Nursing

Graduate programs

Master of Science in Nursing

Susan Sims-Giddens, Nurse Educator Program Director
Professional Building, Room 305, Phone 836-5398
SusanSims-giddens@missouristate.edu

Program description

The Department of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing program with a specialization in nurse educator.  The Nurse Educator is prepared to teach in a variety of academic and continuing education settings to diverse learners.  

Admission process

Admission to the Nurse Educator specialization is a two step process.

  1. The applicant first applies to the Graduate College as a MSN Major.  See admission requirements below.
  2. Once accepted into the MSN program, an application to the specialization is submitted to the Nursing Department.  See Nurse Educator specialization admission criteria below.

Students may take up to 9 credit hours of course work towards their specialization before full admission to the specialization.  Students may take:

  1. NUR 635 Healthcare Informatics
  2. NUR 700 Epidemiology
  3. NUR 703 Population Health:  A Local to Global Perspective
  4. PSY 627 Advanced Psychological Statistical Methods

Because of the limited resources, admission to the MSN program and the specializations are competitive and selective.  Admission to the MSN program does not guarantee admission to the specialization.

Additional requirements

Admission to the MSN Program

  1. Acceptance into the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. Submit an application to the MSN Program.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of college course work attempted.
  4. If the student's cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.  See the Graduate College Admission section for current guidelines.
  5. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accreditation agencies.
  6. Successful completion with a grade of "C" or higher in undergraduate statistics, nursing research, and health assessment courses.  Students who don't have these courses must take them prior to submitting an application.
  7. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) without disqualification and eligible for licensure in Missouri.
  8. Applicants who: (a) have a bachelor's degree in nursing from a non-accredited program, or (b) have a bachelor's degree in nursing from a foreign country, will be considered on an individual basis.
  9. Applicants who are RNs and have a non-nursing degree or a degree without upper division nursing courses will be evaluated on an individual basis prior to applying to the MSN program.

Admission to the MSN Specializations

Evidence of:

  1. Admission to the MSN program.
  2. A one-page essay that addresses the applicant's professional career goals and how the MSN program will help accomplish these goals.
  3. Current immunization (MMR, Tetanus, Varicella, complete Hepatitis B series) and a PPD (or evidence of appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals).
  4. Current health insurance and nursing liability insurance for nurse educators.
  5. Successful completion of prerequisites with a grade of "C-" or higher to include a graduate level or multivariate course in statistics, a course in nursing or healthcare informatics.
  6. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification.  Students taking CPR for the first time must take a 4 hour face-to-face American Heart Association BLS Healthcare for Provider's CPR course.  Online didactic course and written test are available OnlineAHA.org for a fee for those students who need to recertify.  No online practice and skills testing will be accepted.
  7. Drug screening test and a criminal record check* provided by the Department of Nursing and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.

*Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the Department of Nursing Graduate Admission, Promotion and Graduation Committee.  This may result in dismissal from the MSNA program and specialization.

Students with complete application materials for full admission will be reviewed by a departmental selection committee.  Selection of students for the MSN program is on a competitive basis.

Nurse Educator Specialization

Students accepted into the MSN Program and with a completed application to the Nurse Educator specialization will be considered for admission.  Acceptance into the Nurse Educator specialization is ongoing and applications will be taken until the class is filled.  

 

Additional requirements of the program

Students will be required to initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies.

Probational Admission to the Program

  1. Probational admission may be granted to the applicant with a GPA below 3.00, or academic deficiencies.
  2. During the probationary period, the student shall receive no course grade lower than a "B-" for the first nine hours of graduate course work attempted.
  3. Students on probationary status will be evaluated each semester by the Nursing Admission, Promotion, and Graduation Committee (APG), and a decision will be made on the student's status and a letter will be sent to the student regarding dismissal or continuation in the program.

Retention requirements

After admission into the MSN program and continuing through full admission into the Nurse Educator specialization, students must achieve the following for retention in the program:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 3 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of “B-”, and no hours of graduate work below a grade of “C”.  Receive a “pass” in all clinical evaluations.
  2. No more than one course may be repeated.
  3. Students must complete all requirements for the degree by their 5th academic year after admission into the MSN specialization.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses in advanced nursing roles.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge in the area of specialization.
Technological Requirements

The Missouri State University MSN Program uses a combination of online and on-campus modalities. Didactic online content is delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the MSN program must be proficient using Blackboard (or other course platform systems), word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software. Students are expected to be able to manage files, navigate the internet, access resources, locate scholarly references from the library, use a headset/microphone, computer camera, scanner and fax machine. Students who have deficiencies in these areas must seek training before the start of the program.

The Department of Nursing uses a Blackboard course management system for all courses. Additionally, the Adobe Connect software is used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Videoconferencing may be used with Adobe Connect or Skype software. Access to a personal computer with broadband (Cable or DSL) connections, a web camera, microphone with headset, and a laptop computer with wireless capabilities that meet the minimal hardware is required. Our multimedia content is optimized for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Degree Requirements (Minimum of 34 or 37 hours)

Academic Advisor.  After admission to the graduate program, the student will be assigned an academic advisor who will supervise the student’s graduate program and chair the candidate’s graduate committee.

Core courses
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 701 Nursing Science   3 hrs
NUR 707 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan 2 hrs
NUR 772 Advanced Research Methods in Nursing 3 hrs
NUR 788 Health Policies and Issues 3 hrs
NUR 797 Non-thesis Project  OR 3 hrs
NUR 799 Thesis 6 hrs
  Total 14 or 17 hrs
Nurse Educator Option
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
  Core Course Requirements 14 or 17 hrs 
NUR 700 Epidemiology 3 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective 3 hrs
NUR 780 Teaching/Learning for Health Care Education  3 hrs
NUR 781 Nursing Education Practicum 2 hrs
NUR 782 Curriculum Design and Program Development  3 hrs
NUR 783 Nursing Education Practicum II  2 hrs
NUR 784 Technology in Health Care Education 2 hrs
NUR 786 Issues in Healthcare Education 2 hrs
  Total 34 or 37 hrs

Students should contact the Department of Nursing for information on optional clinical focus requirements.

Research Requirement.  Completion of a thesis or a non-thesis approved by the advisor or Thesis committee.

Non-thesis Project Option.  Three credit hours in NUR 797 Non-thesis Project will count toward a degree.  A formal oral presentation of the project is required.  The seminar paper must be approved by the student’s Advisor and the Dean of the Graduate College before the degree is granted.

Thesis Option.  Six credit hours in NUR 799 Thesis will count toward the degree.  A formal oral presentation and defense of the thesis is required.  The thesis must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee and the Dean of the Graduate College before the degree is granted.

Research Experience.  (Maximum of 6 hours) NUR 798 Research (1-6 hrs) will not count toward the degree requirements.

Comprehensive Examination.   A comprehensive examination administered during the student’s final semester of course work must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted. 

Accelerated RN to Masters in Nursing Option for Nurse Educator

Entrance Requirements

 
Students must apply to the Accelerated RN to MSN Option when they first apply for admission to the BSN completion program and prior to enrolling in nursing or supporting courses required in the BSN. Students may not enter the RN-MSN option after they begin taking courses for the BSN completion program. After successful completion of BSN requirements, all students in this Nurse Educator option will receive the BSN and may be granted full admission to the Graduate College.
 

Admission requirements include:

1. Junior standing;

2. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in good standing and eligible for licensure in Missouri;

3. Meet all admission requirements for the BSN completion program;

4. A pre-admission interview;

5. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores are required.

6. 2 letters of recommendation (faculty or employer preferred);

7. A written statement of goals;

8. The equivalent of at least one (1) year of full-time experience in direct patient care as a registered nurse;

9. An overall GPA of 3.25 or higher;

10. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification. No online courses are accepted.

Additional Requirements of the Program

1. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies.

2. Apply for criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.

3. Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by a Department of Nursing Graduate Faculty Committee. This may result in dismissal from the RN-MSN program.

Retention and Progression

In order to remain in the accelerated master’s program and progress to the MSN program, students must:

1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher;

2. Earn a grade of “B” or higher in all undergraduate nursing courses attempted;

3. Earn a grade of “B” or higher in all graduate courses attempted.

Students not meeting the criteria for progression in the RN-MSN, Nurse Educator option, may complete the requirements for the BSN degree, but will be removed from the accelerated option. In the final year of the BSN program, the student must make application to the nurse educator option.

Credit Course Options

The accelerated RN to master’s option allows several courses to be taken to meet undergraduate (RN) requirements and prerequisites to the graduate program. 

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
  Graduate Statistics (600-level or higher 3 hrs
NUR 515 Heathcare Infomatics 3 hrs

 

Before enrolling in a course to be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate advisor, Department Head of Nursing, and the Dean of the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.