MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING




Introduction

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

Provisional Admission

Non-degree Admission

RN to MSN Program of Study

RN-MSN Admission Requirements

Planned Program of Study

Curriculum

Comprehensive Examination Policy

Degree Requirements

Graduate Faculty




Introduction

The graduate program in Nursing is built on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program is designed to prepare students who are highly knowledgeable in advanced clinical nursing and whose education will enable them to make significant contributions to health care. The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

The purposes of the Master's program are to prepare students who are:

  1. Advanced practice nurses: family nurse practitioners or nurse educators.
  2. Beginning researchers.
  3. Highly knowledgeable individuals who are capable of influencing policy-making that impacts health care delivery.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze health care data in order to promote optimal health.
  2. Participate as a researcher and a consumer of research in advancing nursing science and practice.
  3. Integrate synthesized knowledge of behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, technology and nursing science to perform advanced-practice nursing roles.
  4. Exhibit expertise in the advanced-practice nursing role of family nurse practitioner or nurse educator.
  5. Engage in professional and scholarly activities that promote the profession of nursing and individual development in advanced-practice nursing.
  6. Assume advanced leadership roles, including collaborating with members of interdisciplinary teams, and influencing policy-making that impacts positively on health care delivery.




Admission Requirements

To enter the program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the student must meet the requirements established by the Graduate Admissions Office of Albany State University. The prospective student should contact the Graduate Admissions Office or the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program well in advance of the planned entry date. In addition, the applicant should have the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing for students seeking the MSN.
  2. An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.
  3. A current RN license to practice in Georgia.
  4. A personal interview with the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program.
  5. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 800 or better or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 44 or better.
  6. Two letters of reference regarding professional accomplishments and academic potential.
  7. Completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics, pathophysiology, nursing research and health assessment.


Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program does not ensure admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner program. The prospective FNP student should have at least one year of nursing experience and should send required items listed below to the Director of the FNP program well in advance of the planned entry date:

  1. Letter requesting admission to the FNP program.
  2. A personal statement of approximately 300 words describing the student's professional goals.
  3. A resume.




Regular Admission

For regular admission, the applicant must meet all admission requirements described above.




Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission. The Graduate Nursing Admission Committee will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. In some instances, the applicant may be required to fulfill prerequisites prior to consideration of this status. An applicant admitted under provisional status is limited to nine (9) semester hours and must make a "B" or better in each course attempted. An applicant who attains less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be withdrawn from the program. The applicant will be admitted to regular graduate status if he/she achieves a "B" or higher in each course taken in provisional status.




Non-degree Admission

This category is provided to accommodate the applicant who has the potential for graduate study, but at the time of the application does not intend to seek a graduate degree; or for the applicant who wishes to take a specific course for personal enrichment or job-related requirements. A student is admitted to this status at the option of the Department of Nursing on a space-available basis. A student seeking regular graduate admission status is given preference when the number of applicants to be admitted is limited.


An Albany State University undergraduate Nursing student with senior standing may register for graduate courses if the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average.
  2. The Vice President for Academic Affairs approves the academic department's recommendation for the student to enroll in graduate courses.
  3. The student limits his/her graduate enrollment to a total of 9 semester hours-of study. No more than 6 semester hours of  graduate credits may be undertaken in a given semester.
  4. During the semester in which graduate enrollment is allowed, the student's registration is limited to a total of 9 semester hours (combined graduate and/or undergraduate hours).


An undergraduate student from another institution  may not be admitted to graduate nursing courses at Albany State University. Admission to non-degree status does not warrant or secure admission to the Graduate Nursing Program.




RN to MSN Program of Study

The RN to MSN concentration provides registered nurses (RNs) an opportunity to complete a graduate degree with two bridge semesters in which the student takes undergraduate and graduate courses following by the remaining semesters of graduate coursework. The two undergraduate courses specific to the RN-MSN concentration are NURS 4413 and NURS 4346.



RN-MSN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Graduates of associate degree programs who choose the RN-MSN concentration must complete required select core requirements of undergraduate course work prior to admission into the MSN program. The students must be eligible for Regular admission to the graduate program. The minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. A minimum score of 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of 800, or a minimum score of 402 (44) on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required. The graduate will receive the MSN degree but will not also receive a BSN degree.


Students who decide to not complete the MSN degree but want the BSN degree must then complete the courses/electives needed to obtain the BSN.


The RN-MSN applicant submits an undergraduate application along with an onetime application fee ($20) to Albany State University. The application is to be sent to the Admissions Office. The form is available online at www.asurams.edu, admissions, as well as at GA411. The student must check either: RN-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner or RN-MSN Nurse Educator.


The applicant is to request that original transcripts from each school the student has previously attended be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the time of applying for admission to ASU.


The student will submit a) a graduate application (available online through the Graduate School), b) copy of current Georgia nursing license; c) two professional letters of reference; and d) copy of current CPR card to the Department of Nursing. These materials will be maintained in the student's folder in the Nursing Department until the student completes undergraduate courses. At that time, the Graduate Nursing Coordinator or the Chair will send graduate program application and other information to the Graduate Admissions Office. Upon receipt of these documents, the student will be contacted by the Graduate Nursing Coordinator and a program of study will be prepared to ensure completion of required undergraduate courses.


No later than midterm during the last semester of undergraduate coursework, the RN-MSN student must take and pass either the GRE (required score of 800) or the MAT (required score of at least 402).




Planned Program of Study

Within the first nine semester hours of study, the student is required to complete a planned degree program of study with the advice and approval of the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program. Copies of this planned degree program will be filed with the Graduate Admissions Office, the Department of Nursing and the Office of Academic Services and Registrar.



Curriculum

The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum consists of a minimum of 44 semester hours. The curriculum for nurse educator concentration consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours.


1. Family Nurse Practitioner: Vulnerable Communities (minimum of 44 hours)

NURS 5100 Advanced Health Assessment

3 hrs.

NURS 5111 Nursing Theory Development

3 hrs.

NURS 5120 Advanced Nursing Research

3 hrs.

NURS 5210 Advanced Pathophysiology

3 hrs.

NURS 5220 Family Diversity in Vulnerable Communities

2 hrs.

NURS 5410 Introduction to Family Primary Care

4 hrs.

NURS 5421 Primary Care of Children

5 hrs.

NURS 5910 Pharmacology in Advanced Nursing Practice

3 hrs.

NURS 6101 Primary Care of Women

4 hrs.

NURS 6211 Primary Care of Adults

5 hrs.

NURS 6310 Primary Care Issues in Health Promotion of Communities

2 hrs.

NURS 6820 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum

4 hrs.

NURS 6920 Thesis/Scholarly Project

3 hrs.



Elective Options:

NURS 5510 Family Primary Care Clinical

2 hrs.

NURS 5422 Primary Care of Children Clinical

2 hrs.

NURS 6000 Directed Study

2  hrs

NURS 6102 Primary Care of Women Clinical

2 hrs.

NURS 6212 Primary Care of Adults Clinical

2 hrs.



II. Nurse Educator (minimum of 36 hours)

NURS 5111 Nursing Theory Development

3 hrs.

NURS 5120 Advanced Nursing Research

3 hrs.

NURS 5210 Advanced Pathophysiology

3 hrs.

NURS 5220 Family Diversity in Vulnerable Communities

2 hrs.

NURS 5621 Advanced Practice Nursing I

5 hrs.

NURS 5910 Advanced Pharmacology

3 hrs.

NURS 5950 Curriculum Development in Nursing

3 hrs.

NURS 6001 Instructional Strategies and Evaluation

3 hrs.

NURS 6620 Advanced Teaching Practicum

3 hrs.

NURS 6622 Advanced Practice Nursing II

5 hrs.

NURS 6920 Thesis/Scholarly Project

3 hrs.

Elective Options

NURS 5100 Advanced Health Assessment

3 hrs.

NURS 5320 Health Care Policy

3 hrs.

**An accelerated track is available for students who are interested in completing the program early, studying in two semesters and two summers.



Comprehensive Examination Policy

Comprehensive examinations are required of the student who has completed all core course work and has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The examinations are designed to test the ability of the student to articulate ideas in a scholarly manner in the core, research and major areas of concentration.


Each area of concentration in the graduate program will administer a content-specific comprehensive examination after the student has completed the specialty courses.


The Final Comprehensive examinations will be administered only once in any given semester during the week of final exams. The student should apply in writing to the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program to take the preliminary comprehensive exam at least one month prior to the first day of final exams.




Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Nursing degree, a student must meet the criteria identified below:

  1. Earn 27 of the 36 hours required for degree for Nurse Educator or 35 of the 44 hours required for degre enrollment.
  2. Earn 27 of the 36 hours required for degree for Nurse Educator or 35 of the 44 hours required for degree for the Family Nurse Practitioner in residence at Albany State University.
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination in area of concentration.
  4. Complete a thesis or major research project.
  5. Complete all requirements for the degree within six years of time of first enrollment in the Graduate Nursing Program.


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