Graduate Programs in Nursing

Admission

Application for admission should be made to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, ME 04401

The successful Master of Science in Nursing applicant will have received a B.S.N with a minimum 3.0 GPA, show promise of ability and motivation to pursue graduate-level study, and have completed undergraduate health assessment and statistics courses. In addition, a minimum of two years professional clinical nursing practice is required with additional experience strongly recommended.

The Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee makes admission decisions based on the following factors:

  • Previous college or university work
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal interview with the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

A complete Master of Science in Nursing application includes:

  • The Graduate Application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues (one must be from current nursing supervisor)
  • Proof of RN licensure

A background check and immunization records are required and must be complete and uploaded to CertifiedBackground.com prior to course registration. Instructions for this process will be provided to the applicant upon acceptance in the Graduate Nursing Program.

Prospective students should contact the Graduate Admissions Office for information regarding application deadlines.

Status

An applicant’s admission status is one of the following:

Regular. Students whose applications are complete and who are accepted by the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee without condition are admitted as regular graduate students.

Conditional. In reviewing a candidate’s application, the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee may recommend that a student be admitted on a conditional basis. The letter of acceptance will contain the condition(s) which must be met before the student can be reclassified as regular status.

Non-Degree. This status is assigned to those students who are taking graduate courses without formally applying to the Graduate Nursing program. No more than 9 credit hours may be applied toward the Master’s degree. Admission in non-degree status requires the submission of official undergraduate transcript(s).

Transfer Credit

Normally, nine credits of appropriate graduate-level course work, earned within five years of entry into the Husson program, may be transferred from an accredited institution if the grades earned in such coursework are “B” or better.

Change of Specialty Track Within Husson University Graduate Nursing Program

A student in the Husson Master’s program who wishes to change to a different specialty track needs to submit an application to the selected program. The application will be reviewed with all other applicants during the admission review period. Following admission to the new program, the student will submit a Change of Specialty Form to the registrar. Courses successfully completed in the Husson Master’s program that are required in the new specialty track will be accepted for credit.

Academic Policies

Students must maintain a “B” average in order to progress in their graduate program. A student whose average falls below 3.0, who earns a grade lower than a “C”, or who earns more than two grades of “C” or “C+” in non-clinical/non-internship courses, will be reviewed by the Graduate Committee, which may dismiss the student or determine the conditions under which the student may continue in the program. No more than six credits of course work in the “C” range can be applied toward the master’s degree. A student who has not attained a grade point average of 3.0 or better at the end of his or her program of study will not graduate.

No grade below “B” will be accepted in any graduate clinical/internship nursing course.

Students in the M.S.N. program may retake a clinical course for a passing grade only once. If they earn a second grade below a “B” in any other clinical/internship course, they will be dismissed from the program.

Students will receive one final grade for each graduate nursing course. The clinical/internship component will be graded on a “Pass/Fail” basis. If a student fails the clinical/internship component, he or she receives an “F” for the overall course grade.

All other academic and financial policies of the Graduate Nursing programs are consistent with those identified in the Husson University Catalog and Graduate Nursing Program Student Handbook.

Clinical courses in the Family and Community Nurse Practitioner Track:

NU 802Family Health I -- Adult-Gero Health (168 Internship Hours)6
NU 806Family Health IV-Integrating Primary Care (168 Intern. Hrs.)6
NU 807Family Health II -- Pediatrics (45 Internship Hours)3
NU 808Family Health III -- Women’s Health (135 Internship Hours)6

Clinical courses in the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track:

NU 810Family Psychiatric Nursing I (180 Clinical Hours)6
NU 812Family Psychiatric Nursing II (180 Clinical Hours)6
NU 814Family Psychiatric Nursing III (210 Clinical Hours)6

Clinical courses in the Nursing Education Track:

NU 832Curriculum Development3
NU 834Assessment and Evaluation3
NU 838Internship/Clinical Practicum4

Husson University School of Nursing Technical Standards

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees awarded by Husson University School of Nursing attests that the BSN or MSN graduate has acquired a broad base of knowledge, skills and abilities, for safe and competent practice as a professional nurse or advance practice nurse.   Nursing education requires that the accumulation of evidence-based knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of technical skills, professional attitudes and professional behaviors.  In addition to specific teaching clinical sites requirements, the following technical requirements have been adopted by the Husson University School of Nursing programs as requirements for progression within and graduation from the BSN or MSN programs. In signing the student handbook, the student is attesting to and agrees to abide with the following:

Emotional Requirements:  Students must have sufficient emotional stability to perform under stress produced by both academic study and the necessity of performing nursing in simulated and real patient situations while being observed by faculty, peers, clinical educators, and others. Students need to have the endurance to adapt to a physically and emotionally demanding program. Students must tolerate moderate personal stress levels to achieve success while adhering to the professional standards and requirements of the nursing program.  

The skills essential to being a student nurse and ultimately, a nurse, include the following:  Able to critically reason, and adapt to varying pressures, stress and changes, especially those in unpredictable crises and emergencies.  Students must be able to demonstrate self-control, patience, and tolerance. Students must be able to accept feedback and instruction.  Emotional stability is required to be part of a positive learning environment, in respectful patient care and teaching, and with communication with peers, faculty, health care team, patients and families.  Sensitivity and compassion is required in meeting the needs of all patients (geriatric, children, etc.).  Patient’s comfort, privacy and confidentiality must be maintained. 

Cognitive Requirements:  The student must exhibit cognitive skills necessary for problem solving, clinical reasoning, and judgment. Students must integrate a variety of material with increasing complexity presented throughout the curriculum including presentations, class discussions, interviews and assessments, and reading from textbooks, journals, and medical records. Students must be able to identify and respond accurately to factual information as well as subtle non-verbal cues of mood, temperament, and gestures provided by others. Students must be attentive and be able to focus during class and clinical experiences to fully participate in the learning environment.

Social Requirements:  The student must have appropriate social skills for forming and maintaining relationships with a variety of people including faculty, peers, clinical instructors, patients and their families/significant others. Students must demonstrate the ability to participate as an effective group member.  Flexibility and maturity in all interactions is required for this program. Verbal and non-verbal communications and interactions must be respectful, civil and professional in manner, demeanor and tone.

Communication Requirements:  Students must be able to communicate in written and oral English effectively with faculty, peers and patients in the classroom, clinical setting and community. Communication skills include oral speech, reading and writing in order to be able to complete written and oral assignments.

Physical Requirements:

  • Vision:  Able to assess patient’s health status using visual inspection and observation to detect changes in physical appearance, contour, and color. Able to accurately read labels on medications and calibration and monitoring devices (i.e. syringes, manometers and other monitoring; able to read and create written communication/charting and policies.

  • Depth perception and fine motor skills:  Able to recognize objects that have depth, height and width, such as needed to describe wounds, etc. Able to perform gross and fine motor skills such as what is needed to insert medical supplies and medication into the body (such an indwelling urinary catheters and injections). Able to write and type accurately and clearly on all required assignments, and patient records. 

  • Hearing:  Able to hear within normal range the spoken word, auditory monitoring devices (such as stethoscope) as well as hear mechanical alarms.

  • Speech:  Able to communicate verbally in an understandable manner using the English language to communicate with patient/family and health care team.  Able to provide patient specific teaching.

  • Walking:  Able to walk and use stairs while in the clinical area.

  • Standing: Able to stand for prolonged periods of time while in the clinical area.  

  • Sitting:  Able to be seated in class, computer lab, clinical labs, in clinical conferences as well as during charting in the clinical area.

  • Lifting/Carrying:  Able to lift and carry an average of 10-50 pounds such as medical supplies. Required to lift, transfer, and move patients in the nursing lab and clinical areas.  Effectively assist patients in the rehabilitation process of ambulation, stair climbing, and transferring techniques.

  • Tactile Sensation:  Able to detect condition and changes of the body by using the fingers and hands to touch. Able to feel vibrations, pulses and skin temperature. 

  • Pushing/Pulling:  Able to pull, push, position and transfer patients. Able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) such as with chest percussions, etc.

  • Bending/Reaching/Twisting/Turning and Stretching:   Able to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and other motions that are required when bathing patients, changing beds and using medical equipment.

Health and Safety Requirements:  Students must display good self-awareness of personal health practices and hygiene. They must understand the importance of good personal health habits and prevention of disease/infection control.  They must display an awareness of personal issues and report any that would potentially interfere with their ability to completely care for others.

The nursing student may not pose a risk to the health and safety to themselves or others in the school, clinical area, or at any Husson University sanctioned event/activities. The student must always protect self and others from exposure to body fluids, and communicable diseases by using the education and training provided in labs and the clinical areas.  The student, in a professional manner, must be able to tolerate unpleasant events as those found in accidents, injuries, illness and death.

Reasonable Accommodation

It is the policy of Husson University, School of Nursing, to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these essential requirements in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.  Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis.  Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process, which the candidate must initiate with the Director of Nursing who can be reached at (207) 941-7058 or brawng@husson.edu and with the Dean of Students who can be reached at (207) 992-1934 or wilsonbarkers@husson.edu.

Resources for Graduate Study

Libraries: The Husson Library, in addition to its collection of nursing and health care related materials, has the capability of locating necessary materials in other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Students have access to the Bangor Public Library, one of the finest in the East, the Eastern Maine Medical Center Parrot Health Sciences Library, and the Fogler Library at the University of Maine. The latter is the regional depository for all government publications.

Computer Facilities: The University has microcomputer labs with PCs. The labs provide instructional and operational assistance to users and potential users of microcomputers in business, professional, health and educational settings, as well as Internet access.

Health Assessment Lab: This facility offers graduate nursing students an opportunity to practice advanced health assessment skills in a realistic clinical setting. Exam areas and equipment are set up to simulate an ambulatory clinic setting for student use in both course labs and informal practice sessions.