Graduate Chair's Message
Welcome to the website of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).
As Chair of the Program, I am delighted that you have chosen to continue your education at Georgia Southwestern State University.
GSW has a long-standing commitment to nursing education that began in 1953. In the Fall of 2012, Georgia Southwestern joined a collaboration offering MSN degrees with tracks in nursing education and leadership/management. Currently, the GSW School of Nursing is in partnership with Columbus State University as The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) offering tracks in nursing education, leadership/management, and informatics. Students in this program receive their degree from the institution in which they enroll, although they are able to enjoy the resources from both schools.
The mission of GICGNE is: (1) 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; and (2) 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 faculty and staff of the MSN Program at GSW are committed to preparing nurses with advanced education to meet the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment. Further information and links are provided on this website that will assist you in becoming more familiar with the GSW School of Nursing. I hope you will choose to join us as we pursue excellence within graduate nursing education.
Bonnie J. Simmons, PhD, RN
Graduate Program Chair
Graduate Program Description and Requirements
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
The Master of Science in Nursing is an online degree offered cooperatively by Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Columbus State University (CSU), both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. This consortium allows students to enjoy resources from both schools. The 36-38 hour program prepares professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educators, leaders and informaticists.
All students enrolled in the program are required to take graduate core courses. The educator and leadership track have six (6) core courses and the informatics track has five (5) core courses. Additionally, students are required to select a concentration of nursing education, nursing leadership, or nursing informatics. Eighteen (18) credit hours are required in the education and leadership concentration and twenty one (21) in the informatics concentration. Included in each of these tracks is a 3 hour thesis or focused project.
The nursing education concentration focuses on preparing nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning.
The leadership concentration focuses on developing nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, mange, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.
The informatics concentration focuses on preparing nurses to become proficient in health information technology and essential informatics competencies to function within patient care environments.
The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the School of Nursing by the deadline for each term. Completed applications that are received by the preferred deadline will be given priority review. Those applications received after the final deadline for a specific admission term will be recorded for the next available term. Contact the office of the School of Nursing for additional information. Applicants may apply for admission any semester.
Regular Without Conditions
To be admitted without condition a student must meet the following criteria:
- Completed application for admission and a $25.00 processing fee.
- Two official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work previously taken.
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Official copy of scores earned on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with an acceptable score. The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned an advanced degree.
- Three (3) professional letters of recommendation that comment on the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate academic program.
- Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met.
Regular with conditions
A student failing to meet one or more of the standards required for admission without condition may be eligible for admission with condition for up to one semester under conditions specified at the time of admission, if space in the program is available. Students who fail to make progress under provisional admission will be withdrawn from the program.
Program Learning Outcomes
The degree offers graduates the opportunities to:
- Implement the selected advanced nurse role-leader, educator or informaticist- within health care.
- Develop and nurture interprofessional collaborations by communicating and consulting with other health care professionals, including administrators, community leaders and regulators.
- Evaluate the influence of ethical principles on personal and organizational decision-making.
- Utilize nursing research for the promotion of quality nursing education, health care, and evidence based practice.
- Employ critical thinking in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
- Exemplify cultural competence and sensitivity to diversity in dynamic academic and health care environments.
- Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective health care and the advancement of nursing practice.
- Utilize informatics to improve client outcomes and to promote the health of individuals, groups and communities.
Application Procedure with Deadlines
- Submit a Graduate Admission application with a $25.00 non-refundable fee to the School of Nursing at GSW.
- Request all official transcripts for each college or university attended be sent directly to the GSW School of Nursing.
- Request Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores be sent to the School of Nursing at GSW. Scores from tests taken more than five years prior to application for admission will not be accepted.
- Submit a completed and up-to-date Certificate of Immunization to the School of Nursing before enrollment.
- Deadlines for Admission
Graduate Program Application Deadlines
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Online Application Deadlines
|Preferred Deadline||March 15th||June 15th||October 15th|
|Final Deadline||April 15th||July 15th||November 15th|
MSN Fact Sheet (printable)
MSN Application Form (printable)
MSN Recommendation Form (printable)
MSN Model Plan of Study - Educator (printable)
MSN Model Plan of Study - Informatics (printable)
MSN Model Plan of Study - Leadership (printable)
MSN Curriculum Sheet (printable)
GSW Graduate Bulletin (Link)