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Master of Science in Nursing - MSN | Austin Peay State University

Master of Science in Nursing - MSN

Major: Nursing
Concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner
Austin Peay State University
Credit Hours Required: 46

Clinical/Student Requirements

The section below outlines required documentation that MUST be uploaded in Medatrax prior to beginning your clinical preceptorships.
Student Authorization to Release Information
Effective March 9, 2017, all MSN candidates are required to submit the Release of Information form prior to engaging in a clinical placement experience.
 
Registered Nurse Licensure
Students must hold and maintain a current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed.
 
Student Liability Insurance
The graduate student practices under his or her own license and is required to maintain current advanced practice student liability insurance. Family Nurse Practitioner students must maintain student FNP liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$6,000,000. Students in other concentrations are required to maintain and must have proof of the same coverage in order to be in compliance with our Affiliation Agreements. This policy also applies to federal employees, including active military who engage in a clinical practicum regardless of setting.
 
See MSN On-Boarding/Orientation for information about obtaining liability insurance.
 

Health History, Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements

All students must document physical and emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. A current MSN Health History, Physical Examination and Immunization Form is required and must be uploaded in Medatrax.
 

Immunization Requirements (to be completed by an MD, NP or PA)

To be documented on the MSN TN eCampus Health History, Physical Examination and Immunization Form

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • documented evidence of two doses at least 28 days apart)*
  • documentation of positive titers
  • presumptive evidence of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella for individuals born prior to 1957. Vaccinations and titers are not required for persons in this age group. 
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 
Students must provide written documentation confirming evidence of immunity to varicella (chicken pox). Evidence of immunity for healthcare providers includes:
  • written documentation of vaccination with 2 doses of varicella vaccine
  • laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease
  • diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease by a healthcare provider
  • diagnosis or verification of a history of Herpes Zoster (HZ) by a healthcare provider
  • In the absence of above documentation, students are required to obtain a varicella titer. If titer is negative, the student is required to get the vaccine and a follow-up titer is required.
Hepatitis B 
  • proof of immunity is required at completion of series
  • documentation of positive titers or submission of completed and signed Hepatitis B Waiver form.
Tetanus 
  • documentation of Tdap booster received in past 10 years
Tuberculin Tests 
  • documentation of initial two-step tuberculin skin test given 1-3 weeks apart. If two-step is negative, one-step TB is required annually)*.
  • If positive, medical evaluation and documentation of a clear chest x-ray prior to admission to clinical site and annual completion of the Annual Past-Positive TB Screening Form confirming the absence of symptoms by a healthcare provider. If there is evidence of a positive chest x-ray and/or symptoms of TB, please follow-up for medical evaluation.
  • *TB blood tests also called interferon-gamma release assays or IGRAs may be substituted upon validation by a healthcare provider for the two step or annual TST.  Note that small or rural clinics may not accept these results. Two IGRAs are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): 
    • QuantiFERON® - TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT)
    • T-SPOT® TB test (T-Spot)
Influenza
  • one dose of TIV (trivalent) or LAIV (live attenuated) annual vaccination (highly recommended) or signed Influenza Waiver Form to decline seasonal flu vaccine.

Note: Many clinical agencies are requiring evidence of annual vaccination or the wearing of a mask during flu season.


Background Checks

A full Criminal Background Check (CBC) is required and must be completed within 90 days of your first clinical preceptorship. APSU students are required to use Truescreen for background checks. Contact R. Keith Gipson at APSU for a link. Proof that a Criminal Background Check was obtained must be uploaded in Medatrax prior to being admitted to your first preceptorship. It is the student’s responsibility to make timely arrangements for the background check and to pay all costs associated with such checks. You must keep a copy of the background check for your records AND you are required to send a copy to the Dean, Director or designee at your home campus.  APSU students are required to use Truescreen for background checks. Contact  R. Keith Gipson for a link. 


HIPPA & OSHA Training

Prior to starting your first clinical/practicum experience, and on an annual basis thereafter, you must complete and verify completion of the HIPAA and OSHA/Infection Control/Hazardous Materials training.


Name Tags

Students must purchase and are required to wear name tags during their clinical preceptorship. Name tags can be purchased at an office supply company and should include the following information:

Student Name
Student Home School
Concentration