Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

 Laurie Jowers Ware, PhD, RN, CNL - Associate Dean

 Mary Bishop, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNL - Director

University of West Georgia Tanner Health System School of Nursing ranked 41st in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2015).  

University of West Georgia has been identified as having one of the top graduate nursing schools in America in our recent ranking. University of West Georgia ranked #12 on our list. (

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The Tanner Health System School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a 100% online Master of Science in Nursing degree with role options in either education or health systems leadership. The Tanner Health System School 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 (CNLs). The CNL is a 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, 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).


For advisement and information contact Embry Ice, Graduate Studies Associate at 678-839-5115.