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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The APSU Nursing MSN program provides opportunities for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) desiring advanced education in nursing. The MSN program consists of two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.

Both concentrations are flexible and designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses in various stages of their careers. 

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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration prepares nurses to deliver care and improve health outcomes in the outpatient primary care setting. Graduates can assess, diagnose, prescribe medications and evaluate care for patients throughout the lifespan. Upon completion of the FNP Concentration, graduates will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) credentialing examination for FNP. 

The 43-hour concentration (with 600 required clinical hours) is designed with the working professional nurse in mind, and is primarily delivered online. There are two required on-campus visits designed to enhance learning, practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization. 

  • FNP MSN students take approximately two courses per semester and complete the program in about two years. Students have the option to enroll in full-time (6 semesters) or extended (8 semesters) plans of study.

 

CURRICULUM

 

NURS 5100

Transition to Graduate Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)

NURS 5106

Healthcare Policy with an Emphasis on Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)  

NURS 5107

Scientific Inquiry (3 credit hours)

NURS 5108

Advanced Role Development with an Emphasis Quality, Safety, and Ethics (3 credit hours)

NURS 5005

Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

NURS 5006

Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

NURS 5007

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning across the Lifespan- (3 credit hours)

NURS 5008

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning across the Lifespan Lab (1 credit hour)--required on-campus intensive

NURS 5701

Advanced Family Practice I (5 Credit hours)

NURS 5702

Advanced Family Practice II (5 Credit hours)

NURS 5801

Primary Care Practicum I (3 credit hours/180 clinical hours)--required virtual advanced skills intensive

NURS 5802

Primary Care Practicum II (3 credit hours/ 180 clinical hours)

NURS 5809

Family Practice Residency (5 credit hours/ 240 clinical hours)--required on-campus intensive

NURS 5902

MSN Capstone (2 credit hours)

The Nurse Educator (NE) concentration prepares graduates for faculty positions at colleges and universities, and also for planning and delivering staff and patient education in health-related settings.

The 34-hour concentration (with 240 required clinical hours) is designed with the working professional nurse in mind and is primarily delivered online. There are two required on-campus visits designed to enhance learning, practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization.

  • Nursing education MSN students take approximately two courses per semester and complete the program in about two years.

 

CURRICULUM

 

NURS 5100

Transition to Graduate Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)

NURS 5106

Healthcare Policy with an Emphasis on Prevention and Population Health (3 credit hours)  

NURS 5107

Scientific Inquiry (3 credit hours)

NURS 5108

Advanced Role Development with an Emphasis Quality, Safety, and Ethics (3 credit hours)

NURS 5005

Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

NURS 5006

Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

NURS 5007

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning across the Lifespan- (3 credit hours)

NURS 5008

Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning across the Lifespan Lab (1 credit hour)--required on-campus intensive

NURS 5611 (or) NURS 5612

Advanced Adult Health Nursing (2 credit hours) OR Advanced Pediatric Health Nursing (2 credit hours)

EDUC 5550

Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)

NURS 5615

The Nurse Educator (3 credit hours)

NURS 5719

Nurse Education Practicum (4 credit hours/240 clinical hours)--required on-campus intensive

NURS 5902

MSN Capstone (2 credit hours)

The Graduate Nursing Program admits TWICE each academic year in the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Fall admission deadline: Due May 1st (students who miss this deadline may still be able to apply--contact graduatenursing@apsu.edu for more information)

  • To apply for a "FALL" start, MSN applicants should first fill out an application for "Summer" semester through the APSU Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Admitted MSN students will start NURS 5100 during the Summer II semester. This one credit hour "Transitions" course assists students in getting orientated to the MSN program prior to the start of fall semester.
  • The transitions class for fall semester starts in July and runs for 4 weeks. See the APSU Academic Calendar for specific Main Campus Summer II semester dates.

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Spring admission deadline: Due October 1st (students who miss this deadline may still be able to apply--contact graduatenursing@apsu.edu for more information)

  • To apply for a "SPRING" start, MSN applicants should first fill out an application for "Fort Campbell Spring I" semester through the APSU Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Admitted MSN students will start NURS 5100 during the Winterterm semester. This one credit hour "Transitions" course assists students in getting orientated to the MSN program prior to the start of fall semester.
  • The transitions class for spring semester starts in mid-December and runs for 4 weeks. See the APSU Academic Calendar for specific Fort Campbell Winterterm semester dates.

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Program Specific Admissions Requirements

All applicants for the Graduate Nursing Program must complete and show evidence of the following:

1. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)

2. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate) verifying that a bachelor’s degree in nursing has been earned with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

3. Applicant Resume.

4. Applicant Goal Statement (e.g., reasons for pursuing graduate studies). The personal goal statement should be a one-page essay. It must be written in your own words. It should contain the following:

  • Details on your decision to obtain a Master’s degree in nursing
  • Description of your particular interest in and potential for contributing to the nursing profession, specifically as a Master’s prepared nurse
  • Career objectives
  • Plan to be successful in the MSN program, specifically addressing your goal of full or part-time study and the many hours required studying and in clinical.

5. Licensure Verification (proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed).

6. Military documents if applicable.

7. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course is required.

8. Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Curriculum, Admission, and Retention committee.

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More information can be found about the MSN program in the APSU Graduate Bulletin.