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The APSU School of Nursing offers two tracks to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters with three concentrations, and a post-masters certificate program. Students develop skills through engagement in evidence-based learning and interprofessional education and practice. The nationally ranked School advances the entire profession, from practice to education to policy.

Dr. CorveyWelcome to the Austin Peay State University (APSU) School of Nursing website.  The APSU School of Nursing offers two nursing education programs: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), this includes the RN-BSN Completion track (for licensed AS degree RN’s), and, a Master of Science in Nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing degree allows the student to select among three concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, or Nursing Education.  Post Master’s certificates are also available for students who have completed a master’s degree in nursing and are seeking additional specialization in one of the above concentrations. Both the RN-BSN Completion track and the MSN are offered online.

This is the right time to consider a career in nursing or to pursue an advanced practice degree. Due to a complex relationship among social, political, and economic factors there will continue to be a shortage of professional nurses well into the year 2030. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released employment projections for the time period 2012-2022 indicating that the RN workforce is expected to grow from 2.71 million in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022, an increase of 19%. As the nursing workforce ages and our profession is faced with mass retirements, an additional 500,000 nurses will be needed just to replace those retiring, totaling a need of approximately 1 million nurses. 

The APSU School of Nursing is proud of its reputation and student learning outcomes. The BSN graduates perform well above the national standard for passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and local employers welcome and compete for our graduates due to this reputation. We network with the US Army to provide unique learning cohorts for military personnel and are able to boast of graduates who are employed all over the world!

Changing healthcare policy and practice is demanding that health providers change the way they practice. Nursing is a flexible and nimble profession with a history of responding to such change! The APSU faculty and staff are highly educated practitioners and seasoned faculty members. They are well qualified to prepare graduates for these new roles in community health, healthcare policy, research, health data management, and advanced practice.

I welcome you to contact us. We are pleased that you visited our webpages and look forward to hearing more from you. 

Rebecca Corvey, Ed.D., M.N. Sc.. RN
Director and Professor
Austin Peay State University School of Nursing


25
Faculty Members
2
Programs
3
Graduate Program Concentrations
175+
Scholarships Awarded
52
Clinical Sites
97.25
FIve Year NCLEX Average

APSU School of Nursing Mission


The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing is designed to prepare the professional nurse to meet regional healthcare needs while cultivating an appreciation of diversity and an understanding of the national and global healthcare environments.

The Director, staff, and faculty of the School of Nursing demonstrate respect for all persons, serving as role models and mentors to students as they evolve in professional development specific to their level of education and practice roles. A supportive, positive, and collaborative environment is a hallmark of the school.

The School of Nursing is committed to empowering students to become critical thinkers, healthcare leaders, excellent communicators, and life-long learners. The school serves traditional and non-traditional students, including the military community.

APSU School of Nursing Vision

The APSU School of Nursing’s vision is to develop leaders in nursing and healthcare who have the critical inquiry, skills, and values for life and practice in a global society.

Core Values

APSU School of Nursing Program Outcomes

The Austin Peay State University BSN nursing program will prepare students to:
1. Provide care that is safe and effective.
2. Respond to a dynamic health care environment.
3. Demonstrate cultural competence in providing individual and population health care

APSU SON Student Learning Outcomes

APSU BSN Nursing Students will be able to:

  1. Collaborate in safe, cost effective care using evidence-based practice to support optimal client health outcome
  2. Integrate knowledge about current healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments
  3. Employ effective oral, written and technological communication skills when interacting with colleagues, clients and the health care system
  4. Demonstrate culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention interventions for individuals and populations
  5. Exhibit professionalism and professional values that include altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social

 

BSN Statistics

    2016      2015   2014   2013
NCLEX Pass Rate     96.6%   92.2%   90.9%
Completion Rate 96%   84%   86%   85%
Employment Rate 96%   95%   91%   94%

 

MSN Statistics

FNP Licensure Exam Pass Rate     2016     2015     2014
             
ANCC   100%   100%   50%
             
AANP   76%   75%   71%

 

Completion Rate     2016     2015     2014
             
    86.7%   79.4%   83.4%

 

Employment Rate      2016     2015     2014
             
    99%    95%   97%

The Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) website. 

Eve RIce

Dr. Eve Rice

DNP, MSN, CPNP

“…I’ve been with the School of Nursing for almost six years. Loving nursing and direct patient care led me to become passionate about nursing education. I specialize in pediatric nursing teaching in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.”