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Austin Peay School of Nursing

R. Corvey Welcome to the Austin Peay State University (APSU) School of Nursing website.  The APSU School of Nursing offers two nursing education programs: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), this includes the RN-BSN Completion track (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 track 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, Ed.D., M.N. Sc.. RN
Director and Professor
Austin Peay State University School of Nursing


APSU School of Nursing Mission 

The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing is designed to prepare the professional nurse to meet regional healthcare needs while cultivating an appreciation of diversity and an understanding of the national and global healthcare environments. 

The Director, staff, and faculty of the School of Nursing demonstrate respect for all persons, serving as role models and mentors to students as they evolve in professional development specific to their level of education and practice roles. A supportive, positive, and collaborative environment is a hallmark of the school.  

The School of Nursing is committed to empowering students to become critical thinkers, healthcare leaders, excellent communicators, and life-long learners.  The school serves traditional and non-traditional students, including the military community. 

Why study Nursing at APSU?

The School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure undergraduate program, the completion of which results in educational eligibility for the graduate to write the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination for R.N. Licensure. Additionally, the School of Nursing offers an online post-licensure undergraduate program through which the licensed registered nurse may complete the requirements for the B.S.N. degree. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).   Our graduates have a 96% pass rate on  the NCLEX-RN.   Now is the time to purse a credential in nursing.  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. 

What will I learn?

The School of Nursing is committed to empowering students to become critical thinkers, healthcare leaders, excellent communicators, and life-long learners.  The school serves traditional and non-traditional students, including the military community. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunties are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are …………..coming soon

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

 

School of Nursing Statistics

APSU NCLEX-RN Past Rates          BSN Completion Rates             BSN Employment Rate
      2015 96.63%                   2016  96%                     2016 96% Self Reporting
      2014 92.22%       2015 84%       2015 95% Self Reporting
     2013 90.91%       2014  86%       2014 91% Self Reporting

 

MSN FNP Licensure Exam Rate     MSN Completion Rates       MSN Employment Rate
2016                    2016 86.7%                       2016 99% Self Reporting
  ANCC 100%     2015 79.4%     2015 95% Self Reporting
  AANP 76%     2014 83.4%     2014 97% Self Reporting
2015                    
  ANCC 100%                
  AANP 75%                
2014                    
  ANCC 50%                
  AANP 71%                

 


Accreditation

The Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) website. 

 

 

 

Brandi Holt is a nusing student at APSU
Brandi Holt
Senior

The nursing program is difficult, but it's so rewarding because you don't really realize how much you're learning until you're using that knowledge.
 

 

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