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Graduate Catalog-Handbook 2013-2014 
Graduate Catalog-Handbook 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science Programs

Master of Science Program


Admission Criteria

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

  • Baccalaureate 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 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale, in the baccalaureate nursing program (see Admission Categories below)
  • PREREQUISITES: Undergraduate Statistics and Research courses with letter grades of “C” or higher in both
  • Current unrestricted Ohio RN license or eligibility for Ohio RN licensure
  • For Nurse Practitioner tracks: face-to-face or phone interview for qualified applicants (at the discretion of the Practitioner faculty)
  • For Nurse Practitioner tracks: one year of recent clinical experience is recommended

Application Materials:

  • Completed application
  • $30 application fee
  • Transcripts – all college transcripts, both graduate and undergraduate, mailed directly to Mount Carmel College of Nursing Admissions Office
  • One page (typed) statement of purpose, written by the applicant, that outlines the applicant’s goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate studies
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • 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, Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS):

Admission applications are accepted for Fall Semester, Spring Semesters or Summer Session. 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.

Admission Categories

  1. Full admission

    Student has met all the admission criteria for the MCCN Master’s Program.
  2. Non-matriculated (non-degree) Admission:

    If a student does not meet the 3.0 GPA admissions criteria for the undergraduate BSN program, but shows potential in other areas ( recommendations, resume) the student may be admitted with non-matriculated admission status. An undergraduate BSN GPA of 2.75-2.99 is considered.

    A student must take one specified course a semester for two semesters. Continued enrollment is contingent upon demonstration of sufficient ability to do graduate work. The student must achieve a minimum cumulative average of 3.00 for these 6 credits of graduate work.

    The student’s application will subsequently be considered for full admission at the successful completion of the course and GPA requirements.

    Students who have non-matriculated admission status may not register for more than 6 credits.

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

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:

  1. Log onto the Internet and other applications with a user ID and password.
  2. Use a search engine on the Internet.
  3. Use the Library databases to retrieve articles.
  4. Receive, send, and reply to email.
  5. Develop, file, revise, edit, and print Microsoft Word documents.
  6. Attach documents/files to email messages and/or assignments.
  7. Follow and participate in an online discussion or chat.

The Technology Proficiency is an independent self-study online exercise.

  • A new student enrolled in any on-line course must complete the Technology Proficiency prior to the start of the first course.
  • A new student enrolled exclusively in onsite courses must complete the Technology Proficiency by the end of week 8 of the first semester of enrollment.
  • A new student will not be permitted to enroll for the second semester until successful completion of the Technology Proficiency requirement.
  • For additional assistance or computer help sessions, contact the Office Academic Support Services. 

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the 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. Design programs on health promotion and disease prevention
  5. Evaluate nursing practice and organizational policies to assure quality outcomes
  6. Demonstrate leadership in relevant practice roles
  7. Use ethical decision making in relevant practice roles
  8. Collaborate with other disciplines to achieve quality outcomes
  9. Facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in nursing
  10. Promote nursing as a profession and a discipline
  11. Demonstrate scholarly inquiry through verbal and written communication 

Characteristics of Graduate Study

The Mount Carmel College of Nursing Graduate Program Objectives more specifically result in a number of behaviors in learning. The characteristics of graduate study include the:

  • utilization of advanced practice roles in the care of a culturally diverse patient population.
  • development of refined analytical skills and broad based perspectives
  • development of strong critical thinking and decision making skills
  • ability to critically and accurately assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate the health and illness experiences of clients (individuals, families, and communities)
  • enhanced abilities to articulate viewpoints and positions
  • understanding of the wide diversity of subcultural influences on human behavior
  • integration of advance theoretical foundations in health promotion, illness prevention, and maintenance of function
  • utilization of new knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change, and improve nursing practice
  • development of a comprehensive knowledge of how health policy is formulated, how to affect this process, and how it impacts clinical practice and health care delivery
  • understanding the totality of health care systems, including managed care and integrated systems of delivery
  • utilization of ethical decision making in research, evaluation, clinical practice, and management
  • demonstration of professional role development including behaviors such as assertiveness, the responsibility to engage in professional activities, and advocacy for change
  • Development of the ability to provide quality cost-effective care, participate in
  • design and implementation of care in a variety of health care systems, and assume a leadership role in managing human, fiscal, and physical health care resources

Master of Science Program Tracks

Mount Carmel College of Nursing Master’s Program offers five specialty tracks.

The degree earned is a Master of Science (MS). In addition to the five specialty tracks, Graduate certificates are offered in Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.