Masters Program Details

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University of West Georgia School of Nursing ranked 48th in the nation for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" (U.S. News & World Report, 2014).

2 years/4 semesters | Credit Hours: 36

The School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with role options in either education or health systems leadership. The School of Nursing also offers post masters certification in these areas.

There is also a part time plan of study available, completed in six semesters.

Program Description

The mission of the MSN Program is to offer high quality graduate education that? Prepares registered nurses for advanced practice roles in diverse health care settings? Provides regional outreach related to graduate nursing education through off-campus programs? Provides a caring, supportive, personal environment for learning that:

  • Affirms the holistic nature of individuals
  • Reflects caring as the essence of nursing
  • Expects that nurses use critical thinking in decision making
  • Supports evidence-based practice
  • Utilizes disciplinary rigor to support MSN student progress toward assuming leadership and education roles

Method of Delivery

Coursework is provided 100% online. A 100% online orientation must be completed before the beginning of the semester.

Accreditation

CCNE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

Save money.

Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

Earn more.

The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.

The bottom line - value.

Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

Coursework

Coursework completion is possible in as little as 4 semesters. Degrees are conferred in May.

Not all courses listed below are required. Be sure to check the program sheet specific to the track you choose. Please see the plans of study on the Master of Science in Nursing page.

The Health Systems Leadership Track: Leader/Manager
The Health Systems Leadership Track is a program of study designed to increase knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of nursing leadership positions in the evolving healthcare environment. Courses focus on nursing leadership/management, managed care/case management strategies, outcome measurement, quality improvement, cost effectiveness, and implementing change in the health delivery system. Coursework is 100% online.

The Health System Leadership Track: Clinical Nurse Leader
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2003). The CNL is a generalist who is a provider and manager at the point of care for individuals and cohorts of populations. The CNL assumes accountability for client care outcomes through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement, and evaluate plans of care. The CNL coordinates delegates and supervises the care provided by the health care team, including licensed nurses, technicians and other health professionals. Courses focus on patient centered care, evidence-based practice, pharmacology, case management, client-care coordination, holistic health assessment, care for diverse populations, health policy, health systems, business and economics, statistics, leadership and management, quality improvement, risk management, and public/community health. Coursework is 100% online.
The Nursing Education Track
The Nursing Education track is a program of study that addresses innovations in curriculum, instructional skills and strategies, the development and use of educational technology, and educational assessment and evaluation. Students will develop expertise in health education and promotion, patient education, professional development, and college/university teaching. Course work is 100% online.

The School of Nursing MSN Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

CONTACT
Ms. Embry Ice  (Graduate Studies Associate) eice@westga.edu 678-839-5115

Perspectives on Caring in Nursing - NURS-6010
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: Must be admitted in the MSN program to register for this course. An examination of the concept of caring and the philosophy of self-care as an essential component of caring for others will be the focus on this course. Exploration of one's ability for self-care and participation in self-care activities will illuminate the meaning of caring for self to nursing practice. Theory and research related to caring will be explored.

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice - NURS-6101
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An exploration and application of theories to health care delivery and to the role of the master?s prepared nurse in the context of caring science.

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice - NURS-6101
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An exploration and application of theories to health care delivery and to the role of the master?s prepared nurse in the context of caring science.

Role of Caring Hlthcare Prof - NURS-6102
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: A course that explores the roles of the healthcare professional, theoretical models, and research related to caring science.

Role of Caring Hlthcare Prof - NURS-6102
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: A course that explores the roles of the healthcare professional, theoretical models, and research related to caring science.

Health Promotion & Advanced Health Assessment - NURS-6103
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to equip the master?s prepared nurse with advanced health assessment and health promotion skills with the knowledge to focus on various physiologic systems across the lifespan and within diverse populations.

Health Promotion & Advanced Health Assessment - NURS-6103
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to equip the master?s prepared nurse with advanced health assessment and health promotion skills with the knowledge to focus on various physiologic systems across the lifespan and within diverse populations.

Scholarly Inquiry and Data Analysis in Nursing - NURS-6104
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to prepare master?s prepared nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to use evidence-based findings to provide high quality nursing care, initiate change, and promote evidence-based practice in the context of caring science.

Scholarly Inquiry and Data Analysis in Nursing - NURS-6104
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to prepare master?s prepared nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to use evidence-based findings to provide high quality nursing care, initiate change, and promote evidence-based practice in the context of caring science.

Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy - NURS-6105
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course that addresses current and emerging challenges related to patient care quality and safety within a healthcare system. Emphasis will also be placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy related to quality and safety outcomes.

Leadership for Quality, Safety, and Health Policy - NURS-6105
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course that addresses current and emerging challenges related to patient care quality and safety within a healthcare system. Emphasis will also be placed on the political and economic forces that influence the development of health policy related to quality and safety outcomes.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I - NURS-6106
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This is the first of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease as the basis of nursing management. Requires Admission to the Graduate program.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I - NURS-6106
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This is the first of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease as the basis of nursing management. Requires Admission to the Graduate program.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II - NURS-6107
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This is the second of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease, as the basis of nursing management.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II - NURS-6107
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This is the second of two courses designed to provide scientific knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics associated with health and disease, as the basis of nursing management.

Epidemiology for Nursing Education and Practice - NURS-6108
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course introduces students to the concepts of epidemiological methods and their practical applications to nursing education and practice.

Epidemiology for Nursing Education and Practice - NURS-6108
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course introduces students to the concepts of epidemiological methods and their practical applications to nursing education and practice.

Informatics, Technology, and Healthcare Outcomes - NURS-6109
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This course focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge.

Informatics, Technology, and Healthcare Outcomes - NURS-6109
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This course focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge.

Curriculum Development in Nursing Education - NURS-6110
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course explores the process of curriculum development in nursing education.

Curriculum Development in Nursing Education - NURS-6110
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course explores the process of curriculum development in nursing education.

Nurse Educator Role Practicum I - NURS-6111
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum provides the opportunity for curriculum development in nursing education.

Nurse Educator Role Practicum I - NURS-6111
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum provides the opportunity for curriculum development in nursing education.

Nurse Educator Role Practicum II - NURS-6112
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum extends the knowledge developed in the Nurse Educator Practicum I. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice through completion of a capstone project in the education setting.

Nurse Educator Role Practicum II - NURS-6112
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum extends the knowledge developed in the Nurse Educator Practicum I. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice through completion of a capstone project in the education setting.

Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education - NURS-6113
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course explores the process of evaluation and testing in nursing education.

Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education - NURS-6113
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course explores the process of evaluation and testing in nursing education.

Introduction to Health Systems Leadership - NURS-6114
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to provide an introduction to health systems leadership issues, theories, and evidence-based interventions based upon caring science.

Introduction to Health Systems Leadership - NURS-6114
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to provide an introduction to health systems leadership issues, theories, and evidence-based interventions based upon caring science.

The Business of Healthcare: Financial and Economic Evidence - NURS-6115
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course builds capability related to practice in a dynamic and complex healthcare financial environment. The course covers principles of healthcare economics; third party reimbursement; costing; budgets and budgeting; variance; economic evaluation methods; and writing a business plan to successfully defend or market a healthcare program.

The Business of Healthcare: Financial and Economic Evidence - NURS-6115
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course builds capability related to practice in a dynamic and complex healthcare financial environment. The course covers principles of healthcare economics; third party reimbursement; costing; budgets and budgeting; variance; economic evaluation methods; and writing a business plan to successfully defend or market a healthcare program.

Leading Human Resource Systems - NURS-6116
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to promote an effective and efficient human resource system for patient care services at multiple levels. The processes and skills for coaching individuals and groups are addressed.

Leading Human Resource Systems - NURS-6116
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to promote an effective and efficient human resource system for patient care services at multiple levels. The processes and skills for coaching individuals and groups are addressed.

Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager I - NURS-6117
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course provides the opportunity to analyze the role of a health systems leader. The focus is on the development of knowledge and skills for operational and regulatory management, and interprofessional relationships.

Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager I - NURS-6117
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course provides the opportunity to analyze the role of a health systems leader. The focus is on the development of knowledge and skills for operational and regulatory management, and interprofessional relationships.

Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager II - NURS-6118
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course extends the knowledge developed in Nursing 6117 related to the role of the health systems leader/manager.

Health Systems Leadership: Role of the Leader/Manager II - NURS-6118
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course extends the knowledge developed in Nursing 6117 related to the role of the health systems leader/manager.

Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum I - NURS-6119
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This course is a practicum designed to demonstrate competencies of the various roles of th ehealth systems leader. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in the health system.

Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum I - NURS-6119
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This course is a practicum designed to demonstrate competencies of the various roles of th ehealth systems leader. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in the health system.

Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum II - NURS-6120
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum provides the opportunity to enact the role of the healthcare leader/manager through implementation of capstone project.

Health Systems Leadership Leader/Manager Practicum II - NURS-6120
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This practicum provides the opportunity to enact the role of the healthcare leader/manager through implementation of capstone project.

Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I - NURS-6122
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This course is a practicum designed to demonstrate competencies of the vairous roles of the CNL.

Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I - NURS-6122
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 2.0

Description: This course is a practicum designed to demonstrate competencies of the vairous roles of the CNL.

Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II - NURS-6123
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 4.0

Description: This course is an immersion experience in the role of the clinical nurse leader. Opportunities are provided to integrate theory, research, and evidence-based practice in a clinical microsystem through completion of capstone project.

Health Systems Leadership Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader - NURS-6124
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is an in depth examination of the roles of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Additionally, this course will examine leadership and organizational theories as well as financial concepts related to the CNL roles.

Health Systems Leadership Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader - NURS-6124
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is an in depth examination of the roles of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Additionally, this course will examine leadership and organizational theories as well as financial concepts related to the CNL roles.

Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar - NURS-6125
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss the knowledge needed in the development and implementation of the CNL role in clinical microsystems.

Health Systems Leadership Clinical Nurse Leader Seminar - NURS-6125
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss the knowledge needed in the development and implementation of the CNL role in clinical microsystems.

Scholarly Writing - NURS-6900
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: This course will address the basic mechanics of scholarly writing, peer review, self-editing and APA format.

Independent Study - NURS-6981
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: Must be admitted to the MSN program as a prerequisite to register for this course. Independent study involving in-depth, individual research and study of a specific nursing problem and/or issue.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Completion of a basic undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment or during the first semester of the program.
  • Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and eligibility for licensure in the state of practica experience.
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper division nursing courses.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s professional and academic abilities.
  • Professional resume.
  • Satisfactory certificacte of immunization.

Application Deadlines

The MSN program admits only in the Fall of each year.

Fall 2015 Priority Admission Deadline: February 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Rolling Admission Deadline: June 1, 2015

Note: Rolling (continuous) admission occurs after the priority admission decisions are complete. Consideration for available space during the rolling admission cycle is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Consideration for admission is only given to complete files.

Please visit http://nursing.westga.edu/281_338.php  to view program specific requirements.

Admission Process Checklist

  • Go to the Graduate Studies Website
  • Click "online application" under step 1
  • Create an account
  • Complete the application
  • Please provide RN license number of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States within the application .
  • Please indicate which track you wish study: Nursing Education, Leader/Manager, or Clinical Nurse Leader

Proof of the following should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  •  One transcript from each college or university attended
  •  Professional curriculum vitae or resume
  •  Two letters of recommendation
  •  Copy of verification of active nursing license

Please submit all transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118                                                     

 

The program specific admission checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/msn/index_171.php

One exception: If you will never travel to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

The School of Nursing Website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

CONTACT
Ms. Embry Ice (Pre-enrollment advisor)
eice@westga.edu

Phone: 678-839-5115
Fax: 678-839-2462

Dates

Fall 2015 Priority Admission Deadline: February 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Rolling Admission Deadline: June 1, 2015
Note: Rolling (continuous) admission occurs after the priority admission decisions are complete. Consideration for available space during the rolling admission cycle is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Consideration for admission is only given to complete files.

Please visit http://www.westga.edu/msn/ to view program specific requirements.

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • 1.Utilize theoretical models, information systems and technology to perform effectively in a variety of nursing practice, leadership, and educational roles. (competence and critical thinking).
  • 2.Critically appraise original research for practice implications in the context of evidence-based practice.
  • 3.Examine influences on nursing practice and education, including social, economic, ethical, legal, and cultural diversity issues (conscience and critical thinking).
  • 4.Implement evidence-based practice competencies to achieve quality outcomes and enhance nursing care delivery, leadership and education (critical thinking).
  • 5.Demonstrate critical thinking skills in implementing changes and making decisions in the delivery of healthcare or in nursing education (change and critical thinking).
  • 6.Develop and implement practice, leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of healthcare or nursing education (commitment).
  • 7.Communicate effectively using a collaborative approach to improve nursing education, the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system (collaboration and communication).
  • 8.Attain a level of scholarship congruent with preparation for doctoral study (commitment).
  • 9.Practice nursing in leadership and education roles in a manner that reflects caring as the essence of nursing (caring).
  • 10.Engage in advanced nursing practice that reflects a holistic view of self and others and respect for diverse cultures (holism).