Apr 16, 2021  
Graduate Catalog-Handbook 2020-2021 
    
Graduate Catalog-Handbook 2020-2021

Master of Science Programs


Master of Science Program

Admission Status

Graduate students will be offered admission for a specific start date into the graduate program. There is no deferral of admissions, but will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. Prospective student who chose to delay their program of study may reapply the next year with the application fee waived. Once an admission candidate confirms acceptance into Mount Carmel College of Nursing, the tuition deposit is non-refundable.

Unconditional Admission

Applicant has met all admission criteria for the MCCN Master’s Program.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the minimum program requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include strong performance on standardized tests, GPA in the major and/or other experiences or admission requirements that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

A student who is conditionally admitted must remove the condition by earning a grade of “B”: or higher in each of the first three graduate courses of the student’s graduate plan of study. These courses must be completed as designated in the degree plan; there is not eligibility for course drops, withdraws or incompletes unless documented mitigating circumstances warrant and are approved by the program Director or Dean.

Admission Criteria

The admission requirements for the Master of Science Degree include having a:

  1. 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)
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale, in the baccalaureate or Master’s nursing program
  3. PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate Statistics and Research courses with letter grades of “C” or higher in both (A ‘C-’ will not be accepted)
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Two recommendation letters (from individuals such as: work supervisor, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree)
  6. Current unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure
  7. 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
  8. For Nurse Practitioner tracks: face-to-face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at the discretion of the Practitioner faculty)
  9. For Family Nurse Practitioner track: one year of recent clinical experience is recommended
  10. 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
  11. Two years of recent clinical experience is recommended for the Nursing Education and Nursing Administration tracks
  12. A minimum score of 79 for internet-based, 213 on computer-based and 550 on paper-based TOEFL for International students. TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to MCCN (institution code 1502).
  13. Face-to-face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at discretion of Graduate Faculty)
  14. Additionally, a cumulative gpa for all previous college courses may be used for admission consideration

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.

International Students

Mount Carmel College of Nursing does not issue Immigration Form I-20 from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Therefore, the College is not eligible to accept new or transfer international students who need I-20 credentialing. The College welcomes international applicants who do not require an I-20 clearance.

International transcripts must be evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service. The evaluation must be sent directly from the credentialing service to MCCN.  Click here  for a specific list of accepted National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) members.

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.

Application Materials:

  1. Completed application
  2. $30 application fee
  3. Transcripts – all college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, mailed directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Master of Science Program
  4. 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
  5. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  6. Two letters of recommendation (from individuals such as work supervisor, professional colleagues, and former faculty members who hold a minimum of a Master’s level degree)
  7. Official TOEFL scores apply 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. TOEFL scores must be send directly from the Educational Testing Service to MCCN (institutional code 1502). To learn more about the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl

Annually:

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.

Transfer Credit

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.

Online Orientation

All entering Mount Carmel Graduate Nursing students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of computer and internet competency. See the CANVAS Graduate Advising course for orientation materials and for information on the mandatory online orientation CANVAS course.

All students enrolling in a graduate course or program of study are required to complete the program orientation course prior to registering for courses. The purpose of the orientation course is to ensure that all students have foundational technology skills and familiarity with College resources that support student learning and success.

The orientation, although facilitated by the Graduate Academic Advisor, is an asynchronous self-study course designed to introduce learners to expectations and resources that facilitate success in the online classroom.

Individuals who determine a need for additional assistance or computer help sessions, please contact the Academic Resource Center at academicresources@mccn.edu.

Admission Timelines

Traditional Family Nurse Practitioner (HYBRID) Fall Cohort

Application Period December 1 - June 30                 
Application Deadline June 30
Online Orientation Start Date February 1
Length of Program 18 months
Program Start Date August

Traditional Family Nurse Practitioner (HYBRID) Spring Cohort

Application Period July 1 - November 30                  
Application Deadline November 30
Online Orientation Start Date September 1
Length of Program 18 months
Program Start Date January

Traditional Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (HYBRID) Fall Cohort

Application Period December 1 - June 30                 
Application Deadline June 30
Online Orientation Start Date February 1
Length of Program 18 months
Program Start Date August

Traditional Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (HYBRID) Spring Cohort

Application Period July 1 - November 30                  
Application Deadline November 30
Online Orientation Start Date September 1
Length of Program 18 months
Program Start Date January

Nursing Leadership - Clinical Operations (ONLINE) Fall Cohort

Application Period December 1 - June 30                
Application Deadline June 30
Online Orientation Start Date February 1
Length of Program 18 months
Program Start Date August

Nursing Leadership - Clinical Operations (ONLINE) Spring Cohort

Application Period July 1 - November 30                 
Application Deadline November 30
Online Orientation Start Date September 1
Length of Program 18 months
Program Start Date January

Accelerated Post-Master’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ONLINE) Fall Cohort

Application Period December 1 - June 30               
Application Deadline June 30
Online Orientation Start Date February 1
Length of Program 2 semesters
Program Start Date August

Accelerated Post-Master’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ONLINE) Spring Cohort

Application Period July 1 - November 30                
Application Deadline November 30
Online Orientation Start Date September 1
Length of Program 2 semesters
Program Start Date January

Master of Science Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Assume advanced nursing roles
  2. Deliver culturally competent health care to diverse populations
  3. Use epidemiological, social, and environmental data to draw inferences
  4. Facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
  5. Design programs on health promotion and disease prevention
  6. Evaluate nursing practice and organizational policies to assure quality outcomes
  7. Demonstrate leadership in relevant practice roles
  8. Use ethical decision making in relevant practice roles
  9. Collaborate with other disciplines to achieve quality outcomes
  10. Promote nursing as a profession and a discipline
  11. Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication
  12. Analyzes ethical, legal, and social factors influencing policy and the interdependence and impact of policy on health care practice across disciplines

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). 

Programs