Master of Science Program
The admission requirements for the Master of Science Degree include having a:
- Baccalaureate (Master's and Doctoral also considered for the NP program) Degree in Nursing from an accredited program -- accreditation by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) [formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)] or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale, in the baccalaureate or Master's nursing program
- PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate Statistics and Research courses with letter grades of "C" or higher in both (A 'C-' will not be accepted)
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Two recommendation letters (from individuals such as: work supervisor, professional colleagues, and former faculty members)
- Current unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure
- One page, typed, statement of purpose written by the applicant that outlines applicant's goals plus objectives for pursuit of graduate studies in the specialty track
- For Nurse Practitioner tracks: face-to-face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at the discretion of the Practitioner faculty)
- For Family Nurse Practitioner track: one year of recent clinical experience is recommended
- For Adult - Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track: two years of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) clinical or similar high acuity experience within the last five years is recommended but not required (updated January 6, 2017)
- A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students
- Face-to-face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at discretion of Graduate Faculty)
- Additionally, a calculated science coursework grade may be used for admission consideration
Provisional Non-matriculating Admission Status
In consideration of the Mission of Mount Carmel College of Nursing and Mount Carmel Health System students who have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) 2.75 to 2.99 may be awarded a provisional non-matriculating admission status if seats are available in the nursing administration and nursing education degree programs. These students will take four courses in their first two semesters and need to earn above a 3.0 to have the provisional non-matriculating status changed to a full admission status. If a GPA of 3.0 is not achieved the student will be dismissed from the College. In addition, in circumstances where the academic achievement (GPA) in the undergraduate student ears is not stellar and less than a 2.75 due to unexpected and extenuating life situations, but the nurse has achieved leadership within his/her career and has demonstrated scholarly activities indicative of high academic achievement, a provisional non-matriculating admission status may be awarded.
Admission of Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may apply and are considered for admission to the College in the same manner as any other applicant and must meet the same admission requirements and Functional Abilities and Performance Standards, with or without reasonable academic adjustments (accommodations), as all other students.
No student (or prospective student) is required by law to disclose a disability before or after admission to the College; however, disclosure and documentation of a disability is required if academic adjustments (accommodations) are requested. For a complete copy of the accommodations policy, click here.
Students (and prospective students) are encouraged to review the Functional Abilities and Performance Standards that are essential for the safe practice of professional nursing and for successful participation in and completion of a nursing education program. Students will need to demonstrate satisfactory application of these functional abilities and performance standards, with or without reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments, during their course of study in nursing.
Functional Abilities and Performance Standards
Mount Carmel College of Nursing believes that certain essential functional abilities and performance standards are necessary for the safe practice of professional nursing and the successful participation in completion of a nursing education program
Students (and prospective students) are encouraged to review these Functional Abilities and Performance Standards. Students will need to demonstrate satisfactory application of these functional abilities and performance standards, with or without reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments, during their course of study in nursing.
The essential functional abilities and performance standards include:
- Sensory: The ability to gather accurate and complete data from the physical environment using vision, touch, and hearing. Ability to accurately distinguish between colors and see changes in colors; discriminate, visually, at the millimeter level between technical markings and small type fonts; ability to hear device and overhead alarms, communicate via telephone and other electronic modes of communication, and use a stethoscope to auscultate sounds within the human body; tactile ability to sense changes in the temperature of an object, including the skin of another person, perceive pulsatile forces (such as produced in an artery by the contraction of the heart), and to detect the presence of abnormal bumps, nodules, or masses upon palpation of skin and tissues.
- Communication: The ability to communicate verbally and non-verbally with other people, including through the use of telecommunication technologies such as phones, computers, and intercoms. Ability to interpret common non-verbal expressions indicating pain, discomfort, anxiety, and other behavioral states. Effectiveness in communication using both written and spoken English. Ability to give and provide information accurately, quickly, and efficiently. The ability to enter text using a standard computer keyboard and print text and place a signature, in a legible fashion, on paper and other surfaces.
- Cognitive: Ability to process multiple sources of information, develop an understanding, make judgments and decisions, and take actions based on this information. Ability to read and understand electronic and paper documents, including technical medical and clinical documents, in English. Ability to develop increasingly complex understandings of cultural, social, scientific, and interpersonal concepts necessary for making sound professional nursing judgments. Ability to take measurements, communicate and describe the physical environment quantitatively, perform advanced arithmetic and numerical operations (such as is necessary for calculating medication dosages and rates), and interpret graphical displays of scientific and real-time physiologic data.
- Motor: Fine and gross motor skills sufficient to operate common clinical equipment such as IV pumps, suction devices, and floor lifts; ability to perform a physical assessment or examination on clients across the lifespan; ability to carry out delicate and/or emergency clinical procedures such as airway suctioning, intravenous line insertion, and giving injections. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds independently. Stamina required to completely satisfy nursing work requirements of during a "shift" of 10 consecutive hours.
- Behavioral and emotional: Ability to work in teams of diverse providers in a positive, non-threatening, and non-discriminatory manner. Ability to develop effective therapeutic relationships with clients. Ability to effectively perform professional duties in stressful situations and under significant time pressures. Ability to regulate emotions in times of stress, anger, or upset. Ability to adhere to and apply ethical and professional codes of conduct and all applicable laws and regulations. Openness to new experiences, revision of existing attitudes, and positive regard for uncertainty and change in work and study settings.
- Completed application
- $30 application fee
- Transcripts – all college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, mailed directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Master of Science Program
- One page (typed) statement of purpose, written by the applicant, that outlines the applicant's goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate studies in the specialty track
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation (from individuals such as work supervisor, professional colleagues, and former faculty members)
- Official TOEFL scores: applies to students for whom English is not the native language; minimum required TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 79-80 (Internet based); TOEFL scores are valid two years from the test date. To learn more about the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl
Application Deadline - Nursing Administration and Nursing Education:
Admission applications are accepted for Fall Semester and Spring Semester (only if needed due to size of applicant pool). The deadline for applications and associated materials can be found by clicking here.
Application Deadline - Adult - Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner:
Admission applications are accepted for Fall Semester only. The deadline for applications and associated materials can be found by clicking here.
Annual Compliance Education- students doing practicums in nursing schools, hospitals and health agencies will be required to meet the individual agency's annual compliance education requirements. It is the student's responsibility to be knowledgeable of these agency requirements.
The institution makes no promises to prospective students regarding the acceptance of credit awarded by examination or credit for transfer until an evaluation has been conducted. MCCN refrains from the transcription of credit from other institutions that it does not apply to its own programs. A maximum of 12 credit hours of equivalent course work (with minimum grades of "B") may be transferred from another graduate program. Once enrolled at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, degree candidates are required to complete all degree course work offered through Mount Carmel College of Nursing.
Statement of Student Responsibility
Students are solely responsible knowing and following Mount Carmel College of Nursing policies and procedures and for their own successful progress and completion of the degree program and requirements they select. While advisors are available to help students with course selection, each student is responsible for seeking clarification regarding progression through the curriculum. At all times, each student is also responsible for seeking clarification and/or assistance from faculty, staff, or administrators.
Technology Proficiency Requirement
All entering Mount Carmel students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of computer and Internet competency (Technology Proficiency). Students must have the ability to:
- Log onto the Internet and other applications wtih a user ID and password.
- Use a search engine on the Internet.
- Use the Library databases to retrieve articles (Contact Library Services for available tutorials).
- Receive, send, and reply to email.
- Develop, file, revise, edit, and print Microsoft Word documents.
- Attach documents/files to email messages and/or assignments.
- Follow and participate in an online discussion or chat.
For additional assistance or computer help sessions, contact the Academic Resource Center, (firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-234-1135).
Canvas - LMS
Canvas, the College's Learning Management System (LMS) is available to students, and it is strongly recommended that students become familiar with Canvas navigation before classes begin. Students will have access to Canvas 30 days prior to the start date of each course. To access the Canvas orientation, students can either login to CARMELink > MyMCCN I Canvas or login directly to Canvas. Once logged into Canvas, students can find the student training information at Help > Student Resources > Canvas-Student Orientation.
The Graduate Student Advisor has developed a Graduate Student Advising course located in Canvas that all students will be invited to join and view announcements and important information. In the Canvas Resources module, students can find the link to Canvas-Student Orientation. In addition, a separate DNP student site within this Canvas course is available.
Online Orientation - Nursing Education Track
All entering Mount Carmel Nursing Education students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of computer and internet competency. The program begins with an Online Student Orientation Course that increases students' comfort in an online learning environment.
Master of Science Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the MS program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Assume advanced nursing roles
- Deliver culturally competent health care to diverse populations
- Use epidemiological, social, and environmental data to draw inferences
- Facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
- Design programs on health promotion and disease prevention
- Evaluate nursing practice and organizational policies to assure quality outcomes
- Demonstrate leadership in relevant practice roles
- Use ethical decision making in relevant practice roles
- Collaborate with other disciplines to achieve quality outcomes
- Promote nursing as a profession and a discipline
- Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication
- Analyzes ethical, legal, and social factors influencing policy and the interdependence and impact of policy on health care practice across disciplines (updated January 24, 2017)
Master of Science Program Tracks
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Master's Program offers four specialty tracks. The degree earned is a Master of Science (MS).