Graduate Degree - Nursing - Master of Science

Program:
Nursing - Master of Science
Program Code:
4003 Nursing
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Science in Nursing
Start Term:
WQ82
College:
College of Nursing
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Nursing

Graduate Study

Nursing - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares graduates for roles that reflect current, emerging and expanding roles of nurses as providers and educators. The curricula for these advanced practice roles are designed in the context of related challenges, needs and increasing complexities within the systems of health care delivery, higher education, and professional nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing degree has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program consists of three concentrations. The first two concentrations, Nurse Practitioner, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses as nurse practitioners. Within this concentration, there are two areas of study: adult/gerontology primary care, and family. A third concentration, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, focuses on the preparation of advanced practice nurses specialized in acute care adult-gerontology practice.

Nurse Practitioners, as advanced practice nurses, are in direct-care provider's role, use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings. The nurse practitioner curriculum prepares nurses to function interdependently with other health care providers to provide primary care. As part of this care, advanced practice nurses assess the physical, socio-emotional, and developmental states of individual clients and their families, analyze health behavior, apply clinical judgment, and intervene in a manner to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery. They recognize the importance of health promotion, as well as early recognition and prompt treatment and management of illness, prevention of complications, and needed rehabilitation. Client and family education, guidance, and advocacy are vital characteristics of the advanced practice nurse’s role. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as a Nurse Practitioner and recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is designed to prepare registered nurses to assume an advanced practice role as a clinical nurse specialist.  This graduate assumes a professional leadership role to inform nursing practice, education, and health care delivery systems in the design and implementation of strategies to improve organizational, educational, and individual client, student, and nurse provider outcomes. Advanced practice clinical and educational expertise is reflected in the application of innovative evidence-based practice interventions and the development of collaborative relationships in order to address the health care needs of a diverse population. Graduates of the program will assume leadership roles as accomplished advanced nurse practitioners and will be eligible for certification as a Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Students must meet the requirements of the university as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog, in addition to the requirements of the College of Nursing specified below.

Students who are enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing degree program may elect a specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood in the College of Social Science section of this catalog.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must have:

  1. Submitted a university application for admission and a curriculum vita.
  2. Completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Current unrestricted RN license without probationary status in the applicant’s state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current Registered Nurse Michigan license is required. Applicants who hold Registered Nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Nurse Practitioner concentration may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan Registered Nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.
  4. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during the second-half of the four-year baccalaureate nursing program.
  5. Completed a three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.
  6. Submitted a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice: nurse practitioner or adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendations. The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work.
  8. Completed an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty.
  9. If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum average score of 550, no subscore below 52 on the paper-based test (PBT).  If the applicant completes the Internet-based test (iBT), no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 22 and a minimum average score of 80. Applicants should have all test scores sent from the testing agency directly to Michigan State University Office of Admissions.

Provisional Status

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program may be accepted provisionally.  Provisionally admitted students are required to satisfy deficiencies as specified in the letter of admission and will be formally removed from provisional status once the deficiencies are satisfied. Students on provisional status may not progress in the program if deficiencies are not satisfied in the specified time frame.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing Degree in Nursing

A  total of 45 to 48 credits is required for the degree under Plan B (without thesis) depending on the student’s area of concentration. Students must meet the requirements specified below:

1. All of the following courses (15 credits):
NUR 902 Scientific Foundations for the Advanced Practice Nurse 3
NUR 905 Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare 3
NUR 907 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses 3
NUR 908 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses 3
NUR 909 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses3
2. Complete one of the following three concentrations:
NURSE PRACTITIONER FAMILY (30 credits)
EPI 840 Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice 3
NUR 912 Health Promotion - Family 3
  NUR 915 Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Family 6
  NUR 916 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Family 6
  NUR 917 Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Family 6
NUR 918 Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV - Family 6
NURSE PRACTITIONER-ADULT-GERONTOLOGICAL PRIMARY CARE (30 credits)
  EPI 840 Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice 3
NUR 913 Health Promotion – Adult-Gerontology 3
   NUR 925 Clinical Diagnosis and Management I – Adult-Gerontology 6
NUR 926 Clinical Diagnosis and Management II – Adult-Gerontology 6
   NUR 927 Clinical Diagnosis and Management III – Adult-Gerontology 6
  NUR 928 Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV – Adult-Gerontology 6
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (33 credits)
  NUR 904 Health Policy and Advocacy 3
  NUR 906 Leadership in Complex Health Systems 3
  NUR 931 Wellness Promotion for Diverse Populations 3
  NUR 932 Clinical Decision Making and Management of Acute Chronic Complex Conditions 6
  NUR 933 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development I 6
NUR 934 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development II 6
NUR 935 Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced Practice Role Development III 6


Part–time Students

Although many nursing students pursue the master's degree on a part–time basis, all degree candidates will be expected to maintain minimum degree progress standards established by the College and published in the College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook. Students are also expected to complete at least one course per semester until the degree is earned.

Academic Standards

A cumulative grade–point average of 3.0 and a grade of 3.0 in each nursing course is required.

Transfer Credits

Up to 25% of graduate course work May be transferred into the Master of Science in Nursing program from other accredited programs upon approval of the College of Nursing, i.e., Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), and/or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the degree is six years from the beginning of the first semester in which credit toward the degree was earned.