constitution Legislative Graduation Requirements must be met by completing the course requirements or you will be required to pass the Legislative Exams.
  • If you have not already met the Legislative requirements in US & GA Constitution and US & GA History, satisfying these graduation requirements can be met in the following ways:
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students enrolled at Augusta University must take and pass with a “C” grade or higher; the equivalency of the Augusta courses: POLS 1101 and HIST 2111 or POLS 1101 and HIST 2112.
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students previously enrolled at another public University System of Georgia institution, must satisfy the legislative graduation requirements for your transfer College/University. The requirements must be marked “satisfied” or “OK” on the final transcript and be submitted. See your current college Registrar for more information.
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students previously enrolled at any Georgia technical college, out of state college or private college must satisfy these requirements by passing the Legislative Exams offered by Augusta University Testing Services. For study information or test dates visit: http://www.augusta.edu/tds/legislativeexam.php. For additional information, call Testing Services:  706.737.1469
  • The College of Nursing deadline for satisfying legislative requirements is more restrictive than the rest of Augusta University. Due to the BSN student’s rigorous 15 credit hour schedule junior and senior years, there is no additional time to fulfill these requirements while completing Upper Division courses. You must meet the annual deadline prior to the beginning of Fall semester of the BSN program (in the junior year).

Transfer Students

  • If a student has completed Pre-Nursing or Nursing core areas from another school in the University System of Georgia, then Augusta University will accept the areas as satisfied.
  • A student who plans to transfer from a school not in the University System of Georgia should complete courses that are equivalent to the Augusta University list of core courses.
  • Upper division nursing courses from another nursing program cannot be transferred into the Augusta University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Transfer equivalency table:  https://pounce.gru.edu/bnewu/web019.Find_State

Also visit: College of Nursing BSN webpage www.augusta.edu/nursing/bsn.php

Frequently Asked Questions section (FAQs) http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/undergraduate/faq.php

Bachelor of Science in Nursing- RN to BSN Track

Students who enter the RN to BSN track are registered nurses who hold a valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Georgia. They must complete 60 credit-hours in core requirements prior to applying to the nursing program. Once admitted into the program, they receive 32 hours of credit toward the major and must earn another 30 hours in the major to satisfy the degree.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/rn-bsn.php

Courses to Take the First Two Years

Please see the following website for specific information for freshmen and current AU students:

http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/undergraduate/prerequisites-asu.php

Please see the following website for specific information for transfer students:

http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/undergraduate/prerequisites.php

Legislative Graduation Requirement (part of core Area E):

  • History and Constitution Legislative Graduation Requirements must be met by completing the course requirements or you will be required to pass the Legislative Exams.
  • If you have not already met the Legislative requirements in US & GA Constitution and US & GA History, satisfying these graduation requirements can be met in the following ways:
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students enrolled at Augusta University must take and pass with a “C” grade or higher; the equivalency of the Augusta courses: POLS 1101 and HIST 2111 or POLS 1101 and HIST 2112.
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students previously enrolled at another public University System of Georgia institution, must satisfy the legislative graduation requirements for your transfer College/University. The requirements must be marked “satisfied” or “OK” on the final transcript and be submitted. See your current college Registrar for more information.
    • Prior to enrolling in BSN Nursing Courses (NURS prefix courses), students previously enrolled at any Georgia technical college, out of state college or private college must satisfy these requirements by passing the Legislative Exams offered by Augusta University Testing Services. For study information or test dates visit: http://www.augusta.edu/tds/legislativeexam.php. For additional information, call Testing Services:  706.737.1469
  • The College of Nursing deadline for satisfying legislative requirements is more restrictive than the rest of Augusta University. Due to the BSN student’s rigorous 15 credit hour schedule junior and senior years, there is no additional time to fulfill these requirements while completing Upper Division courses. You must meet the annual deadline prior to the beginning of Fall semester of the BSN program (in the junior year).

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Graduate Programs


Doctor of Nursing Practice- No Concentration

About the Program

This program educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles. This doctoral-level education provides the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes. The program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving health care problems in systems. Students may attend full time or part time, allowing the opportunity to work while attending school. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web based program with one to two Augusta campus visits.

This program prepares graduates to:

  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrate and apply nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyze and facilitate the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Health Care Policy: Analyze the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employ strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations.
  • Professional Practice: Utilize the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.
For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit augusta.edu/nursing/dnp.php.

Career Opportunities

Doctors of nursing practice have leadership opportunities in clinical practice arenas, including higher education settings.

Salary Information

The salary for a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate can range based on professional setting and region of the country.  On average, DNP graduates can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - a laptop computer is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/doctor-nursing-practice.php

Doctor of Nursing Practice- No Concentration; Nurse Executive Track

Augusta University College of Nursing was the first in the state to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. This innovative degree option educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles.

The DNP (no concentration) track is offered for nurses with a Master in Nursing who have a national advanced practice certification as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse executive [i.e., Nurse Executive-Advanced (NEA-BC) or Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)].

This doctoral-level education provides nurses the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes, making them expert collaborators in solving health care problems in systems.

Course of Study

  • The DNP program integrates didactic and clinical instruction reinforced by clinical and lab experiences.
  • The DNP core courses provide the foundation of health care policy, evidence-based practice, leadership and systems management that prepares the advanced practice nurse to deliver optimal care in the ever-changing health care environment.
  • Students complete more than 1000 hours of clinical and simulated experiences which emphasize essential competencies to address the health care needs of patients and their families.
  • Study is rounded out by a practice-improvement project that integrates DNP Essentials in a practice setting.
Doctor of Nursing Practice- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

About the Program

This program educates advanced nurse clinicians for expert practice in leadership and clinical roles with a focus on care of adult 18 years of age and older that have acute and/or complex care needs. They are often employed in specialty clinics, emergency departments, critical care units, and acute care hospital units. This doctoral-level education provides the clinical and management outcomes. The program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving health care problems in systems. Students may attend full-time or part-time, giving the ability to work while attending school. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught online. Currently students are completing the program in cohorts located on Augusta and Athens campuses.

This program prepares graduates to:

  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrate and apply nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyze and facilitate the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Health Care Policy: Analyze the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employ strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations.
  • Professional Practice: Utilize the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit http://www.gru.edu/nursing/acnp_cns.php.

Career Opportunities

Doctors of nursing practice have leadership opportunities in clinical practice arenas, including higher education settings.

Salary Information

The salary for a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner graduate can range based on professional setting and region of the country. On average, DNP graduates can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for the certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - a laptop/computer is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.gru.edu/admissions/graduate/dnp-adult-gerontology-post-bsn.php

Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

About the Program

The DNP-FNP program prepared advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients, families and communities. Coursework emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric and geriatric patients and their families. This doctorate-level education provides the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes. The program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving health care problems in systems. Students may attend full-time or part-time, giving the ability to work while attending school. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught online. Currently students are completing the program in cohorts located at multiple distance-learning sites.

This program prepares graduates to:

  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrate and apply nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyze and facilitate the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Health Care Policy: Analyze the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employ strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations.
  • Professional Practice: Utilize the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/dnp_fnp.php.

Career Opportunities

Doctors of nursing practice have leadership opportunities in clinical practice arenas, including higher education settings.

Salary Information

The salary for a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner graduate can range based on professional setting and region of the country. On average, DNP graduates can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for the certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as well as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - a laptop/computer is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop/computer specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/dnp-fnp-postmsn.php

Doctor of Nursing Practice- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentration

About the Program

The DNP-PNP program prepared advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients, families and communities. Coursework emphasizes the care of pediatric patients and their families. This doctorate-level education provides the clinical and management expertise to improve health care outcomes. The program enables nurses to become expert nurse leaders and collaborators in solving health care problems in systems. Students may attend full-time or part-time, giving the ability to work while attending school. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Regents as a web-based program with greater than 50 percent of the program taught online. Currently students are completing the program in cohorts located at multiple distance-learning sites.

This program prepares graduates to:

  • Scientific/Social/Psychological Foundation: Integrate and apply nursing and foundational sciences to effectively practice in complex, evolving healthcare systems
  • Safe Quality Care Within Healthcare Systems: Analyze and effect quality outcomes in healthcare system
  • Evidenced Based Practice/Research: Improve healthcare outcomes with application of evidence in the healthcare environment
  • Health Care Technology/Informatics: Analyze and facilitate the use of information systems/ technology to monitor and improve patient care outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Health Care Policy: Analyze the multiple levels of policy to advocate for issues which have actual or potential impact on nursing and healthcare outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration/Communication: Employ strategies to lead develop and contribute toward productive interprofessional teams for the improvement of healthcare outcomes.
  • Population Health: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesize and apply theory, models, and research to impact health care of diverse populations.
  • Professional Practice: Utilize the competencies of an advanced practice expert to design, implement and evaluate evidence based care within specialty.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/dnp_pnp.php.

Career Opportunities

Doctors of nursing practice have leadership opportunities in clinical practice arenas, including higher education settings.

Salary Information

The salary for a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner graduate can range based on professional setting and region of the country. On average, DNP graduates can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates are eligible to meet requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - a laptop/computer is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop/computer specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/dnp-pnp-postbacc.php

Doctor of Nursing Practice- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration
Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader (Prelicensure)

About the Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL) prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future health care system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program is a second-degree, accelerated nursing program integrating didactic and clinical instruction for individuals with a baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing field.

Students are prepared for the registered nurse licensure examination and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The CNL is a generalist (not an advanced-practice nurse) with nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the health care system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies and the ability to manage complex information.

The CNL program has partnered with several healthcare institutions to support the program’s educational efforts and provide possible career opportunities following graduation. The program and partnerships will enhance the role development of the CNL through the engagement of highly skilled clinicians, outcomes-based practice and quality improvement strategies while providing high-quality patient care in the surrounding communities throughout Georgia.

The goals of the Clinical Nurse Leader program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Provide optimal patient and family centered care that is evidence-based, applied across diverse settings and throughout the life span
  • Create and sustain environments for clinical excellence in patient safety and quality outcomes
  • Serve as leaders and partners in interdisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Become effective decision makers using information systems and technology

For more information call 706-721-9767 or visit http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/.

Career Opportunities

Primary employment is in a hospital or healthcare facility.

Salary Information

Salaries for CNLs vary based on regions or states. Average starting salaries range from $45,000 to $60,000. Salaries for experienced nurse staff can exceed $60,000.

Accreditation

The CNL Program has been fully approved by the Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications on the https://gru.service-now.com/kb_view_customer.do?sysparm_article=KB0010381. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/master-nursing-clinical-nurse-leader.php

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader - Post ADN Track

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future health care system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program is for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma. Tailored for the non-traditional nursing student, the CNL program is offered completely on-line. Students can choose part-time or full-time study.

The CNL program will prepare licensed clinicians with the essential knowledge and skills necessary for successful completion of the CNL certification examination and to receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The CNL graduate is considered an advanced generalist (not an advanced practice nurse) and will possess nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the health care system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies, and the ability to manage complex information.

Minimum Requirements

  • Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) from an accredited program and an accredited college or university. A Diploma in Nursing or Nursing Diploma may be considered.
  • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.80 on 4.0 scale is required and a minimum overall graduate GPA of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale if applicable.
    • Applicants who earned less than a “C” in two or more courses in their Nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • GRE (see minimum scores below) or MAT (400 minimum) taken within the last 5 years.
    • GRE prior to August 1, 2011: official GRE score of 900 or higher (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores)
    • GRE after August 1, 2011: official GRE score of 290 or higher (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores)
  • Completion of required USG core curriculum with a C or better (augusta.edu/nursing/undergraduate) to include:
    • Chemistry with lab- 4 hours
    • Statistics- 3 hours
    • General Psychology- 3 hours
    • Microbiology- included in Area F - must be completed within the last 10 years
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II- included in Area F - must be completed within the last 10 years
    • Human Growth & Development- included in Area F

These may be completed at any accredited institution.

  • 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last four years OR have graduated from an accredited Nursing program within the last four years
  • Three professional or academic letters of reference
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at time of application. Proof of current unrestricted Georgia RN license is required prior to enrollment.
  • Current BCLS/CPR certification
  • Essay addressing experience and autobiographical information (included on application)
  • Personal Interview
  • If applicable, TOEFL of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 interent-based
  • An official, professional course-by-course evaluation (based on official transcripts and documents) is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associated, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Program Goals

Goals of the program are to prepare:

  • nurses that create an environment of clinical excellence that results in improved outcomes.
  • clinical decision-makers.
  • nurses that become engaged in peer practice and the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • leaders who facilitate and assure individualized, evidence-based, and highly effective care to patients and families.
Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader - Post BSN Track

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future health care system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program is for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree. Tailored for the non-traditional nursing student, the CNL program is offered completely on-line. Students can choose part-time or full-time study.

The CNL program will prepare licensed clinicians with the essential knowledge and skills necessary for completion of the CNL certification examination and to receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The CNL graduate is considered an advanced generalist (not an advanced practice nurse) and will possess nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the health care system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies, and the ability to manage complex information.

Minimum Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with a BSN degree
  • A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.80 on 4.0 scale is required and a minimum overall graduate GPA of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale if applicable.
  • Applicants who earned less than a “C” in two or more courses in their Nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • GRE (see minimum scores below) or MAT (400 minimum) taken within the last 5 years.
  • GRE prior to August 1, 2011: official GRE score of 900 or higher (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores)
  • GRE after August 1, 2011: official GRE score of 290 or higher (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores)
  • Completion of required USG core curriculum with a C or better (augusta.edu/nursing/undergraduate/prerequisites) to include:
  • Chemistry with lab- 4 hours
  • Statistics- 3 hours
  • General Psychology- 3 hours
  • Microbiology- included in Area F - must be completed within the last 10 years
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II- included in Area F - must be completed within the last 10 years
  • Human Growth & Development- included in Area F
  • These may be completed at any accredited institution.
  • 1000 hours of clinical practice in the last four years OR have graduated from an accredited BSN program within the last four years
  • Three professional or academic letters of reference
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Proof of unrestricted RN license from state where applicant is practicing at time of application. Proof of current unrestricted Georgia RN license is required prior to enrollment.
  • Current BCLS/CPR certification
  • Essay addressing experience and autobiographical information (included on application)
  • Personal Interview
  • If applicable, TOEFL of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 interent-based
  • An official, professional course-by-course evaluation (based on official transcripts and documents) is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associated, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not fulfill this requirement.

Program Goals

Goals of the program are to prepare:

  • nurses that create an environment of clinical excellence that results in improved outcomes.
  • clinical decision-makers.
  • nurses that become engaged in peer practice and the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • leaders who facilitate and assure individualized, evidence-based, and highly effective care to patients and families.
Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Nursing Anesthesia

About the Program

This seven-semester program integrates didactic and clinical instruction. The first three semesters of didactic instruction include experience in the human patient simulation lab. Students become familiar with anesthesia techniques and procedures in the lab prior to entering clinical instruction. Students administer sedation, regional and general anesthesia to pediatric and adult patients for a wide variety of surgical specialties including general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, obstetrics, thoracic, vascular, cardiac and neurology. Students administer on average more than 800 anesthetics over at least 2,000 clinical hours. Graduates are eligible for the National Certification Examination required to practice as a nurse anesthetist. The program has a 100% overall national certification pass rate and over 90% first-time-taken pass rate.

Goals of the program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate anesthesia care for patients having diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures
  • Collaborate with other health professionals in planning, implementing and evaluating anesthesia care
  • Analyze research critically and incorporate relevant findings into clinical practice
  • Work within the state to function as a leader among the health care team to ensure safe, high-quality, economical care
  • Instruct patients and health care personnel on topics related to anesthesia, respiratory care, fluid therapy and physiological monitoring

For more information, call 706-721-9558 or visit http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/nap.php.

Career Opportunities

Most CRNAs are employed by hospitals, and work in a surgical environment, such as an operating room. CRNAs also may work in outpatient surgery centers and medical offices. Graduates are trained to practice as independent agents or with an independent group that provides services to hospitals and clinics.

Salary Information

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs, are some of the most advanced and highest paid of all nurses. The middle 50% of CRNA salaries range from $136,600 to $156,814.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/CCNE/reports/accprog.asp).

The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, (847) 655-1160.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/master-nursing-anesthesia.php

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Certificates


Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

About the Program

The certificate program in is designed for nurses who currently hold an APRN certification and would like to expand their scope to provide care to adults-older adult age spectrum, who have acute and/or complex care needs. Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

For more information, call 706-721-6779, or http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/pmc.php

Career Opportunities

Individuals completing the AGACNP post-masters certificate have opportunities in clinical practice arenas providing advanced patient-family centered care in settings with acute and/or chronically ill patients across the adult lifespan.

Salary Information

The salary for an AGACNP can range based on professional setting and region of the country. On average, AGACNPs can expect a salary between $80,000 and $110,000.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for the certification exam offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Technical Requirements

 A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/documents/policy39.pdf. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/pace-acnp.php

Post-Master’s Certificate in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

About the Program
The certificate program is designed for nurses who currently hold an APRN certification and would like to expand their scope to provide primary healthcare to clients from birth until young adulthood. Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit augusta.edu/nursing/pmc.

Career Opportunities

  • Primary care settings such as health clinics, medical offices and managed care settings
  • Specialty settings such as pediatric oncology-hematology, adolescent gynecology and developmental pediatrics
  • Other areas such as clinical research, education and public health

Salary Information

Salary varies according to the location, setting and expertise of the practitioner with a starting salary approximately $70-90,000 annually.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at augusta.edu/nursing/documents/policy39.pdf. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/

Post-Master’s Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

About the Program

The certificate program is designed for nurses who currently hold an APRN certification and would like to expand their scope to provide primary healthcare to clients, families and communities. Upon completion, the students are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit http://www.gru.edu/nursing/pmc.php.

Career Opportunities

Primary care settings such as health clinics, medical offices and managed care settings.

Specialty settings such as cardiology, emergency medicine, occupational health, women’s health, psych-mental health and acute care.

Other areas such as clinical research, education and public health.

Salary Information

Salary varies according to the location, setting and expertise of the practitioner with a starting salary approximately $70-90,000 annually.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirements.php. A working knowledge of word porcessing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highliy recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.gru.edu/admissions/graduate/FNP-CERT.php

Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

About the Program

This certificate program is designed for nurses who currently hold an APRN certification and who would like to expand their scope to provide psychiatric and mental healthcare to clients, families and communities. Upon graduation, the students are eligible to take the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

For more information, call 706-721-3676, or visit http://www.augusta.edu/nursing/pmc.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program will be prepared to function in community mental health environments working with mental health and drug abuse clients. Graduates who are also FNPs will be able to provide both mental and physical health care to clients in the outpatient setting.

Salary Information

Salary varies according to the location, setting and the expertise of the practitioner with starting salary of approximately $70-90,000.

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited by CCNE. Graduates are prepared to meet the eligibility requirements for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications at http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recomended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/psychiatric-mental-cert.php

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Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Master of Science in Nursing

Post-Master's Certificate