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Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate School - The University of Akron

Graduate Studies 657700:650 Advanced Clinical Practicum: Differential DiagnosisAt least two credits from the following:7700:651 Advanced Clinical Practicum: Voice7700:652 Advanced Clinical Practicum: Fluency7700:655 Advanced Clinical Practicum: Articulation7700:656 Advanced Clinical Practicum: LanguageFor audiology majors:7700:611 Researdl Methods in Communicative Drsorders I7700:612 Researdl Methods in Communicative Disorders IIor7700:6997700:6547700:657Master's ThesisAdvanced Clinical Practicum: Diagnostic AudiologyAdvanced Clinical Practicum: Rehabilitative AudiologyThe student must take four credits of 7700:695 Extemship: Speech Pathologyand Audiology. Two credits of 5610:693 Student Teaching til Speech Pathologyor 5610:692 Student Teaching in Audiology may be substituted for two credits of7700:695. (Although 5610:692 and 5610:693 are 6 hours of credit, only 2 of thosecredits may be substituted for 7700:695). The audiology student must take 4credits in speech-language pathology, and the speech-language pathology studentmust take 4 credits in audiology. It is recommended that the speech-languagepathology major elect 7700:639 Advanced Clinical Testing to fulfill thrsrequirement.• The following limitations on work toward the degree may be exceeded only withthe approval of two-thirds of the school's graduate faculty:- no more than 4 credits of workshop courses.- no more than 6 credits of directed study course work (including 7700:697); and- no more than 6 credits taken in disciplines other than communicative disorders.• Only 7 credits of clinical practicum may be applied toward completion of degreerequirements. These 7 credits may consist of externship, student teaching(maximum of 2 credits), and in-house practicum. However, the student maywish, or be required, to complete one or more practica in addition to degreerequirements. Only 2 credits of student teaching (5610:692 or 5610:693) can becounted toward degree requirements. Students must be registered for clinicalpracticum, externship or student teaching during any academic period in whichthey are involved in in-house practicum, externship or student teaching.Social WorkThe Master of Social Work Program is a joint degree program administered byCleveland State University and The University of Akron. The two-year programbegan in January 1995 with a new class beginning each Fall Semester on bothcampuses. Distance learning technology, which utilizes interactive video andaudio systerns, will link faculty and students at the two institutions. The degreeprogram is in candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education.Students accepted into the graduate program leading to a master's degree insocial work must register only for 600 level courses. Graduate courses taken atthe 500 level are not applicable for the graduate degree program in social work,but can be used (with approval) as an elective for other University of Akron graduateprograms.Admission Requirements:• Meet the general Graduate School requirements for admission.• An undergraduate major in social work or a related field.• Have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in social work and behavioral sciencecourses taken prior to application for admission. A minimum of 8 coursesis required in this area.• Submit 3 letters of reference.• Submit an essay of 3-5 typed pages explaining:a) why he/she wants to be a social worker;b) why a graduate degree is felt to be necessary to fulfill his/her personal or professionalobjectives;c) his/her views regarding diversity in society;d) a situation in which he/she was the recipient/provider of help, emotionally,socially, or economically.A description of any social work/human service work experience must be submitted.Program Requirements:• Complete a minimum of 60 graduate credits of approved courses in social work.Up to 9 credits of graduate-level electives outside the department may beincluded in the program. There is no foreign language requirement.• Complete an approved program of courses which include the following requiredcourses:324-01First Year Professional Foundation:- Fall Semester775060177506097750:6227750:6317750:646Foundation Field PractrcumSacral Work Practice wrth Small SystemsFundamentals of Research IHumar Behavror and Social Envrronment Small Sacral SystemsSacral Welfare Polrcy I- Spring Semester7500:602 Foundatron Field Practrcum7750:605 Social Work Practice with Large Systems7750:611 Dynamics of Racrsm and Drscrrmrnatron7750:623 Fundamentals ot Research II7750:632 Humar Behavior and Sacral Environmert Large SystemsSecond Year Concentrations (Direct Practice):- Fall Semester7750:6037750:6077750:6477750:663Advanced Field PracticumAdvanced Practrce with Small Systems ISocial Welfare Polrcy IIPsydlopathology and Social WorkOne elective- Spring Semester7750:604 Advanced Field Practrcum7750:608 Advanced Practrce with Small Systems II7750:664 Srngle System DesignTwo electrvesSecond Year Concentrations (Macro Practice):- Fall Semester77506037750:6477750:6747750:773Advanced Field PractrcumSacral Welfare Policy IICommunrty, Economrc Systems and Social Polrcy Analysislntroductron to Communrty Organizatron and PlannrngOne electrve- Spring Semester7750:604 Advanced Field Practrcum7750:671 Sacral Work Adminrstratron7750:672 Strateg,es of Communrty Organrzatron7750:675 Program EvaluatronOne electrve33333333333333333363333333333

66 The University of AkronCollege ofNursingCynthia F. Capers, R.N., Ph.D., DeanLinda Line, R.N., Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean of GraduateProgramElaine Nichols, R.N., Ed.D., Associate Dean of UndergraduateProgramPhyllis Fitzgerald, R.N., Ph.D., Asststant Dean of Student AffairsMission StatementAs an integral part of The University of Akron, the College of Nursing promotesthe general mission of The University of Akron. The college offers diverse andcomprehensive nursing educatiOn programs at the undergraduate and graduatelevels. The programs of study, based on professional standards, prepare individualsto provide nursrng care in a variety of settings. The College of Nursing supportsnursing research that contributes to the health and well-being of society. The collegeis committed to serving culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse populations.Through academic and community collaboration, the college promotes excellencein nursing education, research, practice, and service.Goals• Prepare generalist and advanced practice nurses who are eligible for initial licensureand for certification.• Provide a foundation for lifelong commitment to professional development andscholarship through continuing education and advanced study at the master'sand doctoral levels.• Prepare nurses who are sensitive in caring for diverse populations in a vanety ofsettings.• Prepare professional practitioners who integrate leadership roles and ethicalstandards in a continuously changing health care arena and societyPhilosophyThe College of Nursing faculty believe that the foci of professional nurs1ng are individuals,families and communities.The Individual is seen as a complex whole whose existence involves patterns,dynamic change, transformation and interdependence. The individualrnterrelateswithin the environment in biological, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural andother d1mensions. The individual is unique and universal. The individual is a thinking,feeling, interacting, evolving, creating, valuing being.FamiiJes are individuals dynamically connected with each other over time in tradi·tional and nontraditional family configurations.Communities are groups of people with one or more common characteristicswho are in relationship to one another and may or may not interactHealth is comparative, dynamic, multidimensional and has personal meaning. Itincludes disease. nondisease and quality of life. People have the right to partie~pate in decisions affecting and effecting personal health.Environment includes all living and nonliving dimensions with which the individual,family and community have interrelationships. The dynamic environmentalinterrelations define and establish rules for health and modes of action.Nurstng is an art and a science. The discipline of nurs1ng is concerned with individual,family and community and their responses to health within the context ofthe changing health care environment. Professional nursing includes the appraisaland the enhancement of health. Personal meanings of health are understood in thenursing situation within the context of familial, societal and cultural meanings. Theprofessional nurse uses knowledge from theories and research in nursing andother disciplines in providing nursing care. The role of the nurse involves the exerciseof social, cultural, and political responsibilities, including accountability for professionalactions, provision of quality nurs1ng care, and community involvement.Education is an individualized, life-long process. Learning includes the individual'sinterrelations with the environment. knowledge and skill acquisition, developmentof critical thinking, and self awareness. Self-expression enables the student torespond to clients who have unique human values and cultural heritage. Eachnursing student brings attitudes, beliefs, values, feelings, knowledge and experienceinto the learning environment These variables influence learning that occursthrough continual construction and reconstruction of experience in relation to environmentalinfluences.Nursing education at the baccalaureate level synthesizes knowledge from nursing,humanities, SOCial, cultural, phys1cal and natural sciences to operationalize clin­Ical decision-making The student is prepared to function as nurse generalist 1n avariety of settings. Faculty and student continually seek to refine the commitmentto and understanding of the relationship between theory and practice Studentsare encouraged to become self-directed, collaborative. Interdependent and independent.These var1ables are the foundation for life-long learning and professionaldevelopment.Nursing education at the master's level builds upon baccalaureate nurs1ng educa·tion and provides foundation for doctoral study. Graduate education preparesadvanced practice nurses w1th expertise 1n crit1cal think1ng and dec1S1on mak1ng,effective communication, and therapeutic Interventions. Through a variety of learningexperiences, master of science in nurs1ng students analyze and use theocet1calformulations and research f1nd1ngs in advanced pract1ceMASTER OF SCIENCEIN NURSINGAccreditationThe master's degree programs are fully accredited by the National League forNurs1ng Accred1tat1on Comm1ssion (NL.NAC). NLNAC 1s a resource of Informationregarding tuition, fees, and length of program and can be contacted at 350 HudsonStreet. New York, New York 10014, 1-888-669-9656 extension 153Characteristics of the Graduate*Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:• Incorporate theories and advanced knowledge into nursing pract1ce.• Demonstrate competence 1n selected role(s)• Identify researchable nursing problems and partic1pate in research studies 1nadvanced nurs1ng pract1ce.• Use leadership, management, and teaching knowledge and competencies toinfluence nurs1ng pract1ce• Assume responsibility tor contnbuting to improvement 1n the del1very of healthcare and influencing loealth policy• Assume respons1b1l1ty for contributing to the advancement of the nursing profess1on.Admission• Baccalaureate degree 1n nurs1ng from NLN-accredited nurs1ng prograrn. **• 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for all previous college work• Miller Analogies Test taken within the last five years w1th a m1n;mum score of50 or GRE taken within the last f1ve years. Dur1ng the past three years, the rangeof GRE scores has been: verbal 400-614, quantitative 400-695, and nnalytical400-640.• Three (3) letters of reference from a recent employer; a member of the nursingprofession; a former faculty member.• 300-word essay describ1ng professional goals.• lnterv1ew prior to adm1ss1on to the program.• Current state of Ohio l1cense to practice nurs1ng and evidence of malpracticeinsurance• Prerequ1s1te course requirements: Undergraduate Statistics. Nurs1ng Research,Basic Health Assessment and Computer Skills. Graduate Level StatisticsA one year expenence 1n an area where critrcal care and emergenc1es occur 1srequired for all students admitted to the nurse anesthes1a specialty.Applicants who are cert1f1ed nurse practitioners will be evaluated and have the1rprogram planned on an individual basis.Admission ProceduresThe student secures applrcation for Graduate School from the Office of the Deanof the Graduate School, The Un1versity of Akron, or the Off1ce of Student Affa:rs.College of Nursing Criteria specific tor admission to the Graduate Nursing Programmay be secured from the Associate Dean of the Graduate Program in Nursingor the Office of Student Affairs.

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