APRN national certification exam first time pass rate for 2019 averaged 96% across specialty tracks.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Forty-eight credit hours of graduate coursework are required for the Master of Science in nursing degree.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Application Submission Deadlines:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care –  Spring: September 15 and Fall: February 1
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Fall: February 1
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care – Fall: April 1
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care – Spring: September 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Nursing, M.S.

The Master of Science in nursing (M.S.) degree program is a distance-learning program designed with the busy adult learner in mind.  The master’s degree prepares graduates to assume a variety of advanced practice registered nurse roles.  The program focuses on the preparation of clinical experts with advanced competencies and emphasizes excellence in practice, critical thinking, inquiry, leadership, self-awareness and empowerment.  Students in the master’s program work with expert clinicians and system administrators to prepare for advanced practice nursing roles and leadership positions. Specialty areas in the master’s program include nurse practitioner, leadership and health informatics.

Nursing, M.S.

The Master of Science in nursing (M.S.) degree program is a distance-learning program designed with the busy adult learner in mind.  The master’s degree prepares graduates to assume a variety of advanced practice registered nurse roles.  The program focuses on the preparation of clinical experts with advanced competencies and emphasizes excellence in practice, critical thinking, inquiry, leadership, self-awareness and empowerment.  Students in the master’s program work with expert clinicians and system administrators to prepare for advanced practice nursing roles and leadership positions. Specialty areas in the master’s program include nurse practitioner, leadership and health informatics.

APRN national certification exam first time pass rate for 2019 averaged 96% across specialty tracks.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Forty-eight credit hours of graduate coursework are required for the Master of Science in nursing degree.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Alpharetta, Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

Application Submission Deadlines:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care –  Spring: September 15 and Fall: February 1
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Fall: February 1
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care – Fall: April 1
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care – Spring: September 15
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

Graduates with a Master of Science degree in nursing are employed in a variety of healthcare areas, such as ambulatory and primary care, hospital and specialty settings. After passing national certification exams, nurse practitioner graduates can work in clinics, office practices, managed care organizations and hospitals. Nurse practitioners deliver care in rural areas, urban community health centers, college campuses, worksite employee health centers and other locations. Nurse practitioners also work for healthcare technology companies such as pharmaceutical manufacturers, perform health care research, teach in schools and universities, and serve in governmental agencies such as health departments, the military, etc.

Program Details

The master’s program in nursing is open to registered nurses who wish to continue their education by obtaining an advanced degree. There are two admission options: RNs with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and RNs prepared at the associate or diploma level that have had outstanding practice experience and professional involvement. RNs who do not have a baccalaureate degree in nursing must complete additional undergraduate course work as prerequisites to master’s course work. The determination of required undergraduate course work is based on an evaluation of each applicant’s past academic work and on undergraduate requirements for the baccalaureate nursing program.

The following are unique admissions requirements for the Master of Science degree in nursing program:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities. If you have completed your undergraduate nursing degree in the past five years, one letter must come from a former professor.
  2. Current vitae or resume, including education, work experience and professional development, professional and/or community activities, research and publications.
  3. A written statement identifying your educational and professional goals and the purpose for applying to the specific graduate option.
  4. A two-page position paper on a social or health issue (APA style).
  5. Graduation from an accredited nursing program.
  6. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. The GPA is based on undergraduate college-level course work attempted at regionally accredited institutions.
  7. Registration as a professional nurse in Georgia or another U.S. state and evidence of application to the Georgia Board of Nursing.
  8. One to two years of clinical practice in the specialty area for master’s education is preferred for applicants in the clinical practice specialist.

The master’s program uses The Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) as professional nursing standards and guidelines.  The master’s program outcomes and objectives are congruent with the essentials.

Upon completion of the master’s program in nursing, graduates should be able to:

  • Integrate evidenced-based findings from the interdisciplinary fields of sciences and humanities for the continual improvement of nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership skills that promote high quality ethical, culturally responsive and safe patient care for the practice of nursing at the master’s degree level.
  • Use quality standards to improve all aspects of healthcare.
  • Translate knowledge in planning, implementing and evaluating ethical, evidence-based data and professional standards of care to effect change in nursing practice and healthcare organizations.
  • Use patient care technologies and integrate appropriate innovations to assist in all aspects of patient care and coordination across the healthcare continuum.
  • Employ policy development process skills and advocacy strategies to facilitate system change and positively affect health and healthcare.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership of interdisciplinary healthcare teams and coordination of patient care.
  • Integrate broad organizational, client centered, culturally sensitive concepts using evidenced-based science for individuals, families and diverse groups with a focus on vulnerable and urban populations.
  • Integrate advanced scientifically based direct and indirect nursing interventions that will positively influence the outcomes of individuals, systems and population.

The curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours of study, 22 hours of core courses and 26 hours of specialty courses. See the following link for a list and description of required courses for each specialty track: https://catalog.gsu.edu/graduate20192020/byrdine-f-lewis-college-of-nursing-and-health-professions/#nursing

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Contacts

For further information contact:
Denisa Reed, Admissions Counselor III
dmreed@gsu.edu
404-413-1000

Eva M. Horne Ph.D., M.N., B.S.N., F.N.P.-B.C.
Director, Master’s Program
emhorne@gsu.edu
404-413-1179

Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

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