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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a degree that focuses on advanced knowledge in a particular focus area. ETSU offers specialty concentrations in Nursing Administration, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and the Family Nurse Practitioner.
Program Plans (Full-time)
Program Plans (Part-time)
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to focus on advanced
nursing knowledge in a specialty focus area.
Specific program objectives are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to::
- Synthesize specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines
as an advanced practice nurse;
- Practice advanced nursing in collaborative interprofessional relationships and in
partnership with communities;
- Manage the health care of clients within current legal, ethical, and professional
- Design health promotion strategies across the life span and among diverse cultures
to improve the health of a community;
- Apply research findings in advanced nursing practice and the delivery of health care
- Use leadership skills to effect health policy and promote change.
TN cCampus MSN Program Consortium -Student Achievement Data Regarding Graduates Success Academic Year 2015-2016
**except for certification rates and program completion, data is self-reported by those responding
- 2015-2016 Program Completion Rate 74%
- FNP 1st attempt Certification Exam Pass Rate 80%
- Alumni one-year post program completion 91%
(indicated they were able to be employed in their field within 12months)
- Employer satisfaction rates for the 2015-2016 academic year 100%
(‘above’ to ‘far above’ when indicating to what degree they would recommend that their organization hire graduates from this program)
- Employers strongly agreed that the program prepared the graduate to manage the health care of clients/patients within legal, ethical, and professional standards. 100%
- Student Evaluation of Preceptors as Excellent 95%
- Upon graduation, students felt prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies
related to their area of specialization. 90%
- Alumni one-year post program completion agreed or strongly agreed that the program
was beneficial. 90%
- Alumni one-year post program completion indicated that as a result of the program they felt prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies related to their area of specialization. 90%
Out of State Applications
Course and program availability varies by state and is established by each individual State Board of Nursing.
Students who reside outside of the state of Tennessee are responsible to contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether the course or program meets online degree program requirements in their state of residence prior to application.
Admission Criteria & Process
Applicants seeking admission to the MSN program must fulfill all requirements for admission to both the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and the ETSU College of Nursing.
Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the admission requirements. All applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee. Applications submitted after the application deadline may be considered on an individual basis.
The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:
- Completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework
- A written essay*
*MSN applicants will compose their essay using the following writing prompt:
What current trend(s) in healthcare do you find the most concerning or compelling? What in your education and/or professional practice has prepared you to address the identified trend(s)? How do you think you will be able to impact the trend(s) you identified, in your new role when you have completed your graduate study?
Use at least two references and write the essay in APA format.
- An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state
in which the clinical assignments are completed.
- An earned Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics
- Graduate students whose native language is not English must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and submit the meet or exceed the minimum scores below. Consult the graduate admission
requirements for further details.
School TOEFL Paper-based score Internet-based score ETSU > 550 or 79
Requirements for the RN with a BA/BS non-nursing degree.
Completion of the following 12 units RN/MSN nursing bridge sequence prior to beginning graduate level courses: NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research; NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice; NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Practice; NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing. RN to MSN graduates will not be awarded the BSN degree.
All candidates must apply to ETSU. The ETSU application for admission may be submitted online at https://etsuapply.force.com/app. A printable application can also be obtained at this site. To request a paper application, contact the School of Graduate Studies at (423) 439-4221.
The application and all materials should be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Once the application file is complete, it will be forwarded to the College of Nursing and reviewed by the admissions committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of the admission decision.
Application deadlines (dates for all materials to be received by the School of Graduate
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Education
- Nursing Administration
- Post-MSN certificate Nursing Education
- Post-MSN certificate Nursing Administration
- Post-Graduate certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Post-Graduate certificate FNP
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What concentrations/programs does ETSU offer for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)?
ETSU College of Nursing offers four (4) concentrations/programs of study for the MSN degree:
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Administration
- Nursing Education
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
What is the application deadline for the MSN program?
What is the application deadline for the Post-Graduate certificate program?
Can I be admitted to the MSN or Post-Master of Science certificate program in any semester?
Applicants can apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner program each semester. All otherconcentrations will accept applications for Fall and Spring semesters only.
How long does it take to earn the MSN degree?
Full-time students can complete the MSN degree in as little as four (4) semesters. There is also a part-time option. Students will complete a total of 500 clinical hours within their program of study for Nurse Practitioner concentrations/programs, 420 hours in the nursing education concentration, and 500 hours in the nursing administration concentration.
Can I enroll in courses that are not included in my concentration/program?
Once you are admitted to a concentration/program, you must follow that Program of Study. You can enroll in non-concentration courses only if the program of study allows for a non-directed elective as part of your declared concentration/program.
Can I change to a different concentration/program after I have enrolled in coursework?
A student who wishes to change concentrations/programs after acceptance within a specific program must formally apply to the new graduate program/concentration. Students are “responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials required by the new program are on file in the School of Graduate Studies prior to any program deadlines.” The process is outlined in the Graduate Catalog. Please note that application for a new graduate program/concentration does not guarantee admission to the new graduate program/concentration. The student will be evaluated with the applicant pool. Students who apply to change programs will not be considered within the semester that the application is submitted.
Do you offer online classes for this program?
The majority of the program is online. Students may be required to be on campus for certain classes or assessments, including clinical proficiencies/competencies.
Regulatory requirements governing student clinical vary by state and are subject to change. Clinical placement outside of Tennessee is contingent upon approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies and will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Currently, placement in North Carolina and Virginia is allowed.
Acceptance to East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to determine the eligibility requirements for any state in which they will seek licensure post-graduation. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing cannot guarantee licensure eligibility outside the state of Tennessee.
The Baccalaureate degree in nursing program, MSN Program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, ETSU-TTU Joint DNP, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at East Tennessee State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).