The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses for advanced practice roles and for doctoral study. Graduate education provides the student with opportunities to develop expertise and specialized knowledge in the care of clients and populations. The graduate curriculum incorporates evidence-based practice that enables nurses to participate in health policy development, research, health promotion, and management, with emphasis on diverse and vulnerable populations. We believe that the advanced practice nursing roles are integral to meeting the current and future health needs of society. With over 600 hours of clinical practice, family nurse practitioner, and nurse educator graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center national certification examination. After two years of fulltime faculty experience, nursing education graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing examination.
The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates as advanced practice nursing who will:
Graduates are prepared for advanced practice that involves individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. In the advanced practice role, family nurse practitioners demonstrate autonomous and collaborative decision-making (with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team), and hold direct accountability for clinical judgment. FNPs are primary care providers for clients of all ages to promote health, prevent disease, and manage acute and stable chronic health problems. They diagnose, and prescribe medications and treatments. In addition, they serve as a health care resource, client advocate, health educator, and consultant as part of an interprofessional health team.
(*Due to the enormous admission demand for our Family Nurse Practitioner [FNP] program role, we have encountered maximum program capacity. Our next anticipated FNP admissions process will be scheduled for fall 2017! We thank you for your interest and patience during this time as we carefully design a plan to meet our future admission expansion and continue providing all prospective FNP candidates with a quality graduate nursing education!)
The Nurse Educator track in the Master of Science in Nursing program prepares the graduate for the role of nurse educator in the academic or health care setting. Learners gain insight and experience in curriculum design, course or program design and management, evaluation of learning, and current technologies used in education. The core and supporting courses for the program provide the foundation for the educator role in the areas of nursing research, theory, and evidence-based practice. Students will gain an understanding of nursing curriculum by designing a program of study at the associate, baccalaureate, or staff development levels.
(Application Dates TBA!!)
The first step in the application process is to apply to the BSU Graduate School – this application is located on the BSU website on the homepage. At the top of the homepage website click on “Apply Now” and submit the Graduate School application and pay the required application fee. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
The second step in the application process is to apply to the Department of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program. This application must be downloaded from the Department of Nursing website under “Master of Science Nursing Program” – click on Graduate Nursing Application. The documents listed below must be submitted with the Graduate Nursing application. The completed packet must be submitted to the Department of Nursing by the application deadline (for fall admission). Candidates must submit official academic transcripts from each institution attended.
Application Submission Date: (NED Only) TBA!!
Please understand that admission to the Graduate Nursing program tracks are highly selective. There are many more applicants than there is available space. While you may meet the criteria above, there may be more candidates that surpassed the criteria.
All candidates who are foreign-trained nurses are required to be licensed in the state of Maryland and have their international transcripts be evaluated by the World Evaluation Services (WES) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nurse Schools (CGFNS). A copy of this evaluation must be submitted with your application to the program!
The BSU graduate nursing program is accredited by:
(ACEN) Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
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