Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Masters of Science in Nursing

(MSN)

Deadline for Fall 2015 applications for FNP option is

February 1, 2015. 

Deadline for Spring 2015 applications for Adult Health Nursing option is

October 15, 2014.

Deadline for Fall 2014 applications for Adult Health Nursing Options is

April 15, 2014

The MSN prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and leadership in the contemporary health care system. Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

ASU is pleased to offer several different Degree options in the Masters program:

 


 

  • Adult Health Nursing /Clinical Specialist
  • Adult Health Nursing /Educator option (AH)
  • Adult Health Nursing /Administration
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Anesthesia Option (NA)

 

Program Information


For individuals who already have a graduate nursing degree, ASU offers a 2nd Degree and post Master's certificates in most specialty options. Individuals pursuing Nurse Anesthesia receive a Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Anesthesia. Contact the Department for more information regarding these options. RNs who do not have their baccalaureate degree in nursing should consider ASU's RN to BSN program.

The Master of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326.  Telephone: (404) 975-5000. www.acenursing.org

Students wishing to enroll in MSN courses must first make application to the Graduate School. You will find additional information on the particular program of interest by clicking the advanced practice title listed above. Admission requirements and guidelines are included in the link titled Admission Requirements. After review of this information if you have additional questions you may contact Dr. Angela Schmidt, MSN Program Director, aschmidt@state.edu, Amanda Waters, Administrative Specialist II, at awaters@astate.edu or the School of Nursing @ 870-972-3074.

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduate nursing students, entitled Graduate Information Guide (GIG). Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG is required following admission.

Adult Health Nursing

The Adult Health Nursing option consists of core and support courses as well as clinical course work to prepare the student for advanced roles as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Nurse Educator. Preparation for clinical nurse specialists requires 540 hours of clinical practicum. Study in this option may be pursued on a full and part-time basis.  The majority of core and support courses are available online. Specialty courses are web-enhanced. Classes may be held using the interactive video network.

Content in this major involves adults with acute or chronic health problems.  Although the majority of patients by encountered access the health care system via a specific health problem, interventions studied may include primary, secondary or tertiary prevention. 

Graduates from this major are working as clinical nurse specialists, patient care coordinators and nurse managers.

Examples of full time and part time coursework selections are available on the Curriculum link.

 Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduate nursing students, entitled Graduate Information Guide (GIG) (rev 2/2012).  Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, ASU Student Handbook and ASU Graduate bulletin are required following admission. 

MSN Program application

Program Brochure

English Proficiency Standards 

For more information email Amanda Waters, awaters@astate.edu or call 870-972-3074

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Adult Health Nursing: Educator Option

 

The Adult Health Nursing option consists of core and support courses as well as clinical course work to prepare the student for advanced roles as a Nurse Educator. Nurse educators engage in 420 hours of clinical practicum and complete a nursing education practicum.  Study in this option may be pursued on a full and part-time basis.  The majority of core and support courses are available online.  Specialty courses and nursing educator courses are web-enhanced.  Classes may be held using the interactive video network.

Content in this major involves adults with acute or chronic health problems.  Although the majority of patients by encountered access the health care system via a specific health problem, interventions studied may include primary, secondary or tertiary prevention. 

Students pursuing a career as a nurse educator take course work related to curriculum development, teaching/learning strategies and measurement/evaluation in education.  

Examples of full time and part time coursework selections are available on the Curriculum link.

Graduates from this major are working as nurse educators and clinical or staff educators.

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduate nursing students, entitled Graduate Information Guide (GIG) (rev 2/2012).  Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, ASU Student Handbook and ASU Graduate bulletin are required following admission. 

MSN Program application

Printable Program Brochure

English Proficiency Standards 

For more information email Amanda Waters, awaters@astate.edu or call 870-972-3074

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Adult Health:  Nursing Administrator

The Nursing Administrator Focus prepares the Nurse Administrator, Manager, and/or Executive for diverse practice settings in the healthcare system.  These settings may include small facilities, integrated delivery systems, larger corporate-owned facilities, ambulatory settings, organizational and academic settings, as well as nontraditional environments.  Essential inclusion in these practice settings are entrepreneurial partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration.  The Nurse Administrator, Manager, or Nurse Executive will develop skills as the catalyst and role  model, providing leadership and direction, consistent with the mission and value of an organization.  He/She will be responsible for creating a work environment that facilitates and encourages nursing staff to demonstrate accountability for their own practice, utilizing critical thinking and effective decision making.  This Nurse Leader will acquire knowledge to ensure the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs, and services that are evidence-based and consistent with professional standards and values.  Preparation for organizational analysis, strategic planning, financial and human resources management and professional development is included.

Students pursuing a career as a Nurse Administrator take care and support courses as well as clinical course work to prepare for the advanced practice role.  Nursing Administrator students also take course work related to leadership and management, budgeting and financial management, healthcare law and quality improvement.  Graduates from this option are prepared as Nurse Administrators, Managers and/or Executives.

Examples of full time and part time coursework selections are available on the Curriculum link.

English Proficiency Standards (Revised 4/30/2012)

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduate nursing students, entitled Graduate Information Guide (GIG) (rev 2/2012). Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG is required following admission.

MSN Program application

Program Brochure

English Proficiency Standards 

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Family Nurse Practitioner

 

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is composed of 45 credit hours of core, support, theoretical and clinical courses that prepare the learner for entry into primary care practice. The majority of core and support courses are available online and may be pursued on a full or part time basis. Examples of full time and part time coursework selections are available on the Curriculum link.

Students must apply for admission to the FNP program. Completed Application forms and associated documentation are due February 1st each year. Application guidelines and forms are available at the link below. The FNP theoretical and clinical courses are completed on a full time basis over 3 semesters (Spring, Fall, Spring)

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduate nursing students, entitled Graduate Information Guide (GIG) (rev 2/9/2012).  Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG is required following admission. 

MSN Program Application

Program Brochure

English Proficiency Standards 

For more information email Amanda Waters, awaters@astate.edu or call 870-972-3074