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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Laurie Jowers Ware, PhD, RN, - Associate Dean

The School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a 95% online 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.

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 Alyicia Richards.

MSN Admission Requirements

Admission is based on several criteria including the following:

  1. 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.
  2. Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and eligibility for licensure in the state of practica experience.
  3. Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  4. Official transcript from each college or university attended.
  5. Satisfactory certificate of immunization (for a new student).
  6. GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper division nursing courses.
  7. Professional resume.
  8. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities.

Admission Process

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

Proof of the following should be submitted to the School of Nursing:

Proof of the following should be submitted to Health Services:

Application and all admission materials must be submitted by July 1, 2012 to be considered for Fall 2012 admission.

Upon receipt of all application materials by the deadline, and determination by the School of Nursing that all admission criteria are met, including grade point average, the School of Nursing will notify selected applicants of admission status.

The admission 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.

Early/Special Admission

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 automatically be admitted pending completion of the application and submission of application materials. This admission would be active for a period of 5 years after graduation.

Approved COGS 11/17/09

Online Post-Master’s Certificates Available In All Areas

The School of Nursing post-master’s certificate program is designed for master’s prepared nurses who desire further education in teaching, leadership, or clinical nurse leader roles. The program of study requires 10 credit hours and graduates meet the educational requirements to sit for national certification examination.

The School of Nursing accepts applications for admission to the post-master’s certificate programs that begin each Spring Semester. Proof of the following should be submitted to be considered for admission:

Admission is limited to master’s prepared registered nurses licensed in the state in which the practica will occur. Applicants must have an earned master’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. The certificate may be earned in a minimum of 3 semesters. Internet access is required. The majority of coursework is provided online with minimal face to face meetings.