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2018-2019 Graduate Nursing Student Handbook

Welcome

Welcome to graduate nursing at South Dakota State University! This handbook is a comprehensive document developed for
students, academic advisors, and faculty advisors to reflect the mission and philosophy of the College of Nursing as
well as information on all of the program options offered (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master
of Science, and Post-Masters Certificate programs).

Information on coursework requirements, advising, financial aid, professional organizations and policies and
procedures are included. Students will utilize this handbook in conjunction with other South Dakota State
publications (such as the Graduate Catalog, Graduate School website, College of Nursing website and current
coursework schedules) to facilitate progression in their respective program option within the graduate nursing
program.

Mary Minton, PhD, RN, CNS, CHPN®

Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing


Section I: Introduction

About the university

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher-education institution. A
public, land-grant institution, South Dakota State was founded in 1881, authorized by the Dakota Territorial
Legislature and is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Learn more about South Dakota State on the title="South Dakota State University Website">South Dakota State University website.

About the Graduate School

The South Dakota State University Graduate School advances post-baccalaureate education to meet the economic,
technological and societal needs of South Dakota and beyond, supports graduate student success and fosters
innovation and diversity in graduate education and scholarship.

The Graduate School supports post-baccalaureate education at South Dakota State by promoting programs for
student recruitment, setting and adhering admission standards and defining and maintaining rigorous academic
standards for graduate programs. Administrative support is provided to departments and colleges seeking to
improve existing courses as well as development of new programs. The Graduate School seeks academic balance
through enhancement of graduate research and scholarly works, promotion of human diversity among the
graduate student body and graduate faculty and engagement with the graduate faculty to achieve the highest
level of academic education.

Policies and procedures of the graduate nursing programs have been developed in compliance with the href="/graduate-school" title="SDSU Graduate School"> Graduate School policies. The href="https://catalog.sdstate.edu/index.php" title="sdsu graduate catalog">Graduate Catalog should
be used as the primary reference for information on graduate education at South Dakota State.

About the College of Nursing

South Dakota State University College of Nursing 1935-2017

The story of the College of Nursing reflects a legacy of leadership, vision and innovation. One of the
nation's first baccalaureate programs for nurses, the college has consistently and relentlessly pursued
excellence and expanded its central role in health care delivery. Thousands of nurses have prepared
themselves for key roles in hospitals, clinics, communities, government agencies, academia and research.
Many graduates moved rapidly into highly influential executive positions. After a humble beginning with six
students enrolled in an undergraduate program taught by one faculty member, the college currently boasts
enrollment of more than 1,800 students in pre-nursing, undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2015, the
college includes online programs and four face-to-face program delivery sites, with locations across the
state of South Dakota in the communities of Brookings, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City. Online programs
reach students located in more than 40 states. Faculty numbers have grown from one to 59. They are leaders
who champion nationally accredited programs that offer multiple degree options and clinical specialties.
This incredibly talented faculty prepares students to earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, the Master
of Science (M.S.) degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree
through many pathways to advanced education. The College of Nursing at South Dakota State is a nursing
education trailblazer.

Leaders of the college have responded quickly to changes in health care, population health and developments
within the discipline by creating, expanding or modifying programs and delivering education off-site or via
technology. Building such a multifaceted, complex college hinged on several key initiatives: faculty
development, procurement of resources, clinical, academic and community partnerships, and a continuous flow
of highly qualified and committed students.

As a land-grant institution, South Dakota State is devoted to the interlocking missions of education,
scholarship and service. The field of nursing at SDSU has consistently devoted its resources to these three
important areas. The College of Nursing was the state's first program to develop capacity for nursing
research. In addition, the college kept its focus on the rural and underserved populations of the state and
the region, and emerged as a leader in service through continuing education, program outreach and
development of nursing faculty, nursing leaders, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists as well
as nurse scientists. True to the land-grant mission, College of Nursing programs have never been based only
on campus. As a practice discipline, nursing students are required to interact with members of the community
to gain critical thinking, problem-solving, psychomotor and elder and child care skills to prepare them to
enter the workforce upon graduation. Nursing education delivered by SDSU has touched residents of nearly
every community in the state of South Dakota and extends beyond the borders to numerous states.

Learn more about the history of the
College of Nursing
.

Transforming students into nurses

The South Dakota State University College of Nursing promotes a combination of lecture and hands-on
experiences that teach students to practice nursing with expertise, professionalism, and a passion for
helping others. To do this, we base our lecture curriculum on the meta-paradigm of nursing, which includes
the concepts of client, health, environment, and nursing.

Students also receive a variety of hands-on learning experiences with our Simulation Labs and clinical
requirements. Plus, we have research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our program
has an 80-year history of delivering a well-rounded, quality nursing education.

Mission

The College of Nursing improves human health and quality of life for people in the state of South Dakota, the
region, the nation and the world. The college strives for excellence in undergraduate and graduate
education, research, scholarship and health services to diverse individuals, communities and populations
across the life span.

Vision

To be a national leader in accessible and quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education and recognized
across health disciplines, and to prospective students, alumni and nursing leaders as innovative scholars
and researchers who improve human health through strategic partnerships and interprofessional collaboration
that shapes new delivery models of quality health care and nursing education.

Core values

  • Honesty, respect, and integrity
  • Excellence in learning, research and service
  • Improved health and quality of life
  • Academic quality, rigor and student engagement
  • Human dignity, altruism, and social justice
  • Access to quality nursing education and health care
  • Diversity among ourselves and the people we serve
  • Innovation in scientific discovery that improves human health outcomes
  • Collaboration and partnership development

Philosophy

Education

Education of nurses and other health care professionals is essential to the health and quality of life in the
state, region, and nation. Education is a self-directed, yet interactive lifelong process that empowers
learners to think critically and grow toward their potential as individuals and contributing members of the
profession and society.

The essential components of professional nursing education include liberal education, professional values,
clinical reasoning and role development. The role of faculty is to guide, direct, facilitate and evaluate
learning while encouraging curiosity, creativity and independent thinking.

Undergraduate education prepares individuals for basic entry into nursing practice. This education provides
the foundation for the development of professional knowledge, critical thinking, ethical decision-making,
leadership skills and pursuit of high standards in health care to influence quality health outcomes. The
health science minor offers nursing and other professional student’s knowledge and skills to promote health,
prevent disease and protect the environment.

Master’s education prepares nurses for advanced practice in nursing or for specialty areas of nursing
practice. The advanced professional nursing role relies on best practices and evidence-based research with a
focus on evaluation of health outcomes and process.

Doctoral education prepares the Ph.D. nurse scholar to influence health care through leadership in education,
policy, research, nursing theory and nursing knowledge development. Doctoral education prepares the nurse
clinician (DNP) for advanced practice in a primary care role and to influence health policy.

Meta-paradigm in nursing

The nursing curriculum is based upon the meta-paradigm of nursing, which includes the concepts of person,
health, environment and nursing.

Person

Each person is a complex and unique multidimensional being, which includes physical, psychological,
sociocultural and spiritual dimensions. Person encompasses the lifespan. The concept of person encompasses
individuals within families and communities as well as groups and aggregates within populations.

Health

Health encompasses multidimensional states of developmental, cognitive, physical, psychological, social,
cultural, genetic and spiritual balance throughout the lifespan. Health is a dynamic state which is
individually defined within the environment.

Environment

Environment consists of dynamic internal and external factors that interact to influence a person’s health.
The environment can be altered to positively affect a person’s health by changing or removing unhealthy
factors and enhancing or providing health promoting resources. Persons are influenced by and responsive to
their environments and can choose to alter their internal and external environments to influence their
health.

Nursing

Nursing is a professional way of caring which uses both art and science to respond to and interact with all
dimensions of the person and the environment to provide quality health care and promote quality of life in
health, illness and end of life. Nursing is concerned with human experiences and responses to birth, health,
illness and death within the context of individuals, families, groups and communities (American Nurses
Association, 1995). Nurses, individually and in collaboration with other health care professionals, provide
optimal health care and comfort of individuals and groups through the systematic application of knowledge
from nursing and other disciplines. Implicit in the practice of professional nursing is accountability for
professional growth and practice, demonstration of leadership, and commitment to the development and
application of nursing theory, nursing knowledge and research. Life-long learning leads to the optimal
development of both the individual practitioner and the discipline of nursing.

Accreditation status

The baccalaureate, master's, DNP, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at South Dakota State
University are accredited by the title="Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education">Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K
Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

College of Nursing graduate programs

The following degree or certificate options (and specializations) are offered by the SDSU graduate nursing
program:

  1. Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.)
    • nurse administrator
    • clinical nurse leader
    • nurse educator
    • family nurse practitioner
  2. Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • bachelor's to DNP with a choice of specializations:
      • family nurse practitioner
      • neonatal nurse practitioner (in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Kansas
        City)
      • family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (in collaboration with the
        University of Missouri-Columbia)
      • pediatric nurse practitioner (in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Columbia)
    • Post-master's to DNP
      • For applicants who hold a master's degree in nursing along with current licensure and
        certification in one of the advanced nursing specialties (nurse practitioner, nurse
        anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or nurse midwife).
    • Post-master's to DNP
      • For applicants who host a master's degree in nursing in a non-clinical specialty area
        such as nursing administration, nursing education and clinical nurse leader.
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • 60-credit option
      • for applicants who hold a master's degree in nursing
    • 90-credit option
      • for applicants who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing
  4. Post-graduate certificate*
    • family nurse practitioner (APRN-C)
    • clinical nurse leader
    • nurse educator
      • for applicants with a previous master's degree in nursing

***degree/certificate specific information can be found in the designated degree section of this handbook

Graduate nursing curriculum plans of study

  • title="Master's curriclum plans of study">master’s plans of study
  • title="Post-Graduate curriculum plan">post-graduate certificate plans of study
  • title="DNP plan of study">DNP plans of study
  • title="phd plan of study">Ph.D. plans of study

Admission information

Admission requirements/procedures

Admission information can be found on the graduate nursing website and on the Graduate School website.

Conditional admission status

Conditional admission may be granted for students enrolled in an accredited United States of American college
or university, if the applicant:

  1. meets the requirements for admission for the last three semesters but has not completed the last
    semester of undergraduate study. Admission is conditional until the bachelor’s degree is granted, OR
  2. lacks prerequisite undergraduate courses specified by the major program. Admission is conditional until
    these courses have been completed to the satisfaction of the program, OR
  3. has a grade point average between 2.75 and 3.0 cumulative for the junior and senior years.

A student admitted conditionally must satisfy any conditions within the first semester of enrollment in the
graduate program before receiving unconditional status. Performance required to receive unconditional status
will be provided to the student in the letter of acceptance. Failure of a student to fulfill the stated
conditions may result in dismissal from the program.

Non-degree seeking student

Students who are not pursuing a degree may register as non-degree seeking student. There is no application
fee to apply with the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student, though the student is responsible for
tuition and fees.

Special students may not receive graduate assistantships, financial aid or enroll for thesis/dissertation
credits. The dean of the Graduate School will act as an advisor for these students unless otherwise noted.

A special student may apply for admission into a graduate program using the normal procedures outlined in
this document.

No more than 12 credits acquired under special student status may be applied toward a degree.

Readmission

To maintain active status, students must be registered each semester of the academic year (excluding summer)
and must apply for readmission to their program. Graduate School policies in effect for the term of
readmission will apply. Official transcripts must be furnished for graduate work taken at other institutions
since last enrolled at South Dakota State University. Programs may require the student to update supporting
documents for the application. Students who are readmitted may be required to change their advisory
committee, file a new plan of study or resubmit other matriculation documents. The application fee will be
waived for those applicants applying for readmission as long as they were active within the past three (3)
terms; excluding summer. Students who are not registered each semester (excluding summer) will be moved to
inactive status and may be required to reapply before continuing their graduate studies. (*additional
information listed below under registration and status) New reference letters and transcripts are not
required for the graduate nursing program unless the previous student has completed coursework at non-South
Dakota State institutions prior to reapplying for admission. The material will be reviewed by the Graduate
Nursing Admissions and Scholastic Standards Committee and a readmission decision to the College of Nursing
graduate nursing program will be made on a space available basis. Previous coursework must be current or
updated following Graduate School policies and an updated background check will be required for students
inactive for 12 months or longer. If a previously admitted student has an enrollment lapse of 12 months, a
new application must be completed and submitted to both the Graduate School and the graduate nursing
program.


Section II: The graduate degree process

Academic integrity and appeals

(SDSU
Policy 2:4
, title="sdsu policy 3.1"> SDSU Policy 3:1, and href="https://www.sdbor.edu/policy/Documents/3-4.pdf" title="BOR policy 3.4">BOR Policy 3:4)

South Dakota State University has taken a strong and clear stand regarding academic dishonesty. Academic
integrity embodies ethical principles to act responsibly and take responsibility for one’s actions.
Integrity and honor function as forms of a “social contract” where individuals have a duty to follow the
rules and norms of academia as well as a duty to ensure their peers also follow such rules and norms.

Undergraduate and graduate students at the university are expected to maintain the highest standards of
academic conduct; if violated, the university takes a strong and clear stand regarding academic dishonesty.
The consequence of academic dishonesty ranges from disciplinary probation to expulsion.

For additional information on the academic dishonesty and academic appeals process and procedure reference href="https://www.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/Student%20Academic%20Misconduct%20and%20Academic%20Appeals.pdf"
title="sdsu policy 2.4">SDSU Policy 2:4, href="https://www.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/Student%20Conduct%20Code.pdf"
title="sdsu policy 3.1">SDSU Policy 3:1 and title="bor policy 3.4">BOR Policy 3:4.

Please review these documents to assure you are familiar with policy and procedures. It is imperative that
students have a clear understanding of what academic dishonesty is and how to avoid it. If you have any
questions about academic integrity and dishonesty, contact the course professor.

Academic performance and progression

Credit load

Full-time students are required to take a minimum of nine credits. Half-time students are required to take a
minimum of five credits. Three-fourths time students are required to take a minimum of seven credits.
Students may take a maximum of twelve credits per semester. Domestic students must be enrolled at least half
time (five credits) to receive Federal Aid. Loan deferment may also require full or part-time status.
Eligibility varies with financial aid programs and students should contact their lender for requirements.

Graduate assistants

(SDSU
Policy 2:16)

All graduate assistants must register for a minimum of one credit (including summer) in order to receive an
assistantship.

Credits needed for full-time student status for graduate assistants:

Percent time assistantship Credits needed spring/fall Credits needed summer
25% seven five
49% five three

**For financial purposes, students need to be enrolled in at least five credits regardless of semester of
study. Students with financial aid questions should email the
Office of Financial Aid
or visit the href="http://www.sdstate.edu/admissions/office-financial-aid" title="financial aid website">Office of
Financial Aid website.

Graduate assistantships are designed to provide financial support and intellectual guidance in support of the
student’s education. The primary goal of an assistantship is to facilitate progress toward the graduate
degree. Assistantships are not the form of compensation for the time graduate students spend on their thesis
or dissertation research. Students on research assistantships are expected to work on their own research
over and above the time for which they are compensated. Graduate research assistants must complete a work
log documenting compensable hours.

For specific criteria, guidelines, and more information regarding graduate assistantships visit the href="http://www.sdstate.edu/graduate-school/tuition-and-funding"
title="graduate school tuition and funding page">Graduate School tuition and funding page.

International graduate student credit requirements
Fall/spring semester

International graduate students are required to pursue a full-time course of study to maintain non-immigrant
status in accordance with the United States of American Code of Federal Regulations. International students
without an assistantship must register for nine credit hours per semester to pursue a full course of study.
Students with an assistantship would need to enroll in the appropriate number of credits corresponding with
the percentage of their assistantship. Students who fail to maintain a full course of study will be
considered out of status and may be terminated. The exceptions to a full course of study are limited but
very important. Students must seek the approval of the International Student Affairs office for
authorization to drop below nine credits per semester. See the href="https://www.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/2018-05/2018-2019_handbook.pdf"
title="international student handbook"> International Student Handbook for more information.

Summer semester

Full-time enrollment is required when the summer session is an international student’s first semester.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), international students who
begin their studies during a summer session must be enrolled full-time in order to maintain their F1/J1
status. It is a violation of USCIS regulations to permit an international student to begin a program and
only register for one credit the first semester they are here. Graduate programs that intend to admit
international students for the summer session/term must ensure that students will be able to enroll in
enough credits to maintain their full-time status. Students without an assistantship would need to register
for nine credits. Students with an assistantship would need to enroll in the appropriate number of credits
corresponding with the percentage of their assistantship. International students are allowed to register for
less than a full-time course load during all subsequent summer terms. This policy only pertains to
international students who are beginning their programs during a summer term.

Registration and status
  • To maintain active status, students must be registered each semester of the academic year (excluding
    summer).
  • Students completing their final oral exam or other degree requirements during a summer semester must be
    registered.
  • All graduate assistants must register for a minimum of one credit (including summer) in order to receive
    an assistantship.
  • Students who are not registered each semester (excluding summer) will be moved to inactive status and
    will be required to reapply before continuing their graduate studies.
Continual registration for dissertation, thesis, research/design paper

All graduate students who have completed the dissertation/thesis/research-design paper credits specified on
their plan of study are required to do one of the following each semester during the academic year and
summer term until the degree is awarded:

  1. Students who have completed the required number of dissertation/thesis/research-design paper credits on
    the plan of study, but are still involved in research work as part of the degree requirement, must
    continue to register for one credit for each succeeding semester, including summer.
  2. Students who miss the deadline for graduation in a given semester, but successfully complete their final
    oral exam and all other requirements prior to the start of the next semester, do not have to enroll in
    that semester in order to graduate.

Registration is the student’s responsibility and must be completed and payment made by the appropriate
deadline each semester. Failure to register may delay award of the degree and thereby require additional
registrations.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Policy/Title IX

South Dakota State University has a well-established commitment to maintaining a campus environment free from
discrimination and harassment, as articulated by federal and state law and university policy.

Non-discrimination policy

The university offers equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in education,
extension, and other services at the university to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience
and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other university service, without
discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender
identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran
status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination.

The university, in conjunction with state and federal law and applicable South Dakota Board of Regents and
university policies, is committed to the objectives of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative
action. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law, or through the procedures
established in University Policy 4:6 through the University Title IX/EO Coordinator.

Michelle Johnson,
Ed.D., Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer

Human Resources, Morrill Hall Room 100

South Dakota State University

Brookings SD 57007

Phone: 605-688-4128

Harassment, including sexual harassment policy

Harassment is a particularly harmful and illegal form of discrimination that breaks down trust within the
South Dakota State University community and impedes the ability of students, employees and others to
participate in an environment that allows them to achieve their fullest potential. Furthermore, harassment
is a violation of the expectation that every individual at South Dakota State deserves to be treated fairly,
with respect for his/her dignity as a person.

Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy

State and federal laws and policies strictly prohibit sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and
stalking, often treating such actions as criminal offenses. Such misconduct is not permitted or tolerated at
the university. South Dakota State University Policy 4:5 and its procedures set forth standards regarding
reports of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and the consequences of engaging
in such misconduct at the university.

Non-retaliation/privacy

Complainants, respondents, witnesses and other persons who have assisted, testified or participated in any
manner in any phase of a harassment or discrimination investigation will be protected against retaliation.
South Dakota State University's policy and applicable South Dakota Board of Regents, state and federal
regulations prohibit retaliation, coercion, interference and/or intimidation or any other adverse action
taken as a direct result of a complaint being brought forth.

All concerns are responded to and/or investigated in a highly sensitive manner. The privacy of the parties
involved is protected. The process is neutral, impartial and fair.

What you can do to address harassment or discrimination

If safe, approach the person you feel has discriminated against or has harassed you and communicate your
concern directly, in person or in writing. Ask them to stop the concerning behavior or comments immediately.
Report harassment or discrimination to the Title IX/EO coordinator (605-688-4128).

Reporting complaints

Concerns should be reported directly to the Title IX/EO coordinator:

Michelle Johnson,
Ed.D., Title IX/EO Coordinator & Affirmative Action Officer Human Resources Morrill Hall Room 100
Brookings, SD 57007

Phone: 605-688-4128

Email 1: Michelle.Johnson@sdstate.edu

Email 2: Equal.Opportunity@sdstate.edu

South Dakota State University has adopted a Compliance Hotline that offers two additional ways to report
concerns, including the option to report anonymously, if you choose: Toll-Free Reporting: 1-844-880-0004, href="https://www.lighthouse-services.com/sdstate" title="web reporting">web reporting.

If a student or employee confides in you their concern, please encourage them to report the issue or you are
required to report on their behalf. The university has a legal obligation to respond to issues, big and
small, so South Dakota State University requests that all concerns be brought forth. The university has many
resources and wants to support the entire campus community.

The complaint process is subject to the South Dakota Board of Regents policies, and will follow the
institutional policies listed below:

  • Policy 4:3 Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action
  • Policy 4:4 Harassment including Sexual Harassment
  • Policy 4:5 Prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
  • Policy 4:6 Human Rights Complaints

These policies can be found on the title="policies and procedures webpage">South Dakota State policies and procedures webpage.

What happens if a violation of policy occurs?

The University will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or retaliation that violates South Dakota Board
of Regents or university policy. Where such violations are investigated and found to have indeed occurred,
the university will take steps to end it immediately. An individual found to have engaged in discrimination,
harassment or retaliation will be subject to appropriate discipline, depending on the severity of the
misconduct. Sanctions for employees include formal reprimands, suspensions without pay, reductions in
responsibilities and termination. Sanctions for students include disciplinary probation, suspension and
expulsion. South Dakota State will provide the victim with remedies to alleviate the negative effects of the
harassment or discrimination. Such remedies may be regarding academic, residential, employment, financial
and transportation accommodations.

For more information

For more information on the policies established to promote equal opportunity and eliminate discrimination
and harassment at South Dakota State University visit the South Dakota State University href="https://www.sdstate.edu/disability-services/title-ix"
title="sdsu office of title itx/equal opportunity webpage"> Office of Title IX/Equal Opportunity
webpage.

Attendance policy

(Graduate nursing 2016-2017)

The graduate nursing program adheres to the South Dakota State University attendance policy ( href="https://catalog.sdstate.edu/content.php" title="sdsu policy 2.5">SDSU Policy 2:5). Specific
courses may include additional attendance requirements. Refer to the course syllabus for additional
information.

Courses/credits

Graduate study may include required activities on-campus in Brookings or at off-campus locations for degree
completion.

Add/drop procedures

  1. Dropping or adding courses should be discussed with one’s academic advisor. Courses can be dropped on
    Web Advisor or in the Registrar’s Office.
  2. The drop/add period is the time period during which students may adjust their academic schedule for the
    term without financial or academic consequences. The last day of the drop/add period for a course is
    designated as the census date for that course and is the official date for enrollment reporting. The end
    of the drop and add period for standard and non-standard courses offered in a semester shall be the date
    the first 10 percent of the term ends or the day following the first class meeting, whichever is later.
    When calculating 10 percent of the term, breaks of five or more days are not included when counting the
    total number of days but Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are. Student registrations can only be added
    to courses after the end of the drop and add period by approval of the chief academic officer (or
    designee) of the university

Students should not discontinue enrollment in a class without processing discontinuance via the official drop
procedure. An “F” will be recorded for an unofficial drop.

Grades for dropped courses

Graduate students who drop a course shall receive a grade of “W” if that action occurs any time between the
day after the census day for that course and the day that corresponds with the completion of 70 percent of
the class days for that course.

Grades for withdrawals from the Regental system

(see “withdrawals” for additional information)

Students who completely withdraw from the regental system from the first day of a class(es) until the census
date of the class(es) will have a pseudo course of WD 101 (Undergraduate) or WD 801 (graduate) with a “W”
grade entered on their transcript. Undergraduate and graduate students who withdraw from the system shall
receive a grade of “W” if that action occurs anytime between the day after the census day for that course
and the day that corresponds with the completion of 70 percent of the class days for that course.

A notation of the date of withdrawal will be included on the student’s transcript if he/she withdraws from
the system. (Refer to BOR
Policy 5:7.2
)

Last day to drop

For standard classes, the last day to receive a grade of “W” is determined by calculating 70 percent of the
class meeting days in the term, counting from the first day of classes in the term and rounding up if the
calculation produces a fractional value greater than or equal to 0.5. For any non-standard course, the last
day to receive a grade of “W” is based on the number of class meeting days for the course, using the method
described above. Similar proportional dates would be established by the Registrar’s Office for summer,
interim and other courses taught outside of the normal nine-month academic year. Students may not drop a
course or withdraw from the system after the time period specified above. ( href="https://www.sdbor.edu/policy/documents/5-7.pdf" title="bor policy 5:7:2">Refer to BOR Policy
5:7.2) If extenuating circumstances (i.e., illness) have prevented class participation, a petition
for an individual drop may be filed.

Auditing a course

Registration as an auditor in a course may be permitted. No credit is given. The audit fee is the established
tuition and fee rate. Registration for audit may be accomplished only after registration day by presenting
an Audit/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory form to the Registrar’s Office, Enrollment Services Center.

Auditing courses by graduate students will be a matter of record (recorded on their academic transcript). An
AU grade is given for Audit. This grade does not calculate into the semester or cumulative grade point
average. Audit courses are counted as part of the 19-hour rule for overloads. Audit courses are not counted
in calculating undergraduate or graduate full-time student status.

Cancellation of courses

In general, entry level graduate courses (500 or 600 level courses) will not be offered to fewer than seven
students and graduate only (700 or 800 level courses) will not be offered to fewer than four students unless
there is some special reason for doing so. Instructors will cancel courses with low enrollment or for other
reasons only with the approval of the dean of the academic college concerned.

Repeated courses

(BOR Policy 2:8:3D)

All courses taken appear on the student’s academic record, but when a course is repeated, only the most
recent grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average (GPA). This policy applies to both
undergraduate and graduate coursework. Relative to number of repeats allowed:

  1. A student may enroll in a graduate course (for which credit is granted only once) no more than two times
    without permission of the dean of the Graduate School.
  2. A student will be allowed unlimited enrollments in a graduate course for which credit toward graduation
    may be received more than once. An institution may limit the number of credit hours for courses that may
    be taken more than once that apply toward the requirements for a major.

Please notify the Registrar’s Office, Enrollment Services Center, when a course, whether failed or passed, is
repeated.

Residence requirements

A minimum of 60 percent of all credits on the student’s plan of study must be earned at South Dakota State
University. Residence credit is given only for graduate credit earned in courses offered by South Dakota
State. South Dakota State graduate nursing courses offered in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and by internet are
approved as residence credits.

Transfer credits

Graduate credits earned at other institutions may be applied toward an advanced degree if they were awarded a
grade of at least “B” (3.0), if they are approved by the advisor or advisory committee and the dean of the
South Dakota State University Graduate School, and if they are not part of a conferred degree. Transfer
credit is limited to graduate credit as defined by the institution issuing the transcript.

In order to be accepted by the Graduate School, the offering institution must accept the credits toward their
graduate program without restriction. Dual-numbered courses offered primarily for upper-level undergraduate
credit are (generally) not transferable as graduate credit.

Requests for transfer of credits are usually made at the time a plan of study is approved and must be
supported by an official transcript filed with the Graduate School. A minimum of sixty percent of all
credits in the program must be earned at South Dakota State University unless the program is part of an
approved joint or cooperative degree. Credits earned at another institution as a part of an approved joint
or cooperative degree program will not count as transfer credits for the purposes of this policy.

The student initiates the transfer process with the advisor and is responsible for providing the Graduate
School and the College of Nursing with course descriptions and transcripts. Transfer credits must be
approved by the associate dean for graduate nursing for inclusion in the plan of study.

Undergraduate students taking graduate courses

title="sdsu policy 2:22">(SDSU Policy 2:22, title="sdbor policy 2:8:3c">SDBOR Policy 2:8.3C, SDBOR Policy 2:10)

Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours may request to enroll in 500/600
level. Students will pay graduate tuition and the courses will be recorded on a graduate transcript. A
maximum of 12 graduate credits may apply to an undergraduate degree.

SDSU Policy 2:22 Use of graduate credit for undergraduate degree requirements designates standards concerning
the use of graduate credit to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements as allowed by SDBOR Policy 2:8.

Grades

(SDSU Graduate Catalog)

Graduate academic standards/grades

Cumulative 3.0 (B) average

The student must maintain a 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average (GPA) for courses in the graduate plan of
study. No credit is given toward a graduate degree for any grade below “C” in 500, 600, 700 or 800 level
courses. Students must have a cumulative plan of study GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate

Dissertation/thesis/research r design paper credits

Graduate students usually register for dissertation/thesis/research or design paper credit during several
semesters. A grade of satisfactory (S), unsatisfactory (U), or normal progress (NP) may be assigned during
the semester of registration, based on progress made. Credits receiving “U” will not be credited toward the
plan of study.

Seminars

A letter grade or a grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) may be assigned at the discretion of the
instructor.

Incomplete grades

When a graduate student is given an Incomplete grade (I) for any course in the student’s plan of study, the
instructor may indicate in writing to the student what additional work must be completed and may establish a
date at which such work must be completed. If the work is not completed in either the manner or time
prescribed, the instructor may change the Incomplete grade to whatever grade is justified as an evaluation
of the student’s work or may allow the grade to remain Incomplete. Incomplete grades given without this
procedure will remain as Incomplete on the student’s record unless changed because of completion of the
remaining work in the course. Incomplete coursework must be completed within one calendar year; extensions
may be granted by the Graduate School dean.

Repeated courses

All courses taken appear on the student’s academic record, but when a course is repeated, only the most
recent grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students should notify the
Registrar’s Office, when a course, whether failed or passed, is repeated.

Academic performance

Graduate students whose plan of study cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops to less than 3.0 will be
placed on academic probation and a hold will be placed on his/her registration for the subsequent semester.
This hold can be removed only after the student and his/her advisor submit a plan of improvement form found
the college
of nursing handbook
to the dean of the Graduate School indicating how the GPA will be brought up to
3.0 or better. In the semester following the hold, the student must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. If students
do not meet the GPA criteria, they may be subject to dismissal from their program or the university.
Students must also maintain academic standards as determined by their program.

Grading

(SDBOR Policy 2.10)

Petitions

A petition is a written request for an exception to any university or graduate program regulation, policy or
requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the petition or appeal using the href="https://insidestate.sdstate.edu/academics/Forms1/Forms/AllItems.aspx"
title="general petition form">general petition form.

Priority placement

Full-time graduate nursing students have priority in placement in nursing classes that have limited enrollment.

Student email

Email messages sent by South Dakota State University to students through university-assigned, jacks email
addresses will constitute an official means of communication even if students also possess a sdstate
account. It is the student’s responsibility and obligation to access official university e-mail messages in
a timely manner. As other email accounts may be blocked by the South Dakota State firewall, South Dakota
State is only able to monitor student emails coming from university assigned email accounts.

Student responsibility

Before a degree is granted, the student must meet all the requirements of the advisory committee, the
graduate program and the Graduate School. Students should note that graduate studies represent advanced work
and research in a discipline or interdisciplinary area and should be more than a compilation of course work.

Students are responsible for conforming to all published academic policies and degree requirements. They are
likewise responsible for the regulations concerning the degree they plan to obtain and any special
requirements within the program or academic unit.

In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to conform to the university’s and graduate nursing program
policies regarding the standard of work necessary to maintain enrollment in the South Dakota State
University Graduate School and the graduate nursing program.

The university and the graduate nursing program make every effort to provide accurate advising information.
However, it is the student’s responsibility to make certain that he/she has fulfilled all graduation
requirements.

Students with disabilities: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) statement

South Dakota State University reaffirms that it is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis
of physical or mental disability/impairment in the offering of all benefits, services, educational and
employment opportunities. The coordinator for disability services has been designated the South Dakota State
University “responsible employee” to coordinate institutional compliance with the non-discrimination
requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. In that capacity, the coordinator is
committed to ensuring that South Dakota State University provides an inclusive learning environment.

The coordinator will also be responsible for the effective integration of ADA procedures, and Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The coordinator serves as the personal contact for students seeking
information concerning the provisions of the ADA and their respective duties and rights provided therein.
The phone number for the Office of Disability Services is 605-688- 4504; href="mailto:sdsu.disability@sdstate.edu" title="email disability services">email the Office of
Disability Services.

Withdrawal

Those finding it necessary to withdraw from the university are urged to consult with a faculty advisor to
work out the best plan possible and then contact the Registrar’s Office, Enrollment Services Center to
process a withdrawal. Those who leave the University without processing an official withdrawal will be
reported as having failed the semester’s work. Grades transcripted are based on the date of application for
withdrawal. A student may withdraw from the university until 70 percent of instruction has been completed
(contact the Registrar’s Office for date information). After that date, if extenuating circumstances (i.e.,
illness) have prevented class participation, a petition for withdrawal may be filed through the Office of
Academic Affairs.

A student is considered withdrawn during a term if classes have begun and:

  1. The student has registered for at least one course and the student has initiated withdrawal from all
    state-support and self-support courses at all South Dakota Board of Regents universities in which the
    student was actively enrolled at the time of withdrawal, including courses in progress as well as those
    that have not yet begun, or;
  2. The regental home university has completed withdrawal procedures for administrative reasons including,
    without limitation, non-payment of tuition and fees or disciplinary sanctions.
  3. Students enrolled in two or more regental universities pursuant to financial aid consortia will be
    eligible for refunds as set forth herein only if they withdraw, drop out or are expelled from all
    classes at all regental universities for which they have enrolled.

Students who withdraw or are expelled from the regental system within the drop/add period receive a 100
percent refund of tuition and per credit hour fees. Students who withdraw or are expelled from the regental
system after the date the first 10 percent of the term ends for the period of enrollment for which they are
assessed may be entitled to a prorated refund.

Workshops

While any number of credits may be earned in workshops, a maximum of two such credits may be applied toward
an advanced degree. Workshop notation on transcripts will be used for application of this limitation.


Section III: Graduate nursing policies and requirements

Academic advising

At the time of admission, each M.S., Post-graduate certificate and DNP student is assigned to the assistant
director of nursing student services, graduate nursing for academic guidance.

The Ph.D. student is assigned to a major advisor who agrees to advise the student following the admission
interview. The M.S. Option B (project) or C (coursework only) student does not select a major advisor, but
is guided for advising purposes by the assistant director of student services, graduate nursing, and the
M.S. specialization coordinator.

The M.S. option A (thesis) and DNP student does select a qualified major advisor with graduate faculty status
to develop their plan of study according to program guidelines.

Students are expected to contact their major advisor at least once per semester. Students have the right to
petition the Graduate Admissions and Scholastic Standards Committee in writing to change their major
advisor.

It is the responsibility of the major advisor to:

  • advise the student concerning the selection of course work;
  • assist in planning and submitting the program of study;
  • provide counsel in other matters pertinent to successful completion of graduate study;
  • monitor the progress of the student and report as needed to the associate dean for graduate nursing;
  • advise the student with regard to the selection of committee members;
  • submit the Graduate School request for appointment of committee members including the graduate faculty
    representative;
  • chair the final oral examination.
Major Advisor (Committee Chair) Selection Schedule:
Degree Program option Selection timeline

Master's

*Option A (thesis) only

  • family nurse practitioner
  • clinical nurse leader
  • nurse administrator
  • nurse educator
enrollment in N670

Doctor of Nursing Practice

(Bachelor's to DNP)

  • family nurse practitioner
  • neonatal nurse practitioner
  • family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
  • pediatric nurse practitioner
  • pediatric clinical nurse specialist
enrollment in N850
Doctor of Nursing Practice (Master's to DNP)   Enrollment in N850
Ph.D.   First semester of coursework
Advising: Scholarly Project Guidelines

Graduate students in the College of Nursing may complete a scholarly project (thesis, M.S. project, DNP
project or dissertation) depending on the graduate nursing program, degree option or specialization.

Refer to specific program handbook under which the student is admitted and see Policy#G4140 – academic
advising listed above.

Changes in specialization

MS students

When students are admitted to the Master of Science in nursing program, they are admitted to one
specialization. Students wishing to change specialization must submit the student request for change of
program or specialization form (found in D2L, Nurs 114) to the Graduate Nursing Admissions & Scholastic
Standards Committee. Changes in specialization are available for the nurse educator, nurse administrator and
clinical nurse leader and family nurse practitioner.

If a current M.S. in nursing student requests to change to the family nurse practitioner option, the student
will be required to complete a new graduate nursing program application (via NursingCAS). Requests to change
to the family nurse practitioner option are only considered during the annual application cycle.

If approved, a change of plan of study form must also be completed.

DNP students

When students are admitted to the DNP degree program, they are admitted to one specialization. A change in
specialization requires the student to submit the student request for change of program or specialization
form (found in D2L, Nurs 114) to the Admissions & Scholastic Standards Committee.

If approved, a change of plan of study form must also be completed.

Ph.D. students: not applicable

Note: Students who desire to change degree programs are required to complete a new application to that
program.

Clinical information

Clinical setting selection
  1. Faculty members select student practicum sites and preceptors based on feasibility of achieving
    specified learning outcomes.
  2. Student input into selection of a clinical area or facility may be solicited for some courses.
  3. In order to obtain specific clinical experiences to meet course objectives, students may be required to
    travel to clinical settings in a variety of geographic settings. Students should be aware of the
    possibility of direct and indirect expenses associated with such travel.
  4. In order to maximize learning outcomes, students may be required to travel to distant or out-of-state
    clinical sites.

Student refusal to accept a clinical site may result in the student’s inability to complete the clinical
hours requirement – which may delay and/or impede progress in the program plan of study.

Specific requirements for students during experiences in facilities
  1. Professional apparel: Professional apparel that meets agency guidelines is expected.
    Conservative and professional dress clothing and a lab coat are the norm. No jeans or shorts or running
    shoes or bare midriff or low cut clothing are allowed then representing South Dakota State University in
    an agency as a student.
  2. Agency policies/student interaction: The student will work within the policies of the
    agency and maintain a constructive relationship with the agency.
  3. Student health information: The student is required to supply health information to
    facilities as requested, including but not limited to that required by Veteran's Administration and
    Indian Health Service facilities.
  4. Student Identification:
    • ALL students will be required to have the following:
      • South Dakota State University student photo I.D. badge
      • South Dakota State University College of Nursing Name pin
        • The pin will have a blue background with white letters and the following
          designation:
        • First name, (last initial), RN
        • South Dakota State University graduate student.
    • Family nurse practitioner students will also be required to have the following:
      • South Dakota State University College of Nursing –family nurse practitioner student
        photo I.D. badge

When in clinical areas, family nurse practitioner students must wear the photo I.D. badge which will identify
them as South Dakota State University family nurse practitioner graduate nursing students.

The photo I.D. cards (university student & family nurse practitioner student) are obtained from Card
Services Office (located on the Brookings campus) and will be distributed to new students during the
on-campus orientation.

The graduate student name pin is worn only when the student is participating in or involved in experiences
related to the graduate student role. The pin is ordered through the Departmental of Graduate Nursing
secretary and will be distributed to new students during the on-campus orientation.

The initial university student I.D. badge, the family nurse practitioner student I.D. badge, and the nursing
pin are provided at no charge. Cost for replacements are the responsibility of the student.

  1. Student personal expenses: The student is responsible for all personal expenses related
    to clinical experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation, hotel lodging, meals,
    etc.
Additional student charges for faculty site visits

Selected courses will require a faculty member visit to the student’s practicum site.

  • Students whose practicum site(s) are within the state of South Dakota or <200 miles from Brookings,
    Rapid City or Sioux Falls will not be required to pay additional charges.
  • Students whose practicum site(s) are outside the state of South Dakota or > 200 miles from Brookings,
    Rapid City or Sioux Falls will be required to pay for faculty travel to the site(s) for one to three
    visits per semester including:
    • airfare or mileage (or both if a rental car is required)
    • motel for the number of nights required
    • rental car fees
    • the student may also choose to travel to Brookings or Sioux Falls to do the “site visit” and pay
      their own travel expenses to their home campus.

Should a student fail a site visit thus requiring additional follow-up visit(s) by faculty, the student will
be responsible for all associated travel expenses for the repeat visit(s).

Compliance requirements

All undergraduate, master's, Ph.D. and DNP students are required to submit South Dakota State University
College of Nursing compliance documents. Documents must be submitted by the stated deadlines for each
program.

Non-compliance with document submission (by stated deadlines) will result in the following:

  • a hold will be placed on future course registration until the student is in compliance,
  • the student will not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences until in compliance, and
  • each absence will be considered unexcused.

To better serve our students, the South Dakota State University College of Nursing partners with href="https://www.castlebranch.com/" title="castlebranch">CastleBranch (formerly
CertifiedBackground.com) to manage the students' health compliance documents. The management system allows
students to meet the requirements of the agencies where they fulfill the clinical requirements of their
course work with ease by uploading required documents from their own personal computer or device.

What does this partnership mean for students?
  • Secure upload of immunization records and other compliance documents
  • Electronic access to your documents 24/7 while in the program, and continuing long after graduation
  • Email reminders for those requirements not yet completed or with approaching renewal deadlines
  • Easy and comprehensive way to complete background checks and drug screening

Once admitted to your nursing program, you will be given a package code and instructions to order your
certified profile through CastleBranch.

Do not send compliance documentation to the College of Nursing. All compliance records must be uploaded into
your online certified profile. Records can also be faxed or sent via mail to your certified profile. If you
need assistance, please call CastleBranch at 888-914-7279.

The graduate compliance requirements are program specific (see below):

  • master's students
  • B.S. to DNP students
  • DNP (post-master's) students
  • 90-credit Ph.D. students
  • Ph.D. students

Visit the c title="compliance webpage">ompliance webpage for all requirements.

Student responsibility to report offenses

Students in the graduate nursing program are required to report offenses, including but not limited to those
listed below, to the director of
nursing student services
within 48 hours of the offense.

Failure to report may result in disciplinary action and affect student status in the program.

  • Convictions, guilty plea, no contest plea or receipt of a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony
    or other criminal offense (excluding minor traffic violations).
  • Pending criminal prosecution against you which could constitute a felony.
  • Treatment (post admission and for duration of nursing program) for abuse/misuse of any alcohol or
    chemical substance to the extent that your ability to practice as a nurse would be impaired.
  • Physical, emotional or mental condition that has endangered the health and/or safety of persons
    entrusted in your care.

Course expiration

(Advanced: Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, Pharmacology for non-certified APRN students)

title="graduate nursing policy #g4380">(Graduate Nursing Policy #G4380)

Guidelines for the expiration of coursework in the “3P” courses (Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical
Assessment) for graduate nursing students who are not currently certified as an APRN.

Students must have current knowledge and skills to be competent in these areas. Students may not enroll in a
practicum course if the length of time for each of the three courses listed above exceeds five years.
Additionally, in accordance with the consensus model, each of these three courses must contain a lifespan
component.

  1. Students who are admitted to the graduate nursing program of study will have a plan of study on file
    which demonstrates the appropriate timeline for each of these three courses.
  2. Students who transfer in coursework from another institution will provide evidence of a family or
    lifespan component for each of the “3 P” courses. In addition, the coursework needs to be completed no
    later than five years from the enrollment in the first practicum course.
  3. Students who choose to unenroll from the plan of study will be notified of this policy.
  4. If a student exceeds the five-year statute of limitations for any of the “3 P” courses, the student will
    need to repeat the course which has expired prior to enrolling in a practicum course.

Dress code guidelines

(Effective Spring 2018 semester)

Practicum/clinical/lab attire
  • Men’s and women’s pants should be no shorter than ankle length and they should not touch the ground.
    Leggings should not be worn as pants.
  • If skirts/dresses/tunics are worn, they must be no shorter than just above the knee.
  • No wearing of clothing items that are transparent, midriffs, low cut tops, tank tops/camisoles, and no
    exposed undergarments with the exception of men’s white crew neck t-shirt. No clothing with graphic
    designs or any clothing that may be considered disrespectful.
  • Closed toes shoes and stockings must be worn. Sandals and high heel shoes are not acceptable.
  • Lab coats and name/picture badges must be worn.
  • Clothing or jewelry that may dangle or hang low, such as bulky scarves or cardigans with wide collars,
    bangle bracelets, or long necklaces is not allowed.
  • Hair should be worn above the collar and off the face or pulled back into a ponytail in clinical
    situations that warrant this such as while performing or observing sterile procedures.
  • Engagement and wedding rings may be worn, but may need to be removed when
  • safety or infection control is a concern. There is a limit of one ring worn per hand.
  • Clean-shaven or a neatly trimmed beard or mustache is acceptable.
  • Fingernails should be clean, short, neatly trimmed, and unpolished. The definition of "short" is that
    when you look from the palm side of the hand you should not see the fingernail.
  • All body and facial piercing jewelry should be removed when in clinical or lab.
  • If removal of pierced jewelry is not an option and the reason is justified, the jewelry will need to be
    covered. Ear piercing is the exception to this rule. Small stud earrings may be worn with a limit of two
    per ear. No dangling or hoop earrings.
  • Tattoos should be covered as much as possible.
  • Clinical site policies supersede College of Nursing policies if more stringent.

Fees

Nursing delivery and program fees

While enrolled in graduate study within the College of Nursing, the student is required to pay a special
Board of Regents approved graduate nursing delivery fee and a nursing program fee per credit registered. The
fee is used for a variety of expenses in delivering the graduate courses, e.g., faculty travel to clinical
sites within 75 miles of campus, faculty travel to classes in Sioux Falls, special supplies, independent
study materials and special lab equipment. The fee is evaluated annually and will change depending upon the
costs of the program. This fee is paid in addition to other regular university fees.

Grades and degree/progression requirements

Students must meet South Dakota State University Graduate School admission, progression and graduate
standards, and are responsible for meeting admission criteria and prerequisite courses required for
progression in the graduate nursing program.

Grades

Per the Graduate Catalog no
credit is given toward a graduate degree for any grade below ‘C’ in 500, 600, 700 or 800 level courses.

A student must earn a B or higher in each graduate nursing course to progress in the graduate nursing
program. There is no rounding of grades in graduate nursing courses. If a C or lower is earned, the course
must be repeated. title="sdsu graduate nursing policy #g4230"> Graduate nursing grading policy #G4230.

Grading scale
  • A = 91 to 100
  • B = 81 to <91
  • C = 71 to <81
  • D = 61 to <71
  • F = <61

To pass a clinical course, a student must earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in both the didactic and the clinical
portion. If a ‘C’ or lower is earned in a required course, the course must be repeated in order to progress
in the plan of study.

Per Board of Regents
Policy 2:8:3D: Repeated Courses
: All courses taken appear on the student’s academic record, but when
a course is repeated, only the most recent grade is calculated into the cumulative GPA. This policy applies
to both the undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Relative to the number of repeats allowed:

  1. A student may enroll in a graduate course (for which credit it granted only once) no more than two times
    without permission of the dean of the Graduate School.
  2. A student will be allowed unlimited enrollments in a graduate course for which credit toward graduation
    may be received more than once. An institution may limit the number of credit hours for courses that may
    be taken more than once that apply toward the requirements for a major.

A graduate student who needs to retake a course is re-enrolled in the course on a space available basis.

A student who fails a course due to unsafe practice in a clinical experience will not be eligible for
readmission to the nursing practicum courses unless evidence is submitted that the unsafe behaviors have
been corrected.

Academic progression

The criteria and processes for progression towards a program or degree completion is found in graduate
nursing policy #G4280: Graduate student academic progression. The graduate nursing policy on academic
progression is two-fold in that it includes both the over-arching Graduate School policy and graduate
nursing specific components as identified below:

Graduate school policy

The South Dakota State University graduate nursing program adheres to the Graduate School academic
performance & progression found the title="sdsu graduate catalog">Graduate Catalog.

Graduate nursing program policy

The graduate nursing program requires the following additional criteria for progression:

  1. Students are required to successfully complete each course in their respective program plan of study.
    Successful completion is defined as completing the required course with a grade of ‘B’ or higher.
  2. Students who do not successfully complete the required course(s) will be required to repeat the
    course(s) in order to progress in the program.
  3. A student may enroll in a required graduate course (for which credit is granted only once) no more than
    two times without permission of the dean of the Graduate School (per Graduate School policy). Withdrawal
    from a course(s) is counted towards the number of enrollments in the course(s). Repeated course
    enrollment is based on space availability in the course.
  4. All students who interrupt continuous registration (excluding summer semester) which will effect
    progression in the program are required to complete and submit the following documents for review and
    consideration by the Graduate Nursing Department (associate dean for graduate nursing, graduate
    admissions committee chair, assistant director, nursing student services):
    1. Graduate nursing program application for program readmission (located in D2L NUR 114). In
      addition, students who have failed to successfully complete a required course or courses, will
      be required to complete the following:
    2. Graduate nursing program student academic plan for success * (located in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114) *this will be completed in
      collaboration with the academic advisor

Requests are reviewed each semester and decisions made based on space availability and academic performance.

All undergraduate and graduate nursing students are expected to adhere to the tenets and principles of the
current edition of the Code of Ethics for Nurses from the American Nurses Association. The Code
of Ethics for Nurses
communicates a standard of professional behavior expected throughout the total
program and in each individual nursing course. Therefore, in addition to dismissal for academic failure, the
faculty and administration of the Departments of Undergraduate Nursing and of Department of Graduate Nursing
reserve the right to dismiss any student enrolled in either the undergraduate or graduate program for
unethical, dishonest, illegal or other conduct that is inconsistent with the Code of Ethics for
Nurses
.

Students as research participants

title="policy #c1970">(Policy #C1970)

All research projects that include recruiting students as study participants shall be approved by the College
of Nursing Research Committee and the university Institutional Review Board (IRB). The research committee
meets monthly during the nine-month academic year. Project proposals that include students as study
participants must be submitted to the research committee chair at least 2 weeks prior to the next scheduled
monthly meeting to be included in the agenda for review.

  1. The principal investigator (PI) will submit the research proposal to the College of Nursing Research
    Committee ideally before submitting the proposal to the Institutional Review Board. The proposal must
    include background, methods (sample, design, statistical analysis and timeline), instruments,
    recruitment materials and informed consent documents.
  2. The College of Nursing Research Committee will review the proposal for student research activity burden
    for approval. Student participation in research is voluntary, and no course credit or waiving on any
    course assignments in exchange for study participation is permitted.
  3. The College of Nursing Research Committee Chair will provide written notice of approval, decline to
    approve with rationale, or pending approval with request for additional information, within one week
    after the scheduled committee meeting in which the proposal was discussed.
  4. South Dakota State University Institutional Review Board. Information about conducting research with
    human participants can be found on the href="https://www.sdstate.edu/research-and-economic-development/research-compliance"
    title="sdsu research and economic development"> South Dakota State University Office of Research and
    Economic Development webpage.

Prerequisite courses

  1. An approved statistics course (completed within five years of admission to the program) is prerequisite
    to NURS 626, Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing.
  2. NURS 615, Advanced Practice Nursing: Introduction to Roles and Issues is prerequisite or concurrent to
    all other nursing courses.
  3. NURS 623, Pathophysiology Applied to Advanced Practice Nursing, if required in the chosen
    specialization, is prerequisite to NURS 631, Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan.
  4. NURS 631, Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan, if required in the chosen specialization, must be
    completed prior to any practicum course.
  5. PHA 645, Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan: Application to Advanced Practice, if required

    in the chosen specialization, must be completed prior to any practicum course.

Readmission

title="graduate nursing policy #g4390">(Graduate nursing policy #G4390)

New reference letters and transcripts are not required for the graduate nursing program unless the previously
enrolled student has completed coursework at non-South Dakota State University institutions prior to
reapplying for admission. The material will be reviewed by the Graduate Nursing Admissions and Scholastic
Standards Committee and a readmission decision to the College of Nursing graduate program will be made on a
space available basis. Previous coursework must be current or updated following Graduate School policies and
updated specific program compliance requirements will be required for students inactive for 12 months or
greater. If a previously enrolled student has an enrollment lapse of 12 months or greater, a new application
must be completed and submitted to both the South Dakota State University Graduate School and the graduate
nursing program.

Specialization coordinator

The South Dakota State University graduate nursing program provides for a M.S., DNP, and Ph.D. specialization
coordinator. These coordinators will function as the primary contact person for students within their
selected specialization e.g. M.S. (nurse educator, nurse administrator, clinical nurse leader, family nurse
practitioner), DNP (B.S.N.-DNP/FNP, MSN-DNP, DNP/Neonatal NP, DNP/Psychiatric Mental Health NP,
DNP/Pediatric NP), or Ph.D.

Coordinator information is posted in D2L, NURS 114.

Student behavior in a course

Classroom/lab

If a student’s behavior in a course is considered to be unsafe or disruptive by the faculty member, it is the
responsibility of the faculty member to inform the student of the unsafe or disruptive behavior as soon as
possible and provide guidance and direction for improvement. Should a student’s behavior continue to be
unsafe or disruptive, the faculty member has the right to remove the student from the course. The student
must be informed of why she or he is being removed, and must be presented with a written learning contract
within two working days.

The written learning contract must include:

  1. A description of the unsafe behavior;
  2. The criteria that must be met for return to the classroom / lab area;
  3. The date by which the criteria must be met;
  4. The consequences of not meeting the criteria or the date.

The written learning contract is signed by the faculty member and the student and a copy is forwarded to the
associate dean for graduate nursing. The student is accountable for the terms of the contract.

Unsafe or unacceptable behavior during clinical courses

If a student’s behavior is considered to be unsafe in the clinical setting, it is the responsibility of the
faculty to talk with the student about the behavior and to provide guidance and direction for improvement.
The guidance may include a learning contract.

The following are examples of unsafe or unacceptable performance.  However, this is not an inclusive
list, and the final determination of unsafe behavior is based on the faculty member’s professional judgment:

  • Inability to complete care within the established time frame
  • Inappropriate or untimely communication
  • Evidence of behaviors that reflect an impaired state
  • Evidence of inadequate preparation for clinical activities
  • Incorrect or inadequate assessment/intervention
  • Failure to follow dress code guidelines
  • Dishonesty

In consideration of faculty guidance, should a student’s behavior continue to be unsafe in a clinical course
and the student has chosen not to drop the course, the faculty member can choose to remove the student from
the clinical area. The faculty should advise the student a failing grade will be given, but the student has
ultimate responsibility to drop the course.

Travel

See College of Nursing
policy #C4340.

Use of equipment by graduate students

Some of the equipment in the College of Nursing is available for check out by DNP students. It is the
student’s responsibility to check out the equipment properly, take reasonable care of it, and return the
equipment in the allotted time. The student is responsible for the condition of the equipment while the
equipment is checked out in their name. A deposit for using this equipment is required and is returned to
the student when the equipment is returned in good condition.

Use of external editor (by students) in scholarly writing

An external editor is defined as anyone with no (a) no official instructional capacity in a course taken by
the student, or (b) responsibility for supervision of a program-specific student writing requirement whose
services are solicited and used by the student for the purpose of providing feedback intended to improve
scholarly writing.

Expectations
  1. Students who use an external editor assume sole responsibility for their own academic work.
  2. These expectations and guidelines apply to all scholarly work during graduate study including
    coursework, the capstone project and paper, thesis, or dissertation.
  3. For courses taken at the South Dakota State University College of Nursing, use of an external editor
    must be disclosed to the course professor.
  4. Use of an external editor is prohibited for the Ph.D. student comprehensive written exam, without
    exception.
Guidelines

If a graduate nursing student employs the assistance of an external editor, the following guidelines apply:

What the editor MAY address What the editor MAY NOT address
Converting passives and impersonal usages into active voice Changing the text of the work to clarify and/or develop substance, ideas or arguments
Ensuring consistency of tenses, page numbers, headers and footers Correcting information within the work
Improving the position of tables and figures, and addressing associated grammar, spelling and
punctuation of text within tables and figures
Providing or supplying references
Correcting spelling and punctuation, shortening long sentences, editing long paragraphs,
ensuring proper grammar and syntax
Reducing the length of the work so that it falls within a specified length or word limit
Formatting according to APA Changing the ideas and arguments put forward within the work

Use of social media

The College of Nursing recognizes that social medial websites such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter,
LinkedIn, and YouTube are important means of communication and learning.  However, students who use
these web sites and applications must be aware of the critical importance of who has access to these
sites.  Additionally, students must recognize that posting certain information may be
illegal.  

Students should review the href="https://www.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/policies/upload/Acceptable-Use-of-Social-Media.pdf"
title="sdsu social media policy">South Dakota State University social media policy prior to
utilizing these sites and applications. Students are also encouraged to review the href="https://www.nursingworld.org/~4af5ec/globalassets/docs/ana/ethics/fact_sheet_-_navigating_the_world_of_social_media_web.pdf"
title="ANA socia media fact sheet">American Nurses Association social media fact sheet and the href="https://www.ncsbn.org/3874.htm"
title="national council of state boards of nursing white paper">National Council of State Boards of
Nursing white paper on the use of social media.

Visitors and auditors in class

It is a violation of state and university policy for anyone, including children and infants, to attend
courses without being registered for credit, audit or as visitors. There are legal liabilities associated
with unauthorized individuals attending class. Faculty members may grant special permission in certain
limited circumstances which have been negotiated in advance of the class.

Students from on and off campus may register as auditors. They must apply for admission, register and pay the
regular tuition and fees. A transcript will be generated showing that they have audited the course (graded
AUP or AUF).

Registration as an auditor is enrollment for informational instruction only. Regular attendance at class or
classes is customary without other participation and without credit. The cost to audit a course is the
established South Dakota Board of Regents approved tuition and fee rate. Registration for audit may be
limited by space or permission of the instructor.

Courses audited by graduate or undergraduate students will be recorded on the academic transcript. A
transcript notation of AU will be given in each course audited. Audited courses are counted as part of the
19-hour rule for overloads. Audit courses are not counted in calculating undergraduate or graduate full-time
student status or for the purposes of financial aid.

Audit courses cannot be used as a basis for testing out of a course for a letter grade or as prerequisites.


Section IV: Graduation policies and procedures

Graduate catalog deadlines

The South Dakota State
University Graduate Catalog
for each academic year contains the deadlines which must be met to
insure graduation in the fall, spring or summer session. The student must check with the Graduate School
early in the semester as dates listed may be subject to change. If a student has completed all classes and
has successfully defended the thesis, dissertation or project but missed the deadline to graduate in one
semester, then that student must apply for graduation in the following semester. Students are not allowed to
participate in commencement unless the deadline for defense has been met.


Section V: Resources/miscellaneous information for students

Photocopying services

Students are responsible for expenses of photocopying related to class presentations and other course
assignments.

Forms used by graduate students

Common forms used by graduate students can be found on the title="graduate school forms webpage">Graduate School forms webpage.

Library services

The Hilton M. Briggs Library on
the South Dakota State University campus is available on campus and via Internet for off campus students.

Students may also utilize the title="wegner health science information center">Wegner Health Science Information Center located on
the Sanford/USD Medical Center campus and via Internet.

Student health

On-campus students pay a required university activity fee each semester. Payment of this fee enables students
to receive health care at title="student health clinic"> Student Health and Counseling. The required university fee provides
certain health care services including: unlimited outpatient visits with professional health care providers,
human sexuality services, contraceptive consultation, health education programs and other services at a
reduced cost.

Off-campus students do not pay the university activity fee and are not eligible to receive medical care at
Student Health and Counseling.

For further information, call the health information line at 605-688-4157.

On-campus housing

Although the University provides limited residence hall accommodations for single graduate students and
family housing for married students, most graduate students live off campus. Prospective students should
inquire about housing from the director of student housing. Contact information can be found on the href="http://www.sdstate.edu/reslife/" title="residential life webpage">Residential Life webpage.

Counseling center

Students with educational, vocational or personal difficulties can receive special assistance through Student
Health and Counseling. For further information, call 605-688-6146.

Honor societies

Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Inc. (the international honor society of nursing) was chartered at SDSU in
1962. Membership is by invitation and is conferred upon students who have demonstrated superior scholastic
achievement, shown evidence of professional leadership potential, and/or marked achievement in the field of
nursing. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to:

  1. Recognize superior achievement.
  2. Recognize the development of leadership qualities.
  3. Foster high professional standards.
  4. Encourage creative work.
  5. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.

Pursuant to Sigmat Theta Tau International bylaws changes approved in November 2013, graduate students may
now be inducted as a nurse leader. Phi Chapter invites nominations for nurse leaders to include graduate
students who may be early in their program of study. Interested students who meet the membership criteria
are encouraged to submit to the Phi Chapter president a brief bio-sketch stating why they would like to
become a Phi Chapter member (<250 words); the board will review and approve these statements prior to the
annual induction ceremony. Additionally, for graduate students who do not fulfill the criteria as a nurse
leader, the criteria for membership is as follows. A full-time graduate student is eligible for nomination
upon the completion of at least one grading period of his/her academic program. A part-time graduate student
may be eligible upon the completion of one-half of his/her academic program. Information about scholarships
and awards are available from the chapter president.

The South Dakota State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society, was established in
1949. Phi Kappa Phi's primary objectives are the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in
all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only with the number of graduate students elected
limited to 10 percent of those qualifying for degrees. Because of the high standards of scholarship and
character required for membership, election to Phi Kappa Phi is one of the highest honors a student can
receive at South Dakota State University or any other university. Initiation occurs twice a year with the
spring ceremony preceding the annual Phi Kappa Phi banquet. After graduation, members may maintain active
membership by paying dues and maintaining an association with the Society, or they may become inactive
members.

Opportunities for student participation in decision making

There are a number of ways the graduate student in nursing can participate in the decision-making related to
the university and the master's program in nursing. For example, graduate nursing students are appointed to
serve on the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

Students are asked to take an active role in the evaluation of the graduate nursing program. Student input is
vital to the maintenance of a quality program. Students will be asked to evaluate courses and instructors
each semester during the program. Each graduating student is invited to participate in an exit interview
with the associate dean for graduate nursing. Following graduation, graduates are asked periodically to
evaluate the program and their preparation for graduate nursing practice. This feedback is utilized by
faculty in ongoing curriculum development and revision.

Financial assistance

The Office of Financial Aid's
address is Administration 106, Brookings, SD 57007-2201. The phone number is 605-688-4695.

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except the office is closed on scheduled
holidays.

Scholarship/loan repayment opportunities

The Graduate Nursing Department may have funding available through grants from the United States Department
of Health and Human Services:

  1. Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
  2. Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW)

Information about these opportunities in addition to other possible external funding options can be found on
the title="graduate nursing scholarship and loan repayment page"> Graduate nursing scholarship and loan
repayment page.


Section VI: Course descriptions

Graduate Catalog

See the South Dakota State
University Graduate Catalog
for current course descriptions.


Section VII: Master of Science in Nursing degree specific program option information

Program purpose

Established in 1979, the Master of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University prepares nurses for
advanced practice in nursing administration, leadership, clinical practice or education.

Program outcomes

To prepare nurse administrators, clinical nurse leaders, family nurse practitioners and nurse educators who:

  1. Apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  2. Engage in life-long learning,
  3. Serve South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world in urban, rural and frontier health care
    settings, and
  4. function in leadership roles.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Incorporate knowledge and theories from nursing and other supportive disciplines to promote and
    translate evidence into practice to effectively tailor health care to diverse populations.
  2. Use leadership strategies at the organizational and individual level to work with interprofessional
    teams to recommend quality improvement initiatives to provide safe healthcare delivery and improve
    population health.
  3. Assume accountability to influence health policy, improve healthcare delivery, decrease health
    disparities and address the diversity of health care needs.
  4. Utilize informatics to enhance delivery of healthcare to a population.
  5. Communicate effectively with populations to improve health through population-centered strategies of
    health promotion/disease prevention education.
  6. Master's Specialization specific student learning outcomes:
    1. Nurse administrator: Analyze and apply a broad spectrum of administrative functions such as
      management principles and business skills to influence health care delivery systems (meets
      program content student learning outcome, essential IX).
    2. Nurse educator: Utilize acquired knowledge and skills to develop and implement a nurse educator
      evidence-based practice in a variety of settings (meets program content student learning
      outcome, essential IX).
    3. Clinical nurse leader: Utilize microsystem assessment date to design, implement and evaluate
      evidence-based interventions that improve safety and quality for selected populations (meets
      program content student learning outcome, essential IX).
    4. Family nurse practitioner: Collaborate with the interprofessional team in the translation,
      implementation, analysis and dissemination of evidence-based practice to improve healthcare
      outcomes (meets program content student learning outcome, essential IX).

Academic advisor

Each student admitted to the MS program is assigned to the assistant director of nursing student services,
graduate nursing for academic guidance. The student and advisor should meet (in person, by telephone, or by
email) at least once each semester.

Faculty advisor

The M.S. Option B (research project) or Option C (thesis) student does not select a major advisor but is
guided for advising purposes by the assistant director of nursing student services, graduate nursing and the
master's specialization coordinator. The master's specialization coordinator will assist with student
inquiries specific to the area of specialty.

The M.S. Option A (thesis) student selects a qualified major advisor, with graduate faculty status, to
develop their plan of study according to program guidelines. The major advisor is selected by the student no
later than the completion of NURS 670.

The student is expected to contact their major advisor at least once per semester.

The student has the right to petition the Graduate Admissions and Scholastic Standards Committee in writing
to change his/her major advisor (see change of advisor section below).

It is the responsibility of the major advisor to:

  1. Advise the student concerning the selection of coursework;
  2. Assist in planning and submitting the official plan of study;
  3. Provide counsel in other matters pertinent to successful completion of graduate student;
  4. Monitor the progress of the student and report as needed to the associate dean for graduate nursing;
  5. Advise the student with regard to the selection of committee members;
  6. Submit the Graduate School request for appointment of committee members including the graduate faculty
    representative;
  7. Chair the final oral examination.

Change of advisor

Students may change their thesis or project advisor by submitting a href="https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=30f8a511-bba6-46ca-8b8c-f93c92192e2f"
title="change of advisor form"> change of advisor form to the South Dakota State University Graduate
School.

Challenge exams

The College of Nursing does not offer challenge exams for graduate nursing courses.

Program options and graduation requirements

Program of study options/course requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing program requires completion of 31-58 graduate credits. The number of actual
credits will vary based on the chosen specialization.

Up to 40 percent of the credits can be transferred in from other universities with the approval of the
Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing.

Program length/time limitation

Master’s programs with a major in nursing are usually completed in two to four years depending on credit load
and if the student chooses full-time or part-time study.

If the requirements for the Master’s Degree are not completed within six years from the program start date, a
form to request an extension of the graduate program must be submitted to the Graduate School. The request
will be reviewed and a decision as to whether the student may continue in the program will be made by the
graduate school dean.

Plan of study requirements and changes

At the time of admission, the nursing graduate student is assigned an academic advisor. The student should
make an appointment to meet the academic advisor in order to become acquainted and to discuss the student’s
plan of study.

The plan of study for the M.S. and post-graduate certificate program students (templates located in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114) should be submitted to the student’s
faculty and academic advisors at the start of the second year of the program. After approval and signature
is obtained from the faculty advisor, the plan of study is sent to the dean of the Graduate School for
approval. The plan of study for the doctoral students, DNP and Ph.D. (templates located in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, Nurs 114) will be drafted once all committee
members are finalized. The student is responsible for obtaining all the committee member signatures prior to
filing the plan with the Graduate School

Students who have filed an official plan of study with the Graduate School are bound by the approved plan.
Any changes to the plan of study must be approved by the faculty advisor and Graduate School. This process
is done via completion of the change to plan of study form (template located in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, Nurs 114) and then sent to the Graduate School.

If a student has not filed a plan of study and changes are made to the program and/or specialization
curriculum plan, the student must file a plan of study that adheres to the new requirements. Students who
have already filed a plan of study may choose to adhere to the existing approved plan of study or may choose
to file a change of plan of study that reflects the program and/or specialization curriculum plan.

Obsolete Coursework

Courses completed more than six years prior to completion of the requirements of the master’s degree are
regarded as obsolete coursework. Such courses may be used in the master’s degree program if validated.
Validation is allowed at the discretion of the advisory committee and department involved and can be
accomplished by passing validation requirements in the subject matter area and submitting the href="https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=9462a66d-fcf4-4431-acfd-3bbc8c92e6e6"
title="validation form">validation form to the Graduate School.

Validated coursework cannot exceed 50 percent of the total coursework (excluding thesis and research paper
credits) listed on the plan of study and must be certified by the advisory committee.

Course validation may be subject to a processing fee. Only courses taken at South Dakota State University may
be validated.

NOTE: Only courses taken at South Dakota State University may be validated. Therefore, if a course taken at
another institution was originally approved at the time of admission to the program and outdates prior to
completion of the student’s program, the South Dakota State University course equivalent will need to be
completed since courses from other institutions are not eligible for validation.

Procedure for updating/validating outdated course work

The following guidelines are designed to assist the student, advisor and instructor in completing the update
process:

  1. During the semester preceding the semester of the update, the student initiates the process with her or
    his academic advisor. The advisor will notify the current course instructor of the student’s need to
    update.
  2. The advisor will notify the student of the name of the instructor who has agreed to complete the update.
    It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor. The student must complete arrangements the
    semester preceding the update. Delay in arrangements may result in delaying the updating process, as the
    agreement is based on time and faculty assignment in that particular semester.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to determine the requirements for a successful update, based on
the current course requirements. Copies of updated exams are filed with the Graduate School.

Payment of a fee is required by the Graduate School and additional documentation may also be required.

The Graduate School sets title="graduate school guidelines for graduation">guidelines for graduation each semester. Consult
with the graduate nursing program for other program specific requirements and deadlines.

Thesis, project or coursework only

The Master’s program specializations include three options. Refer to the curriculum plans located on the href="https://www.sdstate.edu/nursing/graduate-nursing/areas-study"
title="graduate nursing webpage">graduate nursing website (current admission year) or in
Desire2Learn (D2L) platform under NURS114 (prior
admission years). Each Option has different curriculum and credit requirements for graduation:

  1. Option A (thesis) which includes a minimum of five credits of NURS 798 Thesis. The thesis is an original
    research study of limited scope completed under the direction of a thesis advisor. The thesis is
    defended at the oral exam but must be accepted and approved by the Graduate School before the student is
    allowed to graduate.
  2. Option B (project) which includes a minimum of two credits of NURS 788 Problems in Nursing Research. The
    project is a scholarly work of limited scope in which the student develops and presents in-depth
    knowledge in a defined subject area of interest relevant to the student’s specialization and educational
    focus. The project is completed under the direction of the M.S. specialization coordinator.
  3. Option C (coursework only) in which a thesis or project is not required.

Current students may access the project and thesis guidelines by utilizing the Desire2Learn ( href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L) platform under NURS 114. A thesis or project
must also comply with Graduate School requirements as shown in “Instructions for Thesis” available from
Inside State (faculty) and MyState Online (students).

College of Nursing master’s degree specializations do not require a written examination. Master’s Option A
requires inclusion of a scholarly paper to be presented and discussed at the final oral exam.

For master’s degree specializations Option A, Graduate School rules for graduation require a final oral
examination before a committee comprising a minimum of two faculty members with graduate faculty status from
the College of Nursing and one university graduate faculty representative appointed by the Graduate School.
A listing of College of Nursing graduate faculty can be found in title="D2l">D2L course NURS 114.

For master’s degree specializations Options B and C, College of Nursing final exam/competencies will be
determined by the graduate nursing program.

It is expected that the student will work closely with the academic, thesis or project, specialization
coordinators, and faculty advisors in order to meet all of the requirements for graduation. Please refer to
NURS 114 in D2L for specific information and
instructions about projects and thesis and final exams.

Research/design (project-option B) planning checklist
Requirement/procedure Timeline
Meet with master's specialization coordinator to discuss project idea and tentative timeline,
project expectations, etc.
To be determined following discussion between student and specialization coordinator.
Discuss project during final examination process (as determined by the specialty).  As determined by the specialization coordinator.
Final Submission of research/design (project) paper (option B only) Submitted directly to the Graduate Nursing Department by specified deadline.

*The Graduate school sets title="graduate school guideliens for graduation">guidelines for graduation each semester.

Thesis (option A) planning checklist
Requirement/procedure Timeline
Designation of major (faculty) advisor Upon completion of third core course.
  • Meet with major advisor to discuss thesis and tentative timeline.
  • Collaborate with major advisor to select committee members.
  • Submit request for Graduate School representative member of the committee.
  • Thesis:
    • Develop thesis proposal.
    • Defend thesis proposal to committee.
    • Implement thesis proposal.  
    • Prepare final thesis paper.
To be determined following discussion between student and major advisor.
  • Defend thesis during final Oral Exam.
  • Discuss project during final oral exam (if applicable for specialization)
During final semester by deadline *determined by the South Dakota State University Graduate
School
Thesis formal check (option A only) After successful completion of final oral exam, by deadline. *
Final submission of thesis (option A only)
  • Must complete formal check first. Final submission due by deadline. *
  • Signed acceptance page & library fee must also be submitted.

*The Graduate school sets title="graduate school guideliens for graduation">guidelines for graduation each semester.

Grading thesis and project credits

The appropriate grading for NURS 788 (project) and NURS 798 (thesis) is “S” (satisfactory) or “U”
(unsatisfactory) at the completion of credits each semester. The “IP” (in progress) designation is
inappropriate for grading thesis and project credits.

Human subjects protection

The project or thesis advisor will determine with the student whether the student’s research does or does not
involve human subjects. A download copy of the form for approval from the South Dakota State University
Human Subjects Committee can be found on the href="https://www.sdstate.edu/division-research-and-economic-development/research-compliance"
title="sdsu research compliance webpage"> Research Compliance webpage. The thesis or project advisor
will also help the student determine whether or not other approvals are necessary before data collection
begins.

If human subjects are involved in the thesis or project, the form must be sent to the South Dakota State
University Human Subjects Committee for approval. Data collection using human subjects cannot be initiated
until approval from the compliance officer has been received in writing.

Final oral exam

Students who choose option A – thesis, will follow the Graduate School requirements for the final oral exam.
Students who choose either option B – project or option C – coursework only will follow the Graduate Nursing
Department degree specialization requirement for the final exam.

Section VIII: Post-graduate certificate specific program option information

Program purpose

The purpose of the post-graduate certificate option is to prepare nurses for advanced practice in leadership,
education and clinical practice (APRN-C).

Program outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  2. Engage in life-long learning, and
  3. Serve South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world in urban, rural and frontier health care
    settings.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Display competence within the legal scope of practice for chosen specialization.
  2. Evaluate and utilize research within advanced nursing practice.
  3. Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse
    lifeways of clients.

Academic advisor

Each student admitted to the M.S. or post-graduate certificate program is assigned to the assistant director
of nursing student services, graduate nursing, for academic guidance. The student and advisor should meet
(in person, by telephone, or by email) at least once each semester.

Faculty advisor

Each student will also receive guidance from the master's specialty coordinator. The coordinator will assist
with student inquiries specific to the area of specialty.

Challenge exams

The College of Nursing does not offer challenge exams for graduate nursing courses

Program options and graduation requirements

The post-graduate certificate specializations include three options: clinical nurse leader, nurse educator
and family nurse practitioner (APRN-C).

Requirements for each specialization differ – contact your academic advisor for more information.

Program length and course requirements

Post-graduate certificate programs are usually completed in two to three years depending on credit load.

For clinical nurse leader and nurse educator certificate applicants

Pre-requisite coursework or equivalent courses (NURS 631/L, Advanced Physical Assessment, NURS 623, Advanced
Pathophysiology and PHA 645, Advanced Pharmacology) must have been completed within five years prior to
admission to the program or the applicant will be required to complete prior to beginning the certificate
program coursework.

For family nurse practitioner certificate applicants

Students who have not previously completed either NURS 623, Pathophysiology-Lifespan, PHA 645,
Pharmacotherapeutics - Lifespan, or NURS 63, Advanced Assessment - Lifespan OR have completed equivalent
coursework greater than five years from the first practicum course (NURS 765), will be required to complete
those courses as part of this program (graduate nursing policy #G4380).

All previous coursework taken at South Dakota State University or non-South Dakota State University
institutions will be reviewed and evaluated for equivalency by the graduate nursing program in accordance
with the Graduate School and graduate nursing program guidelines/policies. Only courses approved by the
associate dean for graduate nursing will be allowed on the student’s plan of study.

Plan of study requirements

The nursing graduate student will work with the academic and faculty advisors to review and complete the plan
of study The post-graduate certificate plan of study will be individualized based on the student’s
prior  master's degree program completion.

The plan of study should be submitted to the student’s academic advisor at the start of the second year of
the program or sooner, if applicable. Upon approval by the academic advisor, the plan of study is sent to
the Graduate School for approval.

Students who have filed an official plan of study with the Graduate School are bound by the approved plan.
Any changes to the plan of study must be approved.

Plan of study changes

If a student has not filed a plan of study and changes are made to the program and/or specialization
curriculum plan, the student must file a plan of study that adheres to the new requirements. Students who
have already filed a plan of study may choose to adhere to the existing approved plan of study or may choose
to file a change of plan of study that reflects the program and/or specialization curriculum plan.

Obsolete coursework

Courses completed more than six years prior to completion of the requirements of the master’s degree are
regarded as obsolete coursework. Such courses may be used in the master’s degree program if validated.
Validation is allowed at the discretion of the department involved and can be accomplished by passing
validation requirements in the subject matter area and submitting the href="https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=9462a66d-fcf4-4431-acfd-3bbc8c92e6e6"
title="validation form">validation form to the Graduate School.

Validated coursework cannot exceed fifty percent of the total coursework (excluding thesis and research paper
credits) listed on the plan of study and must be certified by the advisory committee. Course validation may
be subject to a processing fee.

NOTE: Only courses taken at South Dakota State University may be validated. Therefore, if a course taken at
another institution was originally approved at the time of admission to the program and outdates prior to
completion of the student’s program, the South Dakota State course equivalent will need to be completed
since courses from other institutions are not eligible for validation.

Procedure for updating/validating outdated course work

The following guidelines are designed to assist the student, advisor and instructor in completing the update
process:

  1. During the semester preceding the semester of the update, the student initiates the process with her or
    his academic advisor. The advisor will notify the current instructor of the course needing updating of
    the student's request.
  2. The advisor will notify the student of the name of the instructor who has agreed to complete the update.
    It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor. The student must complete arrangements the
    semester preceding the update. Delay in arrangements may result in delaying the updating process, as the
    agreement is based on time and faculty assignment in that particular semester.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to determine the requirements for a successful update, based on
the current course requirements. Copies of updated exams are filed with the Graduate School.

In consideration of faculty guidance, should a student’s behavior continue to be unsafe in a clinical course
and the student has chosen not to drop the course, the faculty member can choose to remove the student from
the clinical area. The faculty should advise the student that they will fail the course; however, the
student has ultimate responsibility to drop the course.

Payment of a fee is required by the Graduate School and additional documentation may also be required.


Section VIX: Certification

Nurse educator specialization

Students who complete the nurse educator, the nurse administrator, the clinical nurse leader or family nurse
practitioner specializations are eligible to take the national certification exam for their respective
specialization (see below).

Note: Additional requirements may be required by the certifying body, e.g. nursing experience, experience in
specific employment setting/role, etc.

National certification eligibility Certifying body
Certified Nurse Educator National League for Nursing href="http://www.nln.org/professional-development-programs/Certification-for-Nurse-Educators"
title="national league for nursing (nln)">(certified nurse educator NLN page)

Nurse administrator specialization

Students who complete the nurse educator, the nurse administrator, the clinical nurse leader or family nurse
practitioner specializations are eligible to take the national certification exam for their respective
specialization (see below).

Note: Additional requirements may be required by the certifying body, e.g. nursing experience, experience in
specific employment setting/role, etc.

National certification eligibility Certifying body
Nurse Executive – Board Certified American Nurses Credentialing Center title="ancc nurse executive page">(nurse executive ANCC page)
Nurse Executive-Advanced Board Certified

American Nurses Credentialing Center ( href="http://www.nursecredentialing.org/NurseExecutive-Advanced"
title="ancc nurse executive advanced">nurse executive advanced ANCC page)

Certified Nurse Manager and Leader American Organization of Nurse Executives ( title="certified nurse manager and leader aone page">nurse manager and leader AONE page)
Certified in Executive Nursing Practice American Organization of Nurse Executives ( href="http://www.aone.org/initiatives/cenp-prepare.shtml"
title="certified in executive nursing practice aone page">executive nursing practice AONE
page)

Clinical nurse leader specialization

Students who complete the nurse educator, the nurse administrator, the clinical nurse leader or family nurse
practitioner specializations are eligible to take the national certification exam for their respective
specialization (see below).

Note: Additional requirements may be required by the certifying body, e.g. nursing experience, experience in
specific employment setting/role, etc.

National certification eligibility Certifying body
Clinical Nurse Leader Commission on Nurse Certification title="clinical nurse leader cnc page">(clinical nurse leader CNC page)

Family nurse practitioner specialization

Students who complete the nurse educator, the nurse administrator, the clinical nurse leader or family nurse
practitioner specializations are eligible to take the national certification exam for their respective
specialization (see below).

Note: Additional requirements may be required by the certifying body, e.g. nursing experience, experience in
specific employment setting/role, etc.

National certification eligibility Certifying body
Family nurse practitioner
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board href="https://www.aanpcert.org/" title="family nurse practitioner aanp page">(family
    nurse practitioner AANP page)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center href="http://www.nursecredentialing.org/FamilyNP"
    title="family nurse practitioner anc page">(family nurse practitioner ANC page)

Section X: Doctor of Nursing Practice degree specific program option information

Program purpose

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was established in 2009. The program was developed in response
to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing position statement on the practice doctorate in nursing.
The position statement supported moving the preparation of advanced practice nurses from the Master of
Science in Nursing to the doctoral level by the year 2015.

The purpose of the DNP program is to prepare advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to transform clinical practice
as expert clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and underserved populations.

In addition to delivering evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals
across the lifespan in primary care settings, graduates of the DNP program will learn skills needed to
produce and implement valuable evidence to guide practice and are prepared to work collaboratively with
rural communities in an effort to reduce health disparities.

Program outcomes

  1. To prepare graduates as clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and underserved
    populations.
  2. To prepare graduates to deliver evidence-based direct patient care to individuals across the lifespan in
    primary care settings.
  3. To prepare graduates to produce and implement scientific evidence to guide practice.
  4. To prepare graduates to work collaboratively with frontier, urban and rural communities in an effort to
    reduce health disparities.

Student learning outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will successfully demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Integrate theoretical and scientific underpinnings of nursing and other disciplines to address emerging
    health care and practice issues.
  2. Engage in health policy at all levels to influence health care delivery concerns, such as health
    disparities, cultural sensitivity, ethics, access to care health finance and quality of care.
  3. Employ evidence-based practice and advanced clinical judgment to comprehensively assess design and
    deliver care for individuals across the lifespan.
  4. Demonstrate leadership at the organizational and/or systems level to address health outcomes of
    individuals and populations though evidence-based initiatives.
  5. Utilize advanced nursing knowledge and information systems/technology related to clinical prevention and
    health promotion to address gaps in healthcare.
  6. Collaborate with the interprofessional team in the translation, implementation, analysis, and
    dissemination of evidence-based practice to improve healthcare outcomes.
  7. Doctor of Nursing Practice specialization specific student learning outcomes:
    1. B.S.to DNP family nurse practitioner: Employ evidence-based practice and advanced clinical
      judgment to comprehensively assess, design, and deliver care for individuals across the
      lifespan.
    2. B.S. to DNP pediatric nurse practitioner: Employ evidence-based practice and advanced clinical
      judgment to comprehensively assess, design and deliver care for pediatric individuals.
    3. B S. to DNP neonatal nurse practitioner: Employ evidence-based practice and advanced clinical
      judgment to comprehensively assess, design and deliver care for neonates.
    4. B.S. to DNP family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner: Employ evidence-based practice
      and advanced clinical judgment to comprehensively assess, design and deliver mental health care
      for individuals across the lifespan.
    5. Post-master's DNP: Employ evidence-based practice and and advanced clinical judgment to
      comprehensively assess, design and deliver care for individuals or populations.

Academic advisor

At the time of admission, each Doctor of Nursing Practice student is assigned to the assistant director of
nursing student services, graduate nursing, for academic guidance.

Faculty advisor

All students will also receive guidance from the DNP specialty coordinator. The coordinator will assist with
student inquiries specific to the area of specialty.

DNP students will select a qualified major advisor with graduate faculty status to develop their plan of
study according to program guidelines and to serve as the DNP project advisor. This will be completed during
the NURS 850 course.

The student is expected to contact their major advisor at least once per semester.

It is the responsibility of the major advisor to:

  1. Advise the student concerning the selection of coursework;
  2. Assist in planning and submitting the official plan of study;
  3. Provide counsel in other matters pertinent to successful completion of graduate student;
  4. Monitor the progress of the student and report as needed to the Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing;
  5. Advise the student with regard to the selection of committee members;
  6. Submit the Graduate School request for appointment of committee members including the graduate faculty
    representative;
  7. Chair the final oral examination.

Students may request to change the faculty advisor by submitting a href="https://www.sdstate.edu/graduate-school/forms" title="change of advisor">written request to
the Graduate School.

Challenge exams

The College of Nursing does not offer challenge exams for graduate nursing courses

Program options and graduation requirements

Program of study options/course requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing program requires completion of 31-58 graduate credits. The number of actual
credits will vary based on the chosen specialization.

Up to 40 percent of the credits can be transferred in from other universities with the approval of the
associate dean of graduate nursing.

Program length/time limitation

Master’s programs with a major in nursing are usually completed in two to four years depending on credit load
and if the student chooses full-time or part-time study.

If the requirements for the master's degree are not completed within six years from the program start date, a
form to request an extension of the graduate program must be submitted to the Graduate School. The request
will be reviewed and a decision as to whether the student may continue in the program will be made by the
Graduate School dean.

Plan of study requirements and changes

At the time of admission, the nursing graduate student is assigned an academic advisor. The student should
make an appointment to meet the academic advisor in order to become acquainted and to discuss the student’s
plan of study.

The plan of study for M.S. and post-graduate certificate program students (templates located in D2L, NURS
114) should be submitted to the student’s faculty and academic advisors at the start of the second year of
the program. After approval and signature is obtained from the faculty advisor, the plan of study is sent to
the dean of the Graduate School for approval. The plan of study for the doctoral students, DNP and Ph.D.
(templates located in D2L, Nurs 114) will be drafted once all committee members are finalized. The student
is responsible for obtaining all the committee member signatures prior to filing the plan with the Graduate
School

Students who have filed an official plan of study with the Graduate School are bound by the approved plan.
Any changes to the plan of study must be approved by the faculty advisor and Graduate School. This process
is done via completion of the change to plan of study form (template located in D2L, Nurs 114) and then sent
to the Graduate School.

If a student has not filed a plan of study and changes are made to the program and/or specialization
curriculum plan, the student must file a plan of study that adheres to the new requirements. Students who
have already filed a plan of study may choose to adhere to the existing approved plan of study or may choose
to file a change of plan of study that reflects the program and/or specialization curriculum plan.

Obsolete coursework

Courses completed more than six years prior to completion of the requirements of the master’s degree are
regarded as obsolete coursework. Such courses may be used in the master’s degree program if validated.
Validation is allowed at the discretion of the advisory committee and department involved and can be
accomplished by passing validation requirements in the subject matter area and submitting the href="https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=9462a66d-fcf4-4431-acfd-3bbc8c92e6e6"
title="validation form">validation form to the Graduate School.

Validated coursework cannot exceed 50 percent of the total coursework (excluding thesis and research paper
credits) listed on the plan of study and must be certified by the advisory committee.

Course validation may be subject to a processing fee.

Only courses taken at South Dakota State University may be validated.

NOTE: Only courses taken at South Dakota State University may be validated. Therefore, if a course taken at
another institution was originally approved at the time of admission to the program and outdates prior to
completion of the student’s program, the South Dakota State course equivalent will need to be completed
since courses from other institutions are not eligible for validation.

Procedure for updating/validating outdated coursework

The following guidelines are designed to assist the student, advisor, and instructor in completing the update
process:

  1. During the semester preceding the semester of the update, the student initiates the process with her or
    his academic advisor. The advisor will notify the current course instructor of the student’s need to
    update.
  2. The advisor will notify the student of the name of the instructor who has agreed to complete the update.
    It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor. The student must complete arrangements the
    semester preceding the update. Delay in arrangements may result in delaying the updating process, as the
    agreement is based on time and faculty assignment in that particular semester.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to determine the requirements for a successful update, based on
the current course requirements. Copies of updated exams are filed with the Graduate School.

Payment of a fee is required by the Graduate School and additional documentation may also be required.

DNP project

The Doctor of Nursing Practice options require the completion of a DNP Project (NURS 880). Additional
information on this process can be found in the DNP Project Handbook in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114.

DNP project committee and committee chair guidelines

DNP committee

Each DNP student will have a committee to guide and evaluate the DNP Project. The committee will include the
major advisor (chair), two South Dakota State University College of Nursing faculty members who hold
graduate faculty status, and a SDSU graduate representative.

  • B.S. to DNP students or post-master’s DNP family nurse practitioner students who do not have advanced
    practice registered nurse (APRN) certification must have one committee member with APRN certification in
    the specialty in which the student is seeking a degree.
  • Post-master’s DNP students who are certified as an APRN (CNP, CNM, CRNA, or CNS) do not need to have a
    faculty member on the committee with the same APRN certification as the student.
  • B.S. to DNP students who are in the specialization programs in collaboration with University of
    Missouri-Columbia or University of Missouri-Kansas City will need a committee member representing the
    APRN specialization from U of Missouri-Columbia or U of Missouri Kansas City. This committee member can
    serve only if they hold a doctorate degree and may not serve as committee chair. This committee member
    is in addition to the three South Dakota State University College of Nursing committee members.
  • The Graduate School will assign a graduate representative to ensure the quality and fairness of the DNP
    project process including the final oral exam.
  • The DNP student will identify a stakeholder in the clinical setting who will serve as an expert in the
    DNP Project topic area.The stakeholder will guide project implementation in the clinical setting. The
    stakeholder is encouraged to participate in DNP proposal and defense, but is not required to attend the
    proposal and defense.

DNP major advisor

Each DNP student will select a major advisor based on following guidelines

  • The DNP student is guided to select a major advisor who holds a terminal degree, a practice focus, and
    associated APRN certification or educational background (e.g., CNP, CNS, CNM, or CRNA). This guideline
    is based on standards set by the Graduate School, the 2015 American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    (AACN) DNP white paper, and the College of Nursing Standards (2014) for clinical-track faculty.
  • DNP students are provided with a table of information for chair selection that includes eligible
    faculty, faculty practice expertise, terminal degree, clinical project interests and APRN certification.
    This table represents the first tier for major advisor selection.
  • A DNP student may request a major advisor who is not APRN certified or educated but who holds a terminal
    degree and whose practice or content expertise aligns with the DNP student’s project topic. In this
    case, the DNP student must ensure APRN specialty representation by one or two of the other committee
    members.
  • The DNP project major advisor process begins in NURS 850. The APRN curriculum coordinator explains the
    process verbally during class and in a follow-up email.

Section XI: Doctor of Nursing Practice degree specific program option information University of Missouri Partnership

In addition to the above listed information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the following applies to the students
admitted to the specialization options offered in partnership with the University of Missouri.

Program purpose

South Dakota State University graduate nursing program is committed to providing educational experiences in
order to prepare graduates who are well equipped to meet the needs of high demand specialty areas.

In partnership with the University of Missouri – Columbia, South Dakota State offers the DNP in the following
specialty areas:

  • Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner

In addition, via a partnership with the University of Missouri – Kansas City, South Dakota State offers the
DNP in the following specialty area:

  • neonatal nurse practitioner

Students will take didactic coursework from South Dakota State along with clinical coursework from the
University of Missouri. Upon completion of all coursework outlined in South Dakota State curriculum plan for
the chosen specialty, the student will make application for graduation from South Dakota State. The DNP
degree will be granted by the South Dakota State University Graduate School.

Students will work with their assigned academic cdvisor to develop a plan of study that reflects coursework
from both institutions. The student is required to make contact with the University of Missouri during the
first semester of South Dakota State coursework to notify them of an approximate time frame that the student
will begin coursework with the University of Missouri. The academic ddvisor will assist the student in this
process.

The student is responsible for working with the University of Missouri personnel to complete the admission
requirements, course registration, etc. that the University of Missouri requires. Information specific to
each program is listed below – students will be expected to adhere to the University of Missouri processes,
policies and procedures while enrolled in their coursework.

Students will be required to adhere to on-Campus requirements set by the University of Missouri – Columbia.
The specific dates, etc. can be found on their web pages (hyperlinked below).

title="university of missouri - columbia">University of Missouri – Columbia

Robin C. Harris,
DNP, RN


Director, DNP Program

430 Sinclair School of Nursing

Columbia, MO  65211

(573) 882-7969

harrisrc@missouri.edu

 

Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner

Name Role/position Contact information
Nancy M. Birtley, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BS, PMHNP-BC coordinator adult & family PMHNP area of study S343 Sinclair School of Nursing University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211

(573) 884-7355

email
Leslie McPeak office support assistant – Ph.D. and DNP Program

(573) 882-0200

800-437-4339

email

Pediatric nurse practitioner

Name Role/position Contact information
Tammy Rood, R.N., M.S.N., CPN, CPNP-PC, AE-C   S417 Sinclair School of Nursing Columbia, MO 65211

573-882-0228

email
Leslie McPeak office support assistant – Ph.D. and DNP Program

(573) 882-0200

800-437-4339

email

Important links:

  • title="student handbook 2017-2018">Student Handbook (2017-2018)
  • title="dnp information from missouri">DNP information
  • title="clinica practical information from student handbook">Clinical practical information – pages
    28-36 of the Student Handbook

Neonatal nurse practitioner

University of
Missouri - Kansas City website

Name Role/position Contact information
Susan J. Kimble, DNP, R.N., ANP-BC DNP program director UMKC School of Nursing & Health Sciences

2464 Charlotte

Kansas City, MO 64108

(816)235-5962

email
     
Daphne Reavey, Ph.D., R.N., NNP-BC clinical faculty, neonatal nurse practitioner program UMKC School of Nursing & Health Sciences

2464 Charlotte

Kansas City, MO 64108

email
Casey Bauer senior academic advisor UMKC School of Nursing & Health Sciences

2464 Charlotte

Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 235-1733

email
Beck Boettcher (contact to request registration in UMKC courses) director of student services UMKC School of Nursing & Health Sciences

2464 Charlotte

Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 235-1740

email
Clinical information/forms

Effective January 2018, all NNP students enrolled in NNP courses with the UMKC will be required to follow the
instructions and use the UMKC specific forms found in D2L, Nurs 114.

Important web links:

  • target="_blank" title="umkc personal responsibility statement">Personal Responsibility Statement
  • title="umkc policy and procedure manual">Policy and Procedure Manual – Page 33 of the Policy
    & Procedure Manual
  • title="umck background check">Criminal background check
  • title="umkc mental health background check">Mental Health background check (only if doing
    clinicals in MO)

DNP project

The Doctor of Nursing Practice options require the completion of a DNP Project (NURS 880). Additional
information on this process can be found in the DNP Project Handbook in D2L, NURS 114.

DNP Project Credit Registration and Expected Outcomes Contract

DNP students will be registered in DNP project credits based on their plan of study and curriculum plan.

Students who register for (non-didactic) DNP project credit must collaborate with the faculty project advisor
in the development of a NURS 880 student contract. The contract will outline the expected outcomes of the
credits for which the student is registered for that semester and the contracted activities that the student
will be required to complete in order to receive a satisfactory grade. Failure to meet the semester expected
outcomes will result in a "U" grade which will require registration in additional credits towards the plan
of study.

The student contract form is located in the D2L, NURS 114, Graduate Nursing Course.

DNP Project Committee & Committee Chair Guidelines

Each DNP student will have a committee to guide and evaluate the DNP project. The University of Missouri
student committee will include:

  1. Major advisor (chair) *South Dakota State University College of Nursing faculty member
  2. Two South Dakota State University College of Nursing Faculty members who hold graduate faculty status,
  3. A University of Missouri faculty who hold the same degree/specialty the student is pursuing*, and
  4. A South Dakota State University graduate faculty representative.

* B.S. to DNP students who are in the specialization programs in collaboration with University of
Missouri-Columbia or University of Missouri-Kansas City will need a committee member representing the APRN
specialization from University of Missouri-Columbia or University of Missouri-Kansas City. This committee
member can serve only if they hold a doctorate degree and may not serve as committee chair. This committee
member is in addition to the three South Dakota State University College of Nursing committee members.

The South Dakota State University Graduate School will assign a graduate representative to ensure the quality
and fairness of the DNP Project process including the final oral exam.

The DNP student will identify a stakeholder in the clinical setting who will serve as an expert in the DNP
Project topic area. The stakeholder will guide project implementation in the clinical setting. The
stakeholder is encouraged to participate in DNP proposal and defense, but is not required to attend the
proposal and defense.

DNP major advisor

Each DNP student will select a major advisor based on the following guidelines:

Section XII: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree specific program option information

Introduction

Established in 2005, The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to assume roles as
healthcare researchers, faculty, and healthcare administrators with an emphasis on health promotion and
disease prevention in underserved and rural populations. The Ph.D. program educates nurse scientists in
academic, research, practice and policy roles to address healthcare issues in urban, rural, frontier and
reservation areas.

Program Competencies

At the completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate the following
competencies:

  1. Conduct original research relevant to the discipline of nursing.
  2. Integrate nurse scholar and scientist role components of research, teaching,
    mentoring and service to the profession.
  3. Contribute to the advancement and dissemination of nursing science.

Academic major advisor/advisory committee

As part of the admission process, the doctoral student will select a graduate faculty member who will serve
as the major advisor or dissertation chair. The student and the dissertation chair will discuss the
selection of the student’s advisory committee.

Each student will also receive guidance from the Ph.D. specialty coordinator. The coordinator will assist
with student inquiries specific to the Ph.D. program/degree.

This process, the makeup of the committee, and the role of the advisory committee are described in the href="https://catalog.sdstate.edu/index.php" title="sdsu graduate catalog">Graduate Catalog

Plan of study

The major advisor and the student will develop an initial plan of study. Once the advisory committee is
formed, the plan of study will be approved by the advisory committee. The advisory committee and student
must meet at least once a year or more frequently as needed.

Plan of study course requirements

Total credits required for 60-credit plan of study

a minimum of 60 credits is required for a doctorate beyond the master's degree.

Plan of study component Credit requirements
nursing core 17
statistics* 6
research practicum 3
electives 12-15 (must include on additional statistics or research methods course)
dissertation 19-22
total minimum credits60

Forty credits required for the degree must be earned in the program. Dissertation and transfer credits may
apply. Not all courses need to be in a single department or area, but all courses should be closely related
to the program area.

The advisory committee may require more credits than the minimum listed previously if it believes the extra
requirements are in the best interest of the student.

*Statistics courses that have been approved to meet the minimum 6 credit statistics requirement for the Ph.D.
in Nursing plan of study are as follows:

  • HSC 631, Biostatistics I (SDSU)
  • HSC 731, Biostatistics II (SDSU)

Statistics courses other than HSC 631 and HSC 731 on a student’s plan of study must be approved by the
associate dean for graduate nursing to be eligible to meet the statistics requirement.

Total credits required for 90-credit plan of study

a minimum of 90 credits is required for a doctorate beyond the bachelor's degree.

Plan of study component Credit requirements
nursing core 32
statistics/research methods 6
research practicum 3
electives 27-30 (must include one additional statistics or research methods course)
dissertation 19-22
total minimum credits90

Sixty credits required for the degree must be earned in the program. Dissertation and transfer credits may
apply. Not all courses need to be in a single department or area, but all courses should be closely related
to the program area.

**Statistics courses that have been approved to meet the minimum six credit statistics requirement for the
Ph.D. in Nursing plan of study are as follows:

  • HSC 631, Biostatistics I (South Dakota State University
  • HSC 731, Biostatistics II (South Dakota State University)

Statistics courses other than HSC 631 and HSC 731 on a student’s plan of study must be approved by the
associate dean for graduate nursing to be eligible to meet the statistics requirement.

Minor or supporting course (if required)

Few programs require a minor.  Please see departmental requirements for specific minors.

Graduate credit requirement

Credit applied toward graduate credentials should be at the 500-level and above. At least 50 percent of the
credits on a plan of study must be in courses 600-series or above.

Please refer to the href="https://www.sdstate.edu/sites/default/files/policies/upload/Credit-Requirements-for-Graduate-Degree-Programs.pdf"
title="bor credit policy">Graduate Credit Requirements Policy for more information.

Language requirement

There is no general language requirement for the doctoral degree. However, individual departments may require
a speaking or reading knowledge of a modern language other than English.

Research practicum

The purpose of the research practicum is to immerse the student in actual ongoing research. This experience
will increase the student’s knowledge in the methodology and with the phenomenon that the student has chosen
to study. The following are examples of potential research practicum experiences:

  • Independent study linking the student to an institute that offers study in a particular methodology;
  • Preceptored research projects;
  • Work on ongoing research with an experienced researcher in the student’s chosen field of study.

The student has a major responsibility in setting up the practicum in collaboration with the major advisor. A
contract needs to be completed by the research mentor, the advisor, associate dean for graduate nursing and
the doctoral student. (research practicum student contract, found in title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114).

Costs associated with an external mentor are the responsibility of the student. An example of an external
mentor would be an external methodology expert.

Ph.D. grading policy

( title="policy #g4230">policy #G4230)

Per the Graduate Catalog
(Grades), no credit is given toward a graduate degree for any grade below ‘C’ in 500, 600, 700 or 800 level
courses.

A student must earn a B or higher in each graduate nursing course to progress in the graduate nursing
program. There is no rounding of grades in graduate nursing courses. If a C or lower is earned, the course
must be repeated. SDSU Graduate Nursing Grading Policy #G4230.

Grading Scale:

  • A = 91 to 100
  • B = 81 to <91
  • C = 71 to <81
  • D = 61 to <71
  • F = <61

To pass a clinical course, a student must earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in both the didactic and the clinical
portion. If a ‘C’ or lower is earned in a required course, the course must be repeated in order to progress
in the plan of study.

Per title="bor repeated course policy">BOR Policy 2:8:3D: Repeated Courses: All courses taken appear on
the student’s academic record, but when a course is repeated, only the most recent grade is calculated into
the cumulative GPA. This policy applies to both the undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Relative to the number of repeats allowed:

  1. A student may enroll in a graduate course (for which credit it granted only once) no more than two times
    without permission of the Dean of the Graduate School.
  2. A student will be allowed unlimited enrollments in a graduate course for which credit toward graduation
    may be receivedmore than once. An institution may limit the number of credit hours for courses that may
    be taken more than once thatapply toward the requirements for a major.

A graduate student who needs to retake a course is re-enrolled in the course on a space available basis.

Doctoral student participation in faculty research

Faculty members are encouraged to make learning opportunities in research available to graduate students who
are highly encouraged to work with them conducting research to meet degree requirements. Graduate students
may be employed as graduate research assistants, or contract for practicum or independent study credit. When
graduate students are involved in research and are enrolled for academic credit through research practicum
or independent study, a tailored syllabus and/or contract between student and faculty member must be
negotiated and signed by both faculty member and student with a copy forwarded to the associate dean for
graduate nursing prior to course registration. Faculty members may not award course credit or derive any
course assignments in exchange for students serving to advance any part of the faculty member’s research
which is unrelated to course objectives.

Doctoral student professional development

Attendance at the annual conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) is required a minimum of
two times (first attendance occurs during NURS 820) to encourage doctoral students to network with
researchers and nurse scientists. During the third year of the program, doctoral students are required to
submit an abstract to either MNRS or a professional conference of their choice to continue their
professional development in the nurse scientist role.

Examinations

Interim Evaluation

Upon completion of the core (NURS 815, NURS 820, NURS 825, NURS 830) coursework on the plan of study, the
major advisor and student will meet to evaluate the progress of the student, provide advice and counsel,
recommend continuance or termination of the student’s enrollment in the program and complete the interim
evaluation form located in D2L, NURS114.

Comprehensive Written Examination

The purpose of the comprehensive written examination is to assess the doctoral student’s mastery of research
processes, test the breadth of knowledge attained through doctoral coursework and evaluate his or her
ability to integrate knowledge commensurate with expectations of the Ph.D. degree and Graduate School
requirements.

All coursework in the doctoral student’s plan of study must be successfully completed before the
comprehensive written examination is scheduled. The doctoral student will work with the major advisor and
advisory committee to schedule the written examination the semester following completion of coursework,
including the summer term.

The student must be enrolled in at least one credit of NURS 898 Dissertation during this semester.

Prior to scheduling the written examination, the doctoral student will submit to the major advisor and
advisory committee, a list of all courses completed, a one to two page abstract of the dissertation research
topic and proposed methodology, and a brief summary of three research proposal ideas different from, but
related to, the dissertation topic. The proposal ideas should not be excerpts from previously written papers
submitted for required coursework.

The major advisor and advisory committee members select the written examination topic from the three research
proposal ideas submitted by the student. Then, the student schedules a start and end date for the written
examination not to exceed three months.

On the written examination start date, the major advisor informs the student of the written examination topic
selected from the 3 ideas submitted.

The student will then proceed to write a research proposal according to href="https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/write-application.htm"
target="_blank" title="national institutes of health guidelines">National Institutes of Health
guidelines.

The written examination is an open book exploration of professional literature with citations. The student is
solely responsible for producing the grant proposal without assistance. The written examination is to be
submitted in written or electronic form by the designated due date. Committee members will have at least 10
working days to review the examination, then designating a pass or fail. A pass requires approval of grad
faculty representative and all but one other advisory committee member. The major advisor will collate
results, notify doctoral student of the committee decision, and provide advisory committee feedback to the
doctoral student. A copy of the written examination is filed in the doctoral student’s permanent record in
the The Department of Graduate Nursing office. Doctoral students who fail the written examination are
allowed an additional attempt.

The comprehensive written exam checklist, guidelines, and rubric are located in D2L, NURS 114.

Comprehensive oral examination

Upon successful completion of the comprehensive written examination, the doctoral student will work with the
major advisor and advisory committee to schedule the comprehensive oral examination through the Graduate
School.

A minimum of 21 calendar days must transpire between official notification to the student of successful
completion of the written exam and the oral exam attempt. If the student is unsuccessful in the written
examination, the scheduled oral examination will be cancelled.

The doctoral student will meet with the advisory committee for two hours during which questions about the
written examination document and required coursework will guide the discussion. Distance technology may be
used providing the student is present with at least one College of Nursing committee member. The advisory
committee will designate either a pass or fail. Passing requires the approval of the graduate faculty
representative and all but one other committee member. Comments are required to support a fail. The major
advisor will submit required committee decision paperwork, including indication of successful completion of
the written exam, using Graduate School policies.

Upon satisfactory completion of the comprehensive written and oral examinations, the student is formally
admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The student may use the designation of doctoral candidate to
signify Ph.D. candidacy.

The dissertation proposal defense is scheduled any time following successful completion of the comprehensive
oral examination.

The Ph.D. comprehensive oral exam checklist and the comprehensive exam rubric are located in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l"> D2L, NURS 114.

Dissertation Process

Coursework should focus on the dissertation topic building a core of work in theory, statistics, research
methods and literature review that will be used in the dissertation. According to the Graduate Catalog, “The
dissertation should advance or modify knowledge in the discipline and demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of
the subject” (2014-2015). The dissertation may involve original research or secondary analysis of existing
data from a credible source. The stipulation for any secondary analysis research is that the student
develops original research questions, uses a conceptual model or framework, completes a human subjects
review application and develops a detailed analysis plan.

Dissertation credit registration and expected outcomes contract

Ph.D. students will discuss with their designated faculty advisor regarding when/amount of dissertation
credits that will be taken each semester. This information will be provided to the academic advisor for
registration purposes.

In addition, each student who registers for dissertation credit must collaborate with the faculty (major)
advisor in the development of a NURS 898D Student Contract. The contract will outline the Expected outcomes
of the credits for which the student is registered for that semester and the contracted activities that the
student will be required to complete in order to receive a satisfactory grade. Failure to meet the semester
expected outcomes will result in a "U" grade which will require registration in additional credits towards
the plan of study.

The Student Contract form is located in the D2L, NURS
114, Graduate Nursing course.

Dissertation proposal review by advisory committee

Upon successful completion of the written examination, the student will schedule a dissertation proposal.
This examination will cover the completed dissertation proposal to include human subjects forms and an oral
defense of the research proposal. This proposal meeting may be scheduled in close proximity to the
comprehensive oral examination if the student is ready to proceed with the advisory committee. The Ph.D.
dissertation proposal checklist is found in found in title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114. The rubric for dissertation proposal grading is located in href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114.

Dissertation research proposal review meeting

The purpose of the dissertation research proposal review meeting is to assure the research questions are
worthy of doctoral research, the literature supports the contentions of the study and the methodology is
scientifically sound, feasible and suited to the research questions.

Once the major advisor has authorized the proposal, the student will distribute the dissertation proposal to
the advisory committee ten working days ahead of the proposal review meeting.

  • The student will present 20 minutes on the dissertation proposal including a detailed timeline for
    implementation of the study.
  • The proposal may include chapters one, two and three or an alternate form as the advisory committee
    directs. The proposal may also include the South Dakota State University human subjects application.
  • Proposal will include drafts of supportive documents needed for human subjects committee authorization
    such as consent forms, letters, protocols, risk/benefit analysis and human subjects committee forms.
  • Authorization will not be sought from the human subjects committee until the advisory committee has
    approved the study methodology and provided feedback on the supportive documents needed for human
    subjects committee submission.
  • Proposal will include correspondence authorizing use and or modification of tools if such published
    tools are proposed.
  • The committee will ask questions related to the research proposal.
  • At the close of the discussion, the advisory committee may approve or require changes before submitting
    to the South Dakota State University human subjects committee for authorization to proceed with the
    study.

Advisory committee members will ask questions and engage in dialogue about the feasibility and merit of the
methodology.

If the committee decision is approval, the student may proceed with the methodology as outlined in the
proposal under the direction of the major advisor. This record will be filed in the South Dakota State
University Graduate School and the College of Nursing. Candidacy will be granted by the Graduate School upon
successful defense of the comprehensive written and oral exams.

During the defense, the major advisor takes notes and then assists the student to make revisions. Proposal
revisions must be approved by the advisory committee before the student progresses to Institutional Review
Board and data collection. All student researchers proposing to do human subjects research are required to
take training in the protection of human research participants.

After the dissertation proposal has been approved and Human Subjects Committee approval is secured, the
student may begin data collection. NOTE: Any student collecting data with human subjects must have current
CPR certification and must carry malpractice insurance. Additional human subjects approvals may be needed
from agencies where data collection is completed.

Students have the option of substituting some of the traditional chapters of the dissertation with
publishable manuscripts. The advisory committee and doctoral student will mutually decide format of the
written manuscript. These manuscripts should come from the implementation of the research methodology or the
theoretical framework supported with findings from the research.

Final examination/dissertation defense

A two-hour oral examination is conducted by the advisory committee. The major focus is on the dissertation
defense and the student’s ability to defend the research. Questions to test the student’s general knowledge,
judgment, and critical thinking are usually asked.
A memo is submitted from the major advisor to the South Dakota State University Graduate School requesting final
oral examination ten working days prior to the final examination/dissertation defense. The final
examination/dissertation defense must occur prior to the deadline for that semester as specified by the South
Dakota State University Graduate School on its calendar webpage. The dissertation is due to the advisory
committee including the graduate representative 10 working days prior to the final defense. The student and the
major advisor arrange the date, time (two hours) and location that is agreed upon by the advisory committee. The
graduate program senior secretary will assist with the location and audio-visual requirements.
The final examination/dissertation defense focus is on the dissertation and the student’s ability to defend the
research. Initially, the student gives a twenty to thirty-minute oral summary of the research. Following the
presentation, the advisory committee questions the student about aspects of the dissertation research. Questions
on general knowledge, judgment and critical thinking will follow the dissertation questioning ( href="https://www.sdstate.edu/d2l" title="D2l">D2L, NURS 114 - dissertation defense rubric). The student
is then dismissed and the committee makes its decision. The major advisor verbally informs the student of the
committee’s decision. Refer to the South Dakota State University Graduate Catalog for requirements on final
submission of the dissertation to the library.

Time limit

The Ph.D. must be completed within eight years from admission to the program.  Should the completion be
delayed beyond this time, initial coursework will be outdated and need to be updated to count toward degree
completion.

Research funding

Students are encouraged to apply for funding to support their research or program of study. There are
numerous grants and traineeships available from the Federal government, professional organizations, and
philanthropic programs. Please discuss possible funding sources with an advisor and contact the Office of
Nursing Research for additional ideas and support. The research office contact information is available on
the South Dakota State University website.