College of Health Sciences and Human Services
   Elizabeth Blodgett, Dean
   Judy Brookhiser, Assistant Dean
   107C Oakley Applied Science Building
   270-762-3590
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In this chapter...

Academic Departments
 Nursing
 Occupational Safety and Health
 Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences
 

Graduate Programs
 Exercise and Leisure Studies
 Nursing
 Occupational Safety and Health
 Speech-Language Pathology

 
  The College of Health Sciences and Human Services is comprised of four departments:  Nursing; Occupational Safety and Health; Social Work, Criminal Justice and Gerontology; and Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences. The college offers graduate degrees in nursing, occupational safety and health, exercise and leisure studies, and speech-language pathology. 
   The master of science in nursing offers the three clinical options of nurse anesthesia, clinical nurse specialist (adult health), and family nurse practitioner. The nurse anesthetist option is a collaborative effort with Trover Foundation in Madisonville, Kentucky. A variety of regional settings are utilized to provide excellent clinical experiences for the MSN student. The MSN programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and have preliminary approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The anesthesia program has full accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.
   The program in occupational safety and health is unique in this region. In light of an increased sensitivity to the safety of the work environment and to the overall health of all Americans, the program is a timely response to business and industry needs. Few programs of this type are found in higher education. The master of science degree in occupational safety and health provides the philosophical, scientific and technical knowledge needed for professional and administrative positions in the safety field.
   The graduate program leading to the master of science in exercise and leisure studies offers student options in sport and exercise psychology and in recreation and leisure services. The sport and exercise psychology option is designed for students interested in careers in sports medicine, health promotion, wellness, and coaching. Typical job placement is in corporate fitness, hospitals, clinics, and wellness centers. The recreation and leisure service option was created for individuals with an interest in outdoor recreation and recreation administration. The nearby U.S. Forest Service’s Land Between the Lakes recreation area on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley provide outstanding opportunities for research and hands on experiences. Either option allows students to develop the necessary skills to meet the demands of the 21st century.
   The graduate program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In addition to outstanding academic experiences, the program offers practicum experiences in the university’s Speech-Language and Hearing Center, in hospitals, clinics, schools, and geriatric facilities throughout the region. The program leads to Kentucky licensure in speech-language pathology, certification by the Kentucky Department of Education, and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
 
 
Department of Nursing
Chair - Marcia B. Hobbs
Graduate Coordinator - Nancey France
120 Mason Hall
270-762-2193

   The Department of Nursing offers the master of science in nursing degree. Master’s study in nursing gives students the opportunity to acquire and expand nursing knowledge and skills needed to provide advanced practice nursing care. Three options are available:  (1) clinical nurse specialist with a focus on adults; (2) nurse anesthetist; and (3) family nurse practitioner. All options are placed within a rural health theory context.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). In addition to the general MSU application, applicants must complete an application from the Department of Nursing. The Department of Nursing application must be turned in to the departmental office by the deadline set by the department. Requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows; additional requirements are given under each option.

Unconditional
For unconditional admission, an applicant must have:
• baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC/CCNE-accredited institution;
• Kentucky licensure and/or licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the state of anticipated preceptorship; advanced practice licensure required for post-baccalaureate APN option; international applicants must be licensed in the U.S. prior to beginning clinical courses;
• proof of liability insurance for advanced practice nursing, current immunizations, hepatitis vaccine or signed waiver, and TB testing are required before enrollment in clinical nursing courses;
• undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, post-master’s certificate applicants grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale;
• combined score of 800 or above on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), post-master’s applicants exempt from GRE;
• a TOEFL score of 550 for international applicants and passing score of oral proficiency exam administered by the Department of Nursing before progression to clinical courses;
• successful completion of prerequisite courses at time of application: anatomy, physiology, chemistry (one year), health assessment, statistics, and research; and
• three favorable recommendations (submitted on a special Department of Nursing form by a faculty member of applicant’s undergraduate program, applicant’s current employer, and one other person who has known applicant in a professional capacity);
• a successful interview by the selection committee;
• current CPR certification; current ACLS certification for NA option only;
• one-year RN experience required for FNP option; one-year RN experience in critical care required for NA option;
• following the application deadline, the Graduate and Selection Committees will review all completed application packages and offer interviews to the most qualified applicants.

Conditional
   Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for unconditional admission will be considered on an individual basis.
   Detailed information about these and other policies, such as academic honesty and confidentiality, is available from the Department of Nursing and in the MSU Student Handbook. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission is a resource for information regarding tuition, fees and length of program. The address is NLNAC, 350 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. Their telephone number is (212) 989-9393.
   For further information write: Department of Nursing, Murray State University, 120 Mason Hall, Murray, KY 42071.

Master of Science in Nursing Degree
The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at Murray State University is to prepare advanced practice nurses within a rural setting to the end that wellness in society may be enhanced by 1) providing advanced nursing care; 2) advancing and expanding nursing knowledge and skill through systematic investigation and experimentation; 3) assuming a nursing leadership role within the health care delivery system; and 4) acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Critical Care/Advanced Medical-Surgical
   The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse with a concentration in a selected area of clinical nursing with a focus on adult health. The CNS is prepared to function as an expert practitioner, leader, researcher, educator and consultant. The CNS practices within a variety of settings and is prepared to teach nursing.

Post-Baccalaureate APN-MSN 
   The Post-Baccalaureate APN-MSN is designed to offer a Master’s degree to baccalaureate prepared advanced practice nurses. Students take core courses along with clinical courses in their specialty area.

Family Nurse Practitioner
   The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice nurse who provides primary health care services to all members of the family. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and preventive care across the life-span. The FNP is prepared to manage a wide range of acute and chronic health  problems in a variety of settings.

Additional Requirement for Application
   One year R.N. experience.

Nurse Anesthetist
   The Nurse Anesthetist is an advanced practice nurse who provides nursing care specific to anesthetic requirements across the life-span in a variety of practice settings.

Additional Requirements for Application
• Minimum of one year of professional nursing experience in critical care.
• Current ACLS certification.
• In addition to the other academic prerequisites, organic or biochemistry, and physics is required for the nurse anesthetist option.


Master of Science in Nursing

CIP 51.1601.02

ACCREDITED BY:
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and preliminary approval by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nurse anesthetist option is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
 


CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST OPTION
CRITICAL CARE/ADVANCED MEDICAL-SURGICAL

Total Course Requirements 46 hours

Advanced Nursing Core Courses 15 hrs
NUR 603 Concepts and Theories in Nursing
NUR 605 Issues in Rural Health Care
NUR 630 Research in Nursing
NUR 631 Research Applications in Nursing
NUR 695 Research Project

Clinical Core Courses 10 hrs
BIO 522 Pathophysiology
NUR 641 Advanced Nursing Assessment for Health Promotion and Maintenance
NUR 642 Advanced Pharmacology

Clinical Specialty 14 hrs
NUR 520 Critical Care Concepts and Application
NUR 622 Diagnosis and Management of Adult Health Problems
NUR 623 Advanced Adult Nursing I
NUR 624 Advanced Adult Nursing II

Clinical Practicum 7 hrs
NUR 649 Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I
NUR 650 Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist Integration Practicum

Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the departmental graduate advisor.

Other Degree Requirements
This is a part-time option and all degree requirements must be completed within five calendar years.

POST-BACCALAUREATE APN-MSN OPTION

Total Course Requirements 32 hours

Advanced Nursing Core Courses 15 hrs
NUR 603 Concepts and Theories in Nursing
NUR 605 Issues in Rural Health Care
NUR 630 Research in Nursing
NUR 631 Research Applications in Nursing
NUR 695 Research Project

Clinical Specialty 8 hrs
NUR 623 Advanced Adult Nursing I
NUR 624 Advanced Adult Nursing II

Electives (as approved by advisor)  9 hrs
 Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the departmental graduate advisor.

Other Degree Requirements
All degree requirements must be completed within five calendar years.

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER OPTION

Total Course Requirements 47 hours

Advanced Nursing Core Courses 15 hrs
NUR 603 Concepts and Theories in Nursing
NUR 605 Issues in Rural Health Nursing
NUR 630 Research in Nursing
NUR 631 Research Applications in Nursing
NUR 695 Research Project

Clinical Core Courses 10 hrs
BIO 522 Pathophysiology
NUR 641 Advanced Nursing Assessment for Health Promotion and Maintenance
NUR 642 Advanced Pharmacology

Clinical Specialty 13 hrs
NUR 644 Primary Care of the Family I
NUR 645 Primary Care of the Family II

Clinical Practicum 9 hrs
NUR 654 Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Integration Practicum

Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the departmental graduate advisor.

Other Degree Requirements
This is a full-time option and all degree requirements must be completed within two calendar years.

NURSE ANESTHETIST OPTION

Total Course Requirements 64 hours

Advanced Nursing Core Courses 19 hrs
NUR 603 Concepts and Theories in Nursing
NUR 605 Issues in Rural Health Care
NUR 630 Research in Nursing
NUR 631 Research Applications in Nursing
NUR 641 Advanced Nursing Assessment for Health Promotion and Maintenance
NUR 695 Research Project

Clinical Specialty 30 hrs
NUR 606 Scientific Foundations in Anesthesia I
NUR 607 Scientific Foundations in Anesthesia II
NUR 608 Scientific Foundations in Anesthesia III
NUR 609 Scientific Foundations in Anesthesia IV
NUR 632 Principles of Anesthesia Practice I
NUR 633 Principles of Anesthesia Practice II
NUR 634 Principles of Anesthesia Practice III
NUR 635 Principles of Anesthesia Practice IV

Clinical Practicum 9 hrs
NUR 651 Clinical Practicum I
NUR 652 Clinical Practicum II
NUR 653 Clinical Practicum III

Other Required Courses 9 hrs
NUR 655 Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia I
 -or-
Advisor approved elective (3 hrs)
NUR 656 Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia II

Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the departmental graduate advisor.

Other Degree Requirements
This is a full-time option and all degree requirements must be completed within three calendar years.
 
 
Department of Occupational Safety and Health
Chair - David G. Kraemer
Graduate Coordinator - Bassam H. Atieh
157 Industry and Technology Center
270-762-2488

   The graduate program in occupational safety and health is designed to prepare students to become skilled and demonstrate knowledge in an occupational safety and health option of environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene, or safety management. Persons pursuing this degree must have a B.S. in occupational safety and health, or a related field, and/or complete a 21-credit core of undergraduate work. 

Requirements for Admission
   Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.

Unconditional
• Baccalaureate degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field.
• At least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average.
• Combined score of 800 or above on verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum of 213 on the computer-based equivalent GRE.

Conditional
Recommendation of the graduate advisory committee and completion of the courses listed below under the Prerequisite Undergraduate Requirements. Upon recommendation of the advisor, prerequisite undergraduate requirements may be taken while enrolled for graduate credit.

Prerequisite Undergraduate Requirements  21 hours
OSH 192 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
OSH 287 OSHA Standards for General Industry and Construction
OSH 320 Environmental and Occupational Health Engineering Technology
OSH 353 Prevention  of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace
OSH 420 Industrial Hygiene I
OSH 452 Systems Approach to Hazard Control
 -and-
One of the following option-specific courses:
Environmental
OSH 311 Hazardous Materials and Emergency Planning
Safety Management
OSH 384 Construction Safety
Industrial Hygiene
OSH 425 Physical Agents


Master of Science in 
Occupational Safety and Health

CIP 15.0701

PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY:
The Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ASAC/ABET). 

Within departmental guidelines, the individual student’s program is developed in consultation with advisor. 

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours

Technical Requirements1  12 hrs
 Choose four from the following:
OSH 523 Occupational Diseases
OSH 536 Motor Fleet Safety
OSH 545 Loss Control Measurement and Management
OSH 546 Fundamentals of Risk Control
OSH 550 Safety and Health Program Management and Training
OSH 591 Engineering and Technical Aspects of Safety
OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene II
OSH 626 Industrial Hygiene Sampling Strategies
OSH 637 Biostatistics and Probability
OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health
OSH 656 Ergonomics and Biomechanics
OSH 658 Introduction to Occupational Epidemiology 
OSH 670 Internship in Safety and Health
   (or approved elective with prior safety internship or equivalent)
OSH 680 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Safety and Health

Thesis  6 hrs
OSH 698-699 Thesis

 1Technical requirements courses are selected based on the student’s program option and must be approved by the graduate program advisor.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

OSH 591 Engineering and Technical Aspects of Safety
OSH 670 Internship in Safety and Health
   (or approved elective with prior safety internship or equivalent)

All students (Thesis or Non-Thesis) must also complete 12 credit hours by selecting one of the following three options. Substitutions within these options can be made only with the approval of the advisor.

Safety Management Option 12 hrs
OSH 650 Occupational Safety and Health Organizational Leadership and Management
OSH 654 Philosophy of Safety and Health
OSH 655 Legal Aspects of Safety and Health
OSH 657 Current Literature and Research in Safety and Health

Industrial Hygiene Option 12 hrs
OSH 527 Air Contaminants and Industrial Ventilation
OSH 621 Industrial Hygiene II
OSH 622 Toxicology of Industrial Materials
OSH 663 Applied Workplace Ergonomics

Environmental Option 12 hrs
OSH 527 Air Contaminants and Industrial Ventilation
OSH 687 Wastewater Treatment
OSH 689 Solid and Hazardous Waste Treatment
OSH 697 Research in Environmental Health and Safety
 or
An approved higher-level course in environmental science

Other Degree Requirements
• Comprehensive examination (Non-thesis track).
• Oral defense of thesis (Thesis track).
• 12 hours of 600-level courses excluding thesis (Thesis track).
• 15 hours of 600-level courses excluding practicum and internship credits (Non-thesis track).
 
 
Department of Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences
Chair - James “Corky” Broughton
Graduate Coordinators:
Exercise Science - Matt Wiggins             Nutrition - Jeff Frame
Speech Pathology - Pearl Payne
108 Carr Health Building
270-762-6124

   The Department of Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences offers a master of science degrees in exercise and leisure studies and speech-language pathology.
   The Division of Communication Disorders offers a wide variety of academic and practicum experiences. The speech-language pathology program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


Master of Science in 
Exercise and Leisure Studies

CIP 31.0505

Total Course Requirements 31 hours

Core Requirements 16 hrs
EXS 520 Leisure and Aging
EXS 609 Evaluation in Exercise and Leisure Studies
EXS 610 Sociology of Sport and Exercise
EXS 640 Techniques of Research in Exercise and Leisure Studies
EXS 650 Seminar in Exercise and Leisure Studies
REC 600 Leisure in Society: A Global Perspective

Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the advisor.

THESIS TRACK

Emphasis  15 hrs
 (Choose an area of emphasis listed below.)

Sport and Exercise Psychology Emphasis
EXS 540 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
EXS 660 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
PSY 623 Social Bases of Behavior
 -or-
PSY 584 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
EXS 698-699 Thesis

Recreation and Leisure Service Emphasis
REC 515 Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation Services
REC 565 Interpretative Services in Park Management
REC 621 Advanced Professional Experience
REC 698-699 Thesis

Substitutions for required courses in either emphasis can be made only with the approval of the advisor.

Other Degree Requirements
• Oral defense of the thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Emphasis  15 hrs
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

Other courses, 500 or 600 level, selected with advisor’s approval 6 hrs

Other Degree Requirements
• Written comprehensive examination (Non-thesis track only).


CERTIFICATE:
Nutrition Registered Dietitian (R.D.)

ACCREDITED BY: 
The American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606. 

  The Clinical Training Program in Dietetics at Murray State University is a post baccalaureate education and training program for graduates of accredited university dietetics programs. The two-semester program provides 1200 hours of supervised clinical training experience and classroom instruction in the areas of clinical dietetics, foodservice management, and community nutrition. Students begin the program in the fall semester and complete studies in the spring semester. Upon successful completion of the program, a student is eligible for active membership in The American Dietetic Association (ADA) and is qualified to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). 

Total Course Requirements 18 hours
NTN  640  Dietetics Clinical Training Program Primer
NTN  641  Nutrition Therapy I
NTN  642  Foodservice Management 
NTN  643  Community Nutrition
NTN  650  Dietetics Clinical Training Program Primer
NTN  651  Nutrition Therapy II
NTN  652  Business/Entrepreneur
NTN  653  Culminating Experience
NTN 656 Nutrition Research Literature Review
NTN 680 Independent Study in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management


Master of Science in
Speech-Language Pathology

CIP 51.0204

ACCREDITED BY:
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional admission are as follows.
• Complete application for admission to Murray State University graduate school and an application to the Communication Disorders program by the deadline issued by the Communication Disorders program that is earlier than the general admission for the University.
• A baccalaureate degree in communication disorders or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.
• At least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average.
• Combined score of 800 or above on verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum of 213 on the computer-based equivalent GRE.
• Successful completion of prerequisite courses at time of application.

Prerequisites
The following courses (or their equivalents) must be completed prior to qualification for graduate student status in communication disorders:

CDI 215 Clinical Phonetics
CDI 310 Anatomy and Physiology
CDI 315 Speech Science
CDI 325 Communication Disorders I
CDI 340 Speech and Language Development
CDI 345 Communication Disorders II
CDI 405 Audiology
CDI 451 Aural Rehabilitation
CDI 465 Neuroanatomy and Physiology for the Speech-Language Pathologist
CDI 470 Clinical Methods I
CDI 472 Clinical Methods II
CDI 480 School Services for Communication Disorders

   Additional course work completed prior to graduate study must be approved by the graduate coordinator in order to be used for certification and/or licensure requirements.
   One or more of the courses from the following group may also be required to meet certification and/or graduate degree requirements.

CDI 550 Neuromuscular Disorders
CDI 572 Diagnostic Methods
CDI 582 Communication Programming for Individuals with Severe Disabilities

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 49-52 hours
CDI 615 Experimental Phonetics
CDI 620 Phonological Disorders
CDI 624 Disorders of Voice
CDI 625 Fluency Disorders
CDI 646 Research Methods for Speech-Language Pathologists
CDI 648 Advanced Language Disorders
CDI 660 Motor Speech Disorders
CDI 670 Practicum Seminar
CDI 674 Practicum
CDI 680 Aphasia
CDI 684 Cranio-Facial Anomalies
CDI 686 Swallowing Disorders
Research1 (3 hrs)
CDI 698-699 Thesis

Professional Semester: 
CDI  676  Medical/Clinical Placement (5 hrs repeated to 10)
 -or-
CDI  676  Medical/Clinical Placement (5 hrs) 
 -and-
CDI  621  Student Teaching in Speech-Language Pathology2 (5 hrs)

Under unusual circumstances, the graduate advisor may substitute CDI 695 or appropriate related coursework for a required course.

Other Degree Requirements
• 375 clock hours clinical practicum, one of ASHA’s certification requirements.
• Oral defense and examination of the thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 46-49 hours
CDI 615 Experimental Phonetics
CDI 620 Phonological Disorders
CDI 624 Disorders of Voice
CDI 625 Fluency Disorders
CDI 648 Advanced Language Disorders
CDI 660 Motor Speech Disorders
CDI 670 Practicum Seminar
CDI 674 Practicum
CDI 680 Aphasia
CDI 684 Cranio-Facial Anomalies
CDI 686 Swallowing Disorders
Research1 (3 hrs)

Professional Semester: 
CDI  676  Medical/Clinical Placement (5 hrs repeated to 10)
 -or-
CDI  676  Medical/Clinical Placement (5 hrs) 
 -and-
CDI  621  Student Teaching in Speech-Language Pathology2 (5 hrs)

Under unusual circumstances, the graduate advisor may substitute CDI 695 or appropriate related coursework for a required course.

Other Degree Requirements
• 375 clock hours clinical practicum, one of ASHA’s certification guidelines.
• Written comprehensive examination.

1Requirement may be fulfilled by completing one of several 600 level research courses approved by the Division of Communication Disorders.
2For Kentucky teacher certification, student must be admitted to the teacher education program in the College of Education.

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