• Experiences in real life settings are key components of MTSU programs
  • Family nurse practitioner students
    learn by doing
  • The M.S.N. helps address a critical shortage of nurses, educators, and administrators
  • Nursing education students
    polish their skills with practice

Nursing M.S.N.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree at MTSU helps address a critical shortage of advanced nurses, educators, and administrators with high-quality, affordable, and time-efficient studies via the TN eCampus/Regents Online Campus Collaborative. Coursework is completed online, except for clinical rotations through approved preceptors (in the student's home area when possible). Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration concentrations are offered. Family Nurse Practitioners deliver comprehensive primary health care services to all ages and help provide health care to underserved populations. Nursing Education students choose an advanced clinical-focused area from adult health, psychiatric/mental health, critical care, and women's health/perinatal nursing. Nursing Administration students learn about complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice. Full-time or part-time study is available. The program increases access to graduate education for practicing nurses who need time flexibility and for those in remote areas.

Effective Fall 2017

MTSU will be offering our own stand-alone Master of Science in Nursing that is not part of TNeCampus. Please apply directly to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Full-time clinical manager fits in nurse practitioner online program

Full-time clinical manager fits in nurse practitioner online program

Lorrie Richardson (B.S., Nursing, ’97) works full-time as a surgery center’s clinical manager while studying for her master’s at MTSU in the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration with the online program. “The ability to go at my own speed and continue to work while earning my degree made this particular program appealing to me,” she says. “I have also had a lot of encouragement from family and friends to pursue advanced education. The first semester of the program was challenging; however, there is so much assistance that I was able to catch on quickly.” She also has enjoyed being a part of the learning experience for first-year nursing students through a graduate assistantship. Richardson, who may pursue a Ph.D., earned her certification as an ambulatory perianesthesia nurse (CAPA) in 2012. She has worked on the vascular/telemetry floor and in emergency services and ambulatory surgery.

Master’s sets up MTSU educator to teach future nurses, pursue doctorate

Master’s sets up MTSU educator to teach future nurses, pursue doctorate

Nurse educator Lisa Murphree became an assistant professor at MTSU after receiving her Master of Science in Nursing in August 2010 through the Regents Online Campus Collaborative. She’s in a clinical track position coordinating and teaching medical surgical clinical, while also working on a doctoral degree. “I very much appreciated the online format of the M.S.N. program, which helped balance family, part-time work, and graduate work,” Murphree says. “The practicum provided a wonderful bridge between school and a teaching position.” She calls the M.S.N. program “challenging, worthwhile, and a good value. The graduate courses in the education track through ROCC have already proven to be great preparation for the Ed.D. for Nurse Educators degree I am pursuing.”

The Master of Nursing programs helps train nurses who seek to practice as advanced clinicians, want to teach in entry-level nursing programs, or wish to manage professional practice workplaces. Graduates may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, private practices, HMOs, schools and community centers

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Fast Pace Urgent Care
  • Frist Group
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Primary Care Hope Clinic
  • St. Thomas Hospital System
  • Stonecrest Medical Center
  • Take Care Clinic at Walgreen
  • Tennova Healthcare

Graduate

MTSU’s School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through the TN eCampus with concentrations in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. MTSU also offers a RN to MSN pathway through TN e-Campus.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

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Admission requires

  • residence in Tennessee;
  • an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  • a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall B.S. GPA);
  • successful completion of a 3-semester-hour or 4-quarter-hour undergraduate level statistics course;
  • a home campus assignment by TN eCampus to MTSU:
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if needed. Graduate school score requirements vary by TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

Deadline to be fully admitted to graduate studies at MTSU and to have required documents received by MTSU's School of Nursing:

  • October 1 — for Spring term admission
  • February 1 — for Summer term admission
  • April 1 — for Fall term admission (For persons graduating in the spring and applying for fall admission in the same year, the deadline is extended to July 10.)

MTSU is currently not accepting out-of-state applicants for the MSN program.

Recent information indicates that the varied requirements in these states is prohibitive, placing an undue financial and administrative burden on the University.  Since this situation is not likely to change in the near future, it is recommended that you seek an alternative institution for your graduate study plans.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS  tab above.

Also offered at MTSU in collaboration with the Biology and Mathematical Sciences departments and the College of Business is a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Professional Science and a concentration in Health Care Informatics.

Other programs offered

Students interested in a dual concentration may later pursue a Nursing Post Master's Certificate through TN eCampus.

The MTSU School of Nursing also offers selected graduate courses which may be transferred to programs offering the Master of Science in Nursing.

Undergraduate

Undergraduates in the School of Nursing may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree via a traditional four-year baccalaureate program, first as a pre-nursing major and then, after three semesters and acceptance to the upper division, as a nursing major.

Currently licensed Registered Nurses (R.N.s) with a diploma or associate's degree can join the R.N. to B.S.N. Program.

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Nursing Administration Nursing Education Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practioner Nursing Informatics


Nursing, Nursing Administration, M.S.N. (TN eCampus)

Jenny Sauls, Director
(615) 904-8488
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu
Academic Advisor for MSN Program
(615) 898-5252
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu

The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through the TN eCampus.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree (M.S.N.) is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Advanced Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), and Nursing Informatics (new students not currently being enrolled). Courses are offered each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration requires

  1. residence in Tennessee;
  2. an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  3. a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall B.S. GPA);
  4. successful completion of a 3-semester-hour or 4-quarter-hour undergraduate level statistics course;
  5. a home campus assignment by TN eCampus to MTSU:
  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if needed. Graduate school score requirements vary by TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission, February 1 for summer admission, and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official copies of transcripts;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resume;
  5. submit a copy of R.N. license.

NOTE: All students must first apply to the TN eCampus program at www.tnecampus.org. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 36 hours of graduate nursing courses with a B or better in all courses,
  2. maintain current documentation within the School of Nursing document storage account, and
  3. complete a practicum in accordance with TN eCampus requirements for this degree.

Curriculum: Nursing, Nursing Administration

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (15 hours)

  • NURS - 6000 Theoretical Foundations 3 credit hours
  • NURS - 6001 Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
  • NURS - 6002 Advanced Nursing Research 3 credit hours
  • NURS - 6003 Advanced Role Development 3 credit hours
  • NURS - 6990 Scholarly Synthesis/Research 3 credit hours

Concentration Courses (15 hours)

  • NURS 6301 - Nursing Administration I 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6302 - Nursing Administration II 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6303 - Health Care Finance 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6304 - Human Resources Management 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6305 - Quality Management in Nursing and Health Care 3 credit hours

Practicum (6 hours)

  •  NURS 6309 - Nursing Administration Practicum 4 credit hours
  •  NURS 6307 - Nursing Management Practicum 2 credit hours
    Total practice contact hours - 360

Program Notes

The School of Nursing also offers selected graduate courses that may be transferred to programs offering the Master of Science in Nursing. Other courses designed to assist individuals to meet the requirements of the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing for a Certificate of Fitness to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse are also available. Please contact the School of Nursing for further information.


Nursing, Nursing Education, M.S.N. (TN ECampus)

Jenny Sauls, Director
(615) 904-8488
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu
Academic Advisor for MSN Program
(615) 898-5252
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu

The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through the TN eCampus.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree (M.S.N.) is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Advanced Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), and Nursing Informatics (new students not currently being enrolled). Courses are offered each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education requires

  1. residence in Tennessee;
  2. an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  3. a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall B.S. GPA);
  4. successful completion of a 3-semester-hour or 4-quarter-hour undergraduate level statistics course;
  5. a home campus assignment by TN eCampus to MTSU:
  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if needed. Graduate school score requirements vary by TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission, February 1 for summer admission, and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official copies of transcripts;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resume;
  5. submit a copy of R.N. license.

NOTE: All students must first apply to the TNeCampus program at www.tnecampus.org. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 36 hours of graduate nursing courses with a B or better in all courses,
  2. maintain current documentation within the School of Nursing document storage account, and
  3. complete a practicum in accordance with TN eCampus requirements for this degree.

Curriculum: Nursing, Nursing Education

Candidate must complete 40 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (15 hours)

  • NURS 6000 - Theoretical Foundations 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6001 - Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6002 - Advanced Nursing Research 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6003 - Advanced Role Development 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6990 - Scholarly Synthesis 3 credit hours

Concentration Courses (16 hours)

 

  • NURS 6101 - Advanced Health Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; corequisite: NURS 6102. Offers preparation to the advanced practice nurse to conduct focused and comprehensive health assessments of clients across the lifespan. Process of diagnostic reasoning emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures. Offered spring, summer and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6102 - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical

    1 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program. Corequisite: NURS 6101. Emphasizes the application of advanced assessment techniques in performance of focused and comprehensive health assessments of clients across the lifespan. Clinical analysis and synthesis of physical assessment data and diagnostic reasoning skills developed. Expect to devote approximately 4 hours each week to assignments and activities. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6103 - Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program. Explores an in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiological states confronted by advanced practice nurses. Provides a  basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology across the lifespan correlated to clinical diagnoses and management. Offered spring, summer, and fall.

  • NURS 6104 - Advanced Pharmacology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program. Focuses on pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of selected health conditions commonly encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Emphasis placed on the decision-making process utilized to safely and effectively prescribe and monitor pharmacotherapeutics appropriate to the client situation. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6204 - Curriculum Design and Educational Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program and NURS 6000. Introduces traditional and contemporary considerations for curriculum planning and design as applied to nursing education. Emphasis placed on curriculum designs and exploration of major research-based theories of adult and nursing education. Concepts applied to a variety of settings and/or levels of education.  Offered spring, summer and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6205 - Evaluation Methods of Nursing Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program and  NURS 6002. Analysis of testing, benchmarking, and evaluating methods in the clinical practice of nursing across classroom, seminar, and electronic formats; includes evaluation methods to ensure competency in the clinical area. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Clinical Focus Course (3 hours)

 Select one course from the following:

  • NURS 6505 - Advanced Adult Health Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN Program. Focuses on advancing the knowledge base of professional nurses on selected acute and chronic illnesses impacting the health of adults. Emphasis on acquiring advanced, specialized knowledge of adult health at a graduate level. Selected research from a variety of disciplines will be analyzed and discussed from theoretical and evidenced-based practice perspectives. Offered spring and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6515 - Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 6101, NURS 6102, NURS 6103, and NURS 6104. Focuses on advanced principles and concepts related to mental health nursing emphasizing the roles and functions of the advanced practice nurse in meeting the needs of individuals/families/groups/communities who are experiencing alterations in psychosocial functioning. Content includes management strategies from the domains of nursing, medicine, and pharmacological therapeutics. Evidence-based practices, research, culture, diversity, ethics, and legal issues integrated. Offered spring semesters.

  • NURS 6525 - Advanced Critical Care Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 6101, NURS 6102, NURS 6103, and NURS 6104. Focuses on advanced concepts related to multi-organ/system function and dysfunction. Physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, system failure, and clinical management of major body systems addressed. Offered summer semesters.

  • NURS 6545 - Advanced Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 6101, NURS 6102, NURS 6103, NURS 6104. Focuses on the care of women's health issues and the pre, peri, and post natal care of both mother and newborn. Nursing strategies for illness prevention, health promotion, and clinical management of both acute and chronic conditions are addressed. Offered summer semester.

  • NURS 6635 - Advanced Pediatric Nursing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: NURS 6101, NURS 6102, NURS 6103, NURS 6104. Focuses on health maintenance and health promotion for children and their families. Care for children and families experiencing both acute and chronic illness/disabilities are addressed. Offered spring semester.

Practicum (6 hours)

  • NURS 6207 - Clinical Focus Practicum 2 credit hours
  • NURS 6209 - Nursing Education Practicum 4 credit hours
    Total practice contact hours - 360
    Clinical Focus Practicum - 120; Nursing Education Practicum - 240

Program Notes

The School of Nursing also offers selected graduate courses that may be transferred to programs offering the Master of Science in Nursing. Other courses designed to assist individuals to meet the requirements of the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing for a Certificate of Fitness to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse are also available. Please contact the School of Nursing for further information.


Nursing, Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N. (TN eCampus)

Jenny Sauls, Director
(615) 904-8488
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu
Academic Advisor for MSN Program
(615) 898-5252
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu

The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through the TN eCampus.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree (M.S.N.) is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Advanced Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), and Nursing Informatics (new students not currently being enrolled). Courses are offered each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner requires

  1. residence in Tennessee;
  2. an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  3. a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall B.S. GPA);
  4. successful completion of a 3-semester-hour or 4-quarter-hour undergraduate level statistics course;
  5. a home campus assignment by TN eCampus to MTSU:
  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if needed. Graduate school score requirements vary by TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission, February 1 for summer admission, and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official copies of transcripts;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resume;
  5. submit a copy of R.N. license.

NOTE: All students must first apply to the TN eCampus program at www.tnecampus.org. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 36 hours of graduate nursing courses with a B or better in all courses,
  2. maintain current documentation within the School of Nursing document storage account, and
  3. complete a practicum in accordance with TN eCampus requirements for this degree.

Curriculum: Nursing, Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner

Candidate must complete 46 hours in the following course of study:

Core (15 hours)

  • NURS 6000 - Theoretical Foundations 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6001 - Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6002 - Advanced Nursing Research 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6003 - Advanced Role Development 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6990 - Scholarly Synthesis 3 credit hours

Concentration Courses (10 hours)

 

  • NURS 6101 - Advanced Health Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; corequisite: NURS 6102. Offers preparation to the advanced practice nurse to conduct focused and comprehensive health assessments of clients across the lifespan. Process of diagnostic reasoning emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the client history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures. Offered spring, summer and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6102 - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical

    1 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program. Corequisite: NURS 6101. Emphasizes the application of advanced assessment techniques in performance of focused and comprehensive health assessments of clients across the lifespan. Clinical analysis and synthesis of physical assessment data and diagnostic reasoning skills developed. Expect to devote approximately 4 hours each week to assignments and activities. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters.

  • NURS 6103 - Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program. Explores an in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiological states confronted by advanced practice nurses. Provides a  basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to selected diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Pathophysiology across the lifespan correlated to clinical diagnoses and management. Offered spring, summer, and fall.

  • NURS 6104 - Advanced Pharmacology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program. Focuses on pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of selected health conditions commonly encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Emphasis placed on the decision-making process utilized to safely and effectively prescribe and monitor pharmacotherapeutics appropriate to the client situation. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses (17 hours)

  • NURS 6601 - Family Nurse Practitioner I 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6602 - Family Nurse Practitioner I - Clinical 2 credit hours
  • NURS 6603 - Family Nurse Practitioner II 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6604 - Family Nurse Practitioner II - Clinical 4 credit hours
  • NURS 6605 - Family Nurse Practitioner III 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6606 - Family Nurse Practitioner III - Clinical Practicum 2 credit hours

Practicum (4 hours)

  •  NURS 6609 - Advanced Family NP Practicum 4 credit hours
    Total practice contact hours - 780

    *(NURS 6102 - 60 contact hours which do not count in certification eligibility requirements)

Program Notes

The School of Nursing also offers selected graduate courses that may be transferred to programs offering the Master of Science in Nursing. Other courses designed to assist individuals to meet the requirements of the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing for a Certificate of Fitness to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse are also available. Please contact the School of Nursing for further information.


Nursing, Nursing Informatics, M.S.N.

NOTE: Until further notice, applications are not being accepted for this concentration due to a severe shortage of Nursing Informatics faculty.  No new students will be admitted in the Informatics concentration after Spring 2014.
Jenny Sauls, Director
(615) 904-8488
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu
Academic Advisor for MSN Program
(615) 898-5252
MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu

The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through TN eCampus.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree (M.S.N.) is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of TN eCampus courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Advanced Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner), and Nursing Informatics (new students not currently being enrolled). Courses are offered each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) through all six Tennessee Board of Regents universities.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Informatics requires

  1. residence in Tennessee;
  2. an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  3. a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall B.S. GPA);
  4. successful completion of a 3-semester-hour or 4-quarter-hour undergraduate level statistics course;
  5. a home campus assignment by TN eCampus to MTSU:
  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if needed. Graduate school score requirements vary by TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission, February 1 for summer admission, and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official copies of transcripts;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resume;
  5. submit a copy of R.N. license.

NOTE: All students must first apply to the TN eCampus program at www.tnecampus.org. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 38 hours of graduate nursing courses (see specifics in Curriculum section below);
  2. complete a practicum in accordance with TN eCampus requirements for this degree.

Curriculum: Nursing, Nursing Informatics

Candidate must complete 38 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (15 hours)

  • NURS 6000 - Theoretical Foundations 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6001 - Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6002 - Advanced Nursing Research 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6003 - Advanced Role Development 3 credit hours
  • NURS 6990 - Scholarly Synthesis/Research 3 credit hours

Concentration Courses (15 hours)

 

  • NURS 6401 - Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Digital literacy. Foundation to informatics study providing the theoretical framework for information management within various health care setting. Topics include an overview of health care information systems and applications and national health care information management initiatives.

  • NURS 6402 - Health Care Information Systems and Technology Integration

    3 credit hours

    Foundations of information system hardware and software interaction inclusive of the structure and function of networks and the Internet. Offers preparation for leading technology integration projects in practice. Additional topics will include computer hardware found in health care information systems, interface standards, and human-computer interaction such as ergonomics and workflow analysis.

  • NURS 6403 - Project Management in the Design and Analysis of Health Care Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; NURS 6402 and NURS 6407. Provides knowledge and skills needed to analyze and design health care information systems. Informatics models, conceptual frameworks, and practice activities discussed. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters.

  • NURS - 6406 Health Care Data Analysis and Evidence-based Practice 3 credit hours

Practicum (8 hours)

 

  • NURS 6407 - Informatics Applications I

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program or Graduate Studies and NURS 6401; prerequisite or corequisite: NURS 6402. Integrates informatics concepts with tools used in health care informatics practice. Topics include database design, concept mapping, workflow analysis, and solution modeling.

  • NURS 6409 - Informatics Applications II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program or Graduate Studies and NURS 6407. NURS 6404 recommended. Builds upon the concepts and technology introduced in other related informatics courses to provide additional experiences in informatics applications in health care settings. Opportunity will be provided to explore a variety of informatics applications and then identify specific informatics applications based on practice interests. Offered spring, summer, and fall semesters..

  • NURS 6410 - Informatics Practicum

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program and NURS 6404. Opportunity to gain informatics-related experiences in the health care setting. Students will complete a minimum of 240 hours in the clinical setting, functioning under the supervision of an informatics professional. Specific learning objectives developed based upon the clinical placement. Students eligible to write the ANCC certification exam following this course.

 Total practice contact hours - 240

Program Notes

The School of Nursing also offers selected graduate courses that may be transferred to programs offering the Master of Science in Nursing. Other courses designed to assist individuals to meet the requirements of the State of Tennessee Board of Nursing for a Certificate of Fitness to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse are also available. Please contact the School of Nursing for further information.

Additional Information

Overall 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

Contact and Student Information

Richard Meeks
richard.meeks@mtsu.edu
615-494-8657

MSNadvisor@mtsu.edu
615-898-5252

School of Nursing
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 81 
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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