May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (MSN)

Dr. Eve Rice, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Director, School of Nursing
Location: McCord Building, Room 218
Phone:  931-221-7438


Dr. Michelle Robertson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Graduate Nursing Coordinator, Professor of Nursing
Location: McCord Building, Room 328
Phone:  931-221-7489


The Austin Peay State University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree consists of three concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator (NE), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). All concentrations are designed to advance the education of Registered Nurses in various stages of their careers. 


The APSU Graduate Nursing Program strives to ensure that graduate students are successful in their professional and academic goals. The program prepares competent graduates to significantly contribute to improving community health through advanced practice and nursing education. Graduates of the MSN program demonstrate advanced-role professional behaviors, integration of evidence-based guidelines and decision-making, and promotion of quality care and advocacy in advanced, professional nursing roles. 



Program-Specific Admissions Requirements


All applicants for the Graduate Nursing Program must complete and show evidence of the following:

  1. $45 application fee. (Non-refundable)
  2. 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.
  3. Applicant Resume.
  4. 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:
    1. Details on your decision to obtain a Master’s degree in nursing
    2. Description of your particular interest in and potential for contributing to the nursing profession, specifically as a Master’s prepared nurse.
    3. Career objectives
    4. Plan to be successful in the MSN program, specifically address your goal of full or part-time study and the many hours required studying and in clinical.
  5. 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). Documentation must include the licensure expiration date.
  6. Military documents, if applicable.
  7. Successful completion of a three-semester hour or four-quarter hour undergraduate-level Statistics course is required.
  8. Reply from Graduate Nursing Admission committee. Admission decision will be rendered from APSU’s School of Nursing Graduate Curriculum, Admission, and Retention committee.


The Graduate Nursing program admits twice each calendar year:

  • Summer Admission:  Application due May 1 (Courses begin in Summer II term)
  • Spring I Admission:  Application due October 1 (Courses begin in the Winter term - Spring I Ft. Campbell


Some University Programs have additional requirements and information included in the Program Handbook.  Program Handbooks, which are incorporated into herein by reference, are available by selecting the following link:  Master of Science in Nursing.

Non-Degree Status

There are no graduate nursing courses open to students not admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program.