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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Department


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Department Chairperson: Dr. Anne Pithan
Associate Chair, Academics: Dr. Anne Kleinhesselink
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Emily Smith

414 East Clark Street
Lee Med 303
Vermillion, SD 57069
Tel: (605) 658-5600
Fax: (605) 658-3301
nursing@usd.edu
www.usd.edu/nursing

FACULTY

Associate Professors:

Lisa Feller, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2014

Assistant Professors:

Sabina Kupershmidt, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1990
Susan Strobel, D.N.P., University of South Dakota, 2018
Jean Yockey, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, 2015

Lecturers:

Cheryl Fischbach, D.N.P., Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2016
Tamela Kisner, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2014
Anne Kleinhesselink, Ph.D., Walden University, 2019
Anne Pithan, D.N.P., Allen College, 2017
Amy Smith, Ph.D., University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2014
Emily Smith, D.N.P., Graceland University, 2019
Dawn Warren, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2014
 

Instructors:

Valerie Anderson, M.S., University of Mary, 2010
Traci Barnable, M.S., Walden University, 2013
 

DEGREE

Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Nursing Informatics and e-Health (Start date: Fall 2021)  
Doctor of Nursing Practice with specialization in Organizational and System Leadership   

Program Description (M.S.N.)

The Master of Science in Nursing with Nursing Informatics and e-Health specialization is one of four in the nation and meets the growing demand for nurses who have advanced preparation in informatics, health care technologies, analytics and e-Health. This program is flexible and draws on the strengths of the university including distance delivery, use of technologies and inter-professional approaches. This master’s program specializes and prepares you in the science of how to use data, information systems and health care technologies to direct patient care, improve the delivery of services and lead transformative practice and organizational change. Coursework provides a foundation for nurses in advance practice roles. It utilizes contemporary nursing concepts to develop leadership capacity in informatics and technology, health care business for the digital economy and utilization of evidence-based practice to clinical and system improvement.

The M.S.N. can be completed in 33 credit hours.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed application through the centralized application service for nursing, NursingCAS found at: https://www.nursingcas.org/
  2. In order to complete your Graduate School application to the University of South Dakota, you must submit a $35 application fee, in addition to the NursingCAS fee. The USD Graduate Application Fee cannot be waived or deferred and it is nonrefundable. The fee can be paid on the USD Deposits and Fees website.
  3. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit (in English or with translation) must accompany an application. Official transcript of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for international students. The USD Graduate School and/or academic units retain the right to require credential evaluations from organizations, such as Educational Credential Evaluators/World Education Services (ECE/WES), for a student if such an evaluation is deemed necessary.
  4. Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (or equivalent) degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 on conferred degree based on a 4.0 scale is required for full admission. Each graduate program may admit students on provisional status per University policy.
  5. Applicants with degrees from countries other than the United States and who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited American college or university or from an accredited institution in the following English-speaking countries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada (Excluding Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score. For all other applicants, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or a minimum PTE score of 53 is required for graduate admission.
  6. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose or goal statement, limited to 500 words.

Additional Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation are required. Preferred recommenders are academic sources who can attest to scholarly abilities and current employer.
  2. Resume.
  3. Copy of current nursing license.
     

Applicants accepted to the program will be required to submit up-to-date immunization records, insurance card, Basic Life Support for healthcare providers certification, successfully complete a criminal background check and pass a drug screening before matriculation. This is a strict requirement of USD Health Affairs and the School of Health Sciences.

Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the above criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Application Deadline

  • July 15th 
    • Fall start

Program Description (D.N.P.)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with Organizational and System Leadership specialization meets the growing demand for nursing leadership that practice at the organizational and systems level. This 100% online program prepares nurses to lead within complex health systems in roles of administration, executive leadership and academic faculty. This specialization is ideal for nurses in mid-level nursing management and management positions to assume leadership roles within health care organizations. It delivers concepts from nursing science and other related disciplines in areas of finance, information systems technology, patient care improvement, health care business, population health concepts and health services resources.

The D.N.P can be completed in as little as 36 credit hours, or as many as 43, depending on  academic and clinical background.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed application through the centralized application service for nursing, NursingCAS found at: https://www.nursingcas.org
  2. In order to complete your Graduate School application to the University of South Dakota, you must submit a $35 application fee, in addition to the NursingCAS fee. The USD Graduate Application Fee cannot be waived or deferred and it is nonrefundable. The fee can be paid on the USD Deposits and Fees website.
  3. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and master’s degree (in English or with translation) must accompany an application. Official transcript of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for international students. The USD Graduate School and/or academic units retain the right to require credential evaluation from organizations, such as Educational Credential Evaluators/World Education Services (ECE/WES), for a student if such an evaluation is deemed necessary.
  4. Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (or equivalent) degree and a master’s degree from institutions with full regional accreditation for those degrees. A minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on conferred master’s degree based on a 4.0 scale is required for full admission. Each graduate program may admit students on provisional status per University policy.
  5. Applicants with degrees from countries other than the United States and who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited American college or university or from an accredited institution in the following English-speaking countries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada (Excluding Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand are not required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score. For all other applicants, a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 on the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or a minimum PTE score of 53 is required for graduate admission.
  6. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose or goal statement, limited to 500 words.

Additional Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation are required. Preferred recommenders are academic sources who can attest to scholarly abilities and current employer.
  2. Resume.
  3. Copy of current nursing license.
  4. Verification of clinical hours from master’s nursing program.

Applicants accepted to the program will be required to submit up-to-date immunization records, insurance card, Basic Life Support for healthcare providers certification, successfully complete a criminal background check and pass a drug screening before matriculation. This is a strict requirement of USD Health Affairs and the School of Health Sciences.

Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the above criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Application Deadline

  • Spring 2021 Start
    • Priority Deadline: October 1st
    • Final Deadline: December 1st
  • Spring 2022 Start
    • Final Deadline: August 1st

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