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Nursing (M.S.)

The Master of Science (MS) Program in Nursing is designed to provide registered nurses with the knowledge to advance their career as a family nurse practitioner, global health nurse, nurse educator or nurse administrator. Courses are designed to build from existing knowledge to more advanced knowledge in a selected area of concentration.

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Program Overview

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.

Courses 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.

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 credits)
  • NU306 Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • NU 408 Leadership and Management in Nursing (3 credits)
  • NU411 Community Health Nursing (4 credits)

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.

Click here for information about the 5th year program.

MS Program 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


The tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $637 per credit.  Additional fees are listed in the Graduate School Catalog.

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The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326

Admissions Requirements

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

Core Courses

NUR 502 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Health Care

NUR 508 Role Development within Professional Organizations

NUR 525 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice

NUR 504 Managing Operations, Finance, and Risk

NUR 574 Nursing Research I: Methods

NUR 575 Nursing Research II: Project

Nursing Education Concentration

NUR 561 Nurse as the Educator

NUR 505 Curriculum Design, Course Development and Program Evaluation

NUR 565 Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching

NUR 509 Internship in Educator Role

Nursing Administration Concentration

NUR 526 Nurse as the Administrator

NUR 510 Organization and Structure of Nursing Leadership

NUR 532 Administration: Practice and Quality Outcomes

NUR 582 Internship in Administrator Role[No text in field]

Global Health Concentration

NUR 541 Nurse in Global Health

NUR 542 Principles in Global Health

NUR 543 Global Health Nursing: Assessment and Evaluation

NUR 544 Internship in Global Health Nursing Role

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

NUR 550 Pathophysiology of Human Disease

NUR 551 Comprehensive Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making

NUR 562 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioner

NUR 563 Family Nurse Practitioner I: Seminar and Practicum for Care of Women, Children and Adolescents

NUR 564 Family Nurse Practitioner II: Seminar and Practicum of Adults and Geriatrics

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies for a nurse's role as an effective leader within an organization.
  2. Synthesize nursing knowledge and experience with a conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice.
  3. Function as a nurse leader in the conduct and application of research.
  4. Collaborate and communicate to establish and maintain a professional work environment.
  5. Engage in continuous life-long learning and scholarship.
  6. Integrate ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice from the perspective of a nursing role specialty
  7. Foster sensitivity to the individual's interconnectedness to the human and global community that will enhance provision of care among diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
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