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Columbus State University

Master of Science in Nursing

College of Education and Health Professions

School of Nursing

Program Description

The M.S.N. is an online degree offered cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University, both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. The 36-38 hour program prepares professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles.

Nursing education concentration prepares nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning.

Leadership concentration prepares nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, manage, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.

Informatics concentration prepares graduates who are proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within health care environments.

Family nurse practitioner prepares graduates to provide primary care to individuals across the life span.

Career Opportunities

Prepares professional nurses to assume entry-level teaching positions in collegiate and hospital settings. Roles within Nurse Educator practice include:
• Educator in collegiate or post secondary setting
• Health educator
• Program planner
• Staff educator
• Patient educator
• Researcher
• Collaborator
• Consultant
• Case manager
• Practitioner
• Health care provider

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE)
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) or 2.75 (provisional admission)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met
  • Three (3) professional letters of reference
  • Acceptance into the Graduate School at Columbus State University

Students who do not meet GPA and/or GRE minimal admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their coursework once admitted into the program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:
  • Implement selected advanced nurse role-leader, educator, informaticist, or practitioner within health care
  • Develop and nurture interprofessional collaborations by communicating and consulting with other health care professionals
  • Evaluate influence of ethical principles on personal and organizational decision-making
  • Utilize nursing research for promotion of quality nursing education, safe, client-centered health care, and evidence based practice
  • Employ critical thinking in application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes
  • Exemplify cultural competence and sensitivity to diversity in academic and health care environments
  • Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for provision of quality, cost-effective client-centered health care and advancement of nursing practice
  • Utilize informatics to improve client outcomes

Additional Program Requirements

The MSN degree is awarded on completion of course work with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA), fulfillment of candidacy requirements and successful completion of required course and program requirements.