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The College of Health and Human Services provides quality education for professional practice in a variety of
areas associated with health and human services. The college aspires to the highest standard of educational excellence blending a professional perspective with a liberal arts and science foundation.

The College is committed to the development of students who are knowledgeable, caring, responsive and self directed. The college aspires to produce graduates who are self-directed individuals able to meet the health and human caring needs of diverse and complex society through change, advocacy and leadership within their communities.

The college’s School of Nursing offers graduate programs at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Graduate programs within the School of Nursing include a Master’s of Nursing (MSN) in one of three tracks: Informatics, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. For the nurse who already holds a MSN degree, post master’s certificate options are offered in Family Nurse Practitioner and Informatics Specialist. The School of Nursing also offers post baccalaureate and post master entry options into the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Post baccalaureate DNP students may select the Clinical Nurse Specialist track or Family Nurse Practitioner track.

The College of Health and Human Service also offers through its Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion a Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Management.

Degree Program Dothan Montgomery Phenix City Troy Global Campus* eTROY
Master of Science in Nursing X^ X^ X^ X^    
Doctor of Nursing Practice X^ X^ X^ X^    
Master of Science in Sport & Fitness Management
Athletic Administration       X   X
Coaching       X   X
Exercise Science       X    

* Please refer http://admissions.troy.edu/academic-programs.html for specific program availability by location.

^ All courses are offered online in 16-week semesters.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed to provide graduates of baccalaureate programs in nursing the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge and clinical skills required for leadership positions in nursing. The program prepares clinical nurse specialists in Adult Health, Nursing Informatics Specialists, and Family Nurse Practitioners. Students are accepted for admission to the MSN tracks every semester. Fall admission is recommended for students who wish to pursue full-time study. Post MSN certificate options are offered in Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Informatics Specialist. The MSN program is offered online with faculty based on the Troy, Montgomery, Dothan, and Phenix City campuses in Alabama.

MSN Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MSN program, the student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines to continually improve nursing care across diverse settings;
  2. Integrate leadership, management and education principles into advanced nursing care that utilizes ethical and critical decision-making;
  3. Apply the evolving standards and principles of quality improvement and safety for advanced nursing within a defined setting;
  4. Evaluate research outcomes and current evidence in conjunction with culturally-appropriate, patient-centered care for the purpose of selectively integrating research findings into the practice setting;
  5. Manage informatics and communication technologies to enhance, integrate and coordinate appropriate patient care;
  6. Develop interdisciplinary advocacy strategies to impact healthcare policy at the system level;
  7. Communicate, collaborate and consult as a leader and member of intraprofessional and interprofessional teams for improvement of health care outcomes;
  8. Integrate clinical prevention interventions for the provision of culturally responsive advanced nursing care to individuals and populations in a global society;
  9. Demonstrate role competencies in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice at the master’s level.

Accreditation

The School of Nursing MSN Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must hold the baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing

Note: Meeting minimal admission requirements does not assure admission.

Application Deadlines:

May 1 for Fall Semester
October 1 for Spring Semester
March 1 for Summer Semester

Unconditional Admission

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE). Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admission.
  2. Overall undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the nursing major.
  3. Score of 396 or higher on the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) or score of 290 on Graduate Record Exam (850 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative). GRE or MAT required.
  4. Current RN licensure.
  5. Undergraduate health assessment course or the equivalent.
  6. Two letters of professional reference.
  7. Minimum of one year experience as a registered nurse is required for the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Conditional Admission

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE). Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admission.
  2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in the nursing major.
  3. Score of 380 on the MAT or score of 277 on the GRE (650 on the old exam) (verbal plus quantitative). GRE or MAT required.
  4. One or more years of clinical experience as an RN; or graduate study without a graduate degree in nursing or another discipline, and a graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Current RN licensure.
  6. Undergraduate health assessment course or the equivalent.
  7. Two letters of professional reference.
  8. Minimum of one year experience as a registered nurse is required for the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

A student admitted conditionally to the graduate nursing program must clear conditional admission after nine semester hours. The student must attain an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students not satisfying conditional admission requirements will be dropped from the program for one calendar year, after which time the student may petition for readmission. To facilitate success in the program, a student admitted under conditional status should pursue a part-time course of study.

Admission Requirements for Post Masters Certificate Option

  1. Graduate of nationally accredited MSN Program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the student plans to have clinical experiences.
  3. Two letters of professional reference.
  4. Minimum of one year experience as a registered nurse.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six semester hours taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher education with a "B" grade or better may be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable to Troy University courses and must be reviewed by the graduate nursing faculty who will make a recommendation to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and the Graduate Dean. For students completing the Master of Science in Nursing, all transfer credits used to satisfy degree requirements may not exceed five years at the time of the degree completion.

Degree Requirements

A student completing the coursework with a 3.0 or better GPA, fulfilling candidacy requirements, and successfully completing the required comprehensive examination will be awarded the degree.

NOTE: 1. Requirements for the MSN degree must be satisfied within five years of the initial enrollment for that degree.

NOTE 2. Grades below “C” are not acceptable for meeting requirements for a subsequent course.

Requirements for Students in Clinical Courses

All students must maintain RN licensure, current CPR certification, professional liability insurance, proof of annual physical examination and negative drug screen and a clear background check when enrolled in clinical nursing courses. Professional liability insurance is available through the School of Nursing. Students are responsible for their own medical care if needed in the clinical setting. Students are also responsible for personal transportation costs incurred during the program.

Students must meet Communicable Disease Center (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

Laboratory Fees for the MSN Program:
NSG 6618, 6696, 6697 $ 37.50
NSG 6613, 6621, 6623, 6641, 6643, 6666, 6668 $ 67.50
NSG 6615, 6617 $105.00
NSG 6636, 6680 $180.00

Note: Fees subject to change annually

 

Curriculum

Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health Track
Minimum Total Hours: 39


Students may choose one of two role options (Functional major):

  1. Educator
  2. Administrator

A minimum of 39 semester hours is required for completion of the program.

Required Core Courses (13 sh)

Nursing Core Courses
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
NSG 6605 2 Healthcare Economics
NSG 6660 2 Foundations of Advanced Practice
     
Research Courses
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
NSG 6692 2 Data Analysis Techniques in Research
NSG 6696 1 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I
NSG 6697 1 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II
     
Nursing Specialty Courses (20 sh)
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6618 1 CNS Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
NSG 6620 2 Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults
NSG 6621 3 Advanced Acute Care Nursing Preceptorship
NSG 6622 2 Advanced Long-Term Nursing Care of Adults
NSG 6623 3 Advanced Long-Term Nursing Care of Adults Preceptorship
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
     
Synthesis and Evaluation (1 hr)
NSG 6655 1 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing Practice
 
Nursing Role Courses (5 hrs)
(Select One of the Following Series)
Nurse Educator Series
NSG 6614 2 Role of the Nurse Educator
NSG 6615 3 Nursing Education Internship
     
Optional    
NSG 6695 1-4 Thesis
     
  OR  
 
Nurse Administrator Series
NSG 6616 2 Role of the Nursing Administrator
NSG 6617 3 Nursing Administration Internship
     
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track
Minimum Total Hours: 47
     
Required Core Courses (13 sh)
Nursing Core Courses
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
NSG 6605 2 Healthcare Economics
NSG 6660 2 Foundations of Advanced Practice
     
Research Courses
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
NSG 6692 2 Data Analysis Techniques in Research
NSG 6696 1 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I
NSG 6697 1 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II
     
Nursing Specialty Courses (27 hrs)*
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6613 3 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship
NSG 6645 3 Family and Cultural Theories in Advanced Nursing Practice
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6665 3 Primary Care I
NSG 6666 3 Primary Care I Preceptorship
NSG 6667 3 Primary Care II
NSG 6668 3 Primary Care II Preceptorship
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
     
Role Courses (6 hrs)*
NSG 6670 1 Role Synthesis Seminar
NSG 6680 5 Family Nurse Practitioner Internship
     
Synthesis and Evaluation (1hr)
NSG 6655 1 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing Practice
     
Optional    
NSG 6695 1-4 Thesis

 

NURSING INFORMATICS SPECIALIST TRACK
Minimum Total Hours: 34

     
Required Core Courses (13 sh)
Nursing Core Courses
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
NSG 6605 2 Healthcare Economics
NSG 6660 2 Foundations of Advanced Practice
     
Research Courses
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
NSG 6692 2 Data Analysis Techniques in Research
NSG 6696 1 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I
NSG 6697 1 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II
     
Optional    
NSG 6695 1-4 Thesis
     
Nursing Specialty Courses (11 sh)
NSG 6631 3 Computer-Based Communication
NSG 6632 2 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
NSG 6633 3 Systems Analysis and Design
NSG 6635 3 Integration of Technology in Information Exchange
     
Nursing Role Courses (6 sh)
NSG 6634 2 Role of the Nursing Informatics Specialist
NSG 6636 4 Nursing Informatics Internship
     
Elective (3 sh)
Any 5000/6000 Approved Elective
     
Synthesis and Evaluation (1 hr)
NSG 6655 1 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing Practice
     

 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF HEALTH PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

OFFERED THROUGH THE SORRELL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

PENDING APPROVAL

The Graduate Certificate in Health Practice Management prepares the student with the underlying business knowledge and skills required to manage a contemporary health care practice/clinic enterprise. The curriculum addresses health care economics and financial management, reimbursement for services, law and health care policy, business case analysis, data base management, and small business practice management.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Practice Management consists of two semesters/four courses offered by Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and requires 12 semester hours for completion. Students will be accepted into the program only in the fall semester and can complete the program in two semesters (fall, spring). The program is offered totally online and is open to graduate students enrolled in any graduate business program, students with a completed M.S. in Nursing and students enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. There is not a certification exam available with completion of this certificate.

Accreditation

The Sorrell College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council of for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Admissions Requirements:

All certificate students must be admitted to the graduate school.

Course Requirements

Students may qualify for the Health Practice Management Certificate by completing the required courses and maintaining an overall 3.0 grade point average or better. The Health Practice Management Certificate requires 12 semester hours of coursework as described below:

BUS 5501 3 Survey of Business Concepts I
HSA 6680 3 Health Services Administration and Policy
HSA 6681 3 Legal and Social Issues in Health Administration
HSA 6683 3 Healthcare Economics
     

Other Requirements

Students who wish to be issued a certificate must submit the following to their home campus:

  • Certification Intent
  • Copy of student transcript

POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Mission Statement

The post-master’s certificate options provide lifelong learners with the opportunity to specialize in an area other than that obtained in their MSN program. An MSN degree is required. Those who complete the certificate option earn a certificate of completion, not another master’s degree, and are eligible to apply for the appropriate specialty certification exam.

Accreditation

The School of Nursing MSN Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate of nationally accredited MSN Program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the student plans to have clinical experiences.
  3. Two letters of professional reference.
  4. Minimum of one year experience as a registered nurse.

Note: Those seeking admission into the Post-Master’s Nursing Informatics Certificate Option will be allowed to enter only in the Fall Semester.

Curriculum

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER OPTION
Minimum Semesters: 5
Minimum Total Hours: 33 sh, 705 clinical clock hours

Required Nursing Specialty Courses (27 sh)
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6613 3 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship
NSG 6645 3 Family and Cultural Theories in Advanced
Nursing Practice
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6665 3 Primary Care I
NSG 6666 3 Primary Care I Preceptorship
NSG 6667 3 Primary Care II
NSG 6668 3 Primary Care II Preceptorship
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
     
Required Role Courses (6 sh)
NSG 6670 1 Role Synthesis Seminar
NSG 6680 5 Family Nurse Practitioner Internship

NURSE INFORMATICS OPTION
Minimum Semesters: 2
Minimum Total Hours: 17 sh, 200 clinical clock hours

Required Nursing Specialty Courses (11 sh)
NSG 6631 3 Concepts of Health Care Informatics
NSG 6632 2 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Informatics
NSG 6633 3 Health Care Information Systems
NSG 6635 3 Informatics Applications
     
Required Role Courses (6 sh)
NSG 6634 2 Role of the Nursing Informatics Specialist
NSG 6636 4 Nursing Informatics Internship (200 clinical clock hours)

 

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree and prepares the graduate to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals, families and communities. The objectives for the program are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) specifications for practice doctoral programs in nursing in accordance with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Fall admission is recommended for students who wish to pursue full-time study.

Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice the graduate will be able to:

  1. Evaluate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines for advanced practice nursing at the highest level.
  2. Design quality, cost effective and innovative nursing care models based on the knowledge of interrelationships among nursing, organizational, political, and economic sciences.
  3. Incorporate systems engineering concepts to prevent and solve complex health care delivery problems.
  4. Translate research to transform nursing practice and support evidence-based nursing practice for diverse patient populations and organizations.
  5. Provide leadership in the integration of technology and information systems for quality improvements in patient care and healthcare systems.
  6. Develop effective practice standards for managing ethical issues inherent in patient care, health care organizations and research.
  7. Initiate changes in health care systems through the design and implementation of health policies that strengthen the health care delivery system.
  8. Evaluate system responses to health and illness as a basis for clinical prevention and population health services in rural and urban settings within a global market.
  9. Demonstrate role competencies in a specialized area of advanced practice nursing as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Accreditation

The School of Nursing DNP Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA, 30326.

Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will be admitted only under unconditional admission status. Conditional admission is not available for DNP applicants.

Admission to the program will be limited to number of available spaces. To be considered for unconditional admission to the DNP program the applicant must:

  1. Hold the required degree from a nationally-accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE). Applicants are admitted as:
    • Post BSN candidates
    • Post MSN candidates
  2. Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all nursing coursework if post-baccalaureate applicant or on all graduate coursework if post-masters applicant.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary academic study
  4. Earn a minimum GRE score of 294. Note: This requirement is waived for post-MSN applicants.
  5. Possess a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Alabama or in the state where clinical practice will occur.
  6. Submit two letters of professional reference that address academic ability , professional competence, and leadership potential in nursing.
  7. Complete a successful interview by the Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
  8. Submit a 800 to 1000 word essay describing professional goals and how completion of the DNP program will enhance future roles and practice.
  9. Submit a Resume that includes education, work experience in nursing, research experiences, publications, presentations, community service, professional memberships and service.
  10. Possess a valid certification in advanced practice nursing (CNS or FNP only) from a nationally recognized credentialing body or be eligible to take a nationally recognized certification exam.
    Note: This requirement applies only to post-MSN applicants.
  11. Submit documentation of academic clinical hours. Note: This requirement applies only to post-MSN applicants.

Transfer Credit

A limit of ten semester hours of credit earned from a prior graduate degree may be applied to the DNP. These courses must be approved by the academic adviser.

Curriculum

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)
Post Baccalaureate Program
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Minimum Total Hours: 65

Students enrolled in this program may choose one of two role options:

  1. Educator
  2. Administrator
     
Advanced Nursing Core (17 sh)
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics & Data Management
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations & Systems
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare
     
Advanced Nursing Specialty Courses (20 sh)
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6618 1 CNS Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
     
Clinical Focus
Adult Health Nursing Focus
NSG 6620 2 Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults
NSG 6621 3 Preceptorship in Advanced Acute Care Nursing
NSG 6622 2 Advanced Long Term Care of Adults
NSG 6623 3 Preceptorship in Advanced Long Term Nursing Care
     
     
Scholarly Inquiry Methods for Evidence-based Practice (12 sh)
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-based Practice
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvements of Clinical Outcomes
     
Select one Advanced Nursing Role Series (5 sh)
Educator Role
NSG 6614 2 Role of the Nurse Educator
NSG 6615 3 Nursing Education Internship
  OR  
Administrator Role
NSG 6616 2 Role of the Nurse Administrator
NSG 6617 3 Nursing Administrator Internship
     
Practice Residency (8-12 sh)
NSG 8810 1 DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8820 1 DNP Residency II: Project Development
NSG 8830 3-5 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
     
Synthesis and Evaluation (4 sh)
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
     
Total Hours: 65-69
 
Advising Notes: For potential students who hold a MSN without a clinical specialty the following is a possible course of study if approved by an academic adviser:
 
Advanced Nursing Core: (15 sh)
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics & Data Management
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations & Systems
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare
 
Advanced Nursing Specialty Courses: (20 sh)
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6618 1 CNS Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
Adult Nursing Focus
NSG 6620 2 Advanced Acute Care Nursing of Adults
NSG 6621 3 Preceptorship in Advanced Acute Care Nursing
NSG 6622 2 Advanced Long Term Nursing Care of Adults
NSG 6623 3 Preceptorship in Advanced Long Term Nursing Care
 
Scholarly Inquiry Methods for Evidence-based Practice (9 sh)
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-based Practice
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvement of Clinical Outcomes
 
Practice Residency (8-12 sh)
NSG 8810 1 DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8820 2 DNP Residency II: Project Development
NSG 8830 2-4 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
 
Synthesis and Evaluation (3 sh)
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
     
Total Hours: 55-58

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)

Post Baccalaureate Program | Family Nurse Practitioner | Minimum Total Hours: 70

Advanced Nursing Core (17 sh)
NSG 6604 2 Theories in Nursing
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics & Data Management
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations & Systems
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare
     
Advanced Nursing Specialty (24 sh)
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6613 3 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship for FNP
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
NSG 6665 3 Primary Care I
NSG 6666 3 Primary Care I Preceptorship
NSG 6667 3 Primary Care II
NSG 6668 3 Primary Care II Preceptorship
     
Scholarly Inquiry Methods for Evidence-based Practice (12 sh)
NSG 6691 3 Research Methodology
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-based Practice
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvement of Clinical Outcomes
     
Advanced Nursing Roles (6 sh)
NSG 6670 1 Role Synthesis Seminar
NSG 6680 5 Family Nurse Practitioner Internship
     
Practice Residency (8-12 sh)
NSG 8810 1 DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8820 1 DNP Residency II: Project Development
NSG 8830 3-5 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
     
Synthesis and Evaluation (3 semester hours)
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
     
Total Hours:70-74 semester hours
 
Advising Notes: For potential students who hold a MSN without a clinical specialty the following is a possible course of study if approved by an academic adviser:
 
Advanced Nursing Core (15 sh)
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics & Data Mgmt.
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations & Systems
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare
 
Advanced Nursing Specialty (24 sh)
NSG 6612 3 Advanced Health Assessment
NSG 6613 3 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship for FNP
NSG 6649 3 Advanced Pharmacology
NSG 6671 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
NSG 6665 3 Primary Care I
NSG 6666 3 Primary Care I Preceptorship
NSG 6667 3 Primary Care II
NSG 6668 3 Primary Care II Preceptorship
 
Scholarly Inquiry Methods for Evidence-based Practice (9 sh)
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-based Practice
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvement of Clinical Outcomes
 
Advanced Nursing Roles (6 sh)
NSG 6670 1 Role Synthesis Seminar
NSG 6680 5 Family Nurse Practitioner Internship
 
Practice Residency (8-12 sh)
NSG 8810 1 DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8820 2 DNP Residency II: Project Development
NSG 8830 2-4 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
 
Synthesis and Evaluation (3 sh)
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
 
Total Hours: 65-69

DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE (DNP)

Post Masters Program | Minimum Total Hours: 35

     
Advanced Nursing Core (15 sh)
NSG 8801 3 Healthcare Informatics & Data Management
NSG 8804 3 Policy & Politics in Healthcare
NSG 8805 3 Principles of Epidemiology
NSG 8822 2 Leadership in Organizations & Systems
NSG 8824 2 Bioethical Issues in Healthcare
NSG 8826 2 Diversity & Social Issues in Healthcare
     
Scholarly Inquiry Methods for Evidence-based Practice (9 hrs)
NSG 8802 3 Applied Biostatistics
NSG 8812 3 Foundations of Evidence-based Practice
NSG 8815 3 Evaluation Methods for Improvements of Client Outcomes
     
Practice Residency (8-12 hrs)
NSG 8810 1 DNP Residency I: Project Identification
NSG 8820 1 DNP Residency II: Project Development
NSG 8830 3-5 DNP Residency III: Project Implementation
NSG 8840 3-5 DNP Residency IV: Project Evaluation
     
Synthesis and Evaluation (3 hrs)
NSG 8850 3 DNP Residency Project Dissemination
     
Total Hours: 35-39

Requirements for Students in Clinical Courses

All students must maintain RN licensure, current CPR certification, professional liability insurance, proof of annual physical examination, negative drug screen and clear a background check when enrolled in clinical nursing courses. Professional liability insurance is available through the School of Nursing. Students are responsible for their own medical care if needed in the clinical setting. Students are also responsible for personal transportation costs incurred during the program.

Students must meet Communicable Disease Center (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

Laboratory Fees for the DNP Program:

NSG 6618, 6696, 6697 $ 37.50
NSG 6613, 6621, 6623, 6641, 6643, 6666, 6668 $ 67.50
NSG 6615, 6617 $105.00
NSG 6636, 6680 $180.00
NSG 8810, 8820, 8830 , 8840, 8850 $225.00


Progression

Students must achieve a grade of “B” or higher, in each 8000 level DNP course, in order to pass the course and progress to the next course(s) according to the semester planner. Students who achieve a grade of less than a B, in any 8000 level course, may not progress in the program until they repeat the course and achieve a grade of “B” or higher. A student can only repeat an 8000 level DNP course once. A student can only repeat a maximum of two 8000 level DNP courses. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is necessary in order to progress in the DNP program, as well as to meet graduation requirements.

Competency Evaluations

Prior to completing NSG 8820: DNP Residency II, the student must complete the Initial Competency Evaluation by successfully defending the DNP Residency Project Proposal. Prior to completing NSG 8840: DNP Residency IV, the student must complete the Final Competency Evaluation by successfully defending the DNP Residency Project.

Degree Requirements

Graduation from the DNP program requires completion of a prescribed plan of study. Consistent with recommendations from the AACN, the DNP program requires three academic years for post-baccalaureate and two years for post-master’s options. Therefore, the number of credits required for graduation from the DNP program will depend upon prior degree. All credits used to satisfy the degree requirements for the DNP must not exceed eight years at the time of degree completion.

Graduation requirements include:

  • Completion of all prescribed coursework with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Submission of an approved comprehensive e-Portfolio
  • Completion of a minimum of 1000 hours of graduate level clinical practice as part of a supervised academic program
  • Successful completion of the Residency Synthesis Project

Residency Synthesis Project

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will identify, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate findings of a clinical project that has systems level impact for the improvement of healthcare outcomes for a population group within a specific nursing practice. Specific courses in the DNP curriculum guide the completion of this project.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six semester hours taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher education with a "B" grade or better may be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable to Troy University courses and must be reviewed by the graduate nursing faculty who will make a recommendation to the Dean of Health and Human Services. For students completing the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, all transfer credits used to satisfy degree requirements may not exceed eight years at the time of the degree completion.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPORT AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT

The Sport and Fitness Management program is designed to provide the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to engage in the practice of management in a variety of settings. The goals and objectives of the program are guided by, but are not limited to, the criteria and guidelines set forth in the Standards for an
Accredited Educational Program by the North American Society for Sport Management.

Students are provided with classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences to accomplish these objectives. Students are evaluated on their progress in meeting the above objectives throughout the program. Opportunities and evaluations are provided for actual participation in professional clinical sites including athletic, sport and club fitness, coaching facilities, rehabilitation facilities and community settings in the practice of Sport and Fitness Management.

The program aims to provide a broad-based, comprehensive curriculum, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration that prepares a sport and fitness manager practitioner to

  1. direct an individual's participation in selected clinical opportunities aimed at reinforcing and enhancing performance; facilitate learning of those skills and functions essential for productivity, thus the individual will be able to better communicate effectively with clients, subordinates and the public;
  2. provide services to improve function to prevent deficits in activities of daily living, work, play/leisure, and in the underlying performance of managing to ensure quality of services and effectiveness of the program; and
  3. function in a variety of roles including direct managing provider, consultant, case manager, educator, administrator, researcher and advocate in a variety of sport and fitness management delivery models and systems where sport and fitness management is traditionally practiced and in emerging areas of local community, state, regional, national and international arenas.

Upon successful completion of the SFM program, the student will be able to

  1. plan, develop, implement and evaluate programs of service designed to meet local community, state, regional, national and international needs;
  2. administer and manage a sport and fitness management service;
  3. articulate and apply sport and fitness management principles, intervention approaches, rationales, and expected outcomes of service;
  4. be innovators and leaders in the profession, applying sport and fitness management knowledge to the solution of complex sport and fitness managerial issues and health problems;
  5. demonstrate an attitude of inquiry and nurture the capacity for creative thinking, critical analysis and problem solving; to interpret research studies and to apply research results to sport and fitness management practice; and to contribute to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge in the behavioral science.

Prerequisite Requirements

Candidates for admission must hold a baccalaureate degree in sport and fitness management or related field.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Management

Unconditional Admission

  1. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution. Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admission.
  2. Applicants must achieve a score of 385 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test or a score of 286 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination (850 on the old exam) (verbal and quantitative)
    or 380 on the GMAT.
  3. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a four-point scale.

Conditional Admission

  1. Students not satisfying the unconditional admission requirements may be conditionally admitted to the program pending satisfactory completion of the first 12 semester hours with a 3.0 grade point average. Students with a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited institution should see Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Student Admission.
  2. Students not satisfying conditional admission requirements will be dropped from the program for one calendar year, after which time the student must petition for readmission.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 12 semester hours taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher learning, with a grade of "B" or better, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable to Troy University’s courses and must be approved by the SFM graduate faculty.

Degree Requirements

Successful completion of the courses listed below with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and successful completion of the required comprehensive examination is necessary to fulfill requirements for the degree. If a student makes a “D” or “F” in a core or concentration course, the course must be retaken. If the student earns a “D” or “F” in an elective course, the course may be retaken, or another elective taken in its place. The student can satisfy the research component requirement by successfully completing SFM 6617 and SFM 6691 with a grade of “B” or better.

Curriculum

All courses offer three semester hours of credit except SFM 6625, 6626, 6627, 6680, 6681, and 6682.

Sport and Fitness Management
Minimum Total Hours: 36

Students may choose one of two concentrations:

  1. Athletic Administration
  2. Coaching
  3. Exercise Science
Required Core Courses (18 sh)
SFM 6600 3 Foundations of Sport & Fitness Management
SFM 6604 3 Statistical Analysis and Interpretation
SFM 6615 3 Organizational Behavior & Leadership in Sport
SFM 6617 3 Research Methods I
SFM 6673 3 Ethics in Sport
SFM 6691 3 Research Methods II
     
Concentration Requirements (18 sh)
Select One of the Following Concentrations: Athletic Administration, Coaching, or Exercise Science
 
Athletic Administration Concentration
SFM 6610 3 Physical Education, Sport & the Law
SFM 6616 3 Sport Finance
SFM 6632 3 Current Issues in Sport & Fitness Management
SFM 6640 3 Sport Marketing
SFM 6674 3 Entrepreneurship in Sport
Select one of the following:
SFM 6672 3 Sport Psychology
SFM 6680 3 Practicum in Sport & Fitness Management
SFM 6642 3 Managing Sport & Physical Activity Organizations
SFM 6644 3 Human Resource Management in Sport and Physical Activity
SFM 6690 3 Internship in Sport & Fitness Management
SFM 6695 3 Thesis
     
Coaching Concentration
SFM 6602 3 Motor Skills & Human Performance
SFM 6610 3 Physical Education, Sport and the Law
SFM 6632 3 Current Issues in SFM
SFM 6650 3 Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism
SFM 6670 3 Exercise Physiology
SFM 6672 3 Sport Psychology
     
Exercise Science Concentration
SFM 6620 3 Physical Fitness: A Critical Analysis
SFM 6623 3 Biomechanics of Sport Techniques
SFM 6650 3 Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
SFM 6670 3 Exercise Physiology
SFM 6671 3 Advanced Exercise Physiology
Select one of the following:
SFM 6690 3 Internship in Sport & Fitness Management
    or
SFM 6695 3 Thesis

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