Community Health

DEGREE OFFERED

  • M.S. in Nursing
  • Option: Community Health Nursing

INSTRUCTIONAL SITES

  • Main Campus (Union, NJ)
  • Kean Ocean Campus (Toms River, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall:        June 1
Spring:   December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program is designed for RN’s with bachelor’s degrees who plan to have careers in Community Health Nursing clinical management. It provides in-depth knowledge and skills related to Community Health Nursing Advanced Practice. Gradu­ates of the option have a unique combination of knowledge and skills in clinical management, transcultural nursing and community health. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for certification in Nursing Administration and Transcultural Nursing. Students entering the program pursue part-time or full-time study (3 to 9 credits per semester). The program can be completed in four academic semesters and one summer session.

The objective of this program is to prepare nurses with expertise in community health nursing and clinical management to plan systems and protocols of care that are responsive to culturally diverse health team and patient populations. It is this unique combination of community nursing and managerial skill in transcultural contexts which will prepare the graduate of this program with the competence necessary to take a leadership role in the community clinical arena.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing who are currently RN's may still apply for this program and are eligible for conditional admission to our bridge option.  Applicants accepted into the bridge option are required to complete an additional three undergraduate courses:  

  • NURS 3010 - Health Assessment
  • NURS 3200 - Professional Nursing Practice
  • NURS 4900 - Independent Practicum in Nursing

Please note that these are considered prerequisite courses that do not count towards the MSN degree requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
    • RN’s with bachelor degrees in other fields may be considered for admission with additional coursework
    • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
    • Proof of valid RN license (applicants should obtain proof here: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov )
    • Two letters of recommendation attesting to professional and academic competence
    • Professional Resume/CV
    • Personal statement
    • Departmental interview may be required
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.

      PREREQUISITES

      • Minimum grade of "B" in the following prerequisite courses: statistics, nursing research and nursing theory.

      PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

      • 39 credits
      • Planned sequence of coursework each semester
      • 5 hours weekly clinical time associated with the two 2 credit clinical courses
      • 12.5 hours weekly clinical time associated with the final 5 credit clinical course

      NURSING THEORY CORE – 3 CREDITS

      NURS 5000

      Nursing Science

      3 credits

      NURSING MANAGEMENT THEORY CORE – 12 CREDITS

      NURS 5100

      Nursing and Organizational Theory

      3 credits

      NURS 5200

      Organizational Communications in Transcultural Health Care Systems

      3 credits

      NURS 5300

      Fiscal Management in Nursing and Health Care Systems

      3 credits

      NURS 5600

      Computers in Health Care

      3 credits

      COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING SPECIALTY CORE – 6 CREDITS

      NURS 5400

      Epidemiology in Advanced Practice Nursing

      3 credits

      NURS 5500

      Theoretical Foundation for Advanced Practice in Community Health Nursing

      3 credits

      NURSING MANAGEMENT CLINICAL CORE – 9 CREDITS

      NURS 5110

      Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice I

      2 credits

      NURS 5210

      Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice II

      2 credits

      NURS 5910

      Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice III

      5 credits

      RESEARCH – 6 CREDITS

      NURS 5900

      Research in Transcultural Nursing Administration I

      3 credits

      NURS 5901

      Research in Transcultural Nursing Administration II

      3 credits

      GUIDED ELECTIVES- 3 CREDITS

      Courses selected with approval of Program Coordinator

      TOTAL OF 39 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

       

      FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

      gradadmissions@kean.edu
      908.737.7100

      CONTACT INFORMATION

      SCHOOL OF NURSING
      T. 908.737.6210
      nursing@kean.edu

      Updated 7/3/17