School of Nursing
Kathryn Grams, Ph.D., RN, Dean
Ed. Annex 264 • 678-839-6552
The School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a Master of Science degree with role options in either education or health systems leadership and a post-master's certificate program in education and health systems leadership. The nursing education track is a program of study that addresses innovations in curriculum, instructional skills and strategies, the development and use of educational technology, and educational assessment and evaluation. Students develop expertise in health education and promotion, patient education, professional development, or college/university teaching. The health systems leadership track is a program of study designed to prepare nurse managers/leaders and clinical nurse leaders (CNLs). The CNL is a role designed by American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003) to prepare a leader who is accountable for management of care and the care environment.
Courses in the curriculum build upon courses in the baccalaureate program in nursing. Students apply research concepts, theories, and skills in the development of the role components of the program. The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed to meet the need for nurse educators, and leaders/managers, and clinical nurse leaders in a variety of health care settings. Students may complete the course of study in four semesters of full-time course work, or students may pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Course work is provided using face-to-face and online instruction.
C. Epps (Associate Dean), K. Grams (Dean), L. Ware (Assistant Dean), C. Wilson
S. Ashford, N. Chadwick, L. Megginson
The mission of the MSN Program is to offer high quality graduate education that:
- Prepares registered nurses for advanced practice roles in diverse health care settings in Georgia and the surrounding region
- Provides regional outreach related to graduate nursing education through off-campus programs
- Provides a caring, supportive, personal environment for learning that:
Affirms the holistic nature of individuals
Reflects caring as the essence of nursing
Expects that nurses use critical thinking in decision making
Supports evidence-based practice
Utilizes disciplinary rigor to support MSN student progress toward assuming leadership and education roles
The purpose of the MSN program is to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice in the areas of health systems leadership and nursing education. Students in the nursing education track will identify one of four clinical specialty areas for focus: adult health, family health, mental health, or community health. Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Utilize theoretical models, information systems and technology to perform effectively in a variety of nursing practice, leadership, and educational roles (competence and critical thinking).
- Critically appraise original research for practice implications in the context of evidence-based practice (critical thinking).
- Examine influences on nursing practice and education, including social, economic, ethical, legal, and cultural diversity issues (conscience and critical thinking).
- Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills in implementing changes and making decisions in the delivery of healthcare or in nursing education (change and critical thinking).
- Develop and implement practice, leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of healthcare or nursing education (commitment).
- Communicate effectively using a collaborative approach to improve nursing education, the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system (collaboration and communication).
- Attain a level of scholarship congruent with preparation for doctoral study (commitment).
- Practice nursing in leadership and education roles in a manner that reflects caring as the essence of nursing (caring).
- Engage in advanced nursing practice that reflects a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures (holism).
The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Information about accreditation may be obtained from the following:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036-112
Admission is based on several criteria including the following:
- Applicant's score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
- Completion of a basic undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment or during the first semester of the program
- Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia
- Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
- Official transcript from each college or university attended
- Satisfactory certificate of immunization (for a new student)
- GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper division nursing courses
- Professional resume
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant's professional and academic abilities
All applicants applying for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of West Georgia must submit an official entrance examination score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the New Millers Analogies Test (MAT). Regular admission requires a GRE score of at least 800 (a minimum of 400 on the verbal and 400 on the quantitative sections of the exam). Regular admission requires a New MAT scaled score of 396-401 (percentile rank of 46-54). Test scores for the MAT will only be accepted if taken after October 2004. Please see Graduate School web site for more information.
Graduate students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. If a graduate student receives two C's or one F, her/his record will be reviewed by the Graduate Dean, SON Dean and the SON Assistant Dean to determine whether or not she/he shall be allowed to continue. Appeals related to dismissal must be filed with the Dean of the Graduate School.
Undergraduate students who complete BSN requirements with a 3.0 or greater GPA in upper division nursing courses taken at the University of West Georgia will be automatically admitted to the Graduate School pending completion of the application. This admission would be active for a period of 5 years after graduation and the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller's Analogy Test would not be required.
Students with less than the required GPA and GRE scores may be considered for provisional admission if the undergraduate grade point average multiplied by 100 and added to the student's verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE equals a minimum of 1000. In no event may the upper division nursing grade point average be less than 2.5 or the score on any portion of the GRE be less than 350. Criteria for meeting provisional admission using MAT scores for tests taken from October 2004 and later have been established by the Graduate School. If your MAT score does not meet regular admission standards, the Graduate School will determine by previously established criteria if it meets the Graduate School minimum for consideration for provisional admission. Meeting the criteria for provisional admission status is no guarantee of admission. Provisional admission is ultimately subject to departmental approval and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Non-degree and personal enrichment students may be admitted to select nursing courses on a space available basis only. Please be aware that no more than 9 hours taken as a post baccalaureate or non-degree student may subsequently be applied to a degree. In most situations, students will not be allowed to take the full 9 hours; therefore, students attempting to gain admittance to a degree program should make every effort to take the appropriate admissions test as soon as possible.
Admission Test Information
Computer-based testing information is available throughout the year via the Internet at www.gre.org/gentest.html; for the new MAT access www.milleranalogies.com. For more information, call the Graduate School at 678-839-6419.
Upon receipt of all application materials by the UWG Graduate School and determination by the School of Nursing that all admission criteria are met, including minimum GRE or MAT scores and grade point average, the School of Nursing will notify selected applicants regarding admission status. These criteria represent minimal standards and provide no guarantee of acceptance.
Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program is competitive and granted by the Graduate Committee of the School of Nursing and the University of West Georgia Graduate School.
Expenses For The MSN Program
Participation in the MSN program will incur expenses such as the following, and are also in the MSN Student Handbook at www.westga.edu/~nurs/msn/msnprog.html
Travel to clinical activities Students are individually responsible for obtaining transportation to and from clinical activities.
Books The cost of textbooks is variable.
Professional liability insurance The cost varies depending on the policy.
Clinical/Skills Fees A fee will be charged for all clinical courses. These fees are payable with tuition.
Criminal Background Check & Drug Screen Students must use preferred company for both parts, cost covers both parts.
Criminal Background Check & Drug Screen
Healthcare facilities are requiring nursing students to have a certified criminal background check and drug screen for participation in clinical learning opportunities. Inability to complete the requirements may interfere with successful completion of degree requirements.