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Master of Science in Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nursing Programs

The graduate nursing program is designed to provide you with the opportunity for study in selected areas of advanced and specialized professional nursing practice.

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  • Overview

    Master of Science in Nursing Programs

    ASU’s Master of Science in Nursing program tracks are offered online through Blackboard, a course delivery system. On-campus attendance requirements are kept to a minimum and are dependent upon the educational track to which you are accepted. Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors and Clinical Sites are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

    Master’s degree students choose one of these areas of specialization:

    • APRN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – Provides direct care to families and individuals across the lifespan and interfaces with other provider team members to supply broad-based comprehensive health care
    • Nurse Educator – Gives graduates with advanced nursing knowledge an additional nursing education focus. Graduates are prepared to teach in a variety of nursing programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels.
    • MSN Collaborative Program with Texas Tech – Allows master’s degree students to choose one of two advanced specialization tracks: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
  • Admission Requirements

    Master of Science in Nursing Programs

    Admission Criteria

    In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must meet the following criteria:

    • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. Complete an ASU Graduate Application (see Application tab)
    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or the AACN Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*
    • Undergraduate statistics course (3 sch) completed with a grade of “C” or higher. (Junior or Senior level statistics within 5 years is recommended but not required.)
    • Basic pathophysiology course (equal to three semester credit hours) completed with a grade of C or higher
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas. MSN Core Curriculum and Advanced Practice Practicums are required to be completed in Texas.
    • Three references who can address your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative). This will be completed through the application process.
    • Essay describing your goal and plan for completing a graduate nursing degree (500 word maximum)

    Prior to their first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the nursing office:

    • Current CPR (professional level) certification
    • Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
    • Proof of current health insurance

    * When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

    Application Deadlines

    Degree

    Fall Deadline
    April 1

    Spring Deadline
    September 1

    Summer Deadline
    April 1

    Family Nurse Practitioner X    
    Nurse Educator X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - FNP X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - NE X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - RNFA X X  
  • Degree Plans

    Degree Requirements

    Required M.S.N. Core (27 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6312 Evidenced-Based Practice & Theory for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6316 Informatics & Healthcare Technology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy & Ethics 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6323 Research Foundations for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6324 Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (50 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health  Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3

     

    Family Nurse Practitioner Program Track (22 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6201 Advanced Skills for APNs (50 clock hours) 2
    NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I 3
    NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II 3
    NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6537 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (250 clock hours) 5
    NUR 6351 Mental Health for Advanced Practice Nurses 3

    Total semester credit hours required: 49

     

    Nurse Educator Program Track (12 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6308 Leadership & Practicum in Nursing Education (150 clock hours) 3

    Total semester credit hours required: 39

     

  • Other Option

    Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program with Texas Tech Degree Requirements

    Required M.S.N. Core (27 semester credit hours to be taken at ASU)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6312 Evidenced-Based Practice & Theory for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6316 Informatics & Healthcare Technology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6323 Research Foundations for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health & Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3

    With a choice of one of the two following Nurse Practitioner Options

    (30 semester credit hours to be taken at Texas Tech)

     

    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NURS 5312 Foundations for Advanced Practice Nurse Role (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5320 Diagnostic Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice (CL 3:1:5:5.25 WB) Required on-campus lab 3
    NURS 5324 Population Health Essentials for Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5323 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5322 Health Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5480 Pediatric Primary Health Care I (CL 4:2:7 WB) 4
    NURS 5581 Pediatric Primary Health Care II (CL 5:2:10.5 WB) 5
    NURS 6680 Pediatric Nursing Practitioner Practicum (CL 6:1:17.5 WB) 6

     

    Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NURS 5312 Foundations for Advanced Practice Nurse Role (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5320 Diagnostic Methods for Advanced Nursing Practice (CL 3:1:5:5.25 WB) Required on-campus lab 3
    NURS 5324 Population Health Essentials for Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5323 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5322 Health Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3:3:0 WB) 3
    NURS 5460 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I (CL 4:2:7 WB) 4
    NURS 5561 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II (CL 5:2:10.5 WB) 5
    NURS 6652 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practicum (CL 6:1:17.5 WB) 6

     

     

  • Application

    Starting Your Application

    ●Complete your application to the College of Graduate Studies through Apply Texas ($40 application fee) ASU Graduate Application

    ●An ASU Identification Number will be issued and is required to begin the application with NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service).

    ●Initiate application through NursingCAS, www.nursingcas.org. Create an account” and complete the required fields in order to start your application. Input your ASU ID number into the “Additional Information” section. 

    ●In the “References” section of NursingCAS input the information of three individuals who can provide a professional letter of recommendation on your behalf. This will allow your reference writers to submit a recommendation electronically on your behalf via NursingCAS.

    ●An essay describing your goal and plan for completing a graduate nursing degree (500 word maximum) may be typed or copied into the “Personal Statement” section of Nursing CAS.

    ●All official transcripts must be mailed from each issuing institution’s registrar’s office directly to NursingCAS. In order to expedite the processing be sure to include the Transcript Request Form. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts stamped with “Issued to Student”. Request transcripts to be sent as soon as possible. Mailing Address: NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471

    ●In the “Designations” section of NursingCAS you will select the Angelo State University graduate nursing program track of your choice.

    ●Submit the NursingCAS fee prior to electronic submission. If ASU is the first graduate level program you are applying to via NursingCAS you will be charged $65 and if it’s an additional program you are applying to via NursingCAS then you will be charged $35.


    Note: All applicants are required to complete the “Coursework” section of NursingCAS.  Be sure to have a copy of your transcript(s) in hand in order to complete this section. All college level course work (including in-­‐progress course work) must be entered into the application in this section. There is a short, instructional video posted here on how to accurately complete this section. And detailed instructions are posted here. This will be the most time-­‐consuming aspect of the application process.

     

    If you would rather have NursingCAS staff enter in your coursework data on your behalf then you have the option of paying an additional fee to use the Coursework Entry Service. Click here to learn more about the service. The data entered into this section is used to calculate GPAs in order to make admissions decisions. Learn more here.

     

    Application Deadlines

    Degree

    Fall Deadline
    April 1

    Spring Deadline
    September 1

    Summer Deadline
    April 1

    Family Nurse Practitioner X    
    Nurse Educator X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - FNP X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - NE X X X
    Post Master’s Certificate - RNFA X X  

    NursingCAS Tips

     To have a more complete application, please include the following information:

    • Work Experience
    • Professional Nursing Organization Memberships
    • Volunteer/Missionary work
    • Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN, etc)

    Monitor the Status of Your Application:

    The “My Messages” section of the NursingCAS application will include any messages that NursingCAS or a school has sent to you. Please check your “My Messages” to see if you have received any vital information about your application. Messages will be sent to the “My Messages” inbox and your personal email address that you created your account with.

    Use the “Quick Status Menu” options to check to see your Transcript(s), Reference(s), or Payment(s) have been received after you submit them. To check to see which Designations you have selected (in other words programs you have applied to) by clicking on the Designations option under the Quick Status menu. The GPA Calculations option under the Quick Status menu will display any GPA calculations NursingCAS has generated for you based on the coursework data you entered. Your application has been “verified” once your GPA Calculations are complete. Learn more about “verification”.

     Contact Information

    For questions regarding the NursingCAS application please contact NursingCAS support via phone at 617-­‐612-­‐2880 Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time and via email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.  Or post questions to NursingCAS by following their Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Detailed instructions and FAQs are available too. Instructional videos are posted on the NursingCAS YouTube channel.

     

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