Master of Science in Nursing
Online 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.
As you read more about our programs, don’t forget to check out these helpful links:
Current Student Advising List - Spring 2016
- Graduate Information
- M.S.N. Course Descriptions
- Online Learning
- Comprehensive Examination Handbook
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:
- MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - An online program for baccalaureate nurses designed to develop expertise in the advanced practice role. Graduates are prepared as primary care providers to families and individuals across the lifespan.
- MSN – Nurse Educator (NE) - An online program for baccalaureate nurses designed to develop expertise as an advanced level nurse in the teaching role. Graduates are prepared to teach healthcare providers enrolled in a variety of educational programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels as well as in healthcare environments.
- 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.
Master of Science in Nursing Programs
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
- U. S. citizenship*
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher 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.)
- Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas required.***
- Three professional references addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative).
- Personal statement describing your personal and professional goals, commitment to your field of study, nursing experience and community service related to healthcare. Graduate study is rigorous. Briefly discuss plans to incorporate graduate study into your schedule. (500 word maximum)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume
*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.
**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.
***All faculty-supervised clinical practica must be completed in Texas.
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
- Drug Screen if required by clinical agency
Clinical sites may require background checks and drug screens before allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.
Application Deadlines Degree
Family Nurse Practitioner X Nurse Educator X* X* X* Post Master’s Certificate - FNP X
Post Master’s Certificate - NE X* X* X*
APRN-Family Nurse Practitioner 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 Advanced 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 Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
Total semester credit hours required: 49
Nurse Educator 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 Advanced 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 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
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.
- A personal statement/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
Family Nurse Practitioner X Nurse Educator X* X* X* Post Master’s Certificate - FNP X Post Master’s Certificate - NE X* X* X*
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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Comprehensive Exam Schedule
Spring 2016 through Spring 2017
- Written Comprehensive Exam, Friday, April 1, 2016
- Oral Comprehensive Exam, Wednesday, April 13, 2016
- Written Comprehensive Exam, Friday, November 4, 2016
- Oral Comprehensive Exam, Wednesday, November 16, 2016
- Written Comprehensive Exam, Friday, March 24, 2017
- Oral Comprehensive Exam, Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner Track Specific Comprehensive Exam dates will be announced at a later date.