Master of Science in Nursing

SoN Graduate group

Master of Science in Nursing

 

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Education/Administration track is designed to meet the critical need for leaders and teachers. The program is structured around the major components of theory, research, and practice. The concepts of leadership, critical thinking, decision making, and planned change are integrated throughout the curriculum. The graduate nursing student at the University of Mobile will develop specific roles through refinement of existing professional skills, expansion of the knowledge base for practice, and development of advanced competencies in one particular area of practice.

 

Based upon outcomes competencies guiding the curriculum, on completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will:

  • Utilize theories from nursing and other disciplines to improve health care and nursing education outcomes.
  • Develop organizing frameworks for the delivery of health care or for teaching nursing.
  • Contribute to the development of the scientific knowledge base in nursing by recognizing researchable problems, and participating in research to advance the practice of nursing and improve nursing education.
  • Incorporate leadership strategies and local, state and national health care policies into plans to effect improvement in nursing education and the health care system.
  • Apply principles of economics and budgeting into fiscal plans for administering health care or nursing education programs.
  • Utilize an identified process for guidance in making ethical decisions.
  • Consider human diversity when planning and implementing health care and teaching activities.
  • Contribute as a leader to the restructuring of professional nursing roles as health care and nursing education needs emerge in society.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Unconditional Admission

To qualify for unconditional admission the student must:

  1. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited program in nursing, such as a CCNE accredited program;
  2. File the application for admission to the office of graduate programs and furnish the various materials listed in the instructions;
  3. Pay a non-refundable application fee;
  4. Furnish official transcript(s) from each institution attended, showing all credits previously earned.
  5. Have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; and
  6. Present evidence of current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse.
  7. Present evidence of current immunizations as requested by the MSN faculty.
  8. Be screened for use of illegal chemical substances or abuse of prescription drugs.  This can be prior to admission or following admission as required by clinical agencies with whom the University has a contract, or on a “for cause” basis.  Any required drug screens are conducted at the student’s expense.  The drug testing policy may be found in the School of Nursing Student Manual.
  9. Complete background checks required by clinical agencies.  This may be prior to admission or following admission.  These are conducted at the student’s expense.
  10. Write an essay that explains why you selected the University of Mobile as the school you wish to attend for your graduate studies, and why you’ve selected your area of study.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to:

  1. An applicant whose GPA is lower than 3.00 but not lower than 2.75; and

Appeals may be made to the vice president for academic affairs, the dean of the School of Nursing, and the MSN faculty.

Coursework
Nursing Education/Administration (39 Semester Hours)
  • NU 500 Essentials of Advanced Health Assessment/Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
  • NU 502 Organizational Behavior and Processes or
  • MGT 524 Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • NU 503 Current Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • NU 504 Research Methodology
  • NU 505 Management of Human and Financial Resources or
  • FI 531 Financial Management
  • NU 515 Curriculum Development in Nursing
  • NU 516 Computer Utilization in Nursing
  • NU 517 Testing and Evaluation
  • NU 518 Developing Leadership Roles in Nursing
  • NU 530 Administration of Nursing Organizations
  • NU 531 Administration of Nursing Practicum
  • NU 540 Teaching Nursing
  • NU 541 Teaching Nursing Practicum
  • NU 598 Research Project or
  • NU 599 Thesis
Job Outlook

The Nursing field is experiencing a 19% job growth rate. Graduates of our MSN program pursue hospital administration roles or teaching, while significantly increasing their income.

Tuition & Fees

Cost is $510/credit hour. Comprehensive fees are $350/semester.

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The University of Mobile’s School of Nursing MSN program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

 
The master’s degree in nursing at the University of Mobile is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.