Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

About Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) provides study beyond baccalaureate in nursing. This MSN program offers a degree [for those students who have not earned an MSN degree] or certificate option [for those students who already hold a master’s degree in nursing, but seek another role concentration or certification]. The role concentrations are nurse administrator, nurse educator and family nurse practitioner.

Program Structure

  • Online courses combined with strategically scheduled campus seminars
  • Online classes feature frequent chat and discussion activities with other students and faculty
  • Clinical learning opportunities may be scheduled in facilities and agencies near the student’s home community with approval of facult

Program Concentrations

  • Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Admission Requirements

While the application deadline is February 1st, you may apply to the graduate nursing program anytime throughout the year. Once your file folder is complete, you will be notified and an interview scheduled. Students considered for full admission to the graduate program in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing must meet the following requirements by February 1st:

  • Apply to Delta State University Graduate School and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Graduate Bulletin.
  • Meet admission requirements to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Graduate Program as follows:
    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall.
    • Completion of Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Program Application.
    • A combined verbal and quantitative score ≥800 (≥280 on new test) analytic score of ≥3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam [score must have been obtained in the past 5 years].
    • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience as a Registered Nurse for Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator.
    • At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience with patient contact as a RN within the past three years for Nurse Practitioner.
    • Submission of a resume’ (further information included in the application packet).
    • Completion of an advanced role in nursing statement as noted in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Program Application.
    • A copy of a current unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical.
    • Three current (< 1 year) letters of professional/academic reference. At least one reference must be academic in nature.
    • Completion of an interview with Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty prior to admission with a score of 50 or better (application packet must be complete before an interview is scheduled).
    • A grade of “C” or better on a graduate level pathophysiology course (applies only to nurse practitioner and educator tracks).
    • Writing sample may be required during interview.
    • A grade of “C” or better on an introductory course in statistics.

** Exception to the noted admission requirements may be considered by the Graduate Nursing Program Committee

Each student will be required to submit a completed health and immunization form provided by the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, evidence of personal health insurance and current BLS certification (infant, child, adult) after being accepted for admission.

Applicants must comply with Mississippi legislative statues and regulations regarding criminal background checks by having fingerprints taken at an approved health care agency (not a police or sheriff’s department) and a criminal background check completed. Any cost of this requirement will be the student’s responsibility.

Applicants who want to receive credit for prior nursing course(s) taken at another institution must submit a written request with supporting documentation and credit be negotiated before admission to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing and not after the student is enrolled.


Non-degree Seeking Students

Enrollment in the following courses as a non-degree seeking student is allowed prior to full admission:

  • NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics
  • NUR 603 Advanced Pathophysiology (pre-requisite for Educator and Practitioner students)
  • NUR 604 Advanced Health Care Policy and Politics
  • NUR 686 Elective(s)

Nurse Administrator

Students applying are registered nurses with a current RN license and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or a health-related field. Graduates of this program are prepared to function in the role of administrator in various healthcare settings.

Full-time Program of Study: 44 Credit Hours

Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics 2
NUR 606 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 615 Administrative Concepts 2
NUR 645 Administrative Concepts Practicum 1
MGT 600 Management Problems 3
Total Semester Hours 11
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics 2
NUR 616 Nursing Administration I 1
NUR 646 Nursing Administration I Practicum 3
MBA 505 Productivity Software for Executives 3
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 10
Fall 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 607 Instructional Methodologies 2
NUR 619 Nursing Administration II 1
NUR 649 Nursing Administration II Practicum 3
MGT 605 Human Resources Management 3
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 10
Spring 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 622 Nursing Administration III-Role Synthesis 2
NUR 652 Nursing Administration III-Role Synthesis Practicum 4
MGT 620 Recruitment, Selection & Performance Appraisal 3
*NUR 686 Elective 3
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 13

*Elective courses may be appropriately selected from emphasis areas chosen by the student or from other elective courses offered in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, as well as appropriate courses from other schools or departments within the University. Electives must be approved by faculty advisor.

Nurse Educator

Students applying to this program are registered nurses with a current RN license and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Graduates of this program are prepared to function in the role of educator within academic and/or healthcare settings.

Full-time Program of Study: 46 Credit Hours

Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics 2
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 625 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 3
NUR 606 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 623 Teaching and Learning Theory 3
Total Semester Hours 14
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics 2
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 612 Adult Education I 3
NUR 642 Adult Education I Practicum 2
NUR 617 Curriculum Design & Evaluation 3
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 14
Fall 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 607 Instructional Methodologies 2
NUR 613 Adult Education II 2
NUR 643 Adult Education II Practicum 2
NUR 687 Research Project 1
NUR 621 Role Synthesis (Nurse Educators) 2
Total Semester Hours 9
Spring 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 614 Adult Education III 2
NUR 644 Adult Education III Practicum 2
NUR 618 Nurse Educator Practicum 4
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 9

Family Nurse Practitioner

Students applying to this program are registered nurse with a current RN license and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the Family Nurse Practitioner national certification exam and to function as an advanced practice nurse upon successful completion of the exam.

Full-time Program of Study: 49 Semester Hours

Fall 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics 2
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 625 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (180 clinical hours) 3
NUR 606 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 624 Differential Diagnosis in Primary Care 2
Total Semester Hours 13
Spring 1 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics 2
NUR 605 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 630 Family Nurse Practice I 3
NUR 631 Family Nurse Practice I Practicum (240 clinical hours) 4
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 13
Fall 2 Semester  Semester Hours
NUR 634 Family Nurse Practice II 3
NUR 635 Family Nurse Practice II Practicum (300 clinical hours) 5
NUR 620 Role Synthesis (Nurse Practitioners) 2
NUR 640 Informatics in Clinical Practice 2
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 13
Spring 2 Semester Semester Hours
NUR 638 Family Nurse Practice III 2
NUR 639 Family Nurse Practice III Practicum (300 clinical hours) 5
NUR 680 Family Nurse Practitioner Review Course 2
NUR 687 Research Project 1
Total Semester Hours 10

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Master of Science in Nursing degree is required to meet the following:

1.Take all core and role specific courses, and a research option to total specific semester hours for program of study.

2. Depending upon the program of study the student must either score 800 or better on an APRN-FNP exam or complete a written comprehensive examination with a score of 83 or better during the last semester of the student’s plan of study. The examination covers all major field courses including transfer and off-campus work. To take the comprehensive exam, the candidate must be enrolled in, or have completed the final course work and have a 3.0 average.

3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major field and overall.

4. Completion of a research project.

  • Online Program
  • Full-time 2 Years
  • Part-time Study Available
  • Non-traditional Class & Clinical Schedule