University of South Florida College of Nursing
TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE, TRANSFORMING LIVES:
CREATING THE NURSING LEADERS OF TOMORROW AND THE RESEARCH THAT IMPROVES HEALTH
AND SAFETY OF
WORKERS AS AN
» Dual MS/MPH Degree Track:
MS degree in Occupational
Health & Adult-Gerontology
Primary Care Nurse
Practitioner & MPH degree in
» Nursing MS Degree Track:
Primary Care Nurse
Protecting the health of workers and the community is a very important
and rewarding field. Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners’ primary focus is preventing work-related illnesses and injuries and protecting health and safety among workers. The USF College of Nursing has an out-of-the- box Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner master’s program designed for your success. Dual MS/MPH Degree Track: MS degree in Occupational Health & Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner & MPH degree in Public Health: OR Nursing MS Degree Track: Occupational Health &
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Make a difference to individuals and groups of workers as a USF Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner!
Why Occupational Health?
»Practice at diverse settings - industry, clinics, & hospital employee health
»Coordinate health and rehabilitation services for individual workers
»Develop and administer comprehensive health promotion programs
»Direct and evaluate an occupational health and safety plan
»Consult and advise on occupational health and safety services
»Interdisciplinary training at a variety of work sites,
»Interprofessional experiences in occupational health roles Why USF?
»USF is the fastest growing research university in the nation
»USF is ranked 8th as an ‘up and coming’ university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges
»USF ranks among Forbes America’s Best Colleges 2011
»USF is ranked 5th Most Veteran Friendly School in the U.S.
Why USF Nursing?
»One of 13 nationally recognized Occupational Health Nursing Programs
»Nationally recognized USF Sunshine Education and Research Center
»Nationally-renowned faculty with real world experience
»Dual concentration prepares graduates to sit for certification as
»Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN-s) by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
»Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
The College of Nursing’s advisors are ready and standing by to speak with you about this out-of-the-box Occupational Health Nursing program.
USF Nursing is Transforming Healthcare, Transforming Lives: Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health.
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN
Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health Dean, College of Nursing
Be a Leader in Occupational Health!
USF Health lives its mission of Making Life Better. We are taking an active role in breaking through barriers of traditional healthcare models through interprofessional education and research involving everyone in USF Health: Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy.”
- Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA Senior Vice President, USF Health Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
Employers expect to hire over 25,000 OS&H professional over the next 5 years including
approximately 2,250 occupational health nurses. Need to produce additional graduates,
particularly .... occupational health nurses.”
- National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH),
October 3, 2011
On-site workplace clinics used to be primarily focused on treating people injured on the job.
Then companies added primary care and started emphasizing preventive screenings and other
“wellness” services. In 2011, 31 percent of employers with 500 or more workers had on-site
clinics, and another 9 percent said they were considering them.”
- Big companies offering more on-site health care for employees The Washington Post
Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners are professionals trained at USF to seamlessly interact in interprofessional settings. USF OHNs have high national certification pass rates. Nationally there is a shortage of OHNs ensuring a constant need. In addition, many worksites have employee health, primary care clinics on site as an effective strategy to curb health care costs USF OHNs are well prepared to tackle
the occupational health needs of today and tomorrow!
- Burns, Candace M., PhD, MS, ARNP
Professor, Concentration Director, Occupational Health Deputy Director, Sunshine Education and Research Center
Finish in 3 Easy Steps!
» Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (two tracks)
» Dual MS/MPH Degree Track - 80 credit hours
» Nursing MS Degree Track - 61 credit hours
» Full-time & Part–time plans available
STEP 1 - Complete core
Graduate/Advanced Nursing Core Courses
»Health Promotion Theories and Strategies
»Physiology & Pathophysiology
»Pharmacology for Advanced Practice
»Research and Evidence Based Practice
»Systems & Populations in Healthcare
»Organizational & Professional Dimensions
»Health Assessment: Advanced Generalist
»Advanced Diagnostics & Procedures
1 STEP 2 - Complete Nursing
Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Content Courses
»Occupational Health Nursing I
»Occupational Health Nursing II
»Health Management of Adults/Older Adults I
»Health Management of Adults/Older Adults II
»Health Management of Adults/Older Adults III (Special Topics - OHNP)
So ask yourself - if not now, when?
Apply online today!
As approved by Graduate Council 04/16/2012, effective Fall 2012. Will be published in 2013-2014 USF Graduate Catalog.
STEP 3 - Complete Public Health
Nursing MS Degree Track Courses
»Safety Principles and Practices
»Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience OR EOH Field Experience course
Breaking Barriers Innovative Different
Game Changer Out of the Box
Dual MS/MPH Degree Track - Additional Courses
»Environmental and Occupational Health
»Principles of Health Policy Management
»Occupational Health Law
»Occupational Health and Safety Administration
»Public Health Capstone
The Occupational Health Nursing concentration is operated in collaboration with the University
of South Florida Sunshine Education and Research Center (ERC). The Occupational Health Nurse
Practitioner Program has been continually funded since 1996 by a grant from the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Sunshine ERC is unique because of its
strong interdisciplinary activities; use of distance learning for education; programs addressing
under-representation of minorities; research focus on NORA priorities; recognition as a state
and regional resource in occupational safety and health; and demonstration of strong internal/
»One of 18 nationally recognized NIH T42 Education and Research Centers
»Provides tuition and fee payments for both part-time and full-time students (pending available funds)
Occupational Health Nursing students gain interdisciplinary / interprofessional training through
classes, field experiences at a wide variety of work sites, scientific and simulation laboratories,
and collaborative research and special projects with graduate students in occupational
medicine residency, safety, industrial hygiene and psychology.
Transform Healthcare, Transform Lives
as a Clinical Nurse Leader!
“The USF MS/ MPH Dual Degree Program prepared me as a leader in occupational safety and health and overall population health. The faculty in both the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health challenged me, nurtured me. My education and experiences have equipped me to become one of the next generation of nurse leaders. Exposure to numerous educational and research opportunities has provided me a strong foundation to pursue post- master’s study. The interdisciplinary interactions prepared me for national level leadership responsibilities. I am proud to be a Bull Nurse.”
– Joseph Bertulfo, MS, MPH, NP-C
Deputy Director (Acting), Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The USF MS/MPH Dual Degree Program in Occupational Health Nursi ng
gave me the tools to be a leader and innovator in occupational health and safety and my profession. Where you get your occupational
nursing education matters; all programs do not prepare occupational health nurse practitioners. I was exceptionally well prepared
national certifications in occupational health nursing and adult nurse
practitioner. I was also well prepared to enter the PhD progra
m at USF.
The faculty and resources in both the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health are everything you would expect of a major research university.
alumnus, I would certainly recommend USF!”
– Christine Bouchard, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, COHN-S
Director, Employee Health, West Virginia University Hospitals
“My experiences in the USF MS / MPH Dual Degree Occupational Health Nursing Program were literally life-changing. I first entered nursing as a diploma nurse so my road to advanced practice has been long - yet very rewarding. It has opened multiple doors for employment opportunities as well as returning to USF for the DNP degree and completing my signature residency in occupational health.
I am proud to use my expertise to help transform the lives of our nursing and other health care personnel to promote health and wellness, prevent illness and injury and provide care to those who are injured on the job collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines. ”
– Helen Acree Conlon, DNP, MS, MPH, ARNP-BC, COHN-S
Nurse Practitioner, Employee Health Services, All Children’s Hospital; Johns Hopkins Medicine Deputy Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program
Our friendly admissions team is prepared to answer your questions and discuss with you the requirements for applying:
»Bachelor’s degree (BS) with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
»Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher on all upper level baccalaureate coursework
»Evidence of current RN Licensure in good standing
Dual degrees applicants may have additional requirements from the College of Public Health.
If you are an RN with a bachelor degree in a major other than nursing, you may also apply. Additional course requirements may apply, and our admissions team will be happy to discuss this option.
Compare us to any program.
We are nationally accredited by:
»The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the BS, MS and DNP levels
»The Council for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs We are fully approved by:
»The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
»The Florida Board of Nursing
The University of South Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.
»PhD programs are approved by the USF Graduate School.
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