Master of Science in Nursing Program Overview
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.
Our programs begin each summer with a weeklong immersion experience 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.
An example of topics that are covered:
- 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
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
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. 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 and Educator students.
Currently our Master of Science in Nursing Degree offers two focus areas: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. Also offered is a Post Master’s Certificate for MSN prepared nurses seeking certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
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.
The Nurse Educator focus offers professional nurses the opportunity to combine their clinical experience with a passion for teaching in academic and/or professional development settings. Grounded in theoretical perspectives of nursing and education, the program prepares graduates for specialty roles in nursing education and leadership.
Dr. Deborah MacMillan
Assistant Director Graduate Program
School of Nursing
Macon Graduate Center
Macon, GA 31201