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Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing

College
College of Health Sciences
Department
Nursing
Level
Masters
Study System
Thesis and Course work or Project and Coursework
Total Credit Hours
36 Cr.Hrs.
Duration
2-4 Years
Intake
Fall & Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time

Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing

Introduction
The College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Master of Science in Adult Critical Care responds to the current and emerging health care needs in the UAE. This program supports the University's strategic plan to develop post graduate programs and to continue the development of Nursing within the UAE. The program is student centered, clinically focused, culturally relevant, geographically proximal and cost effective alternative to studying abroad. Moreover, it will strengthen the UOS interdisciplinary effort which implies inter-program collaboration in teaching, clinical and research.

 
Program Objectives
Program Goals

The goals of the program are to:
  1. Produce competent professional critical care nurse graduates able to provide advanced care practice for adult patients with multiple complex problems and their families.
  2. Provide continuing education for critical care nurses to contribute to the health and wellness of the most vulnerable, focusing on the use of technology, advances in critical care practice, and the implementation of evidence based nursing.
  3. Develop the research skills of the graduate in appraising and publishing clinical research papers with confidence.
  4. Provide the graduate with a foundation for further study at the doctoral level. 


Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the program the student should be able to:
  1. Apply comprehensive care for critically ill patients and their families.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate evidence-based nursing procedures, protocols and guidelines to improve the quality of critical care practice.
  3. Function as an advocate for patients and their families to improve care outcomes.
  4. Develop clinical judgment in critical care through experiential learning, participant observation and reflective practice.
  5. Work within a multidisciplinary team to deliver effective patient care
  6. Demonstrate communication proficiency in caring for critically ill patients, families and health care professionals to improve patients' condition.
  7. Implement legal principles in delivering care to critically ill patients and their families.
  8. Implement quality improvement guidelines in critical care settings through scholarly inquiry into clinical practice.
  9. Conduct research relevant to the field of Critical Care Nursing.

 
Program Structure
Admission Requirements

In accordance with the University requirements for graduate degrees, conditions of admission to the Master's program include the following:

  1. The student must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized university from the MOHE at the UAE with a minimum grade of Good and a CGPA of 3 on a 4-point scale. Students with a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.99 may be admitted conditionally provided that they register up to 6-9 credit hours in the first semester of their study and obtain a "B" average.
  2. The degree must be in a major that enables the student to study the Master's program, and students from majors different from the Master's program may be admitted upon the recommendation of the Department and the College and the approval of the Council and after studying the prerequisite courses assigned by the Department.
  3. Attendance in the bachelor's degree must not be less than 75% of the total hours required for graduation.
  4. The student must obtain 550 points on the TOEFL test or 6 on the IELTS. A student may be admitted conditionally if he/she obtains 530 points or better on the TOEFL provided that the student enroll in an English language course and receive a TOFEL score of 550 at the end of his/her first semester of study. The student will be expelled from the program if these two conditions are not met.
  5. The student must submit a letter of approval by his/her employer if he/she is employed.

In addition to the above mentioned University requirements, all students applying to the "Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing" are required to meet the following criteria:

  • A recent year of adult intensive Care nursing experience and or /emergency care prior to beginning the program.
  • Hold a valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS certification prior to entering in the program.
Course List


The study plan for the Master of Science in Adult Critical Care Nursing

Compulsory Courses (24 Credit Hours)

Course # Course Name Cr. Hrs Prerequisites
0503501 Health Assessment for Advanced Critical Care nursing Practice 2  
0503502 Pathophysiology for Advanced Critical Care Nursing Practice 2  
0503509 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Critical Care Nursing Practice 2  
0503506 Advanced Nursing Research 2 Biostatics
0503503 Biostatics for Health Care Providers 2  
0503504 Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing 1 2 Health assessment

Pathophysiology

(8) co-requisite
0503507 Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing 2 2 Advanced adult critical care nursing 1

Advanced adult critical care nursing-clinical practicum 1
0503505 Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing - Clinical Practicum 1 5 Co-requisite - Advanced adult critical care nursing 1
0503508 Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing - Clinical Practicum 2 5 Advanced adult critical care nursing 1

Advanced adult Critical Care Nursing-Clinical Practicum 1

Co- Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing 2

Co-Pharmacotherapeutics for advanced critical care nursing practice
0503510/

0503516
Thesis or/

Research Graduation project
9

3
Biostatics

Advanced Nursing Research
 

Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Course # Course Name Cr. Hrs Prerequisites
  Advanced Critical Care Concepts 3  
  Informatics in Health Care 3  
  Healthcare Education 3  
  Leadership and Management for Quality Health Care 3  
  Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 3  
 
 
Course Description

0503501
Health Assessment for Advanced Critical Care Nursing Practice
2 credit hours
This course is designed to help critical care nurses develop advanced clinical assessment skills, focusing on the essential technology and procedures utilized in the management of the critically ill. During laboratory/clinical experiences psychomotor skills and the use of advanced technologies will be developed , this course also enables the Students to differentiate abnormal from normal findings using advanced assessment techniques such as  obtaining appropriate health history and performing physical examinations on adult patients with complex problems in a variety of critical  care settings, In addition, the course emphasizes proper documentation of data obtained and the development of appropriate plans of care.

 
0503502
Pathophysiology for Advanced Critical Care Nursing practice
2 credit hours
This course describes the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of specific disease processes and provides the students with knowledge of the mechanisms of disordered physiology that underlie the disease conditions commonly encountered in critical care settings. Knowledge of pathophysiological processes is linked to the clinical manifestations of disease and form the basis for diagnosis and decision-making regarding therapeutic interventions for complex problems.
 

0503503
Biostatistics for health care providers
2 credit hours
The goal of this course is to help students conduct and interpret statistical analysis for different research studies and designs assisted by the appropriate computer software. Emphasis will be on the nature and characteristics of the most commonly used statistical techniques (descriptive statistics, correlation and linear regression, factor analysis, and elementary hypothesis testing), and their applicability to specific health care problems within the context of nursing.



0503504
Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing 1
2 credit hours
This course builds on previous theoretical and clinical knowledge to prepare the student in the management of culturally diverse patients and families with complex health problems.

This course enables the students to integrate, at an advanced level, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, and current research findings for the collaborative management of adult with life-threatening problems using advanced technology. Content includes pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal and fluid and electrolyte disorders. Emphasis is on prioritizing the care of patients and families with acute and complex health problems.



0503505
Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing- Clinical practicum 1
5 credit hours
This practicum course is a clinical experience in critical care setting designed to provide the students with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the theory in the management of patients with complex problems. Emphasis   is on delivering holistic care to critically ill patients and family using multidisciplinary approach. Students engage in physical assessment, interpretation of medical data, differential diagnoses, development and implementation of management plans, documentation in the medical record, and performing relevant procedures to the critically-ill adult- population.  The focus is on providing advanced care to clients with complex cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and renal disorders.



0503506
Advanced Nursing Research
3 credit hours
This course provides graduate nursing students with advanced knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Within this course, students will be able to write a complete research proposal in a critical care area.  The course is designed to assist in the planning of Master's theses.  

 

0503507
Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing 2
2 credit hours
This course builds on previous theoretical and clinical knowledge to prepare the student in the management of culturally diverse patients and families with complex health problems. This course enables the students to integrate, at an advanced level, pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, Pharmacotherapeutics concepts and current research findings for the collaborative management of adult with life-threatening problems. Content includes neurological, endocrine, gastrointestinal disorders, multi-organ dysfunction and Trauma. Emphasis is on Utilizing a holistic nursing, and evidence-based framework.



0503508
Advanced Adult Critical Care Nursing- Clinical practicum 2
5 credit hours
This course is a clinical experience that builds on prior clinical and theoretical courses to enable the critical care nurse to analyze complex health problems of diverse patients who present to the acute care setting. Critical care nurse students engage in the comprehensive management of patients with a variety of complex critical illnesses and/or chronic disease.  Research, patient preferences, and nursing experience are integral to clinical decision making, management, and evaluation of patient-focused clinical outcomes. Emphasis is on providing advanced care to clients with neurological, endocrine, Multi-organ failure, trauma and end-of-life care.



0503509
Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Critical Care Nursing practice
2 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to apply the principles of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics for the management of common acute and chronic health problems. The course provides an overview of critical care medications commonly used in complex situations and covers the representative drugs of a pharmacologic group, mechanisms of action, indications for use, drug interactions, titration of dose, key adverse effects, contraindications and monitoring of therapy in order to achieve safe and optimal patient outcomes.



0503510
Thesis
9 credit hours
This is culmination of the in-depth research activity. Candidates shall submit a thesis on an approved subject under the direction of a supervisor/s or supervisory committee. This scholarly activity demonstrates the student's advanced level of knowledge, professional competence, critical thinking and scholarly activity from conception to completion. 

 

0503511
Advanced Critical Care Concepts
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a variety of advanced intensive care topics.  It also focuses on developing students' competencies in assessing, diagnosing and treating patients with complex critical illnesses. Emphasis is on evidence-based practice in the management of the critically ill patient.



0503512
Informatics in Health Care
3 credit hours
This course orients graduate nursing students to the foundation of health informatics and enhances students competency in using information technology to ensure safety and quality care. Electronic Health Records (EHR), health data management, telehealth, and application of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) using information technology, will be emphasized

 

0503513
Healthcare Education
3 credit hours
This course introduces the students to the evidence based theory needed to develop essential skills in learning, teaching and assessment (LTA). Students develop the skills needed to support positive learning environments in their workplace, which have a direct impact on the quality of care and services for the public. This course provides the students with a range of teaching and assessment strategies. It also addresses innovations in healthcare education and other technology enhanced learning strategies to develop their educator practice.

 

0503514
Leadership and Management for Quality Health Care
3 credit hours
This course will enable students to explore aspects of leadership and various styles of management relevant to critical care nursing practice. Principles of effective multidisciplinary team working will be applied to the critical care setting, Emphasis is on providing   the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a member and lead interdisciplinary groups in organizational assessment to identify issues and facilitate changes in practice delivery utilizing quality improvement strategies.



0503515
Evidence Based Practice
3 credit hours
The emphasis for this course is on the elements of evidence-based practice. This course will provide the students with tools to develop practice in an area of current practice in the healthcare setting, after critiquing it in relation to the most current evidence in the same area. Utilizing nursing research concepts and methodology, and own clinical judgment, students will appraise practice and research and apply the outcomes of this process to provide the best evidence based nursing practice. Critical thinking is essential in all steps of this process.

 

0503516
RESEARCH GRADUATION PROJECT ( Non thesis track)
6 credits
This is a scholarly experience for students to conduct a research activity. Candidates shall submit a graduation Research Project Report on an approved subject in which systematic research has been conducted under the direction of a supervisor/s. This scholarly activity demonstrates the student's advanced level of knowledge and professional competence.