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MSN Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at APSU prepares graduates to make significant contributions to the overall improvement of health and to meet essential professional practice standards in a variety of settings. The MSN program consists of two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Nurse Educator (NE). Both concentrations are flexible and designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses in various stages of their careers. All classes are in an online format. Students in both concentrations have the option to enroll in full-time (6 semesters) or extended (8 semesters) plans of study.

The APSU MSN program offers students access to a collaborative academic community with low student-to-faculty ratios, direct and frequent access to faculty, personal advising, and an interactive approach to learning. MSN students attend required on-campus intensives to practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and interact with peers, faculty, and experts in the field. At the end of the program, students in both concentrations develop an evidence-based project that requires integration of the knowledge gained from their concentrations.

 

NURS 5100 Transition to Graduate Nursing  1 Hour
NURS 5106 Healthcare Policy with an Emphasis on Prevention and Population Health  3 Hours 

NURS 5107 Scientific Inquiry

3 Hours 

NURS 5108 Advanced Role Development with an Emphasis Quality, Safety, Ethics, and Interprofessional Collaboration 

3 Hours 

NURS 5005 Advanced Pathophysiology 

3 Hours 

NURS 5006 Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care Practice 

3 Hours 

NURS 5007 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning across the Lifespan

3 Hours 

NURS 5008 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning across the Lifespan  Clinical

1 Hour

NURS 5901 Capstone Project I 

1 Hour

NURS 5902 Capstone Project II 

2 Hours 

Total:

 23 Hours       

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares nurses to deliver care and improve health outcomes in the outpatient primary care setting. Graduates of this program can assess, diagnose, prescribe medications and evaluate care for patients throughout the lifespan. Students who complete the FNP concentration are prepared to sit for the FNP specialty certification exam. The 43-hour curriculum is designed with the working professional nurse in mind and primarily delivered online. There are three required on-campus visits designed to enhance learning, practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization. Family Nurse Practitioner students take approximately two courses per semester and complete the program in about two years.

MSN End of Program—FNP Concentration—Student Learning Outcomes (FNP-CSLOs). Graduates of the MSN program (FNP Concentration) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safe, quality, and effective care in the Primary Care environment.

  2. Demonstrate effective clinical reasoning in the management of Patient-Centered Care.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical decision making in patient management.

  4. Demonstrate patient advocacy using effective communication.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to use evidence-based decision making in the Primary Care environment.

  6. Demonstrate the ability to use scientific inquiry as a basis for clinical decision making and quality improvement in clinical practice.

  7. Demonstrate knowledge of community and population health in a practice setting.

  8. Demonstrate role development, professional behaviors, and leadership competency, including effective communication and collaboration in the care of patients across the lifespan. 

NURS 5701 Advanced Family Practice I 5 Hours
NURS 5702 Advanced Family Practice II 5 Hours 

NURS 5801 Primary Care Practicum I (120 Clinical Hours)

2 Hours 

NURS 5801 Primary Care Practicum II (180 Clinical Hours)

3 Hours 

NURS 5809 Family Practice Residency (300 Clinical Hours)

5 Hours 

Total:                                                            Clinical 600 Clincal Hours

20 Hours 

Nurse Educator (NE)

The Nurse Educator concentration prepares graduates for faculty positions at colleges and universities, and also for planning and delivering staff and patient education in health-related settings. The 35-hour curriculum is designed with the working professional nurse in mind and primarily delivered online. There are two required on-campus visits designed to enhance learning, practice hands-on skills, participate in simulation, and for professional networking/socialization. Nursing education students take approximately two courses per semester and complete the program in about two years. THe NE Concentration has a total of 35 credit hours and 240 clinical teaching hours.

MSN End of Program—NE Concentration—Student Learning Outcomes (NE-CSLOs). Graduates of the MSN program (NE Concentration) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in developing, implementing, revising, and evaluating nursing curricula among individuals and groups using relevant theories of nursing, teaching and learning, evaluation, and technological innovation.
  2. Apply educational theory and research to the development and evaluation of nursing and healthcare curricula.
  3. Analyze the impact of societal and technological changes on nursing education.
  4. Analyze evidence-based research to guide decisions in selecting educational interventions to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the tripartite role in educational environments of higher learning. 

NURS 5611 Advanced Adult Health

OR

NURS 5612 Advanced Pediatric Health 

2 Hours
EDUC 5530 Classroom Assessment  3 Hours 

EDUC 5550 Theories of Learning 

3 Hours 

NURS 5719 Nurse Education Practicum (240 Clinical Teaching Hours)

4 Hours 

Total:                                             Clinical Teaching 240 Hours

12 Hours