Nashat Zuraikat, PhD, RN
Professor, Master’s Program Coordinator
Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
236 Johnson Hall
1010 Oakland Ave.
Indiana, PA 15705-1063
Office hours during the Fall are Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.–noon, and Friday 9:30–11:00 a.m.. E-mail
Zuraikat@iup.edu to arrange an appointment.
Department hours are at the bottom of the page.
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Students are assigned an academic advisor within the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department at the time of admission. The advisor is responsible for assisting the student with the development and implementation of the
Program of Studies Plan. All changes in the student’s Program of Studies Plan must be approved by the advisor before the student registers for classes. The student maintains the responsibility for fulfilling program requirements, meeting deadlines, etc.
Students must meet with their advisor each semester prior to registering for course work. The advisor will help students plan their course schedule, select electives, approve transfer credits, and provide guidance with program requests in a timely fashion. The advisor also plays an integral role in assisting the student with completion of the portfolio project, which is a graduation requirement. The graduate nursing coordinator is an additional resource for discussion of university and departmental policies and program requirements. Students may also refer to the
School of Graduate Studies and Research catalog for additional policy information.
Students are reviewed for degree candidacy the semester following the completion of 12 hours of graduate credits. Students must be enrolled in course work to be considered for candidacy status. To be admitted to candidacy, students must have:
Students who are not granted candidacy after completing 12 graduate credits must satisfy all candidacy requirements during the next semester. At the end of this additional term, students will be granted candidacy or may be asked to leave the master’s degree program.
The student must submit proof of the following documents through the time the student is registered for courses which involve a clinical component. These courses include:
The information above is due to the departmental graduate secretary by August 1 for Fall courses and December 1 for Spring courses. These requirements must be received by the dates indicated or the student will not be permitted to remain enrolled in the course.
Additional information for Masters of Science students can be found in the
Graduate Nursing Student Handbook
MSN students should follow the
Portfolio Project Guidelines.
A portfolio is a collection of items which represent the student’s assessment of her/his progress toward achieving the objectives for the master’s degree in the Nursing program.
The portfolio project will enable the student to:
The portfolios also assist the faculty in program evaluation and accreditation activities.
As one of the program requirements, each graduate student is required to develop a portfolio according to the stated guidelines. An orientation to the portfolio project is part of the initial graduate student orientation session. Additional guidance is available from the student’s academic advisor, graduate coordinator, and from faculty members teaching graduate level courses.
Building the portfolio is an ongoing process, and each student is required to submit the portfolio for presentation and faculty review by April 15 of each academic year in which the student is enrolled in course work. The final portfolio is due in the semester in which the student graduates (April 1 for May and August graduates, November 1 for December graduates).
At the end of each academic year, the student is required to attend the departmental “Annual Outcomes Activity” in May. This session, scheduled outside of class time, is designed to bring all graduate students and faculty members together for a series of activities. They may include small group interviews pertaining to program satisfaction, professional activity updates, and reports on various department activities. Students may also be asked to participate in focus group discussions to collect data on graduate program satisfaction and the portfolio project. Broad topics that focus on university, faculty, and curriculum are explored and discussed.
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