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Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-M.S.N.) Programs

Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing  (RN-MSN) Program

The ASU 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: RN-M.S.N.

    ASU’s Master of Science in Nursing program tracks are offered online through Blackboard, a course learning management 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.

    The RN-MSN track is an accelerated mobility track that allows highly qualified registered nurses who are graduates of an accredited associate or diploma program to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing. Students in this track complete all required BSN academic courses (27 credits) and six prescribed BSN nursing courses (18 credits) in addition to required courses for the Master of Science in Nursing program.

    RN-MSN 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 level.
    • Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program with Texas Tech – Allows master’s degree students to choose one of three nurse practitioner specialization tracks: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Admission Requirements

    Master of Science in Nursing: RN-MSN

    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)
    • Associates degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program. Graduates from non-accredited institutions may request special consideration.
    • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale*
    • BSN Academic coursework must be complete, including Math 1301, 1324 or 1332; and English 1301
    • Computer literacy skills sufficient to navigate classes delivered in on-line education program
    • 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 (NUR 2324) 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.
    • Two professional references and one faculty reference who can address your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative). This will be completed through the application process.
    • Prior to taking first graduate level nursing course, must have completed a minimum of 90 undergraduate hours.
    • Number of openings in the RN-MSN program track is limited. Graduate faculty will evaluate each application and admit the most qualified applicants until all positions are filled.
    • Essay describing your goal and plan for completing a graduate nursing degree (500 word maximum)

    Students enrolled in the RN-MSN program track must satisfy ASU’s undergraduate and graduate residency rules. Student must complete all prescribed BSN courses (18 SCH) at Angelo State University. Should a student decide not to finish the MSN portion of the program, the student will required to complete all of the course requirements for the BSN as a separate degree as specified in the 2013-2014 Angelo State University Catalog.

     

    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

     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  
  • BSN Reqs

    RN-MSN BSN Degree Requirement
    (120 semester credit hours)

    RN-MSN Required BSN Nursing Courses
    (18 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 4308 Nursing Management and Leadership 3
    NUR 4310 Nursing Research: An Evidence-Based Approach 3
    NUR 4312 Nursing Role Transition 3
    NUR 4314 Genetics and Genomics in Health Care 3
    NUR 4344 Cultural Diversity in Nursing Practice 3
    NUR 4349 Baccalaureate Nursing Practcie 3

     

    MSN Nursing Course Requirements for BSN
    (9 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6316 Informatics and Healthcare Technology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
    Other Requirements
    (27 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    Art 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, Honors 2302, Music 1341, 1342, 1351, 1376, Theatre 1311 Creative Arts 3
    COMM 2301 Public Speaking 3
    ENG 1302 Writing Across the Curriculum 3
    ENG 2323, 2324, 2325,  2328, 2329 Sophomore Literature 3
    HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1865 3
    HIST 1302 U.S. History 1865 to Present 3
    MATH 3321, MATH 1333****, NUR 2337, NUR 4337, PSY 2321 Statistics 3
    POLS 2301 Federal and State Government 3
    POLS 2302 Federal and State Government 3
    Additional Courses from an earned Associates Degree
    (66 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    BIO 2423 Anatomy 4
    BIO 2424 Physiology 4
    ENG 1301 English Composition 3
    MATH 1302, 1324, 1332, 1333**** Mathematics 3
    NUR 2411 Microbiology 4
    PSY 1303 or 2301 Psychology 3
    PSY 2304 Developmental Psychology 3
    NUR 2324 Pathophysiology 3
    NUR Associate Degree Nursing Courses***  36
    Electives As needed  

     *All academics must be complete prior to taking graduate level coursres.

    **The RN-MSN program meets all core curriculum and general requirements for the BSN Nursing Degree

    ***Associate degree nursing courses used to satisfy 120 semester credit hours requirement

    ****Mathematics 1333 may be used to fulfill the Mathematics or statistics requirement but not both.

  • MSN Reqs

    M.S.N. Requirements

    Required M.S.N. Core (27 Credits)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6312 Evidence-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 and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health and Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3

    Family Nurse Practitioner Track

    Required M.S.N. Core (22 Credits)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6201 Advanced Skills for Advanced Nursing 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 (250 clock hours) 5
    NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Nursing 3

     Total semester credit hours required: 49

    Nurse Educator Track

    Required M.S.N. Core (12 Credits)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6219 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

  • 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”.

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    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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