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Master of Science in Nursing

Online MSN Program

The mission of the MSN Program is to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society and achieve academic excellence in nursing education through learner centered teaching, evidence based practice, creative inquiry and student engagement. Also, the mission is to prepare competent and caring individuals for a life of success and leadership in professional nursing through intellectual, personal and social growth and to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree consists of four tracks and two certificates - all online programs of study. The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educators, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners.

Graduate Programs

Nursing Education

Nursing Leadership / Management

Nursing Informatics

Family Nurse Practitioner

The MSN tracks can be completed in two academic years, or four semesters of full-time study by taking 9 credit hours a semester.

Graduate Major

Master of Science in Nursing

Health & Human Science Complex
Carter I

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Faculty & Staff


Course Delivery
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All courses in the MSN program are offered fully online through the Georgia On My Line (GOML) learning management system. A separate sign-on is required for GOML from that of the email system used by the home institution.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of our Master of Science in Nursing program will be able to:

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

Course Delivery System

All courses in the MSN program are offered fully online through the Georgia On My Line (GOML) learning management system. A separate sign-on is required for GOML from that of the email system used by the home institution. The GOML Common Academic Calendar for each semester can be found here

All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GOVIEW online platform. The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.

The MSN tracks can be completed in two academic years, or four semesters of full-time study (9 credit hours per semester). Students are expected to complete the program of study within a seven (7) year period, but are encouraged to complete all courses in their selected track as quickly as their schedule allows. All requirements including transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within 7 calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned. To remain in good academic standing, degree candidates must maintain a "B" (3.0) average. Only two courses with a "C" or better will count toward the degree.

Accreditation
Expected Completion
Student Resources

The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved the dissolution of the Georgia Intercollegiate Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and for both universities in this consortium to have their own Master of Science in nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.

Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing will begin enrolling new students in the GSW-only M.S.N. program in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. This will include students in all tracks of Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics, Education, and Leadership. Because the master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE,  GSW will be seeking separate accreditation.

Therefore, the master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationApplying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The MSN tracks can be completed in two academic years, or four semesters of full-time study (9 credit hours per semester). Students are expected to complete the program of study within a seven (7) year period, but are encouraged to complete all courses in their selected track as quickly as their schedule allows. All requirements including transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within 7 calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned. To remain in good academic standing, degree candidates must maintain a "B" (3.0) average. Only two courses with a "C" or better will count toward the degree.

Admission Requirements

Students must complete the following items in order to be considered for the MSN program:

  • Graduate application for admission & $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Applicant must have their BSN at time of application
  • Three completed recommendation forms from professional or clinical associates
  • Current professional resume
  • Current RN license
  • Documentation of lawful presence (before enrollment, if applying for in-state tuition

GSW Distance Education Programs

Each state has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Georgia Southwestern State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Georgia Southwestern State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. 

Take your nursing career to the next level with an MSN!
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