Master of Science Nursing @ Austin Peay State University Orientation and Program Resources
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at APSU is a collaborative effort among institutions
participating in TN eCampus. The program has been designed to address nursing shortages
both in clinical settings and education. The University Bulletin, containing all academic
policies, including the MSN Progression Policy, can be viewed here.
Read everything and follow directions. Look for underlined phrases and words; these
are links that will provide additional resources.
Currently, there are three concentrations. Here are links to the TN eCampus pages
containing course descriptions.
Family Nurse Practitioner
RN to MSN
The RN to MSN bridge program is an option for RNs with an associate degree or a diploma
in nursing with an unrelated Bachelor's degree. RN to MSN graduates will not be awarded
the BSN degree. This link will take you to the TN eCampus page containing RN to MSN
RN to MSN
AP OneStop is the information hub for APSU. It is your personalized portal getting
you to email, financial aid, registrations, school news, and so much more.
To access OneStop, you will need the APSU username provided in your acceptance letter.
The PIN will be your date of birth, in this format (mmddyy).
After your first login, your PIN may be changed to any six digit number combination.
Need help with PIN and ID issues? Contact the Registrar's Office (931) 221-7280.
Once you are in OneStop take a look around.
The first time you select the Student Email icon in OneStop, you will be directed
to the initial account setup page for Outlook.
Email Address: Found in your admission letter.
Password: This is AP followed by the six-digit date of your birth (AP010283).
Your APSU email box is where all communications will come.This is the account you
will use to contact anyone at the school.
Need technical support? Here is the link to the Help Desk. Help Desk
There is also a “Help” tab in Onestop.
1. The Program of Study
Your Program of Study list the courses you have to complete to graduate.
Once you complete this orientation, you will receive a welcome letter from your advisor.
This email will also include a PROGRAM OF STUDY (POS) and directions for completing
and returning the POS. All students enrolled in the Masters of Science in Nursing
must complete a Program of Study/Committee Assignment. This form must be approved
by your advisor and the Coordinator of MSN program. A copy will be sent to the Registrar's
Office, and you once approved. Without a completed form at the end of the first semester,
a hold will be placed on your account, and you will not be able to register. Any changes
to the original Program of Study form must be requested from the student’s advisor.
Examples of Program of Studies can be found on this page along with directions.
Administration Education FNP POS Directions
The University's accrediting body SACSCOC, states to maintain compliance with accreditation
standards, students must earn one-third of their coursework with Austin Peay faculty.
As you are aware, The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing (SON) is a rigorous
program with a focus on high-quality academic standards. In maintaining these standards,
the University Administration has stated, beginning fall 2016, students will not be
able to graduate without the required number of graduate hours taught by APSU faculty.
The SON is prepared to make sure the courses you need to complete the curriculum will
be available to you and taught by Austin Peay faculty. If at any time you believe
you are in jeopardy of not meeting residency, please contact your advisor.
The University requires each student to complete the below form “Acknowledgement
of Requirements for Award of Graduate Degree.” You will need to follow the directions
at the link and complete the Residency Form.
Go over your POS and decide which courses you are interested in taking. Contact your
advisor for advising and to be cleared to register. Always include your A# in all
emails. All emails must come from your APSU email account. Allow 24-48 hours for a
response. If you prefer, you may contact your advisor to schedule an advising call
or office visit.
4. Registration and Confirmation
All MSN courses are identifiable by NURS and are numbered 5000-5990.
EXAMPLE: NURS 5631 Pediatric Nursing
You have not completed registration until you have confirmed your classes. For directions
on registering and confirming classes please visit Registration.
You will not be allowed to register for classes until you have requested an immunization
An exception is made for all online students.
Please send an email to Student Health Services (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include your name and A# number stating you are an Online MSN student and requesting
an immunization waiver.
Here is a template and directions for you to use.
Email Ms. Nelson email@example.com from your APSU mailbox and include your name and A# . Put Vaccination Hold in the subject line. CC. firstname.lastname@example.org
Just copy and paste into an email
I am an online only student. Please remove the MMR and Varicella hold on my account.
Further information can be found at Student Health Services
It is important all students make themselves familiar with the Academic Calendar.
During the semester there will be dates and deadlines that may be important to you.
Information about dates will also be sent to your APSU email account.
Academic Calendar Here
All courses are accessed through D2L Brightspace, a state-of-the-art, user-friendly
online learning management system. This is where all your course content will be located.
Before classes begin, you should go through the D2L Brightspace orientation.
The link takes you to a comprehensive D2L Brightspace orientation. D2L Brightspace
Course material including books can be found at the TN eCampus Bookstore. Use your
course number and name to look for material. Bookstore
You are a graduate student of APSU. This means there are services available to you.
The link below takes you to the Student Affairs page. Student Affairs
Libraries provide a wealth of information. As an APSU student you have access to two.
Both the APSU and TN eCampus Virtual libraries have assistance, research help, and
access to journals and periodicals you may find helpful.
Woodward Library APSU
TN eCampus Virtual Library
General information on the APSU School of Nursing is available on its webpage. APSU SON
General information and additional support can be found on the TN eCampus website.
MSN clinical sites and preceptor selection:
It is never too early in the program to be considering what clinical site and preceptors
you will use during your clinical courses.
Things to consider:
The APSU MSN program focuses on primary care. All clinical preceptorships must take
place in an outpatient setting. Emergency rooms are most often not acceptable. Urgent
care facilities can only be used for a limited number of hours in the Adult health
and practicum courses.
APSU MSN students must review the TN eCampus website to determine all requirements
for submitting preceptor requests: TN eCampus
APSU MSN students must have all health requirements complete and up to date throughout
their clinical courses. Faculty members assigned to the courses will review this
information each semester. If not up to date you will not be allowed to attend clinical
in a timely manner: Health Requirements Information
APSU MSN students must be knowledgeable of the requirements as it pertains to specific
clinical courses. Please review the following link: General Requirements If your question cannot be answered after reviewing, please email email@example.com.
Some clinical agencies have requirements above and beyond those listed on TN eCampus
website. Students must meet all requirements before attending clinical.
Background checks are required by all clinical agencies. Follow the link for further
information on obtaining a background Check: TrueScreen
Malpractice Insurance: The graduate student practices under his or her license and
is required to maintain current advanced practice student liability insurance. Family
Nurse Practitioner students must maintain student FNP liability insurance for $1,000,000/$6,000,000.
Students in other concentrations are required to maintain and must have proof of the
same coverage to comply with our Affiliation Agreements. You can purchase the policy
by calling the APSU Cashier’s Window, 931-221-1018. You must identify yourself as
an MSN student purchasing the student liability insurance. According to when the provider
returns the policy, you will receive a copy of the first page of the policy. You
will use this in Medatrax.
Important MSN and Graduate Policies
The Graduate Bulletin contains University and Nursing policies. Listed here is important
information related to your success in attaining a Masters in Nursing.
MSN and Bridge Progression Policy
Graduate nursing students complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.
If student’s grade is lower than B, s/he may repeat the course. However, no more
than one required course can be repeated. In repeating a course, the previous grade
as well the grade earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation
of the GPA.
Students will be dismissed from the Tn eCampus MSN program if they do not meet the
requirements of this policy.
Class Attendance, Grading, and Course Withdrawal Limitations
Class attendance is a key attribute to academic success. Though the matter of class
attendance is in the purview of the teaching faculty, the University requires faculty
to routinely report students who have never attended class (“FN” – Failure, Never
Attended) within 21 days of the first day of class. For those students who stop attending
class and are no longer receiving instruction, a grade of “FA” (Failure, Stopped Attendance)
should be reported. Faculty members will inform students of policies applicable to
their classes through a syllabus distributed early in each semester/term. These punitive
failing grades reported during the semester/term may affect the student’s time status,
financial aid repayment, and veteran benefits.
Course Withdrawal Limitations
A student who earns four (4) Withdrawals (“W”s) will be placed on academic probation.
If the student receives another “W” (≥ five (5) “W”s), he or she will be suspended
for one academic semester. A student on academic suspension from the College of Graduate
Studies may not be admitted to, or continue in any graduate program at APSU for credit
or grade point average calculation. Students must adhere to the Academic Suspension
appeal process for re-admittance.
Students may appeal final course grades entered in the fall semester no later than
30 calendar days after the start of the following spring semester. The informal discussion
with the instructor and Department Chair or Director must be the first step toward
resolution. Students may appeal final course grades entered for the spring, Maymester,
and summer semesters no later than 30 calendar days after the start of the following
fall semester. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline
shall be the next business day. The formal, written appeal to the Department Chair
or Director must be filed by the 30-day deadline. Once a degree has been posted to
the transcript, the academic record is deemed complete and changes will not be made
to grades earned prior to the posted degree. Review the Academic Grievance Policy
section in the STUDENT HANDBOOK for appeal procedures.
Academic Status and Graduate Appeal Processes
The academic status of a student is denoted by one of four conditions:
- Good Standing
- Academic Probation
- Academic Suspension
- Academic Dismissal
Students who fail to meet prescribed academic standards are subject to disciplinary
action. Official notification of academic probation, academic suspension or academic
dismissal is sent to students at the end of the fall and spring semesters, summer
terms, or Fort Campbell terms.
At any time a student’s academic performance becomes deficient, he or she is placed
on probation. When established standards are met, probationary status is removed.
However, a second deficiency in academic performance will result in a one semester
suspension, after which a student is eligible to appeal for readmission. Should a
third deficiency in academic performance occur, then a full year suspension will be
enforced, after which the student is eligible to appeal for readmission. Should more
than two suspensions occur, the student will be dismissed from the graduate program
and the College of Graduate Studies.
Students are in good standing as long as their overall cumulative grade point average
is 3.0 or higher. Good standing indicates only that the student is meeting the minimum
standard for retention.
Academic Probation: GPA and Maximum Allowable Withdrawals
When a graduate student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, he or she will be placed
on academic probation. Every semester thereafter, the student must earn a minimum
term/semester grade of 3.5, and the student will remain on academic probation until
the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 or better. When the student’s cumulative GPA has returned
to a 3.0 or greater, the student’s academic status will return to “Good Standing”.
If the student fails to earn a minimum term/semester grade of 3.5 while on probation,
he or she will be suspended. No grades of “D” or “F” are allowed in a student’s program
After a graduate student earns four (4) withdrawals “W”s, he or she will be placed
on academic probation. If the student receives another “W,” academic suspension will
Academic Suspension Procedures
A student on academic probation whose semester GPA falls below a 3.5 and/or a student
who earns five (5) or more “W”s will be suspended from the university. Students suspended
for the first time may not enroll in the College of Graduate Studies for at least
one semester following their suspensions. The University reserves the right to cancel
a student’s registration with full fee adjustment should the student enroll prior
to being notified of an academic suspension. A student on academic suspension from
the College of Graduate Studies may not be admitted to, or continue in, any graduate
program at APSU for credit or grade point average calculation. A student may not enroll
in a program at another University during the suspension period and have that credit
Readmission After Academic Suspension: After an absence of at least one semester, a suspended student must request readmission
by appealing to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Academic
Appeals form is located on the College of Graduate Studies website at http://www.apsu.edu/grad-studies/current-students/graduate-student-forms.php.
To request readmission, this form must be submitted, along with a written explanation
of circumstances relative to the suspension. The student may provide additional documents
if needed. The graduate appeal form must be received in the Graduate office no later
than 14 days before the beginning of the intended semester of return, to allow time
for consideration by the Graduate Academic Appeals Committee. If the student’s graduate
appeal is not received 14 days before the beginning of the semester, the appeal will
be considered for the next upcoming semester. The Graduate Studies Office will present
the complete appeals packet to the students’ graduate Program Coordinator or Department
Chair for a recommendation. The Graduate Studies Office then presents the appeal packet
and departmental recommendation to the Graduate Academic Appeals Committee, a sub-committee
of the Graduate Academic Council, for its review and a final decision. The student
will be notified via his or her campus email address (or other email address if student
does not have a campus email account). Decisions of the Graduate Academic Appeals
Committee regarding readmission are final and may not be appealed.
Readmission After Second Academic Suspension: If suspended a second time, the student may not enroll in the College of Graduate
Studies for a minimum of one calendar year. Students seeking readmission must follow
the same procedure specified herein. After a second suspension, if the student is
denied readmission to the College of Graduate Studies by the Graduate Academic Appeals
Committe, that decision is final, and the student is suspended from the University.
Students who are forced by circumstances beyond their control to be absent from announced
tests and examinations should request approval from the instructor. At the discretion
of the instructor, the student will receive the grade of “I,” “F” or “FA.”
One final thing.....
Now that you've completed the Orientation/Onboarding remember to use this information
throughout your time in the MSN program. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get registered.