Master of Science in Nursing
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Master of Science in Nursing

The Online Master of Science in Nursing offers a flexible, 36- to 46-credit hour program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree. The curriculum allows students to customize learning opportunities to fit their goals and needs in collaboration with faculty advisors. Students may pursue full-time or part-time study. All courses, with the exception of clinical rotations, are delivered in an online delivery format. 

The Master of Science in Nursing program offers concentrations in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner, and RN to MSN (for RNs with a bachelor's degree in another field).  For students who have already obtained a master's degree, the department offers a post master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration.

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Michelle Robertson
School of Nursing website

Application deadlines
Fall admission:  April 1
Spring admission:  October 1
Summer admission:  February 1

State Residency Notification:

Austin Peay State University is not able to accept students who are residents of certain states for enrollment in courses and programs delivered via distance education at this time. This decision is based on the following:  Federal law requires that an institution offering postsecondary education through distance education to students in a State in which it is not physically located meet that State's requirements for approval and/or licensure.  At present, APSU has determined that the administrative requirements, including the fee charged to obtain proof of authorization, are prohibitively burdensome.

If you are a student that does not reside in the state of TN you must email and request information to determine if your state of residence allows you to participate in our program.  Email your name, what concentration you are considering, what semester you would like to begin the program, and your state of residence.

1. Application for admission to APSU

2. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)

3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate) verifying that a bachelor’s degree in nursing has been earned with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For the RN bridge option, verification of the A.S. degree or diploma and a B.S. in another field will be required with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

4. Applicant Resume.

5. Applicant Goal Statement (e.g., reasons for pursuing graduate studies). The personal goal statement should be a one-page essay. It must be written in your own words. It should contain the following:

6. Licensure Verification (proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed).

7. Military documents if applicable.

8. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course is required.

9. Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing program admits for all terms governed by admission deadline dates listed above. Admission decisions for APSU are made by the admissions committee in the School of Nursing.

MSN and Bridge Progression Policy

*Graduate nursing students complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.  If student’s grade is lower than B, s/he may repeat the course.  However, no more than one required course can be repeated.  In repeating a course, the previous grade as well the grade earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation of the GPA.

Students will be dismissed from the MSN program if they do not meet the requirements in this policy.


The Master of Science in Nursing offers concentrations in Nursing Education and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Post-Masters Certificates

Students who have received a M.S.N. are eligible to apply for a Post-Master’s Certificate. Post-Masters Certificates are available in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. A post-master’s applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Master’s degree. The Bachelor’s degree GPA will also be considered. Post Master’s students choosing the FNP option will be required to provide proof of completion of Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours), Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours), and Advanced Physical Assessment (3/1 credit hours). If the student has not successfully completed the required courses, or the courses taken are not comparable to those required by the MSN program at APSU, the student will be required to complete those before beginning the clinical components of the curriculum.