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Director’s Welcome

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Welcome to the Austin Peay State University (APSU) School of Nursing website.  The APSU School of Nursing offers three nursing education programs: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the RN/BSN Completion (for licensed AS degree RN’s), and, a Master of Science in Nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing degree allows the student to select among three concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, or Nursing Education.  Post Master’s certificates are also available for students who have completed a master’s degree in nursing and are seeking additional specialization in one of the above concentrations. Both the RN/BSN Completion program and the MSN are offered online.

This is the right time to consider a career in nursing or to pursue an advanced practice degree. Due to a complex relationship among social, political, and economic factors there will continue to be a shortage of professional nurses well into the year 2030. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released employment projections for the time period 2012-2022 indicating that the RN workforce is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 19%. As the nursing workforce ages and our profession is faced with mass retirements, an additional 500,000 nurses will be needed just to replace those retiring, totaling a need of approximately 1 million nurses. 

The APSU School of Nursing is proud of its reputation and student learning outcomes. The BSN graduates perform well above the national standard for passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and local employers welcome and compete for our graduates due to this reputation. We network with the US Army to provide unique learning cohorts for military personnel and are able to boast of graduates who are employed all over the world!

Changing healthcare policy and practice is demanding that health providers change the way they practice. Nursing is a flexible and nimble profession with a history of responding to such change! The APSU faculty and staff are highly educated practitioners and seasoned faculty members. They are well qualified to prepare graduates for these new roles in community health, healthcare policy, research, health data management, and advanced practice.

I welcome you to contact us. We are pleased that you visited our webpages and look forward to hearing more from you. 

Rebecca Corvey, RN, M. N. Sc., Ed.D.
Director and Professor
Austin Peay State University School of Nursing