M.A. Professorial Studies (NEPM) | Executive Program for Nurses | Organization and Leadership

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Executive Program for Nurses

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

M.A. Professorial Studies (NEPM)


The Faculty envisions the Executive Program for Nurses with specializations in Administration and Professorial Studies as preparing leaders for roles in healthcare organizations--both service and education. These roles are defined as those that advance, implement, and manage the practice of nursing and healthcare without primarily operating in one-to-one relationships with students or clients. Hence, the graduates of this program will have their major impact on nursing and healthcare by influencing other interdisciplinary healthcare providers and learners. All role preparation in the Department of Organization and Leadership, Executive Program for Nurses, is based upon an approach of open inquiry, scholarly pursuit, and the ability to synthesize knowledge from diverse disciplines.

Program Objectives - Master of Arts Degree

  • Evaluates the contribution of knowledge from related fields to the development of nursing science.
  • Engages in the application and evaluation of nursing theory to education and practice.
  • Uses both inductive and deductive strategies in examining the relevance of nursing science to nursing practice and education.
  • Formulates nursing research questions from practice situations.
  • Derives propositions from nursing theory for systematic investigation in education and practice.
  • Evaluates nursing research findings to advance nursing practice and education.
  • Applies knowledge from related disciplines in the area of role concentration.
  • Analyzes nursing issues in historical, political, social, and economic contexts.
  • Develops plan for translating knowledge acquired in program into future practice.
  • Articulates selected career role within a theoretical body of knowledge.
  • Incorporates knowledge from related disciplines into inquiry methods in nursing.

Professorial: Admission Requirements

  • A Baccalaureate degree in accordance ith Teachers College admission requirements.
  • Current Registered Nurse Licensure in a state in the United States of America or in a province of Canada. 
  • For students from other countries, a current permit from the New York State Board of Nursing is required to practice nursing.  In addition, students from other countries must have a license to practice from their own country.  International students should also contact the Office of Admissions for further application requirements.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in undergradaute course work.  Applicants are expected to formally document fulfillment of this requirement upon admission.
  • One year of continuous post-baccalaureate fulltime clinical nursing practice experience in a particular area is required for professorial studies.  Applicants are expected to formally document fulfillment of this requirement upon admission.
  • Potential candidates who do not meet these admission standards but who can demonstrate substantial ability shall have the option to petition the Faculty of the Executive Program for Nurses to be considered for admission based on alternative evidence of ability.

The accelerated Master of Arts program has ongoing admissions every semester.

Professorial: Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in the Executive Program for Nurses requires 48 points beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program must include a minimum of 12 points from the major field (see " Master of Arts Point Requirement" and "Program of Study" sections in the Teachers College Catalog).

The Capstone Project is a requirement for a Master's Degree during the semester in which a student applies for the Master's degree. Details are provided in "Guidelines for the Capstone Project," which can be obtained in the office of the Executive Program for Nurses and through Faculty Advisors. Although this requirement must be completed during the last semester of study, the student is encouraged to begin the Project in the semester prior to the one in which graduation is planned.

Professorial: Academic Coursework

The Program for the Master of Arts degree preparing for Professorial Studies emphasizes the development of teaching and learning skills for applications in classroom and clinical education settings, building on the advanced study of nursing education and practice. The program includes content in evaluation procedures and basic curriculum design.

Generally, the curriculum falls into the following categories

Required Core Courses (Foundational Courses) 15 points
Elective Core Courses (Professional Courses) 6 to 9 points
Required Context Courses (Role Concentration) 15 points
Elective Context Courses (Cognates) 9 to 12 points
Capstone Project 0 points
Total 48 points

Students are required to take a minimum of three Teachers College courses in which at least six points are earned outside of the Executive Program for Nurses. Out-of-department courses or any course with a prefix other that "ORLN" are applicable toward this minimum three-course requirement. In the Executive Program for Nurses, inquiry, research, and other cognates satisfy this College requirement.

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (Foundational Courses) (15 points)
ORLN 4005 Theories of Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 5000 Nursing Science (3 Points)
HUDM 4120 Basic Concepts in Statistics (3 Points)
ORLN 5013 Informatics in Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 5040 Methods in Nursing Research (3 Points)

 

Elective Core Courses (Professional Courses) (6 to 9 Points)
ORLN 4001 Contemporary Issues in Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 4004 Historical Trends in Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 4050 Health Problems and Issues in Society (3 Points)
ORL 4003 Crisis Intervention (3 Points)
ORL 5551 Ethics for Healthcare Professionals (3 Points)

 

Required Context Courses (Role Concentration) (15 Points)
ORLN 5530 Seminar: Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (3 Points)
ORLD 4051 How Adults Learn (3 Points)
ORL 4054 Leadership and Management in Healthcare Organizations (3 Points)
ORLN 6501 Seminar in Professional Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 5230 Fieldwork in Nursing Education (3 Points)

 

Elective Context Courses (Cognates) (9 to 12 Points)
These courses should be in a discipline relevant to preparation for the role. Such disciplines include organizational psychology, philosophy, higher education, human resource management, adult education, and others. Electives may be from the Department of Organization and Leadership, including, but not limited to:
ORLD 4053 Facilitating Adult Learning (3 Points)
ORLD 5055 Staff Development and Training (3 Points)
ORLD 4844 Helping Adults Learn (3 Points)
ORL 4014 Legal Issues in Healthcare Organizations (3 Points)

 

Capstone Project (0 Points)
Students should refer to "Degree Requirements."


Approved by Professor Elaine La Monica Rigolosi, Program Coordinator, Executive Program for Nurses, Department of Organization and Leadership, February 1, 2016

Professorial: Sample Program

Below is a sample Cohort Program spanning four full-time semesters, meeting every Friday. Please make note that this is only a sample and is subject to change. Program schedules are posted every semester. 

Semester I:  Autumn (12 Points)
ORL 4054 Leadership and Management in Healthcare Organizations
HUDM 4120 Basic Concepts in Statistics
ORLN 4005 Theories of Nursing
ORL 4014 Legal Issues in Healthcare Organizations

 

Semester II:  Spring (12 Points)
ORLN 5000 Nursing Science
ORLD 5055 Staff Development and Training
ORLN 5013 Informatics in Nursing
ORL 4003 Crisis Intervention

 

Semester III:  Autumn (12 Points)
ORLD 4051 How Adults Learn
ORLN 5040 Methods of Nursing Research
ORLN 5530 Seminar: Clinical Teaching and Evaluation
ORLD 4844 Helping Adults Learn

 

Semester IV:  Spring (12 Points)
ORLN 6501 Seminar in Professional Nursing
ORLN 5230 Fieldwork in Nursing Education
ORLN 4050 Health Problems and Issues in Society
ORLD 4053 Facilitating Adult Learning

 

Period of Candidacy
At the time of admission, students are notified by the Admissions Office of the dates of their candidacy (five years from the date of admission). Should this time expire, the Faculty Advisor and the Registrar may grant an extension based on the student's written request and proof of hardship. When students are requesting such an extension, the Faculty Advisor may require a written plan for completing the degree requirements before endorsing the student's request.

Note: This Guide should be read in conjunction with the current Teachers College Catalog. The student is responsible for meeting the requirements in both documents. If an inconsistency in student interpretation exists between this Guide and the Teachers College Catalog, policies in the Teachers College Catalog prevail.

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