Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (Online)

About Program

The Master of Science in Nursing is an online program that provides study beyond the Baccalaureate in Nursing to earn a degree or certificate in the role concentrations of educator or practitioner. The graduate student in each role concentration completes required core, research, and role specific theory and practicum courses. The Nurse Educator program of study is under revision at this time.

Program Goals

  1. Provide master’s nursing education that builds on the generalist foundation.
  2. Prepare graduates for advanced professional nursing roles with specific functional and clinical abilities.
  3. Prepare graduates academically to pursue education beyond the master’s level.

Program Learning [Student] Outcomes

  1. Integrate nursing, related sciences, and emerging evidence to improve health outcomes and safety for diverse populations.
  2. Utilize leadership skills to design and implement strategies that improve care delivery and outcomes.
  3. Contribute to the integration of healthcare services to improve quality and safety across the continuum of care.
  4. Translate theory and research to provide evidence based nursing practice and improve outcomes.
  5. Promote the use of information and communication technologies to provide safe, quality, and cost effective healthcare.
  6. Analyze and interpret the effects of healthcare policies, ethics, and regulatory processes to influence practice and outcomes.
  7. Employ collaborative leadership strategies to advocate, mentor, and function within inter-professional teams and partnerships.
  8. Integrate individual and population based health promotion and prevention strategies to provide equitable, efficient, and effective global healthcare.
  9. Apply advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies to design, implement, and evaluate direct and indirect care for individuals, families, and communities.

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 faculty

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive, based on an estimate of the ability of the applicant to complete the program of studies successfully and on the appropriateness of the requested program of studies to the applicant’s stated goals. A limited number of applicants can be accommodated. In cases where there are more qualified applicants than slots available, the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Graduate Program accepts the most qualified who apply. Specific role focus availability is dependent on sufficient enrollment in the specialty area. Full-time (four semesters) and part-time (six semesters) plans of study are an option for the nurse practitioner students. MSN courses are online. All enrolled students must have access to a computer, internet connection, and basic computer and internet skills. Application deadline is February 1.

There are two types of admission available for the graduate program in nursing: Full Admission and Admission with Conditions.

Students considered for Full Admission to the Graduate Program for both the MSN degree and Post Master’s Certificate in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing must meet the following requirements:

  1. Apply to Delta State University Graduate School and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Graduate Bulletin.
  2. Meet admission requirements to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Graduate Program as follows:
  3. Baccalaureate degree in nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall (MSN degree requirement).
  4. Completion of Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing Program Application.
  5. Master of Science in Nursing degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall (Post master’s certificate requirement)
  6. At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience as a Registered Nurse or Nurse Educator.
  7. At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience with patient contact as an RN within the past three years for Nurse Practitioner.
  8. Submission of a resume.
  9. A copy of a current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Mississippi or in the state in which the student will perform clinical. Individuals who hold a restricted license may or may not be eligible for admission.
  10. Completion of an interview conducted by Robert E. Smith School of Nursing faculty.
  11. A grade of “C” or better on a graduate level pathophysiology course (prerequisite).
  12. A grade of “C” or better on an introductory course in Statistics (MSN degree requirement) 

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.

All students must comply with Mississippi legislative statues and regulations regarding criminal background checks by having fingerprints taken and a criminal background check completed. Any cost of this requirement will be the student’s responsibility.

Students 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

The non-degree student is enrolled in graduate courses but not admitted to a degree program in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. To enroll as a non-degree student, the student must seek admission to the university and obtain permission from the Chair of Nursing. A non-degree seeking student may enroll in non clinical courses: NUR 601 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics, NUR 603 Advanced Pathophysiology (pre-requisite for Educator and Practitioner students), NUR 604 Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics.

Degree Requirements

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

1. Degree-seeking students take all core courses, role specific courses, and a research option to total required semester hours.
2. Certificate-seeking students take core courses and role specific courses to total required semester hours.
3. Depending upon the program of study the student must complete one of the following: a HESI APRNFNP Exam with a score of 800 or better; an APEA Post Predictor University Exam with a score of 70% or better; or complete a written comprehensive examination with a score of 83 or better during the last semester of the student’s plan of study. To take the comprehensive exam, the candidate must be enrolled in, or have completed, the final coursework and have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
4. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
5. Degree-seeking students must complete a capstone project.

Progression:
To progress in the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better each semester. Students must demonstrate a safe level of practice at all times in order to remain and progress in the program.
Students must have all grades of “I” or “IP” removed on prerequisite courses before progressing into subsequent courses.

Nurse Educator – Under Revision

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: Under Revision

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 meet educational eligibility to apply for national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in the role of Family Nurse Practitioner and to apply for state licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in primary care of families/across the lifespan.

 

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/Evidence-Based Quality Improvement 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/Evidence-Based Quality Improvement 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/Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project 1
Total Semester Hours 10

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner Course/Lab Fees 2020-2021

First Semester – $1465.00

Second Semester – $305.00

Third Semester – $365.00

Fourth Semester – $640.00

Total Course/Lab Fee – $2775.00

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional certification and licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). To determine the state requirements for professional nursing licensure as an APRN, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) webpage, https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm, then select the state where you want to know the professional licensure requirements.

  • NO GRE for Admission
  • Online Program
  • Full-time 2 Years
  • Part-time Study Available
  • Non-traditional Class & Clinical Schedule
  • Clinical must be completed in Mississippi or Arkansas (FNP track only)

Contact

Department Chair

Dr. Addie Herrod

P: 662-846-4255
F: 662-846-4271
nursing@deltastate.edu

Address and Mailing

Robert E. Smith School of Nursing
DSU Box 3343 Nursing 137
Cleveland, MS 38733

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