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

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

All clinical rotations must be completed in Georgia 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 are assisted by the SON in securing their own preceptors and arranging their own clinical schedule. 

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.

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course work completed more than seven years prior to completion of requirements for the MSN degree will be considered outdated and will not be applied toward the MSN degree program.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 taking the Advanced Assessment course (NRSG 5480) 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  Nurse 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 (FNP) 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. 

The FNP program delivers a fully online curriculum which is available full or part time. Students whose professional goal is a DNP can complete both the MSN/FNP and the DNP programs in approximately three and a half years. 

Degree Requirements

The Family Nurse Practitioner focus prepares students to provide complete, advanced care for the whole family. This master’s option couples theoretical background with evidence-based clinical experiences in a wide variety of community-based practice settings.

Online Program and Required Trips to Campus

  • It is an online program. However, there are a limited number of mandatory trips to the Macon campus that are required. These dates are posted well in advance. 
  • Our programs begin each summer with a mandatory face to face immersion experience at the Macon Graduate Center (for cohorts beginning in 2017, immersion week will be Wednesday-Friday, May 10, 11 & 12, 2017), enabling you to meet your faculty and fellow students. You are also provided with training that supports and encourages your successful completion of the program. Examples of topics that are covered include:
    • How to use our library system so that books and journal articles can be delivered directly to your home.
    • How to connect to your online classroom.
    • How to navigate the online learning system.
    • How to meet virtually with your classmates and faculty outside of class time.
    • How to develop an electronic portfolio of your work.
    • How to ensure that you are up to date with technology requirements.
    • How to secure preceptors and clinical sites.
    • Opportunities for International Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.
  • Students taking Advanced Assessment during the first semester of the Program are also required to be on the Macon Campus for Lab Immersion Week later in June. This 45-hour hands-on intensive clinical instruction provides the advanced assessment skills foundation for all FNP students. (Full-time FNP students take this class the very first semester they are enrolled in the program. Part-time students will take this course the following summer semester.) 
  • Throughout the rest of the program, there may be approximately an additional five required trips to the Macon campus, for activities such as a required guest lecture, specific skills lab, etc. These dates are announced well in advance so that you may plan accordingly. 

Information about Clinicals/Preceptorships

  • The majority of student’s clinical experiences are completed 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.
  • Total of 630 clinical hours in the program.
  • Faculty are available for guidance and recommendations of providers who have been used in the past, along with instruction on how to present yourself in a professional manner to a potential preceptor.
  • Because we are a public University, clinical hours MUST be completed within the State of Georgia.

Classes

Didactic classes are held on Thursday and are structured in a variety of formats aimed at engaging the learner and making learning possible for all students. Class formats include:

  • Synchronous interactive lecture/discussion via WebEx.
  • Asynchronous online modules and recorded lectures that can be accessed on your own schedule.

Cost of Program

For the 2017-2018 year, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $473 per credit hour, with a total of 40 credit hours in the program. Of course, small yearly increases in tuition are normal, so this figure may increase slightly for next year.  

Deadline for Applications

We accept students once per year. 

  • Applications for PRIORITY CONSIDERATION are due by the 2nd Tuesday in January each year. All supplemental documentation is due at this time. Qualified applicants with complete applications will be interviewed during the first two weeks of February. Notification will be made during the first two weeks of March. 
  • We do continue to accept applications through March 1st each year, with interview dates being held mid-March. Applicants are notified of their application status by April 1st.   

The program begins summer semester in May each year.

The program is offered as either full-time/6 semester program or part-time/9 semesters.

See programs of study for course details.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration prepares students to provide psychiatric and mental health care 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 health care providers in Georgia.

The PMHNP concentration delivers a fully online curriculum which is available full or part-time. Students whose professional goal is a DNP can complete both the MSN/PMHNP and the DNP programs in approximately three and a half years.  

Degree Requirements 

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program prepares students to provide psychiatric and mental health care 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 health care providers in Georgia.

Online Program and Required Trips to Campus

  • It is an online program. However, there are a limited number of mandatory trips to the Macon campus that are required. These dates are posted well in advance. 
  • Our programs begin each summer with a mandatory face to face immersion experience at the Macon Graduate Center (for cohorts beginning in 2017, immersion week will be Wednesday- Friday, May 10, 11 & 12, 2017), enabling you to meet your faculty and fellow students. You are also provided with training that supports and encourages your successful completion of the program. Examples of topics that are covered include:
    • How to use our library system so that books and journal articles can be delivered directly to your home.
    • How to connect to your online classroom.
    • How to navigate the online learning system.
    • How to meet virtually with your classmates and faculty outside of class time.
    • How to develop an electronic portfolio of your work.
    • How to ensure that you are up to date with technology requirements.
    • How to secure preceptors and clinical sites.
    • Opportunities for International Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.
  • Students taking Advanced Assessment during the first semester of the Program are also required to be on the Macon Campus for Lab Immersion Week later in June. This 45-hour hands-on intensive clinical instruction provides the advanced assessment skills foundation for all NP students. (Full-time NP students take this class the very first semester they are enrolled in the program. Part-time students will take this course the following summer semester.) 
  • Throughout the rest of the program, there may be approximately an additional five required trips to the Macon campus, for activities such as a required guest lecture, specific skills lab, etc. These dates are announced well in advance so that you may plan accordingly. 

Information about Clinicals/Preceptorships

  • The majority of student’s clinical experiences are completed 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.
  • Total of 540 clinical hours in the program.
  • Faculty members are available for guidance and recommendations of providers who have been used in the past, along with instruction on how to present yourself in a professional manner to a potential preceptor.
  • Because we are a public University, clinical hours MUST be completed within the State of Georgia.

Classes

Didactic classes are held on Thursday and are structured in a variety of formats aimed at engaging the learner and making learning possible for all students. Class formats include:

  • Synchronous interactive lecture/discussion via WebEx.
  • Asynchronous online modules and recorded lectures that can be accessed on your own schedule.

Cost of Program.

For the 2017-2018 year, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $473 per credit hour, with a total of 40 credit hours in the program. Of course, small yearly increases in tuition are normal, so this figure may increase slightly for next year.  

Deadline for Applications

We accept students once per year. Applications are due by the 2nd Tuesday in January each year. All supplemental documentation is due at this time. Qualified applicants with complete applications will be called for interviews during the first two weeks of February. Notification will be made during the first two weeks of March. We do continue to accept applications through March 1st each year, but priority is given to those applicants who apply by the January deadline. The program begins summer semester in May each year (May 9, 2017). 

The program is offered as either full-time/6 semester program or part-time/9 semesters.

See programs of study for course details.

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.  Graduates of this program will be able to take the examination for the Certified Nurse Educator credential offered by the National League for Nursing.

The Nurse Educator program delivers a fully online curriculum which is available full or part time. Students whose professional goal is a DNP can complete both the MSN/Nurse Educator and the DNP programs in approximately three and a half years.

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

Online Activities and Required Attendance at Campus Events

  • The Nurse Educator program, while online, requires a limited number of required trips to campus or clinical sites for shared experiences. These dates are posted well in advance.
  • Our programs begin each summer with a mandatory face to face immersion experience at the Macon Graduate Center (for cohorts beginning in 2017, immersion week will be Wednesday- Friday, May 10, 11 & 12, 2017), enabling you to meet your faculty and fellow students. You are also provided with training that supports and encourages your successful completion of the program. Examples of topics that are covered include:
    • How to use our library system so that books and journal articles can be delivered directly to your home.
    • How to connect to your online classroom.
    • How to navigate the online learning system.
    • How to meet virtually with your classmates and faculty outside of class time.
    • How to develop an electronic portfolio of your work.
    • How to ensure that you are up to date with technology requirements.
    • How to secure preceptors and clinical sites.
    • Opportunities for International Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.
  • Students taking Advanced Assessment during the first semester of the Program are also required to be on the Macon Campus for Lab Immersion Week later in June. This 45-hour hands-on intensive clinical instruction provides the advanced assessment skills foundation for all FNP students. (Full-time FNP students take this class the very first semester they are enrolled in the program. Part-time students will take this course the following summer semester.) 
  • Throughout the remainder of the program, you can expect required trips to campus to be limited to six or less. These activities will include in-person simulation experiences and essential educator skill workshops.

Information about Clinical Experiences/Preceptorships

  • The majority of student’s clinical experiences are completed 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.
  • There are a total of 405 clinical hours in the program.
  • Faculty are available for guidance and recommendations of providers who have been used in the past, along with instruction on how to present yourself in a professional manner to a potential preceptor.
  • Because we are a public University, clinical hours MUST be completed within the State of Georgia.

Classes

Didactic classes are held on Thursdays and are structured in a variety of formats aimed at engaging the learner and making learning possible for all students. Class formats include:

  • Synchronous interactive lecture/discussion via WebEx.
  • Asynchronous online modules and recorded lectures that can be accessed on your own schedule.

Cost of Program

For the 2017-2018 year, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $473 per credit hour, with a total of 40 credit hours in the program. Of course, small yearly increases in tuition are normal, so this figure may increase slightly for next year.  

Deadline for Applications

We accept students once per year. Applications are due by the 2nd Tuesday in January each year.  All supplemental documentation is due at this time. Qualified applicants with complete applications will be called for interviews during the first two weeks of February. Notification will be made during the first two weeks of March. We do continue to accept applications through March 1st each year, but priority is given to those applicants who apply by the January deadline. The program begins summer semester in May each year (May 9, 2017). 

The program is offered as either full-time/6 semester program or part-time/9 semesters.

See programs of study for course details.

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 automatically lead or guarantee 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 for regular admissions.

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.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing program accepts degree-seeking students once per year and begins each year with summer semester. Students are admitted as a cohort and progress through the program together. 

Admission Requirements

MSN Application Information:

  • Application deadlines: Second Tuesday in January for priority consideration of application; however, applications are accepted until March 1st each year. Enrichment students are admitted each semester.
  • All required application documents must be received by Graduate Admissions by close of business on application deadline. 
  • To allow for any possible delay in transcript or other application materials, applicants are encouraged to begin the application process 6 to 8 weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Applicants must submit THREE letters of recommendation, which should be completed on THIS FORM
  • Interviews will be held once applications are complete.

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

Degree Specific Application Requirements

  • THREE letters of letters of reference from professionals who can speak to the applicant's experience and potential for success in master's studies using the SON form letter
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Professional Goals
  • Copy of Georgia RN license 

The undergraduate nursing program at Georgia College has full approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing (237 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217-3858; Phone: 478-207-2440). The BSN, MSN, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

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