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Master of Science in Nursing @ APSU

Graduate students in the APSU School of Nursing may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree offered through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). This program is a collaborative effort among Universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to educate nurses and fill nursing shortages in the health care industry.

Students who have attended another Master’s nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the dean/director of the previous nursing program and a transcript. Applicants with less than a grade of “C” in a nursing course will not be eligible for consideration.

Four concentrations are available:

 RN to MSN

Requirements for the RN with an associate degree or a diploma in nursing with a BA/BS non-nursing degree:

Completion of the following 12 credit hours in RN/MSN nursing bridge sequence:

  • NURS 4210 Healthcare Research
  • NURS 4211 Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NURS 4212 Trends and Issues in Nursing and Healthcare
  • NURS 4213 Community Health Nursing

RN to MSN graduates will not be awarded the BSN degree.


Post Master's Certificates

The Post Master's graduate certificate is an option designed to provide additional specialization for individuals who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree or Master of Science in a field of nursing.

Graduate certificates are offered in:


Admission Procedure for the MSN RODP at APSU

All candidates must apply to the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). The RODP application can be found at

Once the application is processed the candidate will receive an email with a home school referral.  If the referral is to Austin Peay State University, the email will direct the student to begin the admissions process.  The student should await an email from the graduate admissions office at Austin Peay State University that will provide specific admission requirements instructions.

Once the admission requirements are complete at the graduate admission office, the completed packet will be forwarded to the School of Nursing MSN committee for review and decision.  Once a decision is made, the student will be informed by the graduate admissions office.