University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 31st in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2016).

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.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    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, and 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

    Program Location

    Online

    Method of Delivery

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

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 36
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    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

    • NURS-6101 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

      An exploration and application of theories to health care delivery and to the role of the master?s prepared nurse in the context of caring science.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6103 - Health Promotion & Advanced Health Assessment

      A course designed to equip the master?s prepared nurse with advanced health assessment and health promotion skills with the knowledge to focus on various physiologic systems across the lifespan and within diverse populations.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6104 - Scholarly Inquiry and Data Analysis in Nursing

      A course designed to prepare master?s prepared nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to use evidence-based findings to provide high quality nursing care, initiate change, and promote evidence-based practice in the context of caring science.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6105 - Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy

      A course that addresses current and emerging challenges related to patient care quality and safety within a healthcare system. Emphasis will also be placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy related to quality and safety outcomes.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6106 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

      This is the first of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease as the basis of nursing management. Requires Admission to the Graduate program.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6107 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

      This is the second of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease, as the basis of nursing management.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6108 - Epidemiology for Nursing Education and Practice

      This course introduces students to the concepts of epidemiological methods and their practical applications to nursing education and practice.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6109 - Informatics, Technology, and Healthcare Outcomes

      This course focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6112 - Nurse Educator Role Practicum II

      This practicum extends the knowledge developed in the Nurse Educator Practicum I. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice through completion of a capstone project in the education setting.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6114 - Introduction to Health Systems Leadership

      A course designed to provide an introduction to health systems leadership issues, theories, and evidence-based interventions based upon caring science.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6115 - The Business of Healthcare: Financial and Economic Evidence

      This course builds capability related to practice in a dynamic and complex healthcare financial environment. The course covers principles of healthcare economics; third party reimbursement; costing; budgets and budgeting; variance; economic evaluation methods; and writing a business plan to successfully defend or market a healthcare program.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6116 - Leading Human Resource Systems

      This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to promote an effective and efficient human resource system for patient care services at multiple levels. The processes and skills for coaching individuals and groups are addressed.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6117 - Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager I

      This course provides the opportunity to analyze the role of a health systems leader. The focus is on the development of knowledge and skills for operational and regulatory management, and interprofessional relationships.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6118 - Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager II

      This course extends the knowledge developed in Nursing 6117 related to the role of the health systems leader/manager.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6119 - Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum I

      This course is a practicum designed to demonstrate competencies of the various roles of th ehealth systems leader. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in the health system.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6120 - Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum II

      This practicum provides the opportunity to enact the role of the healthcare leader/manager through implementation of capstone project.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6124 - Health Systems Leadership Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader

      This course is an in depth examination of the roles of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Additionally, this course will examine leadership and organizational theories as well as financial concepts related to the CNL roles.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6125 - Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar

      This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss the knowledge needed in the development and implementation of the CNL role in clinical microsystems.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6981 - Independent Study

      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.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    Major Required

    • NURS-6101 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

      An exploration and application of theories to health care delivery and to the role of the master?s prepared nurse in the context of caring science.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6103 - Health Promotion & Advanced Health Assessment

      A course designed to equip the master?s prepared nurse with advanced health assessment and health promotion skills with the knowledge to focus on various physiologic systems across the lifespan and within diverse populations.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6104 - Scholarly Inquiry and Data Analysis in Nursing

      A course designed to prepare master?s prepared nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to use evidence-based findings to provide high quality nursing care, initiate change, and promote evidence-based practice in the context of caring science.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6105 - Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy

      A course that addresses current and emerging challenges related to patient care quality and safety within a healthcare system. Emphasis will also be placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy related to quality and safety outcomes.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6106 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

      This is the first of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease as the basis of nursing management. Requires Admission to the Graduate program.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6107 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

      This is the second of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease, as the basis of nursing management.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6108 - Epidemiology for Nursing Education and Practice

      This course introduces students to the concepts of epidemiological methods and their practical applications to nursing education and practice.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6109 - Informatics, Technology, and Healthcare Outcomes

      This course focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6112 - Nurse Educator Role Practicum II

      This practicum extends the knowledge developed in the Nurse Educator Practicum I. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice through completion of a capstone project in the education setting.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6114 - Introduction to Health Systems Leadership

      A course designed to provide an introduction to health systems leadership issues, theories, and evidence-based interventions based upon caring science.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6115 - The Business of Healthcare: Financial and Economic Evidence

      This course builds capability related to practice in a dynamic and complex healthcare financial environment. The course covers principles of healthcare economics; third party reimbursement; costing; budgets and budgeting; variance; economic evaluation methods; and writing a business plan to successfully defend or market a healthcare program.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6116 - Leading Human Resource Systems

      This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to promote an effective and efficient human resource system for patient care services at multiple levels. The processes and skills for coaching individuals and groups are addressed.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6117 - Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager I

      This course provides the opportunity to analyze the role of a health systems leader. The focus is on the development of knowledge and skills for operational and regulatory management, and interprofessional relationships.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6118 - Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager II

      This course extends the knowledge developed in Nursing 6117 related to the role of the health systems leader/manager.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6119 - Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum I

      This course is a practicum designed to demonstrate competencies of the various roles of th ehealth systems leader. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in the health system.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6120 - Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum II

      This practicum provides the opportunity to enact the role of the healthcare leader/manager through implementation of capstone project.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6123 - Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II

      This course is an immersion experience in the role of the clinical nurse leader. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in a clinical microsystem through completion of capstone project.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6124 - Health Systems Leadership Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader

      This course is an in depth examination of the roles of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Additionally, this course will examine leadership and organizational theories as well as financial concepts related to the CNL roles.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

    • NURS-6125 - Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar

      This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss the knowledge needed in the development and implementation of the CNL role in clinical microsystems.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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 certificate of immunization

    Application Deadlines

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

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    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 the Tanner Health System School of Nursing to view program specific requirements.

    Admission Process Checklist

    Please submit all transcripts to:

    Graduate Admissions
    University of West Georgia
    Mandeville Hall
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118

    The program specific admission checklist is available here

    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 Tanner Health System School of Nursing 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

    Phone: 678-839-5115
    Fax: 678-839-2462

  • Dates

    Fall 2016 Priority Admission Deadline: February 1, 2016

    Fall 2016 Rolling Admission Deadline: July 1, 2016
    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 the Tanner Health System School of Nursing 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.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is to prepare registered nurses for advanced practice in the areas of health systems leadership and nursing education.

    The major objectives of the MSN program are to:

    1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.

    2. Utilize leadership skills to promote ethical and critical decision making and effective working relationships.

    3. Apply quality improvement and safety principles within an organization to improve educational and practice outcomes.

    4. Translate scholarship into practice by applying research outcomes within educational and practice settings.

    5. Employ client care and communication technologies to deliver quality care.

    6. Employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.

    7. Serve as a member and leader of inter-professional teams to create caring and collaborative relationships.

    8. Apply organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to enhance population based care for individuals, families, and aggregates.