MSN Program

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM

Laurie Jowers Ware, PhD,RN,  Coordinator

DESCRIPTION OF THE MSN CURRICULUM

The Department 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 Department of Nursing also offers post masters certification in these areas.  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, or college/university teaching. The health systems leadership track is a program of study designed to prepare nurse managers/leaders and clinical nurse leaders (CNL's). The CNL is a new role designed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003) to prepare a leader who is accountable for management of care and the care environment. Courses focus on patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, pharmacology, case management client-care coordination, holistic health assessment, care of diverse populations, health policy, health systems, business and economics, statistics, leadership and management, quality improvement, risk management, and public/community health.

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, leaders/managers, and CNL's in a variety of health care settings.  Students may complete the course of study in four semesters of full time course work (9 hours/semester), or students may pursue the degree on a part-time basis.

The MSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

 Admission Requirements

Admission is based on several criteria including the following:

1.            Applicantís score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE - verbal and quantitative) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

2.     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.

3.      Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and eligibility for licensure in the state of practica experience.

4.      Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.

5.      Official transcript from each college or university attended.

6.      Satisfactory certificate of immunization (for a new student).

7.      GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper division nursing courses.

8.      Professional resume.

9.     Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicantís professional and academic abilities.

Applications for admission are available at the University of West Georgia Graduate School. Upon receipt of all application materials by the deadline, and determination by the Department of Nursing that all admission criteria are met, including minimum GRE scores and grade point average, the Department of Nursing will notify selected applicants regarding a personal interview. At the time of the interview, an on-site writing sample will be requested.

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 Department of Nursing and The University of West Georgia Graduate School.

Online Nurse Educator Post-Masterís Certificate Available Summer 2008

May 19, 2008- June 5, 2007

            NURS 6501 Role of Nurse as Educator (2-0-2)

            June 5, 2008   Thursday Class10-12 noon and 1-4 pm

     June 9, 2008- July 3, 2008

            NURS 6502 Assessment & Instruction in Education (2-0-2)

            July 7, 2008     Thursday Class 10-12 noon

     July 7, 2008-July 31, 2008

            NURS 6503 Outcomes Evaluation in Education (2-0-2)

            July 7, 2008     Thursday Class 1-4 pm

     Fall Semester 2008

            NURS 6587 Nurse Educator Role Practicum I (0-8-2) 120 clinical contact hours

    Spring Semester 2009

            NURS 6787 Nurse Educator Role Practicum II (0-8-2) 120 clinical contact hours

    Faculty: 

            Bobbie Siler, PhD, RN, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

            Lyn Reilly, RN, EdD

Graduate Plans of Study for current students 

Health Systems Leadership Track Nursing Education Track  Post Masters Certificate

 

Leader / Manager Role

Clinical Nurse Leader Role

 

Nursing Education

 

Nurse Educator Role

Leader / Manager Role

Clinical Nurse Leader Role

 

Graduate Plans of Study for new students as of Summer 2008

Health Systems Leadership Track Nursing Education Track  Post Masters Certificate
 

Leader / Manager Role

Clinical Nurse Leader Role

 

Nursing Education

 

Nurse Educator Role

Leader / Manager Role

Clinical Nurse Leader Role

 

Documents and Forms

The MSN Student Handbook is available for download in Adobe Acrobat format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this document. Please go to adobe.com to download the program. The handbook may then be downloaded or read online.

Student advising is available by appointment in the Department of Nursing. 

Documents for Download

 

MSN Student Handbook

 

Mission Statement

 

MSN Program Objectives

 

Thesis/Project Approval Form

 

MSN Applicant Information

 

Authorship Agreement Form

 

Committee Consent Form

Health Requirements Checklist

 

Physical Examination Form

 

Health Insurance Waiver