Application to the MSN and certificates must be made through the university office of Graduate Admissions.
This site is only for additional information regarding the consortium (GICGNE) between Georgia Southwestern and Columbus State University and how it is related to the curriculum and requirements of the degree.
The degree of Master of Science in Nursing consists of four tracks and two certificates - all online programs of study. The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educations, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) is a consortium between
Accreditation: Both the baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GOVIEW online platform. The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.
The MSN tracks can be completed in two academic years, or four semesters of full-time study (9 credit hours per semester). Students are expected to complete the program of study within a seven (7) year period, but are encouraged to complete all courses in their selected track as quickly as their schedule allows. All requirements including course work at GSW and CSU, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within 7 calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned. To remain in good academic standing, degree candidates must maintain a "B" (3.0) average. Only two courses with a "C" or better will count toward the degree.
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 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 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 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. FNP students will only be accepted during the fall semester.
The APRN Loan Repayment Program (APRNLRP) was created to increase access to high quality, advanced nursing care in underserved, rural communities in Georgia. The program repays the APRN education student loan debt for those who agree to practice full –time in a rural community in Georgia. The program provides up to $10,000 a year in student loan repayment in return for a 12-month commitment to practice in a rural community. Recipients may receive a maximum of four loans and a maximum total student loan repayment of $40,000. Details are in the link below. Please encourage APRNs practicing in rural areas to review the materials and if eligible, APPLY! http://gbpw.georgia.gov/loan-repayment-programs
Deadline for Family Nurse Practitioner fall admission only: February 15
Deadlines for all other MSN programs: Fall admission- June 15 Spring admission-October 15
GSW Distance Education Programs - Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Georgia Southwestern State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Georgia Southwestern State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. States in which GSW is authorized to offer online programs may be found at https://gsw.edu/Assets/DistanceLearning/GSW%20State%20Authorization%20Statement.pdf.
If you would like to know more about any of the MSN Education, Leadership, or Informatics please contact: Dr. Bonnie Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 229-931-2281. For more about the FNP track, please contact: Dr. Mary Anne Shepherd at email@example.com or call 229-931-2241.
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