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2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Bulletin/Catalog Year 2018-2019
College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
School of Nursing

Dr. Rebecca Corvey
Director, School of Nursing
Location: McCord Building, Room 218
Phone:  931-221-1040

Dr. Michelle Robertson
Coordinator, Professor of Nursing
Location: McCord Building, Room 313
Phone:  931-221-7489

The Austin Peay State University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is offered through Tn eCampus and is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs.  For more information go to: The MSN program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN) and may be contacted at the following address: 3343 Peachtree Rd NE #850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or by phone at: (404) 975-5000.

The Purpose

The purpose of the degree is reflected in the school of nursing mission “to prepare the professional nurse to meet regional healthcare needs while cultivating an appreciation of diversity and an understanding of the national and global health care environments”.  The TN eCampus Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) offers a flexible, 36- to 46-credit hour program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.  The curriculum allows students to customize learning opportunities to fit their goals and needs in collaboration with faculty advisors/mentors. Students may pursue full-time or part-time study. All courses, with the exception of clinical rotations, are delivered in an online delivery format. 

The Master of Science in Nursing program offers concentrations in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner, and RN to MSN (for RNs with a bachelor’s degree in another field).  For students who have already obtained a master’s degree, the department offers a post master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration.

Learning Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master’s program, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in advanced nursing practice, teaching (in the classroom and in clinical settings) and administration
  • Integrate specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into advanced nursing roles
  • Use research to validate and refine knowledge relevant to advanced nursing roles
  • Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (i.e., nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics and advanced clinical practice)
  • Manage the healthcare of clients within legal, ethical and professional standards
  • Improve the health of clients among diverse population groups
  • Promote positive changes in healthcare delivery, health policies and nursing practice

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the MSN program are consistent with standards of professional practice, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2011 Master’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the MSN Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).  Listed below are the core SLOs for the MSN degree and specific SLOs per concentration:

Core SLOs:  Synthesize nursing knowledge into evidence-based practice.

Family Nurse Practitioner: Demonstrate competency in providing primary care across the life span to individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Nursing Administration: Demonstrate advanced level nursing administration competencies in healthcare delivery systems, policies, and practice.

Nursing Education:  Demonstrate nurse educator competencies in didactic and clinical settings, with a working knowledge of organizational structure and role responsibility.

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

All applicants for the MSN degree or Post-Master’s certificate at APSU must first apply to TN eCampus and select APSU as the home school.

  1. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)
  2. Applicant must submit the home school referral email received from TN eCampus.  The email was sent to the student from after completion of the TN eCampus application.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate) verifying that a bachelor’s degree in nursing has been earned with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For the RN bridge option, verification of the A.S. degree or diploma and a B.S. in another field will be required with an overall B.S. GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Applicant Resume.
  5. Applicant Goal Statement (e.g., reasons for pursuing graduate studies). The personal goal statement should be a one-page essay. It must be written in your own words. It should contain the following:
  • Details on your decision to obtain a Master’s degree in nursing
  • Description of your particular interest in and potential for contributing to the nursing profession, specifically as a Master’s prepared nurse
  • Career objectives
  • Plan to be successful in the MSN program, specifically addressing your goal of full or part-time study and the many hours required studying and in clinical.
  1. Licensure Verification (proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed).
  2. Military documents if applicable.
  3. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course is required.
  4. Reply from Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee.
MSN and Bridge Progression Policy

*Graduate nursing students complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.  If student’s grade is lower than B, s/he may repeat the course.  However, no more than one required course can be repeated.  In repeating a course, the previous grade as well the grade earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation of the GPA.

Post-Masters Certificates

Students who have received a MSN are eligible to apply for a Post-Master’s Certificate. Post-Masters Certificates are available in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. A post-master’s applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Master’s degree. The Bachelor’s degree GPA will also be considered. The post-master’s applicant must provide all admission requirements listed under “Program Specific Admissions Requirements”.  Post Master’s students choosing the FNP option will be required to provide proof of completion of Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours), Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours), and Advanced Physical Assessment (3/1 credit hours). If the student has not successfully completed the required courses, or the courses taken are not comparable to those required by the MSN program at APSU, the student will be required to complete those before beginning the clinical components of the curriculum

Admission Application Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing program admits for all terms governed by admission deadline dates:

Fall admission:  April 1
Spring admission:  October 1
Summer admission:  February 1

RN Bridge Option (12 hours)

The following courses must be successfully completed as a pre-requisite to beginning MSN 5000 level courses.

Program Requirements by Concentration

Master of Science in Nursing has three concentrations.

Administration Concentration

Master of Science in Nursing – Administration Concentration

The Nursing Administration concentration provides a flexible learning environment and a highly individualized experience through which students gain a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management and leadership practice.

Education Concentration

Master of Science in Nursing – Education Concentration

The Nursing Education concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of five advanced clinical-focused areas: Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women’s Health/ Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing.

The program provides a firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, and methods to evaluate learning. The curriculum prepares graduates to assume the educator role with competence and confidence.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration provides comprehensive primary health care services to individuals from infancy through adulthood. FNPs are prepared to provide care to individuals with acute illnesses such as bronchitis or headache and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Additionally, they provide preventive health services, patient education, disease management, illness prevention, and other kinds of care provided within the context of family and community. Family Nurse Practitioners are among those who, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), contribute significantly to providing health care to underserved populations residing in both urban and rural settings.

Post Masters Certificate-Nursing Administration

Poster Masters Certificate-Nursing Education

Poster Masters Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner

Non-Degree Status

There are no graduate nursing courses open to students not admitted to the MSN program.

Special rules or conditions needed for graduation

      Prior to beginning and throughout clinical/practicum rotations, students must:

  • Maintain proof of an unencumbered, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed.  A student that does not reside in the state of TN must be evaluated prior to admission to determine if the student is eligible for admission. If admitted, it is the out-of-state student’s responsibility to continually monitor the State Board of Nursing’s requirements to complete clinical experiences in the state.
  • Hold personal professional liability insurance (1/6 million) and health insurance.
  • Must present proof of immunity to MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis B.
  • Must provide documentation of current Tetanus and Flu immunization.
  • Must provide documentation of current TB test to include initial 2 step tuberculin skin test.
  • Undergo a criminal background check.
  • Complete annual HIPAA and OSHA safety training.
  • Provide documentation of health history and physical examination.
  • Provide evidence of current health professionals CPR certification.
  • Obtain and secure preceptors for each clinical/practicum rotation and must follow the procedures to complete affiliation agreements.
  • If a preceptor site has additional requirements, the student must meet those additional requirements in order to attend.
  • More information about the clinical/practicum requirements can be accessed at:
  • Have at least 33% of the courses taken within the degree taught directly by APSU faculty.

MSN and Bridge Progression Policy

*Graduate nursing students complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.  If student’s grade is lower than B, s/he may repeat the course.  However, no more than one required course can be repeated.  In repeating a course, the previous grade as well the grade earned from the repeated course will be included in the calculation of the GPA.

Students will be dismissed from the Tn eCampus MSN program if they do not meet the requirements in this policy