Jan 23, 2021
Karen Ward, Interim Director
The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) and the Master of Science in Professional Science (M.S.) degree with a concentration in Health Care Informatics in collaboration with the Biology and Mathematical Sciences departments.
The Master of Science in Nursing degree (M.S.N.) is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of RODP courses and programs. The program includes four concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Advanced Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner). 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 to the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner requires
- the student to be a registered nurse (R.N.);
- an earned bachelor’s degree. Those with an R.N. and B.S.N. are ready for admission into the M.S.N. program. Those who are currently an R.N. (in Tennessee or through a compact state) with a bachelor’s degree in any area and have a minimum of 3.00 grade point average (GPA) may qualify for this program through the bridge program. This bridge program requires that students take four assigned undergraduate courses and then bridge directly into the M.S.N. without having completed the B.S.N.
NOTE: No GRE is required.
Students are advised to contact the graduate program director in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official copies of transcripts;
- submit three signed letters of recommendation;
- submit an updated vita or resume;
- submit a copy of RN license;
- submit background check information;
- submit proof of immunization;
- submit proof of payment of malpractice insurance.
NOTE: Applicants residing in Middle Tennessee (Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson county) are randomly assigned to one of the three TBR institutions in Middle Tennessee (APSU, MTSU, or TSU). Students who reside in one of these counties must first apply to the RODP program at www.rodp.org/admissions/admissions-steps. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.
- complete 46 hours of graduate nursing courses (see specifics in Curriculum section below);
- complete a practicum in accordance with RODP 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)
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)
The School of Nursing also offers selected graduate courses which 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.