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Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing consists of three degree tracks, two certificate tracks, and one program – all on-line programs of study. It is offered cooperatively by Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Columbus State University (CSU), both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educators, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners. The master's degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate at Georgia Southwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Nursing Education - Degree or Certificate Option

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 education track has six (6) core courses and six (6) courses concentrating in nursing education. Included in the track is a 3 hour thesis or focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.

Nursing Leadership/Management

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 leadership track has six (6) core courses and six (6) courses concentrating in nursing leadership. Included in the track is a 3 hour thesis or focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.

Nursing Informatics - Degree or Certificate Option

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 informatics track has five (5) core courses and seven (7) courses concentrating in nursing informatics. Included in the track is a 3 hour thesis or focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The family nurse practitioner program consists of a total of 44 semester hours, all online. It also requires 765 clinical hours, which will be completed in facilities and with preceptors that have been approved by the FNP Program Coordinators. The clinical sites will be located as close to the student’s geographic residence or local community as possible. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months. Also, FNP students will only be accepted during the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

The completed application packet, including all supporting documentation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline for each term. Completed applications that are received by the preferred deadline will be given priority review. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions. FNP applicants are only accepted for fall semester, other program applicants may be accepted for admission any semester.  The procedure for application consists of:

  1. Graduate application for admission
  2. $25.00 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  4. Three completed recommendation forms
  5. Immunization form (before enrollment)
  6. Documentation of Lawful Presence (before enrollment, if applying for in-state tuition)

Regular Admission (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.
  • 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 Admission (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.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
Wheatley Administration Building
Fax: 229-931-2983

Georgia Southwestern State University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
800 GSW State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
United States of America

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