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, Family Nurse Practitioner with a Concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health, 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course work completed more than seven years prior to completion of requirements for the MSN degree will be considered outdated and will not be applied toward the MSN degree program.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 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

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

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration 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.

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 

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 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