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Nursing Master’s Degrees

“I would like to personally thank all of you that took part in the accomplishments of helping me earn my BSN as well as my MSN. I have enjoyed each of you as a teacher and feel you helped me grow as an individual. The nursing program is great at TU”
Lisa Hampton, BSN Class of 2011; MSN Class of 2013

There are many reasons to earn your MSN among which is a greater number of career choices and higher pay.

As more and more institutions require a BSN for entry in to their nursing ranks, individuals with an MSN degree will have opportunities for specializations and advancement in to administrative roles.Graduate education is characterized by commitment to the advancement of nursing, theory, practice, and research. Mastery of this advanced knowledge is essential for the empowered decision-making, problem-solving, and independent functioning of professional nurses.

The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing and the Division of Nursing Philosophy and Conceptual Framework. The MSN curriculum presupposes a general, professional preparation in nursing then builds upon, as well as expands, that generalist preparation. The program also acknowledges that students bring their existing knowledge and experience as practicing registered nurses and have personal and professional goals which are complementary to those of the program.

The organizing framework for the graduate program incorporates theory development, scientific inquiry, leadership strategies, quality management, information technology, program planning, and the ethical-legal dimensions of practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of pertinent nursing and non-nursing theories to develop leadership behaviors that will improve the quality of patient care and environment in which nursing is practiced.

This 36 credit program consists of core courses (24 credits) in nursing leadership, with an additional 12 credits in nursing administration or nursing education. The program is designed to allow students to maintain an active nursing practice while attending classes on campus one half-day per month. Courses are offered through a “hybrid” learning model, using a combination of a traditional classroom environment and online instruction. Internship hours are arranged at times and locations convenient to students and preceptors.

MSN_MSN-MBA Program Brochure

+Accreditation

TU’s nursing programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 850 Atlanta Ga 404-975-5000.

+Admissions

The following items are required for admission to the Thomas University RN-MSN, MSN or MSN-MBA program:

  • Application for Admission.
    Official transcripts from all prior colleges. You can order college transcripts from prior colleges at www.getmytranscript.com

Send official transcripts to:

admissions@thomasu.edu

or

Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

  • Current valid Registered Nurse License without limitations or sanctions. Students must hold a R.N. license from the state or country in which they plan to complete any practicum hours.
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose outlining personal and professional goals.  This should be no longer than two pages.
  • Three recommendations.

All documents can be emailed to admissions@thomasu.edu

+Graduate Certificates

Thomas University offers Nurse Education and Nursing Administration Graduate Certificate programs with graduate-level academic credit in either field of study. The purpose of the certificate program is to provide the fundamental graduate-level academic foundation for bachelor’s and master’s -prepared Registered Nurses interested in these fields.

Nursing Administration Track        12 Credits

Information Technology i Nursing Administration and Education*
Leadership and Financial Management Strategies*
Human Resource Management for the Nurse Administrator
Nursing Administration Internship
Nursing Administration Elective**

CIP Code 51.3802

Nursing Education Track                 12 Credits

Teaching Strategies in Nursing
Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation in Nursing Education
Nursing Educator Internship
Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education*

CIP Cod 51.3817

*Course not required for students with a MSN from Thomas University
**Required only for students with a prior MSN degree from Thomas University

Students pursuing the RN-MSN track must complete the Core Curriculum requirements of 39 credits and Bridge Courses of 18 credits. A BSN is not awarded to RN-MSN students.

CORE CURRICULUM                                39 credits

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Statistics
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • US History I
  • US History II
  • Humanities Electives (2 courses)

BRIDGE COURSES                                     18 Credits

  • Professional Nursing Praxis: Context, Issues, and Trends
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community and Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing

MSN CORE                                                   24 Credits

  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Elective

Nursing Administration Track              12 Credits

  • Human Resources Management for the Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Special Topics in Nursing Administration

or

Nursing Education Track                     12 Credits

  • Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Educator Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Education

TOTAL CREDITS                                   132 Credits

MSN CORE                                           24 Credits

  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Elective

Nursing Administration Track        12 Credits

  • Human Resources Management for the Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Special Topics in Nursing Administration

or

Nursing Education Track                 12 Credits

  • Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Educator Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Education

TOTAL CREDITS                              36 Credits

CIP Code 51.3801

Thomas University’s MSN-MBA program prepares Registered Nurses (R.N.s) for the complex demands of administrative leadership positions. Through this dual degree graduate program, Registered Nurses earn a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration (dual degree). All graduate admission policies apply to this program and all entry/progression options.

Three MSN-MBA Program Options are available:

  1. R.N.s with an earned bachelor’s degree in Nursing or a related field must complete the 54 credits of MSN-MBA coursework.
  2. R.N.s with an earned associate degree in Nursing must complete all of the coursework required in the RN-MSN program plus the required 24 credits in the MBA program to earn the MSN-MBA dual degree.  A BSN degree is not awarded.
  3. Registered Nurses with a prior MBA or MSN degree from Thomas University must complete the course requirements for the MSN-MBA dual degree. Prior MSN or MBA coursework can be applied.  Contact the Nursing Division for details.


MSN COURSES                          30 Credits

  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-based Health
  • Leadership and Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Elective

MBA COURSES                             24 Credits

MBA Pre-requisites:

  • Priniples of Financial Accounting
  • Priniples of Macroeconomics
  • Priniples of Finance
  • Statistics

MBA CORE

  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management or MBA 669 Training and Development

Total Required Credits                   54 Credits

CIP Code 51.3801

Thomas University’s MSN-MBA Dual Degree program prepares Registered Nurses (R.N.s) for the complex demands of administrative leadership positions in health care. Through this unique, accelerated graduate degree program, Registered Nurses with an earned ADN or Bachelor’s degree can earn two graduate degrees -- a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration -- in just 3 years (full-time study). Three program entry and progression options are available. Program Advantages:
  • Earn TWO graduate degrees with the completion of just 54 graduate credits in Nursing and Business.
  • Graduate MSN and MBA coursework is designed to be completed in just three years while working full-time as a Registered Nurse.
  • The MBA graduate coursework may be earned completely online. The MSN portion is offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid format provides a combination of both online and face-to-face instructional time. Hybrid classes meet just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH.
  • BSN level “bridge” coursework provides ADN-prepared nurses with the academic preparation for graduate level coursework without requiring students to earn a separate BSN degree.

CORE CURRICULUM

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • US History (2 courses)
  • Humanities electives (2 courses)

BRIDGE COURSES

  • Professional Nursing Praxis: Context, Issues, and Trends
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community and Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing

MSN CORE 

  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Elective

CIP Code 51.3801

Nursing Administration Track

  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Special Topics in Nursing Administration

CIP Code 51.3802

MBA COURSES

MBA Pre-Requisites:

  • Priniples of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Statistics

MBA CORE

  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management or MBA 669 Training and Development

CIP Code 52.0201

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