Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (149)

NursingMSN

http://www.wku.edu/nursing


Program Coordinator

Cathy H. Abell, cathy.abell@wku.edu, (270) 745-3499

The MSN builds on the first professional degree, the baccalaureate of science in nursing. The purpose of the program is to develop expertise in advanced nursing practice that demands increased accountability, proficiency, and leadership.

Concentration(s)

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSNP)
  • Nurse Administrator (MSNA)
  • Nurse Educator (MSNE)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSNS)

Program Admission

This program is for experienced associate-degree prepared RN’s with a baccalaureate in a related degree who are seeking entrance into either the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator concentrations.

AD to MSN Program

Applicants for the AD to MSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must hold an associate degree in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program and a baccalaureate degree in a related field from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Examples of related health care fields include the following: Health Care Administration, Public Health, Psychology, Gerontology, Speech Language  Pathology, Social Work
  2. Hold unencumbered RN licensure at the time of application, and must be licensed in the state where clinical experiences will be completed.
  3. Applicants will be required to complete the GRE in the following instance:
    1. Less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  4. One year of full-time nursing experience is required prior to enrolling in graduate level courses.
  5. Submission of:
    1. A written goal statement responding to questions listed on the MSN web page;
    2. 3 professional references on form provided to include the following
      1. One reference from a nurse manager or nurse administrator, and
      2. One reference from a nursing faculty from the student's associate degree nursing program if it is three years or less from graduation date.
    3. Professional resume
  6. All program admission materials must be received prior to the due date noted on the program web page. An interview may be offered following a review of admission materials. Completion of an interview and acceptance by the Graduate School does not assure acceptance into the MSN program. Admission is competitive.
  7. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Applicants must reapply to be considered for the next admission cycle by updating admission materials.

*The Graduate Faculty may schedule a personal interview after all required forms have been received.

AD to MSN Progression Requirements

  1. MSN students must adhere to progression requirements found in the WKU Graduate School of Nursing Handbook and WKU Graduate Catalog.
  2. MSN students must earn a 3.0 (B) in each specialty course before progressing to the next course according to the recommended curriculum sequence.
  3. Students entering the AD to MSN track, for either the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator concentration, must first complete NURS 408 Professional Issues and NURS 430, earning a grade of B (3.0) in each course, before enrolling in graduate level MSN courses. A graduate level statistics is an exception and may be completed with NURS 408 and NURS 430.

BSN to MSN Program

Admission to the MSN program is competitive and limited to available space. Following initial review, if applicant meets minimum admission standards, consideration is given to the applicant’s professional work experience, statement of professional and personal goals, and professional references. An interview may be requested following a review of admission materials but does not assure acceptance into the program.

Minimum admission requirements:

  1. Earned BSN degree from nationally accredited nursing program
  2. Hold unencumbered RN licensure at the time of application, and must be licensed in the state where clinical experiences will be completed
  3. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  4. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75-2.99 in the BSN degree, will be considered for admission provided they have at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of the BSN degree; and have a satisfactory review of additional required admission materials (goal statement, resume, references); plus a positive interview. Admission if approved will be on a probationary status requiring that the student earn a minimum grade of B in each course in the first 12 hours of the program.
  5. Psychiatric NP applicants must document at least one year of RN experience in a psychiatric mental health nursing before the start of clinical course in the program. Post-MSN FNP Certificate applicants must document a minimum of one year of RN experience prior to acceptance.

Additional Required Application Materials:

  1. A written goal statement (500-700 words in length, 12 pt. font, in Microsoft Word or RTF) describing your personal and professional career goals; your academic strengths and weaknesses; life modifications you will make to help you be successful in the program; and, your understanding of online or independent learning.
  2. Three professional references (on form provided) to include nurse manager or nurse administrator and nursing faculty if a recent (<3 yrs.) BSN graduate.
  3. Professional resume
  4. All program admission materials must be received prior to the due date noted on the program web page.  An interview may be offered following a review of admission materials. Completion of an interview and acceptance by the Graduate School does not assure acceptance into the MSN program. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Applicants must reapply to be considered for the next admission cycle by updating the Graduate School application, and submitting all required program materials.

*The Graduate Faculty may schedule a personal interview after all required forms have been received.

BSN to MSN Progression Requirements

  1. MSN students must adhere to progression requirements found in the WKU Graduate Catalog.
  2. Additionally MSN students must earn a 3.0 (B) in each specialty course before progressing to the next course according to the recommended curriculum sequence.

Special Admission Requirement for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration (MSNS)

Document at least one (1) year of experience working with people with psychiatric-mental health conditions.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (33-48 hours)

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (42-48 hours)

This concentration prepares the graduate to sit for certification as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, more specifically, primary care or family nurse practitioner.

Required Courses
NURS 500Advanced Physiological and Pathophysiological Concepts4
NURS 501Nursing, Politics and Health Policy2
NURS 503Advanced Health Assessment2
NURS 504Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing3
NURS 505Advanced Health Assessment Clinical1
NURS 506Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice1
NURS 508Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing1
NURS 509Practice Management for Advanced Practice Nurses1
NURS 510Graduate Nursing Research3
NURS 512Research Applications2
NURS 515Advanced Pharmacology4
NURS 546Primary Care of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent3
NURS 547Primary Care of the Infant, Child and Adolescent Clinical2
NURS 548Primary Care of the Adult3
NURS 549Primary Care of the Adult Clinical2
NURS 554Primary Care Internship5
Graduate statistics course3
Optional thesis0-6
Total Hours42-48

Nurse Administrator Concentration (33 hours)

This concentration prepares graduates for advanced practice as a nurse administrator or nurse manager in various health care settings.

Required Courses
NURS 501Nursing, Politics and Health Policy 12
NURS 504Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing3
NURS 506Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice1
NURS 508Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing1
NURS 510Graduate Nursing Research3
NURS 512Research Applications2
NURS 528Leadership and Management in Nursing Administration 23
NURS 530Nursing Administration Practicum3
Graduate statistics course 3
BA 501Survey of Economic Theory 33
or ECON 501 Survey of Economic Theory
or BA 505 Survey of Accounting Principles
or HCA 545 Managerial Finance for Health Services
or HCA 401G Fundamentals of Health Care Financial Management
BA 510Advanced Organizational Behavior 33
or HCA 540 Health Care Organization and Management
or HCA 544 Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior
or HCA 574 Decision Making in Health Care
or LEAD 500 Effective Leadership Studies
HCA 542Health Care Human Resources Administration 33
or PS 520 Elements of Public Administration
or COMM 528 Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
or COMM 551 Employee Communication
or COMM 564 Crisis Communication
or COMM 581 Applied Organizational Communication
or COMM 461G Organizational Communication
HCA 551Health Care Jurisprudence 33
or HCA 543 Health Care Quality and Accountability
or PH 447G Human Values/Health Sciences
or LEAD 525 Leadership Ethics
Total Hours33
1

Students entering the AD to MSN Nurse Administrator Option must first complete NURS 408 and NURS 430.

2

 It is recommended that students complete three to four of the support courses prior to enrolling in NURS 528.

3

Support Courses selected in the categories above are with advisor approval. Suggested courses are included in each category, but are not all inclusive.

Nurse Educator Concentration (40-47 hours)

This option prepares the registered nurse for the roles of nursing faculty in university or community college settings. One year of practice as a registered nurse is required prior to completing any clinical courses.

Required Courses
NURS 501Nursing, Politics and Health Policy2
NURS 503Advanced Health Assessment2
NURS 504Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing3
NURS 505Advanced Health Assessment Clinical1
NURS 510Graduate Nursing Research3
NURS 512Research Applications2
NURS 513Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators2
NURS 519Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators2
NURS 522Teaching in Schools of Nursing Internship2
NURS 531Clinical Teaching in Nursing Education2
NURS 532Teaching in Nursing: Roles and Professional Issues2
NURS 560Curriculum Development in Nursing Education2
NURS 561Distance Education & Technology in Nursing2
NURS 563Teaching in Healthcare Organizations2
NURS 564Teaching in Healthcare Organizations Practicum (optional)1
NURS 565Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education2
NURS 605Leadership in Nursing Practice3
NURS 606Advanced Clinical Practice1
NURS 662Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education2
Graduate statistics course3
Optional thesis0-6
Total Hours40-47
1

Students entering the AD to MSN Nurse Educator Option must first complete NURS 408 and NURS 430.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration (43 hours)

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is prepared at the graduate level to diagnose, prescribe and treat psychiatric illnesses and mental health conditions across the lifespan.  This concentration prepares the graduate to sit for certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan).  See special admission criteria on the program admission section.

Required Courses
NURS 500Advanced Physiological and Pathophysiological Concepts4
NURS 501Nursing, Politics and Health Policy2
NURS 503Advanced Health Assessment2
NURS 504Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing3
NURS 505Advanced Health Assessment Clinical1
NURS 506Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice1
NURS 507Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Assessment and Clinical Interviewing Techniques1
NURS 508Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing1
NURS 510Graduate Nursing Research3
NURS 511Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner III1
NURS 512Research Applications2
NURS 515Advanced Pharmacology4
NURS 523Adv Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I: Diag/Mgmt Psych Disorders in Adults and Elderly3
NURS 524Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I: Clinical2
NURS 525Adv Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner II: Diag/Mgmt Psych Disorders in Child, Adolescent, Young Adult3
NURS 526Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner II: Clinical2
NURS 527Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner III: Internship5
Graduate statistics course3
Total Hours43