College of Health Sciences and Human Services
   Elizabeth Blodgett, Dean
   Judy Brookhiser, Assistant Dean
   107C Oakley Applied Science Building
   270-809-3590
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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
270-809-2193

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.
•    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. Submit copies to the Nursing Graduate Coordinator;
•    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;
•    for international applicants, RN licensure in Kentucky and/or licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the state of anticipated preceptorship, a TOEFL score of 550;
•    successful completion of prerequisite courses at time of application: anatomy, physiology, chemistry, health assessment, statistics, and nursing research; and
•    three favorable recommendations (submitted on a special Department of Nursing form by a faculty member of applicant’s BSN program, applicant’s current RN supervisor, and a RN peer.);
•    a successful interview by the selection committee;
•    current CPR certification; current ACLS and PALS certification for NA option only;
•    one-year RN experience required for FNP option; one-year RN experience in intensive 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 commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is a resource for information about this program and may be obtained from the CCNE at CCNE, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call 202-887-6791.

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. Emphasis is placed on the management, support, and coordination of the care of acutely and critically ill adult patients with episodic illness or acute exacerbation of chronic illness within the context of advanced standards of practice and professional performance. The CNS influences outcomes of client care, nursing, personnel activities, and the organizational environment. The CNS is prepared to function as an expert practitioner, educator, researcher, consultant, and leader within a variety of settings.

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 RN 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 intensive care.
•    Current ACLS and PALS certification.
•    In addition to the other academic prerequisites, organic or biochemistry is required for the nurse anesthetist option.



Master of Science in Nursing

CIP 51.1601.02

ACCREDITED BY:
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    43 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
NUR    641    Advanced Nursing Assessment
NUR    642    Advanced Pharmacology
NUR    673    Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice

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-Acute Care
NUR    624    Advanced Adult Nursing-Chronic/Rehabilitation

Clinical Practicum    4 hrs
NUR    650    Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist Integration Practicum II

Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the departmental graduate coordinator and/or chair.

Other Degree Requirements
This option can be completed either full-time or part-time.

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-Acute Care
NUR    624    Advanced Adult Nursing-Chronic/Rehabilitation

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

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 Care
NUR    630    Research in Nursing
NUR    631    Research Applications in Nursing
NUR    695    Research Project

Clinical Core Courses    10 hrs
NUR    641    Advanced Nursing Assessment
NUR    642    Advanced Pharmacology
NUR    673    Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice

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 coordinator and/or chair.

Other Degree Requirements
This is a full-time option.

NURSE ANESTHETIST OPTION
Total Course Requirements    64 hours

Advanced Nursing Core Courses    22 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
NUR    673    Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR    695    Research Project

Clinical Specialty    27 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    6 hrs
NUR    655    Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia I
NUR    656    Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia II

Substitutions for required courses can be made only with the approval of the departmental graduate coordinator and/or chair.

Other Degree Requirements
This is a full-time option.

Post-Master’s Certificates
The Post-Master’s certificate is designed for those registered nurses who already have earned the Master of Science in Nursing degree and now pursue a change in specialty. All prerequisites and clinical experience remain the same as for the Master of Science in Nursing degree.


CERTIFICATE:
Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master’s

Total Course Requirements    28 hours
NUR    520    Critical Care Concepts and Application
NUR    622    Diagnosis and Management of Adult Health Problems
NUR    623    Advanced Adult Nursing-Acute Care
NUR    624    Advanced Adult Nursing-Chronic/Rehabilitation
NUR    641    Advanced Nursing Assessment1
NUR    642    Advanced Pharmacology1
NUR    650    Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist Integration Practicum II
NUR    673    Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice1

1These courses may be transferred to Murray State if taken within the last five years and are at the graduate level.


CERTIFICATE:
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s

Total Course Requirements    32 hours
NUR    641    Advanced Nursing Assessment1
NUR    642    Advanced Pharmacology1
NUR    644    Primary Care of the Family I
NUR    645    Primary Care of the Family II
NUR    654    Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner Integration Practicum
NUR    673    Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice1

1These courses may be transferred to Murray State if taken within the last five years and are at the graduate level.


CERTIFICATE:
Nurse Anesthesia Post-Master’s

Total Course Requirements    49 hours
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
NUR    641    Advanced Nursing Assessment1
NUR    651    Clinical Practicum I
NUR    652    Clinical Practicum II
NUR    653    Clinical Practicum III
NUR    655    Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia I
NUR    656    Seminar in Nurse Anesthesia II
NUR    673    Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice1

1These courses may be transferred to Murray State if taken within the last five years and are at the graduate level.

Department of Occupational Safety and Health
Chair - David G. Kraemer
Graduate Coordinator - Bassam H. Atieh
157 Industry and Technology Center
270-809-2488

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.

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
270-809-6124

The Department of Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences offers 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    510    Sociology of Sport and Exercise
EXS    520    Leisure and Aging
EXS    609    Evaluation in Exercise and Leisure Studies
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    621    Advanced Professional Experience
REC 698-699 Thesis
500- or 600-level Elective

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.



CERTIFICATE:
Nutrition Registered Dietitian (R.D.)


ACCREDITED BY:
The American Dietetic Association and eligibility by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education.

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 Primer
NTN     641     Nutrition Therapy I
NTN     642     Foodservice Management
NTN     643     Community Nutrition
NTN     650     Dietetics Clinical Training Program Primer II
NTN     651     Nutrition Therapy II
NTN     652     Business/Entrepreneur
NTN     653     Culminating Experience


Master of Science in
Speech-Language Pathology

CIP 51.0204

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

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 by deadline;
•    Complete application to the Communication Disorders program by the deadline issued by the Communication Disorders program;
•    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.
•    Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses at time of application.

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

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    482    Augmentative-Alternative Communication
    -or-
CDI    582    Communication Programming for Individuals with Severe Disabilities
CDI    550    Neuromuscular Disorders

THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    57-60 hours
CDI    615    Instrumental Methods for SLPs
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    656    Advanced Audiology
CDI    660    Motor Speech Disorders
CDI    670    Practicum Seminar
CDI    674    Practicum
CDI    680    Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders
CDI    686    Swallowing Disorders
CDI    694    Advanced Clinical Practicum
CDI     698     Thesis
CDI     699     Thesis
Optional Approved Elective

Professional Semester:
CDI    601    Seminar in Current Trends and Issues
and two of the following:
CDI     621    Student Teaching in Speech-Language Pathology1
CDI     640    Individualized School Placement
CDI     676    Medical/Clinical Placement

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 CAA’s certification requirements.
•    Oral defense and examination of the thesis.

NON-THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    57-60 hours
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

CDI    684    Cranio-Facial Anomalies

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

1For Kentucky teacher certification, student must be admitted to the teacher education program in the College of Education.