Master of Science in Nursing
The M.S.N. is an online degree offered cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University, both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) has a mission to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society and achieve academic excellence in nursing education through learner centered teaching, evidence based practice, creative inquiry and student engagement. Also, the mission is to prepare competent and caring individuals for a life of success and leadership in professional nursing through intellectual, personal and social growth and to contribute to the communities in which they live and work. The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The 36 hour program prepares professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles. These include three separate tracks: the nurse educator, nurse leader, and nurse informaticist.
Nursing education concentration prepares nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning.
Leadership concentration prepares nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, manage, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.
Informatics concentration prepares graduates who are proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within health care environments.
Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE)
Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) or 2.75 (provisional admission)
Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met
Three (3) professional letters of reference
Acceptance into the Graduate School at Columbus State University
Students who do not meet GPA and/or GRE minimal admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their coursework once admitted into the program.
A baccalaureate or master degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations
Application + $50 non-refundable application fee (apply online or print form (PDF))
Certificate of Immunization (PDF)
Official transcript from each college and university attended
Test scores from the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other standardized test as required by the individual degree program
Verification and proof of Lawful Presence
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education