Spring Hill College is a privately owned, Jesuit Catholic college of the liberal arts that is located in Mobile, Alabama. Spring Hill holds the title for the fifth oldest Catholic college in the United States and the oldest college in the Southeastern United States. Surrounded by rich Jesuit tradition, students have an opportunity to explore the liberal arts and choose a career that is best suited to them.
Spring Hill College has formed a partnership with various health care providers to bring an online Master of Science in Nursing program to fruition. This program is designed to create leaders that can navigate the health care delivery system and deliver better results. Students complete most of their coursework online, while combining their studies with clinical integration.
There is also a post-Master’s Certificate for Clinical Nurse Leaders. This certificate can be earned after, or in tandem with the Master of Science degree. All programs that are delivered online through Spring Hill College are guaranteed to maintain the utmost quality.
A Clinical Nurse Leader is a newly developed position in health care that is designed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurse practitioners, and health science academia. A Clinical Nurse Leader provides direct patient care in the face of complex situations as well as oversees a group of patients. A CNL is also responsible for integrating empirical science into care delivery to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date treatment. A CNL works with Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinical Nurse Specialists for consultation and delegating purposes.
As of yet, this online program is the only one to be offered. There will be future programs making their debut, particularly in graduate studies, as the college has not ceased work in distance education. For now the Master of Science will be offered, but marks the beginning of future master’s degrees online.
The program is paid for by the credit hour and does not offer a full-time flat rate. For students that are moving from a nursing diploma or Associate of Science in Nursing, the cost per credit hour is $350. For students that are directly pursuing graduate courses in this program, the cost is $440 per credit hour.
Aside from usually accessible grants, like FAFSA, there is also a grant devoted specifically for nursing students. This grant is the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant. The grant is funded by the U.S. Government and is provided through the U.S. Public Health Service. Students must be fully admitted to the Spring Hill College Master of Science in Nursing program to be eligible and must also demonstrate the ability to complete the program. This is also only available to students that register for between 6 and 9 credit hours in fall and spring semesters.
For those who don’t qualify, the college itself lends and grants financial aid to much of its students. 98% of Spring Hill College students are receiving financial aid in the form of grants directly from the institution itself. The average amount given to each recipient is $16,371 per year, with some students having their tuition completely covered.