​Nursing, Online MS: Information For Current Students

  • Nursing professors in a classroom
  • Nashat Zuraikat, PhD, RN

    Professor
    Master’s Program Coordinator
    Dept. of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
    Johnson Hall, Rm. 236,
    1010 Oakland Ave., Indiana, PA 15705-1063
    724-357-3262

  • Coordinator’s Office Hours for the Semester

    Office hours during the spring are Monday 1:00–3:00 p.m., Tuesday 1:00–3:00 p.m., and Thursday 1:00–3:00 p.m. E-mail zuraikat@iup.edu to arrange an appointment.

    Department hours are at the bottom of the page.

  • Advising Information

    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 coursework. The advisor will help students plan their course schedule, select electives, and approve transfer credits, and will 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 Graduate Catalog for additional policy information.

    Progress Requirements

    University and Departmental Degree Candidacy

    Students are reviewed for degree candidacy the semester following the completion of 12 hours of graduate credits. Students must be enrolled in coursework to be considered for candidacy status. To be admitted to candidacy, students must have:

    1. Achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all graduate coursework

    2. Met all program requirements to the satisfaction of the department

    3. Completed a departmental Program of Studies Plan. The student and advisor will design a Program of Studies Plan that will direct the selection of courses throughout the program. A written copy will be given to the student, and a copy will be incorporated into the student’s nursing file.

    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.

    Additional Requirements

    The student must submit proof of the following documents through the time the student is registered for NURS 744 — Advanced Nursing Roles, which involves a clinical component.

    1. Professional liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 personal coverage/$3,000,000 aggregate coverage

    2. Documentation of successful completion of a CPR course offered by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross

    3. Current RN license

    4. Health records. Students in the graduate nursing program must comply with health requirements of the department. Before entering the first clinical setting, students are required to have:

      • Health history and physical examination (within one year)

      • The following immunizations:

        • DPT/DTaP/Tdap (within the last 10 days)

        • MMR (2)

        • Polio

        • HBV (or waiver)

        • The following titers:

          • *Rubella titer (within one year)

          • *Varicella titer

          • Two-step tuberculin skin test (This is required in accordance with CDC guidelines for healthcare providers.)

            1. If the skin test is positive, a negative chest X-ray is required. Negative TB skin test (or chest X-ray) must be in effect for entire academic year.

            2. If the skin test and chest X-ray are positive, student will be required to undergo medical treatment in accordance with the CDC guidelines before starting his/her practicum experience.

          • Students will meet all additional requirements of the clinical site. These requirements may include drug screening.*Titers are required. Vaccinations or history of illness with the disease is not acceptable as proof of immunity. If not immune on the first titer, the student must receive Rubella and/or Varicella immunization and be re-titered to verify immunity. Recent health records completed in the last year will be acceptable.

    5. FBI Criminal History Check and Background Check. All students who will be in a clinical agency need to comply with the following request: Beginning with the 2008–09 academic year, all nursing students, regardless of whether you live in-state, out-of-state, or out-of-country, must complete the FBI Criminal History Check and Background Check (fingerprinting process).

    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.

    Portfolio Project

    MSN students should follow the Portfolio Project Guidelines.

    Definition

    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.

    Purpose

    The portfolio project will enable the student to:

    • become fully aware of program objectives

    • focus coursework and other professional activities on topics and projects that will facilitate achievement of program outcomes and personal, professional goals

    • track progress in meeting program outcomes and personal goals

    • reflect on projects and activities in a manner that will support synthesis of knowledge, values, and skills essential for an advanced practice nurse

    • support the development of communication skills

    The portfolios also assist the faculty in program evaluation and accreditation activities.

    Requirements

    As one of the program requirements, each graduate student is required to complete two portfolio items - a resume/curriculum vita (CV) and Final Reflection according to the stated guidelines. Use this page as an electronic orientation for the portfolio project. Additional guidance is available from the student’s academic advisor, graduate coordinator, and faculty members teaching graduate-level courses.

    During the student’s first semester of study, the student will review the program outcomes and prepare a resume/curriculum vita (CV) following the attached Resume/Curriculum Vita Guidelines. The student’s resume/CV is to be submitted for review to the student’s advisor during the first two weeks of the first semester of study. At the conclusion of the student’s program of study, the student will submit a final updated CV and complete a Final Reflection following the attached Final Reflection Rubric. The final portfolio items are due in the semester in which the student graduates (April 1 for May and August graduates, November 1 for December graduates). The final portfolio should have all required elements for students to be cleared for graduation.

    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 of alumni 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.