Masters Program Details

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University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 34th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2013).

2 years/4 semesters | Credit Hours: 36

The School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with role options in either education or health systems leadership. The School of Nursing also offers post masters certification in these areas.

There is also a part time plan of study available, completed in six semesters.

Program Description

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? 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

Method of Delivery

Coursework is provided 100% online. A 100% online orientation must be completed before the beginning of the semester.

Accreditation

CCNE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

Save money.

Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

Earn more.

The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.

The bottom line - value.

Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

Coursework

Coursework completion is possible in as little as 4 semesters. Degrees are conferred in May.

Not all courses listed below are required. Be sure to check the program sheet specific to the track you choose. Please see the plans of study on the Master of Science in Nursing page.

The Health Systems Leadership Track: Leader/Manager
The Health Systems Leadership Track is a program of study designed to increase knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of nursing leadership positions in the evolving healthcare environment. Courses focus on nursing leadership/management, managed care/case management strategies, outcome measurement, quality improvement, cost effectiveness, and implementing change in the health delivery system. Coursework is 100% online.

The Health System Leadership Track: Clinical Nurse Leader
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003). The CNL is a generalist who is a provider and manager at the point of care for individuals and cohorts of populations. The CNL assumes accountability for client care outcomes through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement, and evaluate plans of care. The CNL coordinates delegates and supervises the care provided by the health care team, including licensed nurses, technicians and other health professionals. Courses focus on patient centered care, evidence-based practice, pharmacology, case management, client-care coordination, holistic health assessment, care for diverse populations, health policy, health systems, business and economics, statistics, leadership and management, quality improvement, risk management, and public/community health. Coursework is 100% online.
The Nursing Education Track
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 will develop expertise in health education and promotion, patient education, professional development, and college/university teaching. Course work is 100% online.

The School of Nursing MSN Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

CONTACT
Ms. Embry Ice  (Graduate Studies Associate) eice@westga.edu 678-839-5115

General:

Perspectives on Caring in Nursing - NURS-6010

Description: Must be admitted in the MSN program to register for this course. An examination of the concept of caring and the philosophy of self-care as an essential component of caring for others will be the focus on this course. Exploration of one's ability for self-care and participation in self-care activities will illuminate the meaning of caring for self to nursing practice. Theory and research related to caring will be explored.

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice - NURS-6100

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. An exploration of various nursing theories and the utilization of nursing theory to health care delivery and to the role of the advanced practice nurse. Additionally, this course includes an examination of nursing theory and its relationship to providing comprehensive and holistic nursing care.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Role Practicum I - NURS-6187

Description: This practicum introduces the student to the clinical nurse leader (CNL) role. Emphasis is placed on assessing a clinical microsystem and identifying the role of the CNL in addressing selected problems. Students will participate in the role of the CNL in collaboration with a preceptor and faculty.

Clinical Nurse Leader Role Practicum II - NURS-6287

Description: This practicum focuses on the initial transition of students into the clinical nurse leader role of clinician, outcomes manager, client advocate, educator, information manager, systems analyst/risk anticipator, team member, member of the profession, and lifelong learner. Students will function under the guidance of a faculty member and clinical preceptor.

Health Care Delivery Systems - NURS-6300

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. An examination of health care policy, organization and finance. This course also explores the role of the advanced practice nurse in providing high quality, cost effective nursing care, and addresses issues related to the delivery of health care.

Clinical Nurse Leader Role Practicum III - NURS-6387

Description: This course is an immersion experience in the role of the clinical nurse leader. Opportunities are provided for students to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in the clinical setting under the guidance of a faculty partner and clinical preceptor.

Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing - NURS-6400

Description: A course designed to prepare advanced practice nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to use nursing research to provide high quality nursing care, initiate change, and promote evidence-based practice.

Health Promotion & Advanced Health Assessment - NURS-6401

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. This course is designed to prepare nurses with advanced health assessment and health promotion skills and knowledge focusing on various physiologic systems across the life span and within special populations.

Advanced Applied Pharmacology - NURS-6403

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. The course is designed to address nursing management of pharmacologic therapeutic interventions associated with illness, disease, and health promotion across the lifespan. This course builds on and expands the baccalaureate foundation of applied pharmacology with application of pharmacokinetic methods, pharmacodynamic principles, and pharmacotherapeutic nursing interventions

Advanced Pathophysiology - NURS-6404

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. The course is designed to provide a scientific knowledge base of selected pathophysiological states associated with health and disease. Such knowledge is foundational for clinical decision-making and nursing management.

Specialty Nursing Practicum - NURS-6487

Description: This course focuses on the development of advanced clinical knowledge in specialty nursing. Opportunities are provided for students to integrate theory, research, and practice in the clinical setting under the direction of a nursing faculty mentor with clinical specialty expertise. Students will select one of the following clinical specialty areas for study: adult health nursing, family health nursing, mental health nursing, or community health nursing.

Data Analysis in Nursing - NURS-6500

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to examine various research designs and data analysis techniques appropriate to quantitative research methodologies.

Role of Nurse as Educator - NURS-6501

Description: Exploration of the role of advanced nursing practice related to teaching. Specific theories relating to teaching, health promotion and prevention will be included. Emphasis on theoretical bases of teaching adults.

Assessment and Instruction in Nursing Education - NURS-6502

Description: Using a case study approach, course provides an in depth examination of assessing adult learning needs and identifying specific theory-based and/or research based interventions designed to meet identified needs. Assessment will include both individual and group assessment strategies.

Outcomes Evaluation in Nursing Education - NURS-6503

Description: Using a case study approach, students will examine methods/ processes to assess learning outcomes. Individual and group outcomes will be addressed. Students will also explore ways to document and present evidence of outcomes evaluation. Students will explore the outcome evaluation as an essential role of the advanced practice nurse.

Nurse Educator Role Practicum I - NURS-6587

Description: The focus of this course is on the application of theory and research in the educational practice setting. Opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate competencies in the selected role of nurse educator in a variety of educational and/or healthcare settings.

The Role of the Nurse as Leader and Manager - NURS-6601

Description: An exploration of the role of advanced nursing practice related to health systems leadership. Specific theories related to leadership, quality improvement and outcomes management will be included.

Problem Solving in Health Systems Leadership - NURS-6602

Description: Using a case study systems approach, this course provides an in depth examination of identifying health systems leadership problems and identifying specific theory-based and/or research interventions designed to solve identified problems.

Outcomes Evaluation in Health Systems Leadership - NURS-6603

Description: Using a case study approach, students will examine methods/ processes to assess outcomes related to health systems leadership. Individual and group outcomes will be addressed Students will explore ways to document and present evidence of outcomes evaluation. Students will explore the outcome evaluation as an essential role for the advanced practice nurse.

Health Systems Leadership Role Practicum I - NURS-6687

Description: This practicum course focuses on decision-making and problem-solving in the health care delivery system utilizing theory and research. Opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate competencies in selected roles of health systems leader/manager in a clinical setting.

Nurse Educator Role Practicum II - NURS-6787

Description: This course extends the knowledge developed in the Nurse Educator Role Practicum I course. Opportunities are provided for students to evaluate educational programs implemented in the first practicum course.

Health Systems Leadership Role Practicum II - NURS-6887

Description: This practicum course focuses on outcomes evaluation and builds upon the Role Practicum I course. Opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate analysis and synthesis of the outcome evaluation process.

Independent Study - NURS-6981

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. Independent study involving in-depth, individual research and study of a specific nursing problem and/or issue.

Special Topics in Nursing - NURS-6985

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. This course is related to a specific topic in health systems leadership or nursing education. The title and description of the course will be specified at the time of the offering.

Scholarly Project - NURS-6987

Description: This scholarly project provides an opportunity for students problems in health systems leadership or nursing education.

Evidence-Based Project - NURS-6989

Description: This scholarly project provides an opportunity for students to address problems in health systems leadership or nursing education using evidence-based approaches

Thesis - NURS-6999

Description: The thesis provides an opportunity for students to participate in research to address problems in health systems leadership or nursing education.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • 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 practica experience.
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper division nursing courses.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities.
  • Professional resume.
  • Satisfactory certificacte of immunization.

Application Deadlines

The MSN program admits only in the Fall of each year.

Fall 2014 Priority Admission Deadline: February 1, 2014

Fall 2014 Rolling Admission Deadline: June 1, 2014

Note: Rolling (continuous) admission occurs after the priority admission decisions are complete. Consideration for available space during the rolling admission cycle is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Consideration for admission is only given to complete files.

Please visit http://www.westga.edu/msn/ to view program specific requirements.

Admission Process Checklist

  • Go to the Graduate Studies Website
  • Click "online application" under step 1
  • Create an account
  • Complete the application
  • Please provide RN license number of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States within the application .
  • Please indicate which track you wish study: Nursing Education, Leader/Manager, or Clinical Nurse Leader

Proof of the following should be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  •  One transcript from each college or university attended

Please submit all transcripts to:

Office of Admissions
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Proof of the following should be submitted to the School of Nursing (ATTN: Embry Ice):

  • Profession curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please submit the above documents to:

University of West Georgia
School of Nursing (ATTN: Embry Ice)
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118

 

The program specific admission checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/msn/index_171.php

One exception: If you will never travel to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

The School of Nursing Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

CONTACT
Ms. Embry Ice (Pre-enrollment advisor)
eice@westga.edu

Phone: 678-839-5115
Fax: 678-839-6553

Dates

Fall 2014 Priority Admission Deadline: February 1, 2014

Fall 2014 Rolling Admission Deadline: June 1, 2014
Note: Rolling (continuous) admission occurs after the priority admission decisions are complete. Consideration for available space during the rolling admission cycle is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Consideration for admission is only given to complete files.

Please visit http://www.westga.edu/msn/ to view program specific requirements.

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • 1.Utilize theoretical models, information systems and technology to perform effectively in a variety of nursing practice, leadership, and educational roles. (competence and critical thinking).
  • 2.Critically appraise original research for practice implications in the context of evidence-based practice.
  • 3.Examine influences on nursing practice and education, including social, economic, ethical, legal, and cultural diversity issues (conscience and critical thinking).
  • 4.Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
  • 5.Demonstrate critical thinking skills in implementing changes and making decisions in the delivery of healthcare or in nursing education (change and critical thinking).
  • 6.Develop and implement practice, leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of healthcare or nursing education (commitment).
  • 7.Communicate effectively using a collaborative approach to improve nursing education, the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system (collaboration and communication).
  • 8.Attain a level of scholarship congruent with preparation for doctoral study (commitment).
  • 9.Practice nursing in leadership and education roles in a manner that reflects caring as the essence of nursing (caring).
  • 10.Engage in advanced nursing practice that reflects a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures (holism).