The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a $16 per credit hour special course fee on a graduate level nursing practicum to take effect with the spring 2021 semester.
The new fee will be added to the NS649 Primary Care II Clinical Role to help cover the cost of liability insurance for master’s degree level nursing students during their clinical coursework.
Nursing students are required to maintain liability insurance throughout their nursing program once clinical coursework begins, said Kathy Mangels, outgoing vice president for finance and administration. Currently, Southeast’s graduate nursing program has a $16 course fee to cover the cost of the Department of Nursing’s paid liability insurance, but due to a change in the graduate level nursing curriculum, the department is requesting a change to their graduate level course fees, she said.
Currently, a $16 course fee used to purchase one year of liability insurance to the NS629 Advance Health Assessment practicum course, which has been renumbered NS627 and begins in the spring semester. The final practicum experience in the program begins the following spring in the Primary Care II Clinical Role course.
A subcommittee of Southeast’s Budget Review Committee (BRC) – comprising representatives from the Dean’s Council, Chairpersons’ Forum, Faculty Senate and Student Government — review and endorse special course fees.
By transferring the existing course fee on the renumbered course and attaching a similar $16 course fee to the second spring course, students currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, will have two full years of insurance coverage purchased on their behalf by the Department of Nursing, which will cover all their student practicum, Mangels said.