The Master’s in Nursing Program at Mount Marty College Frequently Asked Questions What programs of study are offered? On the Yankton campus, we offer two specialties. These are studies to become a nurse practitioner (primary care provider) in Pediatrics or in Adult-Geriatrics. At the Sioux Falls campus, the nurse anesthetist specialty is offered. What is the length of the program? With the knowledge that most students want and/or need to work while in school, our program is designed as a part-time program of study. Each semester offers 6 credits of study for a total of 45 credits over 3 years. How is the program offered? We offer a hybrid, blended format of study, including both online and in classroom learning. Students attend two Intensive Seminar weekends per semester where they meet with their peers and faculty in concentrated hours of study on campus. Throughout the semester the students continue their studies through the Moodle course management system (online). Various methods of online studies are utilized to bring rich learning experiences to each student. When do clinical experiences occur? Most courses require a clinical experience. (See the attached program outline). Preceptors are arranged by the student in their home community. Agency and preceptor agreements are required before each student begins their clinical experience. Student evaluations are completed by the preceptor and by nursing faculty. Case studies and specific patient care assignments are required to support student learning in the clinical setting. What does the program cost to attend? The costs for our program are posted on the schedule of courses found on the MMC website under Academics. See costs at this site: http://www.mtmc.edu/academics/registrar/schedules.aspx Is the program accredited? The BSN program is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The MSN program will be accredited as our first class of students graduate in 2013. The application for accreditation is in process at this time. How do I become certified as a nurse practitioner? As the student approaches the last 6 months of study in our program, faculty assist students in the application process for certification. We support ANCC certification as sponsored by the American Nurse’s Association. (see http://www.nursecredentialing.org/) What are the criteria for admission into the MSN program? The following are the expected criteria for admission: 1) 3.0 GPA in BSN undergraduate studies. Some students with less than a 3.0 may be admitted on a probational status. A 3.0 GPA is expected during each semester of study in order to continue in the program. 2) Two letters of reference. 3) One year of practice as a registered nurse. 4) Physical exam and immunization records up to date. 5) Willing to travel to and attend all intensive weekend seminars. 6) Willing to locate and arrange appropriate clinical experiences for specialty studies and provide complete documentation for these precepted clinical experiences. The application checklist and necessary forms for application can be found online at http://www.mtmc.edu/nursing/graduate.aspx. What is the process for application to the MSN program? The third cohort of NP students will be accepted in August 2012. The process is two fold: 1) Students should first submit Master of Science in Nursing Application at http://www.mtmc.edu/secure/applications/msn.aspx. The applicant will then receive information and a checklist of required information for acceptance into the program. That checklist and all related required documents must be sent to Admissions prior to August 1, 2012. 2) After this date, the MMC Nursing program reviews all complete applications and meets with the Admissions and Progression Committee (Nursing Faculty) to determine those students to be accepted into the program. The acceptance criteria to be considered are listed in the above question. Is financial aid available to MSN students? Yes. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 annually through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. The interest rate on this program is currently fixed at 6.8% for the 2012-2013 academic year. Graduate students may also be eligible for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graudate Students. PLUS borrowers will need to pass a credit check to determine eligibility. The interest rate for the PLUS Loan is currently fixed at 7.9% for the 2012-2013 academic year. In order to determine your eligibility for the above mentioned loans, you will need to complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. What is the status of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programming? The Association of American Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that all entry-level nurse practitioner educational programs be transitioned from the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to the DNP degree by the year 2015. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has followed suit, requiring the DNP (or DNAP-Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice) degree for entry-level nurse anesthetist programs by the year 2025. Mount Marty College is planning a DNP program for nurse practitioners following the approval of our accrediting bodies.
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