During their November meeting, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) newest graduate degree program, a Master of Science in nursing to be delivered online.

Online Master of Science in nursing approved by Regents

AMERICUS (Nov. 28, 2011)--During their November meeting, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) newest graduate degree program, a Master of Science in nursing to be delivered online.

“This is an important development for Georgia Southwestern and its nursing program,” said President Kendall Blanchard, Ph.D. “This moves that program up to the next level, and I am grateful to Dean Sandra Daniel and her colleagues in nursing for having made this possible.”

"This is a transformational degree, both for students and for our university,” said Brian Adler, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are addressing the severe shortage not only in nurses but in nursing faculty, and we are strategically strengthening the focus of our university toward more graduate programs that are collaborative in nature."

Georgia Southwestern will collaborate with Clayton State University and Columbus State University on the use of faculty resources to support the program, and the three institutions have developed a memorandum of understanding concerning the operation of the program. However, the Georgia Southwestern School of Nursing is the agent of record and will grant degrees. The major objective of the program is to provide additional graduate nursing opportunities in Georgia and to increase the number of nurses with advanced degrees.

“Nationally, there is a demand for a more highly educated workforce who can deliver competent health care,” said Nursing Dean Sandra Daniel, Ph.D. “This can only be met with additional educational pathways at the graduate level. The online program will reduce significant barriers such as travel, work schedules, and personal demands that often prevent a nurse from pursuing graduate work.”

The program will offer two graduate degree concentrations: nursing education and nursing leadership/administration. Both educational tracks will prepare nurses to assume advance practice roles and each is considered an area of high demand.

Nursing Professor Bonnie Simmons, Ph.D., will lead the new online master’s degree program, and classes will begin Fall 2012. The University expects enrollments of between 10 to 40 students during the first three years of program implementation.

The MSN in nursing is Georgia Southwestern’s sixth graduate degree program. Southwestern currently offers a Master of Arts in English in critical literacy and communication, Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, a Master of Science in computer science, and a Specialist in Education in learning and leading.
            
For additional information, please contact the School of Nursing at (229) 931-2275.

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