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Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Description

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.

Available MSN Nursing Concentration Areas:

  • Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

    The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration combines theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for an aging population with complex multisystem health care needs.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration 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.

  • FNP Post Master Certificate

    The Family Nurse Practitioner post-master certificate at A-State prepares the MSN nurse with knowledge, skills, and abilities to fulfill an advanced practice nursing role in primary healthcare settings. This certificate option prepares students to become primary health care providers for rural areas, with preventive, acute and chronic illness management experiences.  Students completing this certificate option are eligible to sit for the national certification examination through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Students that pass certification boards are eligible to apply for advanced practice nursing licensure.  Once certified and licensed these graduates work primary care settings for the entire lifespan of patients.

  • Nurse Administrator

    The Nurse Administrator Concentration prepares graduates as Nurse Executives, Administrators and Managers. The courses include leadership and management, healthcare law and quality assurance, and budgeting/financial management in the health care setting.

    Experience in management or administration is not required but beneficial.

    The majority of core and support courses are offered online with periodic on-campus class meetings during each semester.

    Completion Window

    The program of study must be completed within six years. All students in the program are required to complete a professional paper in NURS 6763 Applied Clinical Research and Role Seminar with comprehensive examinations or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.

    Comprehensive Exam

    Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.

  • Nurse Educator

    In the Nurse Educator Concentration students are prepared in curriculum development, teaching/learning strategies and measurement/evaluation in education.

    The majority of core and support courses are offered online with periodic on-campus class meetings during each semester.

    Competition Window

    The program of study must be completed with six years. All students in the program are required to complete a professional paper in NURS 6763 Applied Clinical Research and Role Seminar with comprehensive examinations or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.

    Comprehensive Exam

    Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.


Additional Information

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduating nursing students, entitled "Graduate Information Guide (GIG)". Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, ASU Student Handbook and ASU Graduate Bulletin are required following admission.

MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program

In addition to the MSN Nursing program, there's an MSN Nurse Anesthesia program.

  • Nurse Anesthesia

    Nurse anesthetists provide anesthesia care for patients before, during and after surgical and obstetrical procedures. They administer medications to keep patients asleep or pain-free during surgery and constantly monitor every important function of the patient's body.

Questions

If you have questions, you may contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.

Accredited by ACEN

ACEN LogoThe MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000, http://acenursing.org/.

The MSN program is also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.