4.16 The J.D.M.S.N Joint Degree Program of Capital University Law School and the School of Nursing of Capital University

  • 4.16.01 Introduction

    In 1993, the faculties of the Capital University School of Nursing and the Capital University Law School agreed to create a joint degree program to enable students to complete both degrees with a substantial reduction in total credit hours. Full participation in the program makes it possible for the student to complete the two degrees by taking (1) necessary prerequisite courses required by the School of Nursing and (2) 104 credit hours of required and elective courses specified by the School of Nursing and the Law School. Without the joint program, a student would have to complete prerequisite courses and at least 36 credit hours in the School of Nursing and 89 credit hours in the Law School. Thus, through participation in the joint program the student's hourly requirement is decreased by 21 credit hours.
  • 4.16.02 Advantages of the Joint J.D./M.S.N Program

    A graduate with a J.D./M.S.N is exceptionally well prepared to address the needs of a health care system that is becoming increasingly complex in terms of the need for technical competence, compassionate care, and public accountability. The knowledge and skills gained through simultaneous study in both nursing and law will provide an interdisciplinary base for the graduate to resolve problems in a rapidly changing health care delivery system. Because growing numbers of nurses currently seek a second degree in law, the added career flexibility will be attractive to many nurses. 
  • 4.16.03 Application for the Joint J.D./M.S.N Program

    A. Students enrolled in the School of Nursing or the Law School may seek the assistance of the program advisors on each faculty. Prospective students not currently enrolled at Capital University may request additional information about the joint degree program from either: 
     

    Office of the Dean, School of Nursing Admissions Office
    Capital University Capital University Law School
    2199 East Main Street 303 East Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  43209 Columbus, OH  43215
    (614) 236-6378 (614) 236-6310
    email:  kjasinsk@capital.edu  email:  admission@law.capital.edu 
    website:  www.capital.edu  website:  www.law.capital.edu 

    B. Persons who desire to enroll in the joint program should thoroughly read both Law School's and School of Nursing's materials prior to scheduling a conference with the joint program advisor in either school. A student who is already enrolled in one school should first talk with that school's advisor.

    C. Admission into the M.S.N program requires completing and filing its admission application, together with the reported results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with the School of Nursing. Admission into the Law School requires completing and filing its admissions application, together with the reported results of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), with the law school.

    1. The LSAT examination, required by the Law School, and the GRE, required by the School of Nursing, are administered several times each year. However, the examinations are not given at the same time, or in the same location. Prospective students should consult the admissions offices or publications of the respective schools for further information. (Additional GRE times are available through computer testing at Sylvan Learning Centers.)

    2. The joint degree applicant must complete two applications, submit required standardized test scores, pay two application fees, and file a joint degree application with both schools.

    3. Because each school admits students separately, admission into either program does not signify or predict admissibility into the other.

    D. A prospective student not already enrolled in either school may apply to both schools at the same time and so indicate by filing a joint degree application with each school. However, the student must elect to start either the M.S.N or the JD program first and complete the basic required courses of that program prior to taking courses in the second program. The basic required courses of the M.S.N program are the nine credit hours of core nursing requirements; the basic requirements of the JD program are the 29 credit hours of the full-time first year Law School curriculum, which takes one year if enrolled as a full-time student or two years as a part- time student. The applicant is advised to start the law program first, unless first having begun the M.S.N program before entry into law school.

    E. A student enrolled in one program may apply for admission into the other program as outlined in the relevant admissions materials of that school. Also, a joint degree application must be filed with the Registrar of each school.

    1. As indicated above, admission into one program does not signify admissibility into the other program. In order to be admitted into the second program, the student must be in good academic standing in the first program and meet all admission requirements of the second program.

    2. A current student in either program may apply to be a joint student by notifying the faculty advisor and Registrar of the school in which the student is enrolled, and then applying for admission to the other school.
    Because the student is already enrolled in one program, the student ordinarily must complete the basic requirements of the program already begun prior to starting courses in the other program. For the law student, this means completing those courses required in the first year day curriculum.

    F. Occasionally an applicant to the joint J.D./M.S.N program seeks to apply, as transfer credit, course work taken at another law school or another M.S.N program. Each program determines how many transfer credits it will accept from another institution.

    1. The School of Nursing accepts up to nine credit hours of transfer credit from another accredited M.S.N program and the Law School accepts up to 43 credit hours of transfer credit from another accredited law program. However, a course taken at another institution and accepted for transfer credit by the School of Nursing cannot be used to satisfy the nine credit hours that the Law School accepts from the School of Nursing work for credit toward the JD degree. A course taken at another institution and accepted for transfer credit by the Law School cannot be used to satisfy the twelve credit hours that the School of Nursing accepts from the Law School work for credit toward the M.S.N degree.

    2. The Law School requires all law students to complete a minimum of 43 credit hours at the law school (exclusive of transfer credits or credits earned at other schools with whom the Law School offers a joint degree program). Typically, this requirement only affects students wishing to transfer into the Law School from another law school.
  • 4.16.04 Period of Enrollment

    A. Normally, the part-time joint degree candidate is able to complete both degrees within five and a half years. The candidate who completes Law School as a day student can complete both programs in four years and three summers.

    B. The Law School requires that the student complete the JD program within seven years from the term in which the student is first enrolled. The combined J.D./M.S.N may easily be completed within six years even by a part-time student. Therefore, there is no need to waive the requirement. Waivers rarely are granted by the Law School, and then only because of extraordinary circumstances, and only for one year. 
  • 4.16.05 The Program of Study

    A. The School of Nursing offers its M.S.N. program on both a full and part-time basis during the evenings, with occasional classes on Saturday mornings. The Law School offers the JD degree either during the day or on a part-time basis. Thus, the candidate can take the law courses either day or evening, but all courses for the M.S.N. are taken during the evening or on Saturday mornings.

    B. With permission of both advisors, a student may, on occasion, take both law and nursing courses during the same semester, providing all basic requirements for both programs have been fulfilled. Simultaneous enrollment in the School of Nursing and the Law School usually is permitted if all prerequisites have been completed.

    1. This means that the student must have fulfilled: (1) the nine credit hours of nursing core requirements, and (2) the 29 credit hours of the full-time first year Law School curriculum, which takes one year if enrolled as a full-time law student or two years as a part-time student, before the student may begin to take classes concurrently at both the School of Nursing and the Law School.

    2. However, the full-time student may never take concurrently more than 16 credit hours in both programs in the same semester. The part-time law student, after completing the 29 hours noted above, may take courses concurrently in both schools, but is prohibited from taking concurrently more than 11 credit hours in both programs at any given time. During summer sessions, the joint degree candidate may not take more than eight credit hours concurrently as a full-time student or six credit hours as a part-time degree student, without the express written permission of the Dean of the Law School or their delegate for law courses and the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing for nursing courses.

    3. A student who has completed the nine hours of nursing core requirements and has completed the part-time first year law program may take appropriate summer session courses in the nursing program, the law program, or both.

    C. Joint degree students registered only in one school should communicate periodically with the other school. Each school's Registrar automatically continues to mail registration materials to the joint degree candidate until it is determined that the candidate no longer wishes to receive them. It is the joint degree student's responsibility to notify both the Law School Office of Records and Registration and the Registrar for the School of Nursing Graduate Program of changes in either their permanent or local mailing address.

    D. The joint degree student may complete both course requirements together, or complete one ahead of the other. Because each school grants academic credit for some courses successfully completed in the other school:

    1. to be eligible to receive the J.D. degree, the joint degree student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in the nursing program.

    2. to be eligible to receive the M.S.N. degree, the joint degree student must successfully complete 12 credit hours in the law program.

    The joint degree student must notify the registrar of each school at the appropriate time to receive the degree awarded by each. Degrees are presented at the respective commencements of the two schools. 
  • 4.16.06 Definition and Operation of Joint Degree Credit

    A. The M.S.N. program accepts 12 credit hours of law work for its 36 required credit hours to complete the M.S.N. The JD program accepts nine credit hours of nursing work for its 86 required credit hours to complete the JD. The courses in the Law School that can be used for credit towards the M.S.N are set out in Appendix A. The courses in the School of Nursing that can be used for credit towards the JD are set out in Appendix B.

    B. The academic retention rules of the M.S.N program and the Law School program may differ, and interested students are advised to consult with the appropriate advisor.

    1. The law student must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average to remain in the law program. Because a C grade or better is considered acceptable at the Law School, a C grade or better earned in a course at the Law School that satisfies the requirements for joint degree credit will be counted as indicated below for joint degree credit.

    2. The M.S.N student is required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 to remain in the program. Because a B grade or better is considered acceptable at the School of Nursing, a B grade or better earned in a course at the School of Nursing that satisfies the requirements for joint degree credit will be counted as indicated below for joint credit.

    C. Accreditation standards prohibit either program from using transfer credit that has been achieved at a substandard level.

    D. A student enrolled in the J.D./M.S.N joint degree program will have two official transcripts, one from each program. In order to have a complete record, it will be necessary for a joint degree student to request both transcripts.

    1. Credits earned in the law program that satisfy the requirements for joint degree credit, will appear on the Law School transcript by course title, semester hours of credit, and letter grade. Those same credits, following an appropriate footnote, will be listed on the School of Nursing transcript by course title and credit hour. The letter grades will not be averaged into the M.S.N cumulative grade average.

    2. Credits earned in the M.S.N program that satisfy the requirements for joint degree credit, will appear on the M.S.N transcript by course title, credit hour, and letter grade. Those same credits, following an appropriate footnote, will be listed on the Law School transcript by course title and credit hour. The letter grades will not be averaged into the Law School cumulative grade point
  • 4.16.07 The Bar Examination

    To be admitted to the practice of law, most states require the successful completion of that state's bar examination. Bar examinations are usually given at least once, and often, as in Ohio, twice a year. A student should consult with the Supreme Court or the Board of Bar Examiners of the appropriate state about requirements to sit for that state's bar examination. Ohio allows a person to sit for the bar examination upon certification from the Law School Registrar that the student has completed all requirements for the degree. 
  • 4.16.08 Appendix A
    LAW SCHOOL COURSES THAT WILL SERVE AS JOINT DEGREE COURSES FOR THE SCHOOL OF NURSING

    The School of Nursing will accept 12 credit hours of C grade or better work in the following Law School courses for credit toward the M.S.N degree.

    COURSES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
    Bioethics & Law
    Health Law
    Medical Malpractice

    OTHER APPROVED COURSES
    Administrative Law
    Labor Law
    Labor Arbitration
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Juvenile Law
    Products Liability
    Legislation
    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Other Law School courses may be approved on a course-by-course basis, by the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing, prior to enrollment in those courses. 
  • 4.16.09 Appendix B
    SCHOOL OF NURSING COURSES THAT WILL SERVE AS JOINT DEGREE COURSES FOR THE LAW SCHOOL

    The Law School will accept 9 credit hours of B grade or better work in the following School of Nursing courses for credit toward the JD degree.

    N 610 Nursing Science & Theory
    N 620 Advanced Research in Nursing
    N 630 Systems Theories & Nursing Informatics
    N 755 Seminar/Practicum I
    N 765 Seminar/Practicum II
    N 770 Thesis
    N 785 Project

    Other courses taken in the M.S.N program may be approved on a course-by-course basis by the student's Law School advisor and the Associate Dean of the Law School, prior to enrollment in those courses.