Master of Science in Nursing

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Admission to Nursing (Graduate Programs)

Within the School of Nursing, applications to the MSN, Postgraduate, and DNP Programs are reviewed and acted upon by the Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC). Decisions by the GSAC are final and confidential. Applications for admission to the MSN, Postgraduate, and DNP Programs are evaluated on the basis of scholarship, writing ability, potential for success, professionalism and references. Qualified students are admitted into a specified specialty track within the MSN, Postgraduate Certificate, and DNP Programs on a space available basis. Only complete applications from qualified students will be reviewed and considered by the GSAC. Qualified applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission.

  1. Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (R.N.) in the United States and its territories.
  2. Minimum GPA requirements as outlined below. Applicants with lower than the required GPAs) may be denied or considered on an individual basis for probationary or non-degree status on a space available basis. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a grade of B or better for the first six semester hours for coursework completed after admission to remain in the program.  Students admitted on probationary/conditional status are not eligible for financial aid until the requirement for full unconditional admission is met.
    1. RN-MSN: minimum GPA of 3.00 or better for last 60 hours of BSN
    2. MSN: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better for BSN
    3. Post-Graduate Certificate: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better for Master’s in Nursing degree (MSN, MN)
    4. DNP: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better for Master’s in Nursing or related field
  3. Satisfactory background check is required prior to enrollment.
  4. Three professional references.
  5. Professional Goals statement of 150 words or less.
  6. Additional requirements for specific programs as outlined below.

 

Transfer Credit, Graduate Nursing Programs (MSN, DNP, Post-graduate Certificates)

Approval of transfer credit is made on a course by course basis. Courses submitted for consideration must be of equivalent semester hours or sufficiently match expected learning outcomes required in the GU-SON program. Candidates may transfer up to a maximum of 3 graduate nursing courses for up to 12 semester hours (sh) of graduate course work completed within 5 years prior to admission (see exceptions below) at another nationally accredited program with a grade of “B” or above. Any deficits in s.h. of transfer credit must be completed to earn the required number of s.h. for completion of the designated program of study (POS). Students may add designated courses from the DNP and NE certificate POS to earn the required number of s.h. (see listing on Petition for Transfer Credit form).

Special conditions and exceptions to course completion time-limits:

  • Pharmacotherapeutics and Advanced Health Assessment courses must be completed within three (3) years prior to admission to be considered for transfer credit.
  • Course completion time limits do not apply to board certified APN demonstrating continuous current practice.

The Petition for Transfer Credit form and a detailed syllabus is submitted at the time of application to the program. Petitions for Transfer Credit are reviewed by The Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) for all students accepted into the graduate nursing program. Decisions regarding acceptance of transfer credit are finalized at the time of acceptance and communicated to students in the offer of admission notification letter.

At the time of application for admission to a graduate nursing program, submit the following to songraduateprograms@graceland.edu for consideration of transfer credit:

Petition for Transfer Credit

Detailed syllabus (catalog listing is not sufficient for review) for each previously requested course that includes the following:

  1. Course description
  2. Expected learning outcomes/objectives
  3. Content outline
  4. Learning activities
  5. Evaluation and assessment criteria

GSAC will review submitted materials upon candidate acceptance and document approval/denial on the petition form. The Graduate Programs Office (GPO) will notify, in writing, the student and the Registrar of courses approved for transfer credit. Decisions regarding acceptance of transfer credit are communicated to students in the offer of admission notification letter. The Program of Study and Completion Plan will be updated by the Registrar and the Program Consultant.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program expands the focus of nursing, using as its foundation the basic baccalaureate nursing program. The program’s goals are directed toward educating the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The FNP concentration focuses on preparing nurses to perform in the expanded APN role as primary care providers for individuals, groups and communities across the life-span. The AGACNP concentration focuses on preparing nurses to perform in the expanded APN role caring for adult & gerontology populations in acute and chronic care settings. The PMHNP concentration focuses on preparing nurses to perform in the expanded APN role working across the lifespan with pediatric to geriatric patients providing mental health care and substance abuse treatment in all types of healthcare settings. The student’s area of concentration incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in relevant practice areas. Areas of concentration (FNP; AGACNP; PMHNP) are noted on the transcript.

The MSN curricula are primarily provided via the internet. Programs are designed to provide working RNs the opportunity to pursue graduate work through the completion of a combination of online cohort courses and faculty and preceptor-guided practicums in the student’s local community. All students are required to attend one focus session on Graceland’s Independence campus during the course of the program.

Postgraduate Certificate programs are available to nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN; MN). Each specialty track presents a theoretical base specific to the selected area. The theoretical base is accompanied by clinical or practical experience which allows the student to apply the theory to specialized professional practice. All students are required to attend one focus session on Graceland’s Independence campus during the course of the program. Students admitted to a Postgraduate Certificate program are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate is awarded upon completion.

MSN - FNP MSN - AGACNP MSN - PMHNP MSN - Nurse Educator