The MSN Program at the University of the Incarnate Word is designed to prepare Clinical Nurse Leaders and Clinical Nurse Specialists for practice in a variety of settings. Additionally, in response to the national shortage of nurses prepared for the faculty role, the UIW MSN program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as clinical instructors through the Clinical Nurse Leader Program and these courses are available to Clinical Nurse Specialist students in addition to their established degree plan.
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a generalist prepared at the Master’s degree level and requires 39 credit hours for completion. In practice, the CNL functions across all health care settings as an expert clinician who is part of a collaborative health care team. The CNL exerts leadership in the clinical care of clients and in bringing about health system infrastructure change. The CNL is a leader who oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations. Using research evidence as a foundation for decision-making, the CNL ensures that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. The CNL evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL is primarily unit or setting based and is responsible for a specified cohort of patients through management of staff nurses. The CNL, upon successful completion of the program, is eligible to take the national certification exam.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist is a clinical expert at the Master’s degree level in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the delivery of evidenced-based nursing interventions. Additionally, the CNS is an expert in executing delegated medical regimens associated with diagnosis and treatment of disease for a specialty population. Upon the successful completion of the program, which is a 42 credit hour program, the CNS graduate is eligible to take the national certification exam in Adult Health and is eligible to apply for Advanced Practice recognition and prescriptive privileges under the Texas Board of Nursing.
The UIW MSN program prepares the graduate with skills in evaluating the needs of a population and using research evidence to design care and measure outcomes. Knowledge of nursing theory, epidemiology, culture, and health policy helps the CNL and the CNS design care aimed at reducing health disparities for defined populations. Basic financial, information management, research, and leadership skills prepare the graduate to synthesize data to evaluate and achieve health care outcomes. Graduates will be prepared to enter doctoral study.
Full time and part-time study is available for each student. Full time study includes 9 hours per semester and part time study ranges from 3 to 6 hours a semester.
Additionally, the program offers an accelerated R.N. to M.S.N. program for those with previous Diploma or Associate Degrees. Applicants for the RN-MSN program must apply and be accepted to the RN-BSN program (Alternative Pathway). All general core requirements and selected courses in the undergraduate program “bridge courses” must be completed prior to transitioning to the MSN curriculum. Students desiring the RN-MSN option must declare their interest in pursuing the MSN in the third term of the UG program. Students completing the program will receive both the BSN and MSN degrees upon graduation.
Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing Program must meet the following admission requirements:
Criminal background screening is completed on all students applying for admission into the graduate nursing program. The School will designate a company to do the background screening and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. Students pay expenses related to all screening. A student with a significant criminal background or a current conviction may not be allowed to register for graduate courses until the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas (BON) issues a declaratory order stating the individual is eligible for licensure or license renewal or determines that the individual is eligible to return to practice. If a BON reportable event occurs during the time the student is enrolled in the program, the student will notify the Dean or MSN Chair within 3 days of the event. The Dean along with the MSN Chair will determine if the student is eligible to continue in the program.
Applicants who must answer “yes” to any of the following questions MUST contact the Board of Nursing and file a petition for a declaratory order. Go to www.bne.state.tx.us.
If you answered “YES” to any of the questions listed above, attach a letter of explanation that is dated and signed indicating the circumstance you are reporting to the Board.
Drug Screening may be required by some clinical agencies. The School will designate a company to do the drug screen and will not accept results from any company other than the one designated by the School. The student will pay the cost of the screening at the time of the testing.
A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses. The student will be required to complete, at the student’s expense, chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, if recommended by a drug assessment. Any student with a positive drug screen will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year and will be required to provide documentation of successful treatment prior to being readmitted to clinical courses. If readmitted, the student must be retested by the School approved laboratory and have a negative drug screen. This testing is at the student’s expense.
Students are required to be covered by liability insurance. Students must also be covered by health insurance. Limited health insurance coverage is offered by the University. Needle-stick injury insurance is also required and is included in that offered by the university. A fee for needle-stick insurance will be assessed for students with other policies unless the student can show provision by existing insurance coverage.
Students must show evidence of being current with their CPR certification. This requirement is necessary for all students prior to entering the graduate program, and renewed as needed throughout the graduate nursing program. Evidence of CPR certification must be presented no later than the first day of the first class taken. Information about CPR courses is available at the San Antonio Division, American Heart Association.
Graduate nursing students are required to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations (MMR, TD, Hepatitis B and Varicella) and TBC skin test or chest X-ray prior to admission to classes in compliance with the Health Care Provider terms of TAC 97.63. Additionally, flu immunization is required annually.
The University Health Office will determine if immunizations are current. The TBC skin test will be provided by the University Health Office for a small fee or may be done at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department. If a TBC skin test is contraindicated or is found positive, then evidence of medical follow-up with recommendations must be presented.
If for any reason, any required immunization is contraindicated, the student is required to present a record of medical evaluation and recommendations.
Students are responsible for reviewing and updating individual health records at the University Health office as they progress in the program.
Additional health requirements may be required by some clinical agencies.
To be credited towards the MSN degree, all required courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “B” (85 or above). Students who achieve a grade of less than a “B” (less than 85) must repeat the course for a higher grade unless it is an “F” (a grade of less than 78). An “F” in the course is an automatic dismissal from the graduate program. The student may apply for readmission after one year. No more than two courses (grades with a 78 to 84 – “C”) in the major may be repeated and no course may be repeated more than once. Only two “Cs” are permitted in each program and must be repeated for a higher grade.
Up to nine (9) hours of credit may be applied if transferring in from another accredited nursing program. These nine hours must be in nursing and relate to the UIW MSN program.
Students who wish to take additional courses (more than the 39 CNL or 42 CNS required hours) in education or administration may select from the following courses:
NURS 6381 Adult Learning and Development
EDUC 6310 Educational Technology
EDUC 6346 Informational Technologies
ADMN 6310 Accounting Concepts and Issues
ORGD 6320 Organizational Behavior and Learning
ADMN 6360 Management Concepts and Issues
The Human Performance Department in the School of Nursing and Health Professions offers the Master of Science degree (M.S.) with a major in either Kinesiology or Sport Management. Both majors require 36-credit hours of study.
The Kinesiology program is designed for those students who are interested in teaching physical education at the K-12 or college level, or working in a business-related area. (NOTE: this degree does not carry initial teacher certification). For teacher certification see the Dreeben School of Education.
Applicants for the Master of Science with majors in Kinesiology must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study. In addition applicants must meet one of the following:
KEHP 6377 Instructional Development in Physical Education
KEHP 6378 Biomechanics in Human Performance
KEHP 6379 Adapted Physical Activity and Sport
KEHP 6381 Topics in Exercise Physiology and Fitness
KEHP 6350 Current Trends and Issues in Sport and Physical Education
KEHP 63CS Capstone in Physical Education
EDUC 6301 Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC 6304 Theories of Learning
EDUC 6339 Play and Play Environments
SMGT 6380 Sport Management, Administration and Finance
Six graduate credits in any discipline.
The Master of Science in Sport Management is designed for people working in a variety of sports organizations. These include National Governing Bodies of Amateur Sports, international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and its subsidiaries, charitable institutions, professional and amateur sports organizations, as well as college and university athletic departments. Many graduates of sport management programs work in institutions of higher education in the student services area where facilities are managed and physical activities such as intra-murals pre programmed and supervised.
Applicants for the Master of Science with majors in Sport Management must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study. In addition applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a professional in the field.
The M.S. in Sport Management requires 36 credit hours of study.
The Department of Human Performance in the School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a 15-hour certificate in Sports Management and in Sports Pedagogy. These courses, if applicable, may be used as part of the requirements for a graduate degree if the student is later admitted as a degree-seeking student.
Select five courses from the following:
Select five courses from the following: