The Master of Science (MS) Program in Nursing is designed to provide registered nurses with the knowledge to advance their career as a global health nurse, nurse educator, nurse administrator or family nurse practitioner. Courses are designed to build from existing knowledge to more advanced knowledge in a selected area of concentration. The student achieves competencies in leadership, nursing, nursing theory, professional role, ethical, legal and cultural issues. The program provides a foundation for doctoral studies.
MS in Nursing Highlights
- 33 Credits
- Hybrid Model –Combination of on-line and face to face meetings
- Program can typically be completed in 18 to 24 months
- Accelerated 4 -6 week coursework
- Internship in area of concentration
- Courses held in the evening and on Saturday
- Up to 6 transfer credits accepted
- Cumulative GPA 3.0 required
- E-portfolio developed at program end to assess comprehensive understanding of program outcomes
Course of Study
Traditional Master’s Pathway is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Courses follow a detailed sequence designed to develop expertise in each concentration
NUR 502 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Health Care 3 cr.
NUR 508 Role Development within Professional Organization 3 cr.
NUR 525 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practices 3 cr.
NUR 504 Managing Operations, Finance and Risk 3 cr.
NUR 574 Nursing Research I : Methods 3 cr.
NUR 575 Nursing Research II : Projects 3 cr.
Coursework for MSN Concentrations
Family Nurse Practitioner
The Pre-Masters Pathway is designed for applicants who are registered nurses with an associate’s or diploma in nursing and who have a bachelor’s degree or higher education in a field other than nursing. Students are required to complete four undergraduate professional nursing courses:
MTH 126 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
NU 306 Nursing Research 3 cr.
NU 408 Leadership and Management 3 cr.
NU 411 Community Health Nursing 3 cr.
The Pre-Masters pathway does not grant a bachelor’s degree in nursing. It does exempt the student for graduate program admission requirement of a nursing baccalaureate degree.
The tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $730 per credit. Additional fees are listed in the Tuition and Fees Schedule
The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
- Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies for a nurse's role as an effective leader within an organization
- Synthesize nursing knowledge and experience within a conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice
- Function as a nurse leader in the conduct and application of research
- Collaborate and communicate to establish and maintain a professional work environment
- Engage in continuous life-long learning and scholarship
- Integrate ethical, legal and professional standards of practice from the perspective of a nursing role specialty
- Foster sensitivity to the individual's connectedness to the human and global community that will enhance the provision of care among diverse ethnic and cultural populations
Admission to a graduate program requires a Bachelor degree from an accredited college. To be considered for admissions, a candidate must submit the following credentials:
- Application form and a $50 application fee
- Statement of professional goals - 250-500 words
- Complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Two letters of recommendation
- A photocopy of Registered Nurse License, which must be current and unrestricted
- Current resume
- A basic Statistics course is required of all students
- An admission interview with Program Director
- TOEFL required for all students for whom English is not a first language
- Official scores on either Miller Analogies of Graduate Record examination, unless you hold a masters degree
Job Placement :
2015 - 89% of students who passed are working as NP's