Nursing, Master of Science

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program offers two tracks of concentrated study: Nursing Administration (36 credit hours) and Nursing Education (36 credit hours). In addition to these two tracks of study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual-degree.

The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Education is designed to prepare students to become professional educators in an academic or healthcare setting. The Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Administration is offered in collaboration with the Godbold School of Business. This program of study seeks to prepare the professional nurse for leadership roles in healthcare organizations. The interdisciplinary MSN/MBA dual-degree program combines nursing leadership with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills.

The courses in the MSN tracks of study are offered in a logical sequence from the core requirements of theory, issues, research, statistics, and professional role development to courses in the major area of concentration. The MSN Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and MSN/MBA concentrations culminate in the application of knowledge in a thesis or project. Nursing Education and Nursing Administration certificate programs are also offered.

Admission Requirements for MSN Nursing Education and Nursing Administration

Application for admission to the MSN program should be made through the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies. Application for admission to the MSN/MBA program should also be made to the School of Graduate Studies, and applicants must meet admission requirements of both programs.

Graduates from the Hunt School of Nursing Accelerated BSN, Traditional BSN, or Davis RN-BSN programs will be seamlessly admitted into the MSN program within one year of graduation. Applicants will only be required to show proof of meeting criteria 2 and 3 listed below.

In order to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria for acceptance will be used:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program, or a baccalaureate degree in another field from a regionally accredited institution;
  2. Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States;
  3. GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work, or GPA of 2.70 on last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work;
  4. Transcripts of all previous college studies;
  5. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past ten years; and
  6. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “Pass” in a statistics course taken during the Spring 2020 semester will be reviewed for consideration on a case-by-case basis).

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program will be prepared to:

  1. Integrate scientific evidence from nursing, education, and business disciplines for improvement of health outcomes across diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high-quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical decision-making and effective collaborative partnerships.
  3. Apply the methods, performance measures, and standards which promote high-quality and safe patient care.
  4. Plan, deliver, evaluate, and manage evidence-based, client-centered, and culturally appropriate health care to individuals, families, and populations.

Nursing Education and Nursing Administration Concentrations (36 hours)

A. Required Common Core (15 hours)

NURS 500Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice

3

NURS 501Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues

3

NURS 502Methods of Advanced Research

3

NURS 504Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research

3

NURS 506Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

B. Required Courses by Concentration (9 hours)

Nursing Education

NURS 600The Nurse Educator

3

NURS 601Curriculum Theory and Application

3

NURS 602Instructional and Evaluation Strategies

3

Nursing Administration

NURS 606Nursing Economics and Finance

3

NURS 607Administration of Nursing and Healthcare Organizations

3

BADM 641Health Care Law and Ethics

3

C. Capstone Experience (12 hours)

NURS 610Thesis/Project

3

NURS 612Thesis/Project

3

NURS 616Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum

1-3

NURS 616Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum

1-3

Two semesters of NURS 616 (three hours each) are required.

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (51 hours)

The Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program is no longer accepting new students. Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, this program is transitioning to a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner program.

A. Required Common Core (15 hours)

NFNP 500Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice

3

NFNP 501Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues

3

NFNP 502Methods of Advanced Research

3

NFNP 504Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research

3

NFNP 506Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

B. Required Courses for Concentration (30 hours)

NFNP 520Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NFNP 521Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

3

NFNP 522Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

3

NFNP 620Primary Health Care of Adults

3

NFNP 621Primary Health Care of Adults Practicum

4

NFNP 622Primary Health Care of Women in Families

3

NFNP 623Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum

4

NFNP 624Primary Health Care of Children in Families

3

NFNP 625Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum

4

C. Capstone Experience (6 hours)

NFNP 626Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition

3

NFNP 630Project

3

Total Credit Hours: 36-51