Nursing MSN

Georgia College School of Nursing offers a number of options for BSN prepared nurses who are seeking to further their career. Our programs are offered in a fully online format with minimal face to face on campus requirements during the program.

Currently our Master of Science in Nursing Degree offers two majors: Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner with a Concentration Psychiatric Mental Health, and Nurse Educator. Also offered is a Post Master’s Certificate for MSN prepared nurses seeking certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

All clinical rotations are done in Georgia and the majority of the student’s complete them in their home communities with a preceptor that is approved by the School of Nursing (SON). Students are assisted by the SON in securing their own preceptors and arranging their own clinical schedule. Students taking Advanced Assessment during the first semester of the Program are required to be on the Macon Campus for Lab Immersion Week. This 45-hour hands-on intensive clinical instruction provides the advanced assessment skills foundation for all FNP, PMHNP and Educator students.

The MSN application deadline is the second Tuesday of January. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted until March 1st

Degree Requirements

Georgia College offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a focus in the family nurse practitioner role. The School of Nursing is committed to the formation of nurse leaders to engage in evidence-based practice, lifelong learning and civic participation in a health information intensive environment through the development and mastery of clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills and values.

Students must have computer access, preferably at home. All MSN majors are expected to be able to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) when submitting assignments. Graduate students should have proficiency with Microsoft Office, Internet and email. In addition, graduate students are expected to have updated and enabled virus protection software on their computers. Students may be required to purchase additional software as listed in individual course syllabi.

To earn the MSN, student need to complete all required courses within a period of seven years from the date the student begins graduate courses at Georgia College. Any course work completed more than seven years prior to completion of requirements for the MSN degree will be considered outdated and will not be applied toward the MSN degree program. This includes courses that may be transferred in from other institutions.

Students completing the MSN degree have opportunities encompassing management, administration, teaching and advanced clinical positions throughout Georgia and the nation.

Degree Requirements

Georgia College’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Educator program offers professional nurses the opportunity to combine their clinical experience with a passion for teaching in academic and professional development settings.

Grounded in theoretical perspectives of nursing and education, the program prepares graduates for educational roles in clinical and academic settings.

The Nurse Educator program delivers a fully online curriculum that focuses on the essentials of MSN practice along with instructional strategy and teaching techniques. The curriculum is offered full or part time.

Eligible graduates will be able to take the examination for the Certified Nurse Educator credential offered by the National League for Nursing.

Degree Requirements

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program prepares students to provide psychiatric and mental healthcare in a variety of healthcare settings. Students ready to complete this program and qualified to receive this APRN certification are needed to address the severe shortage of psychiatric and mental healthcare providers in Georgia. Research done by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health shows that there currently are slightly more than 1,000 psychiatrists in the Georgia, which translates to 10.9 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. Almost half of Georgia's 159 counties do not have a psychiatrist. The Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases indicate that in 2014 there were 348,040 adults and 158,302 children (ages 9-17) with a severe mental illness or serious emotional disorder in Georgia. Comparatively, the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated in 2012 that the number of adults with a serious mental illness ranged from 232,000 to 446,000 in Georgia, with an additional 180,000 youth (age 9-17) living with serious emotional disturbance, excluding persons who are homeless or institutionalized. The PMHNP program provides a pathway for students to achieve the highest level of education for the clinically focused nurse, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Students whose professional goal is a DNP can complete both the MSN/PMHNP and the DNP in approximately three and a half years.

Degree Requirements 

Georgia College offers an enrichment status for a "person who holds a baccalaureate degree and wishes to enroll in graduate courses for purposes of self-improvement or enjoyment." In the School of Nursing, a maximum of nine (9) credit hours is permitted in this status. Enrichment students may enroll only in non-clinical courses. Enrichment students may apply for any semester.

Successful completion of courses taken as an Enrichment Status student does not lead to admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Enrichment students desiring regular admission and having a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 undergraduate hours required in the nursing major, must apply for regular admissions and meet all criteria listed above for regular admissions.

Applicants wishing to take enrichment courses focusing on Nursing Education may wish to consider the following courses: NRSG 6115 Leadership and the Nurse Educator Role, NRSG 6120 Implementing Educational Programs in Nursing and NRSG 6125 Curriculum Design and Evaluation. These courses help to prepare faculty for the Certified Nurse Educator Examination. 

Students with an existing Clinical Nurse Specialist degree, who need to take classes required for CNS certification/APRN can take the following courses as enrichment: NRSG 5480 Advanced Assessment, NRSG 6300 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology and NRSG 5800 Applied Pharmacology.

Acceptance into a course as an enrichment student is dependent upon availability of space and facilities after full-time and part-time students have been registered.

Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing program begins each year with summer semester. Students are admitted as a cohort and progress through the program together.

Degree seeking students will be admitted once a year beginning summer semester. The MSN application deadline is the second Tuesday of January. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted until March 1st. Enrichment students are admitted each semester. 

Admission Requirements

Apply online or mail your completed Application for Admission to the MSN program to the Graduate Admissions Office, GC, CBX 107, Milledgeville, GA 31061. For information regarding the admissions process or to check on your admission status, e-mail 
Grad-Admit@gcsu.edu

MSN Application Deadline for Nurse Educator, Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner: 

  • Second Tuesday in January for regular admission.
  • Applications will continue to be taken until March 1 if space is available in the cohort.
  • All required application documents must be received by Graduate Admissions by close of business by the second Tuesday in January. No deadline exceptions will be made.
  • To allow for any possible delay in transcript or test score transmission, applicants are encouraged to begin the application process 6 to 8 weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Interviews will be held once applications are complete. Interview dates for summer 2016 admission are Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 and Wed., March 16, 2016.
  • In addition to the Georgia College application, applicants must also submit the Statement of Recommendation form to the Graduate Admissions Office.

 

School of Nursing
Dr. Sallie Coke
Assistant Director Graduate Program
Macon Graduate Center
Macon, GA 31201
Office: 478-752-1074 
sallie.coke@gcsu.edu