The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice and doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice and to contribute to the advancement of the profession. Upon completion of the MSN program, graduates should be able to:
• Integrate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of advanced nursing practice.
• Demonstrate competence in advanced nursing roles to meet current and emerging health needs of a global changing society.
Requirements for Admission:
The College of Nursing has several tracks and specialization options within the MSN program to facilitate students achieving the MSN.
• Post BSN
• Post Master’s Certification
• RN to MSN (for associate/diploma RN’s with a BS/BA degree in a non- nursing discipline)
• RN to BSN/MSN (for associate & diploma RN’s) – The College of Nursing has a special program to facilitate associate and diploma prepared registered nurses attain the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Upon completion of the first phase of the program, students will be awarded a BSN degree. Upon completion of the second phase of the program the student will earn the MSN degree. Please select the above link to learn more information.
• Accelerated BSN/MSN (for non RN’s) – Students who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who are not RN’s may qualify for the AMSN program.
1. The MSN program is an online program. Coursework is completed online and clinical hours can be completed in your region with an approved Preceptor.
2. Nurse practitioner track students are required to report to the CON for about 3-5 days for orientation. Additional onsite visits may be required and are listed on the specialty track’s web page. Please refer to the Available Tracks within the MSN program below.
3. GRE and/or MAT– not required
4. Letters of reference – not required
5. All MSN students pay the same tuition rate: Web Course Tuition for Graduate Students
6. All requirements for the MSN degree must be completed within five calendar years from admission
7. Additional requirements for admission are located in the University of South Alabama Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin.
8. Students are responsible for costs related to the required admission background check and drug screen. Students are responsible for all travel costs for any required on-campus visit and for travel costs to clinical sites.
9. Students are responsible for all costs related to monitoring/proctoring tests and identity authentication when required by a course.
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program Options:
Adult-Gerontological Acute NP
Adult-Gerontological NP (Primary Care)
Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role)
Family Psychiatric NP
Nurse Educator Option
USA offers nurse educator classes to those students wishing to pursue a career in academia. These courses are a subspecialization that can be added onto your current degree plan. Please click this link to learn more:
If you have any further questions about the application process, contact the College of Nursing at email@example.com or 251-445-9400.
Office of Graduate Studies
USA College of Nursing – HAHN 3086
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
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