The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. The curriculum builds on the foundation of baccalaureate education and requires 38 hours of coursework, including two courses in population health with clinical practica. A disaster management component is integrated into various courses in the curriculum. Courses in the MSN program are offered online.
To complete the admission process, the items listed below must be submitted by:
|July 1||Fall Admission|
|November 1||Spring Admission|
|April 1||Summer Admission|
Applicants are not allowed to register or pre-register until all admission requirements have been completed and the applicant is admitted to Graduate Studies.
Application Materials Required for the MSN in Population Health
Applicants for the MSN - Population Health must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Studies to be considered for admission:
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- Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
- Non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
- Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program.
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
- Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale (cumulative or last 64 credit hours).
- Three Graduate Reference Forms completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate coursework. Reference forms will be submitted electronically. Instructions for submission will be sent through email to the applicant upon submission of the online graduate application.
- Satisfactory writing sample of statement of purpose.
- A current unencumbered RN license.
- Professional interview may be required.
- Admission test scores are not required (GRE, MAT).
- International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.
Admission Requirements for the MSN in Population Health
Applicants are admitted on a selective basis upon review of the completed application package. The Graduate Nursing Programs Admissions Committee will review applicant admission packets and determine eligibility for admission. The admissions committee will submit to the Director of Graduate Studies its recommendation on the admission of each candidate.
To be considered for Conditional Admission for the MSN, applicants must meet all of the above requirements with the following exception: Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale (cumulative or last 64 credit hours).
Students who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to comply will result in the student being dismissed from the program.
Minimum Requirements for the MSN in Population Health
An overall 3.00 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.00.
|NU 501||MSN Online Orientation||0|
|NU 504||Theories in Nursing||2|
|NU 507||Advanced Health Assessment||3|
|NU 513||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NU 518||Organizational & Systems Leadership in Population Health||3|
|NU 520||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NU 522||Nursing Research||3|
|NU 540||Population Health I||6|
|NU 542||Transcultural Nursing & Healthcare||3|
|NU 544||Statistical Methods in Health Care||3|
|NU 545||Population Health II||6|
38 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree
Graduation and Comprehensive Exam
No comprehensive exam is required for this degree. All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.