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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2017-2018

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Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Curriculum

The DNP Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track allows students to acquire a MSN along the way upon completion of 45 credit hours of master's level courses, including 600 hours of clinical practice. This is followed by an additional 41 credit hours of doctoral-level courses, including 9 credit hours of the DNP Project and at least 420 clinical hours. All totaled, 1,020 practicum hours including those leading to the MSN are required to earn the DNP.

Required Courses for MSN—45 Credit Hours

Core Courses—21 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/ Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6265 Adult/Gerontology CNS I (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6265L Adult/Gerontology CNS I Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6266 Adult/Gerontology CNS II (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6266L Adult/Gerontology CNS II Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6267 Adult/Gerontology CNS III (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6267L Adult/Gerontology CNS III Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for the DNP—41 Credit Hours

The DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base of the graduate and strengthen the focus on research utilization. Safety and efficiency in health care systems is addressed and organizational and policy implications are emphasized within the context of care delivery. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art interventions and information fluency.

  • NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for APN (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7748 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for Advanced Practice Nursing (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7779C Program Development and Management for DNP (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7911C Doctoral Project 1 (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7912C Doctoral Project 2 (3 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7913 Doctoral Project 3 (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below B in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • A satisfactory DNP Project
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
  • A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP Project
  • A professional portfolio 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).

Explanation:

The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

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