ATLANTA, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative classroom education, is proud to announce that faculty from the institution’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will present a podium presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Master’s Education Conference.

The conference provides a national forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring MSN education and practice. The conference takes place in Atlanta, Georgia from February 23 – 25, 2017.

USAHS MSN program chair, Robin Dennison, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE, NEA-BC, and faculty member, John Rosselli, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, will present insights and best practices for developing evaluation methods beyond exams in nursing education. Points of emphasis will include:

  • Differentiating between scoring checklists, holistic scoring rubrics, and analytic scoring rubrics
  • Identifying best practices for development of scoring rubrics
  • Describing a method for developing an analytic scoring rubric for an assignment such as a class presentation, an essay, a scholarly paper, or clinical performance

The presentation is an abbreviated form of a book authored in 2015 by Dr. Dennison and Dr. Rosselli, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, entitled «Evaluation Beyond Exams in Nursing Education: Designing Assignments and Evaluating With Rubrics

USAHS launched its online Master of Science in Nursing program in response to the increasing demand for nursing professionals with advanced degrees in an evolving health care industry. The USAHS MSN program is designed for working nurses who wish to take the next steps in their education and advance their nursing career. This online program provides nurses with the flexibility to meet their busy schedules with 24/7 access to online courses, innovative learning resources and the ability to complete practicum requirements in their home community. In addition, the USAHS program provides students with access to a vast network of renowned university faculty and interprofessional alumni nationwide.

«In today’s rapidly evolving health care industry, practicing nurses, who have the education and expertise, have advanced career opportunities and expanded employment options,» said Dr. Wanda Nitsch, president and chief academic officer, USAHS. «This program solidifies our commitment to meeting the realities of the ever-changing health care industry and provides us the opportunity to continue to lead the charge in molding bright minds to make positive and critical impacts in their field. We are proud to have renowned faculty, such as Dr. Dennison and Dr. Rosselli, leading our MSN program.»

The Master of Science in Nursing provides students with flexible learning opportunities, including the option to take the program completely online or with optional on-campus courses and extracurricular experiences, such as real-life group projects, dynamic discussion groups and campus wellness events. Coursework will incorporate interprofessional education and unique faculty personalization, which aims to prepare students to be leaders in the current and ever-changing nursing environment. The 36-credit program can be completed within two years. 

The program offers students the choice of three nursing specializations: Nurse Educator, Nurse Executive and Nurse Informaticist.

USAHS is currently accepting applications and qualified students who enroll and are accepted for the May 2017 (summer) start date are eligible for a Master of Science in Nursing scholarship that equates to a 50 percent savings on tuition, throughout the program. For more information on the USAHS MSN program, visit

To schedule an interview with a USAHS faculty member or for more information on the presentation outlined, please contact Rachael Lighty at [email protected] or 410.218.6055.

About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about USAHS visit

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