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MSN Program Welcome

Dr. RobertsonDear perspective MSN student:

Hello and welcome to the APSU MSN website.  It is an exciting time in healthcare for advance practice nurses and nurses with advanced degrees.  Nursing has always been an integral part of the healthcare system.  With changes to policy (the Affordable Care Act) and an aging population, nursing will be the largest entity to ensure quality healthcare is provided to all. It is a goal of the MSN program at APSU to educate nurses who are poised to meet the increased healthcare needs.

The faculty at APSU provides mentoring, advisement, and quality education.  Our online program offers three concentrations, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Administration. All curriculum is designed to maintain current standards and anticipate the changing landscape of healthcare in America. The flexible RN to MSN and BSN to MSN options accommodate the professional nurse with a busy life.

APSU has much to offer the nurse seeking to further their education.  Please look through the MSN web pages and get acquainted with our program.  If you have additional questions please feel free to contact the School of Nursing.


T. Michelle Robertson DNP, APN, FNP-BC
Professor of Nursing
Coordinator MSN Program


 Learning Outcomes

Overall Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master's program, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in advanced nursing practice, teaching (in the classroom and in clinical settings) and administration
  • Integrate specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into advanced nursing roles
  • Use research to validate and refine knowledge relevant to advanced nursing roles
  • Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (i.e., nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics and advanced clinical practice)
  • Manage the healthcare of clients within legal, ethical and professional standards
  • Improve the health of clients among diverse population groups
  • Promote positive changes in healthcare delivery, health policies and nursing practice

Overall Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are measurable statements that express what a student will know, do, or think at the end of the learning experience. They are consistent with standards of professional practice, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (ACCN) 2011 Master's Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and MSN Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) which are shown above. The SLOs are developed and approved by faculty who are experts in their field and are reviewed annually to assess program effectiveness and guide programmatic improvements. Please follow the link to review further information on Student Learning Outcomes. OUTCOMES 


Student Achievement Data

MSN Program Consortium Graduates' Success

Academic Year 2015-2016

  • 2015-2016 Program Completion Rate 74%
  • FNP 1st attempt Certification Exam Pass Rate 80%
  • Alumni one-year post program completion employed in their field within 12months 91%

Self-Reported Data

  • Employer satisfaction rates ‘above’ to 'far above’ when indicating to what degree they would recommend their organization hire graduates from this program. 100%
  • Employers strongly agreed that the program prepared the graduate to manage the health care of clients/patients within legal, ethical, and professional standards. 100% 
  • Student Evaluation of Preceptors as Excellent  95%
  • Upon graduation, students felt prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies related to their area of specialization. 90%  
  • Alumni one-year post program completion agreed or strongly agreed that the program was beneficial. 90% 
  • Alumni one-year post program completion indicated that as a result of the program,they felt prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies related to their area of specialization. 90%