Graduate Programs

GRADUATE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

GRADUATE ADMINISTRATION


Graduate programs and curricula at Colorado State University-Pueblo are developed by the faculty and administration in the instructional colleges, centers and schools and are administered with the assistance of the director of the Office of Admissions and Records. Academic policy matters affecting graduate programs and courses are reviewed by the University Graduate Studies Board. Each graduate program has a director or coordinator functioning as the person to contact for specific information. Each program is responsible for its own guidelines for graduate assistantships.

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Colorado State University-Pueblo offers selected graduate courses and programs for degree-seeking and non-degree students. Graduate degrees are offered in applied natural science (MSANS), industrial and systems engineering (MSISE), business administration (MBA), and nursing (MS). In addition, the University participates in consortial arrangements with Colorado State University (Fort Collins) for a graduate degree in English (MA). Although the latter program is offered on the CSU-Pueblo campus, the actual degree is awarded by Colorado State University (Fort Collins), and graduate regulations pertaining to the degree follow the policies of the appropriate institution.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

A student who has received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and who wishes to begin graduate courses must submit the following items to the Office of Admissions, Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Boulevard, Pueblo, Colorado, 81001-4901. The following items shall constitute the admission file for each applicant:

A completed application for admission to graduate programs of Colorado State University-Pueblo and an application fee of $35. The fee is non-refundable and is not applicable towards tuition. An application form may be obtained by writing the CSU-Pueblo Office of Admissions or by telephoning (719) 549-2461 or online at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu.

Official transcripts of all college and university work must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by each institution attended. Records received directly from students may be used for advisement purposes only.

An official score from the appropriate standardized admission exam must be provided. See specific programs for required exam(s) and scores.

For international students whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based exam, a minimum score of 173 on the TOEFL computer-based exam, a minimum score of 60 on the TOEFL internet-based (iBT), a minimum score of 80 on the Michigan Test of English Proficiency, or a minimum band score of 5.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for admission. However, a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL paper-based exam, a minimum score of 213 on the TOEFL computer-based exam, a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL internet-based (iBT), or a minimum band score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required for the Master in Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science with a major in Nursing. Students who complete an undergraduate degree at an institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.

GRADUATE ADMISSION

The student is admitted according to the following criteria approved by the program departments.

Admission to graduate studies does not constitute admission to a particular graduate program. Admission to a particular degree program must be approved by the program director/coordinator upon review of the student’s credentials.

Regular Status

Regular status will be given to degree-seeking students who meet all of the published requirements of their selected graduate program department. The requirements include:

A baccalaureate degree (see note below) from an institution accredited by the regional accreditation agency (or equivalent);

The minimum undergraduate GPA established for the program: applied natural science – 3.000; business administration – 3.000; English 3.000, industrial and systems engineering – 3.000; nursing – 3.000 for the last 60 graded semester hours;

Submission of satisfactory scores from a standardized admissions test if required by the program department;

A completed admissions file; and

Any additional requirements for the selected program, including completion of leveling courses to correct undergraduate deficiencies.

International students whose native language is not English must also meet the English language proficiency standard set forth in the Graduate Admissions section.

*Note: Admission to an approved joint degree program at CSU-Pueblo does not require a baccalaureate.

Conditional Status

The University provides a conditional status for students whose undergraduate grade-point average is between 2.500 and the minimum required for the particular program. In addition, program departments may specify conditions, which may include higher grade-point averages, required scores on entrance examinations, or undergraduate major or course requirements as specified by the department. The Director of Admissions and Records, on recommendation of the program director/coordinator, will admit the student under conditional status if the student’s grade-point average is at least 2.500, but not high enough for regular admission; or if the student has not met a condition specified by the program department. Such special action may be taken if there are positive indicators of graduate success, e.g., high GRE or GMAT scores, solid upper-division performance, or outstanding professional achievement.

The Director of Admissions and Records will refer the student to an advisor appointed by the program director/coordinator. The student will be notified to meet with the advisor to determine what conditions will be applied. Departments may specify additional course work beyond the degree requirements as conditions of admission to regular status. A statement of the conditions and a plan for meeting them will be filed by the director of Admissions and Records and the dean of the college/school and a copy provided to the student.

When the conditions are met, the Director of Admissions and Records will notify the student that he/she has achieved regular degree-seeking status. Students on conditional status may count toward the degree a maximum of 12 hours of graduate course work taken in the degree program.

Non-Degree Status

The Director of Admissions and Records will admit the student with non-degree status under the following conditions:

The student requests courses for professional development only. 

The student’s record shows that he/she does not meet the qualifications for admission to a degree program with conditional or regular status. In this case, with the approval of the program director/coordinator, the Director of Admissions and Records will notify the student of the deficiency, the procedure to follow to become qualified and the name of an advisor who can assist the student. The advisor will be sent a copy of the notification. Students applying for admission from non-regionally accredited institutions in the United States will be included in this category. A student with non-degree status who has completed 12 hours approved by an advisor with a 3.000 GPA or better at CSU-Pueblo may petition the program director/coordinator for a change to the regular degree-seeking status.
Students admitted with non-degree status may take, with the instructor’s permission, graduate courses for which they meet prerequisites. A maximum of 12 hours taken with non-degree status may be applied toward a degree, conditional upon the approval of the student’s graduate committee. However, students planning to enter the MBA Program may only apply 6 hours of graduate credit taken with non-degree status toward a degree.

 
Graduate Work Taken by Seniors

CSU-Pueblo students who are in their senior year of undergraduate work, and who have met the admissions requirements for the program, may take graduate courses for graduate credit (except programs with a 3+2 option, or other restrictions) with the approval of the appropriate program director/coordinator and the Director of Admissions and Records. Students should consult with the program director/coordinator or department responsible for the course in cases where there is not a program director/coordinator, to determine requirements or restrictions. For approved enrollment, students may take up to 12 graduate hours prior to graduation; but the combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment normally may not exceed 16 hours for a semester.

Graduate level courses (500 level) cannot be used simultaneously to satisfy baccalaureate and graduate degree requirements with the exception of approved joint-degree programs.

Note: Students planning to enter the MBA Program may only apply 6 hours of graduate credit taken as a senior toward their graduate degree.

CHANGE OF STATUS

The Director of Admissions and Records will notify the student and the program director/coordinator when the student has satisfied the conditions of admission and is changed to regular status.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Each graduate program at the University has specific graduation requirements, which must be met prior to graduation. In addition, students must fulfill the following requirements for a graduate degree: 

Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.000 or better at graduation. A maximum of six semester hours of course work at the grade of C+ or C may apply toward graduation. A maximum number of nine semester hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree.

Have regular student status.

Complete the program’s minimum number of hours of approved course work. The MBA and industrial and systems engineering programs require a minimum of 36 semester hours. The applied natural science program requires a minimum of 30-32 semester hours. The MSN requires a minimum of 53 semester hours.

Pass a final comprehensive and/or oral examination in the major area of study, if required by the program.

Submit a graduation planning sheet signed by the student’s graduate advisor during the semester prior to the semester in which graduation is to occur. The deadline for submission is published in the semester schedule of courses.

Complete a thesis or directed research project. If choosing the thesis option, submit five approved copies of the thesis to the Library for binding. The bound thesis will be distributed to each of the following: one to the program director/coordinator, two to the University Library, one to the committee chair, and one to the department.

NOTE: Enrollment for thesis or directed research credit is required for any academic term during which University resources (e.g., faculty time, computer use, library, etc.) are being used. A maximum of six semester hours of thesis or directed research course work will count toward meeting graduation requirements.

ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER CREDIT

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of resident graduate credit from other regionally accredited graduate institutions may be applied to a graduate degree program. Transfer credit from non-United States institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credits must be directly applicable to the degree program and must be approved by the applicant’s graduate committee and the Director of Admissions and Records. Graduate credits accepted in transfer must be from a course in which a grade of B- or better was earned. Credits accepted in transfer do not apply to the GPA at CSU-Pueblo. Credits already used for a degree at another institution can not be used toward fulfilling a CSU-Pueblo degree.

GRADUATE ADVISING

Each graduate degree area has a program director/coordinator that serves as graduate advisor to all graduate students in the program, unless the dean of the college, center, or school makes a different assignment. The advisor will assist in selecting a graduate committee for each student who chooses the thesis option. The graduate committee shall consist of at least three faculty members and is appointed by the dean of the college, center or school in consultation with the student and the program director/coordinator. One member of the committee may be from outside the department of the student’s graduate program. Changes in membership in the graduate committee may be requested by the student to the dean.

The responsibilities of the graduate advisor and the graduate committee include advisement, approval of the degree plan, approval of a thesis or directed research topic and final document (if appropriate), and administration and approval of comprehensive and/or oral examinations.

COURSE LOADS

Graduate students enrolled in nine (9) or more hours shall be considered as full-time students (six hours, summer); those enrolled for six (6) hours shall be considered as half-time students (three hours, summer).

TIME LIMITS

Courses completed six (6) or more years before the date of graduation, either at CSU-Pueblo or at some other institution, will not be accepted as satisfying graduation requirements without the approval of the student’s graduate director/coordinator and dean.

DEGREE PLAN

All degree-seeking graduate students are required to submit a degree plan, approved by all members of the graduate committee (if applicable) and program director/coordinator, to the Records Office. The degree plan should be submitted no later than upon completion of 12 hours of study. A course taken, prior to having any given degree plan approved, is subject to review for suitability in the program. Changes in the degree plan must be approved by the graduate advisor and program director/coordinator and submitted to the Records Office.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Although undergraduate classes do not apply toward a graduate degree, students admitted to graduate study may be required to complete some undergraduate prerequisite courses in addition to their graduate work.

Courses taken for undergraduate credit by a graduate student do not enter into the graduate grade-point computation. A graduate program director/coordinator may, however, stipulate a grade point to be achieved in such undergraduate courses.

Graduate programs may include courses which are dually numbered at the senior (400) and graduate (500) level. Students registered for graduate credit shall be required to perform at the graduate level. Dual-listed courses taken for undergraduate credit will not apply toward a graduate program. Graduate students may not repeat for graduate credit a dual-listed course which was taken in the undergraduate program.

DUAL DEGREE CREDIT

Up to six semester hours of elective credit may be applied to more than one graduate degree program if the degrees are pursued concurrently pending approval of the graduate committee of the program involved and the Records Office.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Graduate courses are graded in an alphabetical system with the following interpretation:

A     

-   4.00     

- Excellent

A-

-   3.67

 

B+

-   3.33

 

B

-   3.00

 - Good performance

B-

-   2.67

 

C+

-   2.33

 

C

-   2.00

- Passing, but below expected performance

D+

-   1.33

 

D

-   1.00

- Unsatisfactory performance

D-

-   0.67

 

F

-   0.00

- Failing


IN      

-   Incomplete

S

-   Satisfactory

IP

-   In progress

U

-   Unsatisfactory

W

-   Withdrawal

WN

-   Withdrawal for nonpayment

NC

-   No credit


Students may apply no more than six semester hours of work with a grade of C (i.e., C or C+) toward graduation requirements. Only grades of A, B, C, and S fulfill graduation requirements for graduate programs. Graduate students may repeat a maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit. Courses in which a grade of C (i.e., C or C+) or better was earned may not be repeated and no course may be repeated more than once. When a course is repeated, both the subsequent grade and the original grade are included in the graduate grade point average.

To remain in good academic standing, a student’s graduate GPA must remain at 3.000 or better. If the graduate GPA falls below 3.000, a graduate student will be placed on probation. Students have one semester to show progress toward good standing. Probationary students with 12 or more semester hours of graduate work will be dismissed whenever progress toward good standing is not demonstrated or whenever the graduate GPA falls below 2.500. A student may take up to six hours beyond the program requirements (including repeated credits) to improve the cumulative graduate GPA to the required minimum of 3.000 at time of graduation.

A student may appeal dismissal by submitting a written petition to his/her program director/coordinator This petition must provide a justification for continued registration. The program director/coordinator shall forward a recommendation through the appropriate dean to the Office of the Provost. The provost or his/her designee shall make a decision on the appeal and inform the student of that decision. Decisions by the provost are final.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

Graduate programs may require a final comprehensive and/or oral examination at the time of defense of the thesis or directed research project or at the completion of course work. Scheduling is made through the graduate advisor. Students who fail a final examination may retake the examination once. A re-examination cannot be scheduled in the same semester as the original examination.

THESIS OR DIRECTED RESEARCH

Each graduate program provides an option that includes a thesis or a directed research project. This option also requires an oral defense of the thesis or research project. Each student must submit a research plan. The plan must define the topic of study and outline the research design. The plan must have the written approval of all members of the student’s graduate committee, the program director/coordinator, and the appropriate dean.

The research plan should be filed as soon as possible after the degree plan is filed and before 18 credit hours of the student’s degree plan have been completed.

DIRECTED RESEARCH REPORT

Graduate students whose degree plan calls for a directed research project are required to submit a report on that project to their graduate committee. Although the report need not be as formal as a thesis, it must, however, be typed in an acceptable format and must include a title page comparable to thesis format.

The report should include the purpose of the study or project, limitations, sources of data, the procedure used, and a summary section with conclusions. The research report must be approved by all members of the graduate committee and the appropriate dean. The final approved report must be submitted at least five (5) days prior to the anticipated date of graduation.

THESIS INSTRUCTIONS

Students who will be writing a thesis in partial fulfillment of graduation requirements must submit five (5) official copies of the approved thesis to the University Library for binding. The student will pay the Library for the binding cost (based upon the fee schedule maintained by the Library) of the 5 required copies plus any additional copy bindings requested by the student. The bound thesis will be distributed to each of the following: one to the program director/coordinator, two to the University Library, one to the committee chair, and one to the department.

The Thesis or Directed Research Must:

Contain a certificate of acceptance;

Contain a title page;

Conform to the style and form approved by the major department and outlined in the thesis plan;

Be printed on high-quality paper with a minimum of 25 percent rag content; and

Be bound.

The University bound copies of the thesis must be of high-quality printing and must use a paper of the same quality as the original and include color pages wherever appropriate. Other copies of the thesis may be duplicated in any manner the student desires.

It is imperative that the utmost care be taken in the preparation of the final copy of the thesis. The completion of the thesis, including typing and duplication, is the sole responsibility of the student.

The thesis abstract should consist of no more than five hundred (500) words. The thesis abstract should cover the following items:

Purpose of study;

Research materials and methods results; and

Summary and conclusions.

 For additional thesis or directed research requirements, consult your program advisor.

ORAL DEFENSE OF RESEARCH

Upon completion of a master’s thesis or directed research project, an oral defense/final comprehensive examination must be scheduled. Application for the oral defense is made to the graduate advisor.

A report of the outcome of the oral defense must be filed with the Office of the Provost. The report must be signed by all members of the Graduate Committee. Students must pass the oral defense to complete their thesis or directed research requirement successfully.

APPEALS

All graduate policies, procedures, and regulations may be appealed. Appeals must be made in writing to the Office of the Provost.


PROGRAMS OF STUDY

APPLIED NATURAL SCIENCE (MS)

The graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Applied Natural Science prepares students to apply basic scientific disciplines to the practical problems encountered in business, industry, government, and education. Graduates from the program will be able to apply the techniques of scientific research to real-world problems.

Course work includes several important areas of applied natural science, including biotechnology, polymer chemistry, industrial chemistry, mathematical techniques in applied research, environmental concerns, and scientific information systems. A unique feature of the program is its 3+2 plan.

The Master of Science in Applied Natural Science requires 30 or 32 semester credit hours of approved graduate course work in either the thesis or non-thesis option. The program offers three emphasis areas: applied biological sciences, applied chemical sciences, and applied biochemical sciences.

Degree Requirements

The course of study requires seven semester credits of work common to all students. Each student must select an emphasis area with a core of 7-11 semester credits. Six to fourteen credits in elective courses are also required, depending on which option is chosen. The thesis option requires successful completion of six semester credits of thesis research (BIOL 599 or CHEM 599) and an approved thesis. The program of study for each student must be approved by a college committee and the MSANS Director.


Thesis option students are required to defend their research results before a thesis defense committee. Non-thesis option students must take a written comprehensive examination over courses taken in their program of study. A non-thesis option student must submit a formal written report based on an internship and defend their internship work before their graduate committee.

Program requirements are summarized as follows:

 

 

Plan A
(thesis option)

Plan B
(non-thesis option)

ANS

510

 1

1

ANS

520

 1

 1

ANS

588

 

 1

 

OR

 

 

ANS

589

 1

 

ANS

593

1

 1

MATH

550

 3

 3

 

 

 

 

Emphasis Core Courses

7-11

7-11

    (Biological emphasis 
    OR 
    Chemical emphasis 
    OR 
    Biochemical emphasis

 

 

Thesis research

6

Graduate Internship

4

Elective courses

6-10

10-14

                                                                                                                                            

TOTAL

30 min.

32 min.


Specific course numbers, course titles, and credit hours for all core requirements, emphasis core requirements, and electives are cited as follows:


Required General Courses

Courses

 

Titles

 Credits

ANS

 510

 Science Information Systems

 1

ANS

 520

 Health and Safety in the Lab

 1

ANS

 588

 Internship Seminar

 

 

 

OR

 

ANS

 589

 Thesis Defense Seminar

1

ANS

593

Seminar

1

MATH

550

Statistical Methods

3

 

 

 

________
TOTAL 7


Required Courses for Each Emphasis

Biological Sciences Emphasis Core

Courses

 

Titles

Credits

BIOL

540/L    

 Molecular Genetics/Lab

 3

BIOL

552/L

Advanced Microscopy/Lab

4

 

 

________
TOTAL 7


Chemical Sciences Emphasis Core

Students must take 3 of the following 5 core courses:

Courses

 

Titles

Credits

CHEM

501    

Advanced Organic Chemistry

 3

CHEM

512

Biochemistry II

 3

CHEM

521

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

 3

CHEM

529

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM

531

Advanced Physical Chemistry

 3

 

 

________
TOTAL 9


Biochemical Sciences Emphasis Core

Courses

 

Titles

Credits

BIOL

540/L     

Molecular Genetics/Lab

3

CHEM

511

Biochemistry I

3

CHEM

512/L

Biochemistry II/Lab

5

 

 

_________
TOTAL 11


Elective Courses are selected from courses listed below: (others may be added, with permission as new courses are added)

Courses

 

Titles

Credits

BIOL

502

Immunology

3

BIOL

503

Virology

3

BIOL

512/L    

Cellular Biology/Lab

5

BIOL

521/L

Histology/Lab

5

BIOL

526/L

Plant Morphology/Lab

3

BIOL

532/L

Developmental Biology/Lab

4

BIOL

540/L

Molecular Genetics/Lab

3

BIOL

541/L

Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology/
Lab

4

BIOL

543/L

 Limnology/Lab

4

BIOL

550/L

Survey of Genomics and
Bioinformatics/Lab

 3

BIOL

552/L

Advanced Microscopy/Lab

4

BIOL

553/L

Ecology/Lab

4

BIOL

562

Environmental Management

3

BIOL

565

Environmental Toxicology

3

BIOL

579/L

Ichthyology/Lab

3

BIOL

581/L

Entomology/Lab

3

BIOL

583/L

Mammalogy/Lab

3

BIOL

584/L

Ornithology/Lab

3

BIOL

585/L

Plant Taxonomy/Lab

4

BIOL

591

Special Topics

1-4

BIOL

595

Independent Study

1-4

CHEM

501/L

Advanced Organic Chemistry/Lab

4

CHEM

503

Polymer Chemistry

3

CHEM

511

Biochemistry I

3

CHEM

512/L

Biochemistry II/Lab

5

CHEM

519/L

Instrumental Analysis/Lab

5

CHEM

521

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM

525

Environmental Chemistry

3

CHEM

529

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM

531

Advanced Physical Chemistry

3

CHEM

550

Industrial Chemistry

2

CHEM

560/L

Forensic Chemistry II/Lab

4

CHEM

591

Special Topics

1-4

CHEM

595

Independent Study

1-4


APPLIED NATURAL SCIENCE 3+2 PLAN
(BS/MS)


A unique and distinct feature of our MSANS program is the 3+2 plan. The main goal of the 3+2 plan is to give the opportunity to qualified advanced-level undergraduate students to simultaneously pursue both the baccalaureate (BS) and the master of science (MS) degrees. Talented students are thus quickly moved toward expanding their academic and scientific horizons based on the student’s abilities and personal motivation.

Specific requirements for the 3+2 program are included in the Masters Degree in Applied Natural Science 3+2 Plan (BS/MS) description of the College of Science and Mathematics, undergraduate programs section of this catalog.


MASTER OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION (MBA)


The goal of the MBA program is to prepare students for high-level general management careers in business and other organizations. Students acquire an understanding of management theory and application, the economic, political and social environment in which businesses function, and behavioral skills that are essential in the manager’s role in the implementation of business decisions. The MBA program strives to provide an environment conducive to the development of each student’s ability to think in a creative and effective manner. The program makes extensive use of lectures, seminars, group projects, and case studies that are designed to demonstrate the integrative, interdisciplinary nature of business decisions.

The program is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree, regardless of the undergraduate field of study, who can demonstrate an appropriate background in statistics. Students without prior business course work will be required to take leveling courses in financial accounting, microeconomics, finance, management, and marketing. Students who earn less than a “C” in any leveling course will be dismissed from the program. Graduate students are required to complete all leveling course requirements before enrolling in the first 500-level courses. In some instances, a student will be permitted to enroll in 500-level courses while completing the final leveling courses.

All MBA students are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). An admission formula of 200 times the undergraduate GPA (4.000 system) plus the GMAT score will constitute a scaled admission score for each applicant. Students may be admitted in one of two categories. Category I admission will be granted to students who have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.000 and have a GMAT score of at least 450, with an index of at least 1050. Category II admission may be granted to students with GPAs between 2.500 and 3.000. Category II admitted students must have a GMAT score of at least 400, with an index of at least 1000 before the end of the semester in which they complete six hours at the 500 level. Students will not be allowed to enroll in more than six hours of graduate level course work without being fully admitted to the program.

Students who fail to meet these admissions requirements may provide additional evidence of their ability to complete the program. Such evidence may include performance in outside activities, evidence of creativity or leadership, and a record of accomplishment.

The MBA degree will be conferred upon students who successfully complete a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work with a minimum GPA of at least 3.000. The curriculum includes the following 27 credits which are taken by all candidates.


MBA CORE

Core Courses    

Titles

Credits

ACCTG

510

Managerial Accounting

3

BUSAD

502

Business Ethics and Environment

3

ECON

510

 Economics for Managers

3

FIN

530

Financial Management

3

MGMT

511

Production/Operations Management

3

MGMT

520

Management of Organizational
Behavior

3

MGMT

565

Management Information Systems

3

MGMT

585

Management Policy and Strategy

3

MKTG

540

Marketing Management

3

 

 

_________
TOTAL 27


In addition, each candidate must select one of the following three options for 9 additional credits.

Requirements for Option I

Select One:

ACCTG 575, BUSAD 575, ECON 575, FIN 575, MGMT 575 

    

 

or MKTG 575

3

Approved Electives

 

 6

 

________
TOTAL 9


Requirements for Option II

Select Three:

CIS 550, 560, 561, 562, 581

 

 

582, or 591

9

 

________
TOTAL 9

  
Requirements for Option III

BUSAD   592

Directed Research

6

Approved Electives

 

 3

 

________
TOTAL 9

  
All graduate courses for the MBA are listed in the appropriate department sections of accounting (ACCTG), business administration (BUSAD), computer information systems (CIS), economics (ECON), finance (FIN), management (MGMT), and marketing (MKTG).


JOINT BSBA/MBA AND BS-CIS/MBA PROGRAMS

Specific requirements for the joint BSBA/MBA and the BS-CIS/MBA plans are included in the Hasan School of Business undergraduate programs section of this catalog.


ENGLISH (MA)

In cooperation with Colorado State University, the Department of English and Foreign Languages offers a general program of study leading to the Colorado State University Master of Arts (M.A.) in English, comprising courses taught at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Courses are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals, with two or three courses offered each semester, including summer session.

Program Goals

The general goals of the English M.A. program are to prepare students for success and advancement in careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship and to develop their knowledge and skills in the discipline of English studies to professional levels in the following areas.

The study of literature in depth.

Aspects of literary history and cultural studies.

Literary criticism and theories of reading and interpretation.

Theories of writing and rhetoric.

Practical writing skills in a range of professional and creative genres.

Research techniques for and understanding of the discipline of English studies.

Pedagogical theories and techniques for various aspects and levels of English studies.

Specific Requirements

Student must earn a minimum of 32 semester credits (Plan A) or 35 semester credits (Plan B) and must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in courses taken after admission to the degree program. A minimum of 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State University-Pueblo or Colorado State University (Fort Collins), 21 of which must be earned after admission to the graduate program. Courses from other institutions must be approved and officially transferred and appear on the transcript. At the conclusion of the program, students must successfully complete an oral defense of the thesis or an independent study presentation.

Plan A

Nine or ten courses selected in consultation with the advisor at the ENG 500- or ENG 600- levels, including ENG 501, ENG 600, and ENG 615 and at least two additional courses in literature and two additional courses in writing, rhetoric, and pedagogy.

___________
TOTAL 27-30

Course

            

Title

Credit

ENG

 699

Thesis

3-6



Plan B

Eleven or twelve courses selected in consultation with the advisor at the ENG 500- or ENG 600- levels, including ENG 501, ENG 600, and ENG 615 and at least two additional courses in literature and two additional courses in writing, rhetoric, and pedagogy.

___________
TOTAL 33-36

Course

 

Title

Credit

ENG

695    

Independent Study

2

  
   

Admission Requirements

General requirements and exceptions are specified in the Colorado State University Graduate and Professional Bulletin. They include, for English, a 3.0 undergraduate grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a Bachelor’s degree in English or a broad knowledge of English and American literature. (The grade-point average requirement can be waived for applicants with five years of appropriate post-baccalaureate professional experience. See “Track II Admissions.”) The Graduate Record Examination is not required. Because of necessary enrollment limitations, admission will be competitive; deferred admission is possible.

Application Instructions

Submit the Colorado State University-Pueblo Application for Graduate Admission form, available from the Office of Admissions, together with a detailed letter of application, three letters of recommendation, and official copies of all college and university transcripts to:

M.A. in English Program Director
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Colorado State University-Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Boulevard
Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

Outcome Assessment Activities

Student learning outcomes are measured as follows:

Each student, on completion of the program, fills out a questionnaire keyed in part to the program goals. The questionnaire also invites general comments about the program’s merits and suggestions for improvement.

Students’ M.A. theses or independent research project essays are evaluated by the thesis director and committee members against a set of rubrics keyed to the program goals.

All audience members at the oral defenses of theses or independent research project papers are asked to comment in writing on the students’ skills and knowledge as evidenced in their performance, and their responses are tabulated cumulatively.


The graduate faculty meets regularly to discuss the results of these measures, student progress and challenges in general, and any needed changes in policies and procedures.


INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS
ENGINEERING (MS)


Industrial and systems engineering deals with the design and analysis of complex, human/machine systems. Industrial and systems engineers use a “big picture” or systems-oriented viewpoint to serve as management and operations analysts, focusing on the people, materials, equipment and procedures needed for the most efficient and effective systems performance. Industrial and systems engineers analyze and evaluate systems against specified performance criteria, including efficiency, quality and safety, before new systems are created or old ones are modified.

Industrial and systems engineering techniques can be applied in manufacturing and service industries, health care systems, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

MSISE Degree Requirement Components

The MSISE program consists of three components. These requirements are the Core Component (15 credit hours), the Track Component (9 credit hours), and the Elective Component (12 credit hours).

Components of a Program of Study

Component

Credit Hours

Core Component     

15

Track Component

 9

Elective Component

12

_________________
Total Credit Hours 36

  
When considered as a cohesive whole, these three components constitute the student’s program of study, totaling at least 36 credit hours. Any course that is applied to one of these three components is said to count towards graduation.


The Core Component

The Core Component consists of 15 credit hours in five fundamental industrial engineering topics. These core courses include content that is necessary for success as an industrial engineer working in industry or continuing in graduate study. The Core Component topic areas are Simulation, Operations Research, Facility Design, Operations Planning, and a seminar on conducting academic research as a graduate student.

Courses

 

Titles

Credits

EN

520    

Simulation Experiments

4

EN

571

Operations Research

3

EN

575

Facilities Planning and Design

3

EN

577

Operations Planning & Control

3

EN

593

Graduate Seminar

2

 

 

_________________
Total Credit Hours 15

 
The Track Component

The Track Component consists of 9 credit hours of coursework selected by the student and his or her advisor to advance the professional and/or educational goals of the student. Currently available tracks include the Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management tracks.

Alternately, any student may pursue an Individualized Track tailored to the needs of the student. An Individualized Track must consist of 9 credit hours of graduate coursework, subject to the approval of the advisor and department.

In order to count towards graduation, any Special Projects, Special Topics, Graduate Projects or Independent Study course must consist of content appropriate for the track selected. The determination of a appropriate topic is at the discretion of the advisor and department.

The Industrial Engineering Track

Select at least 9 hours from:

Courses

 

Titles

Credits

EN

503    

Ergonomics

3

EN

504

Scheduling and Sequencing

3

EN

530

Project Planning and Control

3

EN

540

Advanced Engineering Economics

 3

EN

588

Graduate Projects

3

EN

590

Special Projects

1-3 VAR

EN

591

Special Topics

1-3 VAR

EN

595

Independent Study

1-3 VAR


The Engineering Management Track

The Engineering Management Track consists of 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework in Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management and/or Marketing. These credit hours must represent a coherent plan of study as approved by the advisor and department.

The Elective Component

The Elective Component consists of 12 credit hours of coursework selected from the list of courses approved as electives by the department. This list is available through the Graduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Program Director.

The Thesis Option

Students choosing the Thesis Option will apply 6 credit hours of EN 599 Thesis Research to the Elective Component. A program of study may include more than 6 credit hours of EN 599, but no more than 6 may count towards graduation.

Additional Program of Study Requirements

For a student to be awarded the MSISE degree, the student’s program of study must also satisfy the following requirements. Additionally, the program of study must be approved by the MSISE Program Director.

At least 21 credit hours must be in graduate level engineering courses.

No more than 12 credit hours of 400 level Engineering courses may count towards the Program of Study.

No more than 9 credit hours of graduate coursework may be accepted as transfer credit from another institution.

Any course taken as a prerequisite to engineering graduate study at CSU-Pueblo may not be counted towards graduation and must be taken for credit (i.e., not audited).


Advising

Each semester, a student must meet with his or her advisor and be advised before the student can register for classes. Students are generally advised by the MSISE Program Director, unless the student is working on a thesis. Students working on a thesis are typically advised by their thesis advisors.

A candidate for the MSISE degree must work with the advisor to design a program of study. The program of study must be approved by the advisor and department. This process is formalized by submitting a graduation planning sheet to the MSISE Program Director before the semester prior to graduation.

Admission Requirements

A successful applicant will have a quantitatively based baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students with non-quantitatively based baccalaureate degrees may be admitted conditionally, but additional prerequisites may be required. Admission to the MSISE program requires prior admission to graduate study at CSU-Pueblo

Regulations governing graduate studies are contained in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Guide available from the Office of Admissions.

Prerequisite Requirements for Admission

Prior to being admitted to regular status, a student is required to demonstrate preparation for graduate study in industrial and systems engineering. This is done either by completing prerequisite background courses at CSU-Pueblo, by documenting satisfactory completion of equivalent coursework elsewhere, or by demonstrating equivalent work and/or life experience.

Students who do no possess a satisfactory prerequisite background may be admitted conditionally but be required to complete prerequisites. A plan for completing prerequisite requirements in a timely fashion is developed by the student and advisor and must be approved by the MSISE Program Director.

Prerequisites: (CSU-Pueblo Course Equivalents)

Note that some of the courses listed below may have prerequisites not listed here.

Computer Programming (EN 101)
Engineering Economy (EN 343)*
Stochastic Systems Engineering (EN 365)
Calculus I and II (MATH 126 and 224)
Calculus-Based Physics I and II (PHYS 221 and 222)

*Any material substituted for EN 343 must include the time value of money topic.


Graduate Assistantships

Full-time student admitted to the program with regular status are eligible to apply for merit-based, competitive graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants receive financial support from the department in the form of a stipend and/or remission of tuition and fees for one year (two semesters). A graduate assistant who is supported at a funding level equivalent to full-time tuition and fees is required to choose the Thesis Option.

An assistantship is renewable for a second academic year provided the student remains in good academic standing and makes satisfactory progress towards completion of the MSISE. An award made to a student who does not perform adequately in his or her duties may be rescinded after the first semester of the award period. In extreme circumstances, an award may be rescinded before the end of a semester.

An application for assistantship consists of a résumé and letter of interest addressed to the department chair. For the following academic year, the deadline for application for an assistantship beginning in the Fall semester is April 1. subject to availability of funds, assistantships may be granted to begin in the Spring semester.


MASTER OF SCIENCE WITH A MAJOR IN NURSING (MS)

Department Mission

As the Southeastern Colorado Center for Nursing Education, the Department of Nursing’s mission is to prepare today’s nursing student to be tomorrow’s competent and caring nurse.

Department Goals

The Nursing Department will:

Provide quality learning experiences for nursing students that prepare graduates for entry level baccalaureate nursing practice or advanced nursing practice in a culturally diverse community.

Provide multiple degree entry paths based on previous education and academic entrance criteria that support student achievement at a professional level.

Serve as a regional nursing education center for southern Colorado, by collaborating with local and regional health care agencies to provide nursing programs.

Maintain educational excellence demonstrated by program status consistent with the Colorado Board of Nursing, national accrediting agency criteria and educational emphases on professional nursing standards.

Provide a supportive and caring learning environment to address the learning needs for a diverse student population.

Support role development responsive to the changing health care environment by redefining and maintaining competencies throughout one’s practice.


Graduate Program Goals

The program will:

Facilitate learning to provide a foundation of knowledge and competence for advanced practice in clinical settings or nursing education.

Support the learning needs of a diverse student population by creating a learning environment in which all are respected, nurtured, and celebrated.

Incorporate a multi-theoretical model to provide culturally competent care for clients in a variety of settings.

Prepare graduates to exhibit standards of excellence in practice and professional performance as they assume advanced nursing roles.

Integrate theory and research in nursing education or clinical practice.

Provide a regional center for graduate education that facilitates progression from Baccalaureate degree to Master’s prepared nurses.


Expected Student Outcomes

The Master of Science with a Major in Nursing is designed to prepare the graduate to:

Demonstrate competence and caring in advanced clinical practice to improve the quality of health care that clients receive in a variety of settings.

Synthesize and analyze advanced knowledge using theories, research, concepts, and principles from nursing, behavioral, social, physiological, and pharmacological disciplines in the area of advanced clinical practice.

Communicate and collaborate with health care consumers, professionals, managed care, governments, and other groups to manage care and enhance the health and wellness needs of clients.

Integrate the roles of educator, researcher, consultant, provider, leader, and manager into advanced clinical nursing practice.

Integrate ethical and legal dimensions confronting the health care environment and the nursing profession.

Use scientific methods to assess, analyze, and diagnose the complex clinical or non-clinical health care needs of clients, related to their wellness, health, and illness.

Use theory and research in understanding clinical needs and in determining nursing interventions, therapeutics, and clinical management options.

Incorporate standards of advanced nursing practice, including personal values, caring, integrity, research, and commitment to life-long learning to ensure quality of care for the client.

Evaluate and use appropriate educational technologies and resources for making clinical decisions and promoting health maintenance and disease prevention.


Specific student outcomes for each emphasis track are based on national competency expectations including the:

National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Domains and Core Competencies

National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Competencies

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Core Competencies

Graduate Admissions Policies and Procedures

Students are responsible for following all graduate admissions policies and procedures as outlined in the Graduate Program section of this catalog. Admission status will be categorized as:

Regular Status

The student has:

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution accredited by the regional accreditation agency (or equivalent).

Completed a three credit hour statistics course with a C (C- will not be accepted).

Effective Fall 2008, two years experience as a registered nurse. For the acute care and/or family emphasis the experience must be in acute care as a registered nurse.


Conditional Status

Conditional status will be given to graduate nursing degree-seeking students per the published Graduate Program section of this catalog.

Non-Degree-Seeking Status

Non-degree status will be given to students per the published Graduate Program section of this catalog. In addition to the published policies, students must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Graduate Work Taken by Senior

Students are responsible for all policies as outlined in the Graduate Program section of this catalog.

Graduate Nursing Program Application Process

The following must be submitted to the nursing program prior to completing 9 graduate nursing course credits:

CSU-Pueblo Department of Nursing Master of Science with a major in Nursing Application.

Proof of a current Colorado Registered Nursing license or eligibility for license.

Certification in advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for all emphases. The Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS) is also required for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Across the Life Span and the Adult Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner.

Current physical examination within the last year and current immunization records. This includes the hepatitis B series, 2 step PPD, tetanus, and measles, mumps, and rubella series.

Three letters of recommendation: one academic, one clinical, and one other.

Admission essay that reflects the applicant’s future practice goals in the role of an advanced practice nurse within the health care system and demonstrates the relevance of their graduate education. The paper should be supported by recent research, written in APA format, and should not exceed five pages. An essay guideline can be obtained through the Nursing Department.

Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

Proof of professional liability advanced practice insurance.

Criminal history background check clearances are required in Colorado. Any residency outside of the state of Colorado over the past three years must be verified by an official criminal history background check.

Drug screen must be completed after admission to the University.

Nursing application, essay guidelines, and health form can be obtained from the Colorado State University-Pueblo Department of Nursing.

Graduation Requirement

Graduate degrees will be granted to candidates who meet all of the published requirements plus the additional requirements below:

Students must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.000 or better at graduation. All courses must be passed with a B or better. Anything less than a B will not be applied toward graduation. A maximum number of nine semester hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree. Grades of B- are not accepted.

Students must complete the program’s minimum number of hours of approved course work.

Students must pass a final comprehensive and oral examination in their major area of study in the non-thesis option.

Students choosing the thesis option or directed research project must submit five approved copies of the thesis to the library for binding. The bound thesis will be distributed to each of the following: one to the program director/coordinator, two to the University Library, one to the committee chair, and one to the department. In addition an oral defense is required. 

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

Transfer credit will be awarded per the published Graduate Program section of this catalog. Credit will be awarded for a course in which a grade of B or better was earned. Grades of B- are not accepted.

Time Limits

Courses completed five (5) or more years before the date of graduation, either at CSU-Pueblo or at some other institution, will not be accepted as satisfying graduation requirements without the approval of the student’s graduate program coordinator and associate dean. Full-time degree plans are provided in the following sections. Part-time degree plans may also be available. Degree plans are developed by students and their graduate advisor or graduate program coordinator.

Academic Standards

Students are responsible for all academic standards policies per the published Graduate Program section of this catalog. In addition to those policies, the following applies:

Only grades of A, B, and S fulfill graduation requirements for the nursing graduate program.

Courses in which a grade of B (not a B-) or better was earned may not be repeated and no course may be repeated more than once.

Master of Science with a Major in Nursing

Nursing Core Courses

All Master’s students will complete the following core requirements for graduation. The credit hour ratio for clinical or lab is 1 credit hour to 4 contact hours. The core courses may be offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid format involves on campus and Web based instruction. The core courses include the following:

Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

506

Roles, Policy & Issues

3(2.5-2)

NSG

508

Advanced Practice Theory

3(3-0)

NSG

 592

 Research

 3(3-0)


Spring

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

552

Advanced Pathophysiology

3(3-0)

NSG 

561

Advanced Pharmacology

3(3-0)

NSG

562

Advanced Assessment

3(2-4)

 

 

 

 

Core Nursing Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)


Nursing Synthesis of Knowledge Courses

All students must choose a method of synthesizing their knowledge either through applied research (directed research or thesis) or through electives (non-thesis). Each emphasis has an identified minimum thesis or non-thesis requirements (see specific emphases). The synthesis of knowledge courses may be taken any time after completion of the core courses. For students choosing the non-thesis track, multiple electives are available. Students are to meet with their graduate advisor for planning their synthesis of knowledge options.

Thesis Option

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 593    

Thesis Seminar

3(3-0)

NSG

 599

Thesis (minimum of three credit hours required)

 Varies

   
Non-Thesis Options*

Please choose a minimum of 6 credit hours from the courses below.

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

575    

Curriculum Development

2(2-0)

NSG

576

Teaching & Instruction
In Nursing

4(4-0)

NSG

571

Healthcare Informatics

3(3-0)

NSG

587

Synthesis Experience

9(3-24)

NSG

591

Special Topics

1-6 Varies


*Nine graduate credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited institution with approval of the graduate program coordinator.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan Emphasis

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) emphasis is unique in its focus on providing care across the lifespan. The typical ACNP program focuses on adults; however, because the ACNP provide care in settings such as emergency rooms and intensive care areas, the preparation and focus of this program is for the graduate to be able to provide care to patients of any age. This is an intensive program in which the full-time student is expected to complete the coursework and clinical experiences in five semesters. A minimum of 4 contact hours to 1 credit hour or 660 hours of clinical practice will be required to prepare graduates to manage acute health problems for patients across the lifespan. Clinical experiences will be provided with preceptors in a variety of acute care and community settings, which are selected to allow students to work in milieu devoted to particular patient groups, levels of care, or treatment modalities in which they have a desire to specialize. The graduate will meet the following requirements for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification:

Summer

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 551

Health and Well Being

3(2-4)

NSG

 550    

Health Policy & Finance

 3(3-0)

NSG

 

Non-Thesis Elective

3


Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 585    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs I

8(4-16)

NSG

 

Non-Thesis Elective

3


Spring

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

586    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent
Health Needs II

8(4-16)

NSG

588

Management of Pediatric Clients

4(2-8)


ACNP

Core Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)

 

 

Synthesis of Knowledge

6 total credits

 

 

ACNP Courses

26 credit hours (15-44)

 

 

Total Credit Hours

50 credit hours

 

 

Clinical Contact Hours

660 clinical contact hours

 

 

Lab Contact Hours

90 lab contact hours


Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Emphasis

The Adult Care Nurse Practitioner (AACNP) emphasis prepares student to provide care to adult clients. This is an intensive program in which the full-time student is expected to complete the coursework and clinical experiences in five semesters. A minimum of 540 hours of clinical practice are required to prepare graduates to manage acute health problems for adult clients. Clinical experiences are provided with preceptors in a variety of acute care settings, selected to allow students to work in milieus devoted to particular patient groups, levels of care, or treatment modalities in which they have a desire to specialize. The student will be able to take the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification. The following courses are required for this emphasis:

Summer

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

551    

Health and Well Being

3(2-4)

NSG

550

Health Policy & Finance

3(3-0)


Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 585    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs I

8(4-16)

NSG

 

Non-Thesis Elective

3


Spring

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 586    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs II

 8(4-16)

NSG

 

Non-Thesis Elective

 3


AACNP

Core Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)

 

 

Synthesis of Knowledge

6 total credits

 

 

AACNP Courses

22 credit hours (13-36)

 

 

Total Credit Hours

46 credit hours

 

 

Clinical Contact Hours

540 direct patient care
contact hours

 

 

Lab Contact Hours

90 lab contact hours


Adult Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis

The Adult Acute Care/Family Nurse Practitioner (AACNP/FNP) emphasis focuses on primary care and acute care, especially for rural and underserved populations. Graduates will be eligible for certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students are responsible for determining any additional requirements for certification and eligibility to practice in a state outside of Colorado.

This emphasis combines the theory courses for both Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AACNP) emphases. In addition, the student who chooses this emphasis is required to take an additional 9 credit hours of Synthesis Experience (see below) to allow additional time for the primary care theory and application in primary care clinical settings. A minimum of 1020 hours of clinical practice will be required. The full-time student is expected to complete the following coursework and clinical experience in seven semesters:

Summer

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

551    

Health and Well Being

3(2-4)

NSG

550

Health Policy & Finance

3(3-0)

NSG

 

Non-Thesis Elective

3


Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 585    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs I

8(4-16)

NSG

 

Non-Thesis Elective

3

   
Spring

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 586    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs II

8(4-16)

NSG

 588

Management of Pediatric Clients

4(2-8)

  
Summer

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

 584

Synthesis Experience: Family

9(3-24)

   
AACNP/FNP

Core Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)

 

 

Synthesis of Knowledge

 6 total credits

 

 

AACNP/FNP Courses

 35 credit hours (18-68)

Total credit hours

59 credit hours

 

 

Clinical Contact Hours

1020 clinical direct
patient care hours

 

 

Lab Contact Hours

 90 lab contact hours

 
Clinical Nurse Specialist Emphasis

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) emphasis explores human needs and interventions to achieve health and wellness. While the students’ clinical work will focus on their particular clinical specialties, their learning is developed around a multi-theoretical human needs clinical model applicable to a variety of settings. Requirements for recognition as a CNS vary depending on state nurse practice acts, certification, and administrative regulations. Typically, minimum requirements include graduation from an accredited CNS program or equivalent in a defined area of specialty practice at the master’s level and national certification in the specialty area. Thus, the CNS is developed based on the specialization’s requirements for certification maintained by various credentialing bodies, such as the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), or National League of Nursing, or other specialty-nursing organizations. Required courses include:

Basic Requirements

Core Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)

 

 

Synthesis of Knowledge

6 total credits

 

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

587

Synthesis Experience

9(3-24)

 

 

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 33

 
Sample Program Plan

CNS: Psychiatric Mental Health

Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

506    

 Roles, Policy & Issues

3(2.5-2)

NSG

508

 Advanced Practice Theory

3(3-0)

NSG

592

Research

3(3-0)

  
Spring

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

552    

Advanced Pathophysiology

 3(3-0)

NSG

561

Advanced Pharmacology

3(3-0)

NSG

562

Advanced Assessment

3(2-4)

NSG

593

Thesis Seminar

3(3-0)

  
Summer

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

551    

Health and Well Being

3(2-4)

NSG

581

Synthesis: Psych Mental
Health NSG I

9(3-24)

NSG

599

Thesis

1 or 2(1or 2-0)


Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

582    

Synthesis: Psych Mental
Health NSG II

9(3-24)

NSG

599

Thesis

1 or 2(1 or 2-0)


Core Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)

 

 

Synthesis of Knowledge

 6 total credits
(must take thesis option)

 

 

CNS Courses

21 credit hours (8-52)

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 45

 

 

Clinical Contact Hours

 780

 

 

Lab Contact Hours

 90

 
Nursing Education Emphasis

Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

506    

Roles, Policy & Issues

3(2.5-2)

NSG

508

Advanced Practice Theory

 3(3-0)

NSG

592

Research

3(3-0)


Spring

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

552    

Advanced Pathophysiology

3(3-0)

NSG

561

Advanced Pharmacology

 3(3-0)

NSG

562

Advanced Assessment

3(2-4)

NSG

593

Thesis Seminar

3(3-0)


Summer

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

551    

Health & Well Being

 3(2-4)

NSG  

571

Healthcare Informatics 

3(3-0)

NSG

575

Curriculum Development

2(2-0)

NSG 

576 

Teaching & Instruction in Nursing 

4(4-0)

NSG

599

Thesis

1 or 2(1 or 2-0)


Fall

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

583    

Synthesis Experience: Educator

9(3-24)

NSG

599

Thesis

1 or 2(1 or 2-0)


Core Courses

18 total credits (16.5-6)

 

 

Synthesis of Knowledge

6 total credits
(must take thesis option)

 

 

NE Courses

21 credit hours (14-28)

 

 

Total Credit Hours

 45

 

 

*Clinical/Teaching Contact Hours

 420

 

 

Lab Contact Hours

 90


*National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Certification does not require a minimum clinical contact hours.


Post Masters Certification

Students seeking post masters certification in the program who already have a nursing graduate degree are evaluated on an individual basis. Their plan of study is based on their academic credentials, according to the Colorado State University-Pueblo Catalog. The student must complete 15 postgraduate credit hours. The student’s plan is developed based on the academic course work already completed.

Typically, non-clinical graduate nursing degrees do not have the three prescriptive privilege courses (advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pathophysiology). As a result, their understanding of the role of the nurse practitioner is incomplete. They usually need to complete the clinical hours and didactic specific to their track. Therefore, students electing to take the post masters certification who do not have a clinical nursing degree must take the following courses for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Across the Lifespan Emphasis:

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

506    

Roles, Policy & Issues

3(2.5-2)

NSG

552

Advanced Pathophysiology

3(3-0)

NSG

561

Advanced Pharmacology

3(3-0)

NSG

562

Advanced Assessment

3(2-4)

NSG

551

Health and Well Being

 3(2-4)

NSG

585

Acute/Chronic/Emergent
Health Needs I

 8(4-16)

NSG

586

Acute/Chronic/Emergent
Health Needs II

8(4-16)

NSG

588

Management of Pediatric Clients

4(2-8)

   
In addition to the above courses, students who are seeking the dual track AACNP/FNP post masters certification must take NSG 587 (Synthesis Experience) courses with 3 credit hours of didactic and 24 contact lab/per week of direct patient care.

Students holding a nurse practitioner degree who have prescriptive privileges in the State of Colorado and who are seeking post masters certification as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner must complete the following courses: (Clinical time is primarily spent in the acute care setting, grand rounds, specializations, and a minimum of 540 clinical hours.)

Courses

 

Titles

Credits (lecture-lab)

NSG

585    

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs I

8(4-16)

NSG

586

Acute/Chronic/Emergent Health Needs II

8(4-16)

   
A post masters certification in a specific clinical nurse specialization can be developed on an individual basis considering the certification requirements set forth by national certification and national organization. The student typically completes a minimum of 500 clinical credit hours.


MASTER OF EDUCATION (M.Ed.)

CSU-Pueblo is in the process of gaining approval for a master’s degree in Education. Potential emphasis areas will include Instructional Technology, Linguistically Diverse Education, and Special Education. Please contact the Department of Teacher Education for information about this program at (719) 549-2681.