General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Don Rice; firstname.lastname@example.org; 423-439-6158
Dr. Myra Clark, PhD, FNP-C, Director of Graduate Programs
207 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Dr. Janice Lazear, Graduate Coordinator
200 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Sally S. Blowers; Nancy Cameron; Myra Clark; Charles Cooley; Sandy Diffenderfer; Janne Dunham-Taylor; Masoud Ghaffari; Lee Glenn; Lisa Haddad; Christine Hall; Patricia A. Hayes; Jean Hemphill; Janice Lazear; Sharon Loury; Jo-Ann S. Marrs; Christine Mullins; Carolyn Merriman; Wendy Nehring; Lisa Ousley; Judith Rice; Teresa Stephens; Patricia Vanhook; Joy E. Wachs; Florence Weierbach.
The College of Nursing graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) designed to prepare registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing for advanced practice.
The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is patient centered quality care including common and acute illnesses while emphasizing quality of care and health outcomes. The patient population for this concentration is across the lifespan. Graduates will be eligible for the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification examination. The Family Nurse Practitioner works in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. Graduates are prepared for employment in varied healthcare settings.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Beginning with admissions for the Summer 2018 term, the following application deadlines (dates for all materials to be received by the School of Graduate Studies) are:
Fall Admission May 1
Spring Admission September 15
Summer Admission February 1
Applicants seeking admission to the Masters of Science in Nursing degree program at East Tennessee State University must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing. The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:
- a completed application with payment of a nonrefundable application fee;
- official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work; and
- a written essay.
In addition, College of Nursing requirements for admission to the Master of Science degree program include:
- An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed.
- BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program.
Students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who hold an unencumbered RN license can be considered for admission into the MSN program but must complete the following bridge courses prior to registration in graduate courses:
NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research;
NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice;
NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Practice;
NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing
- An earned Bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course.
- Graduate school TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score as required. Consult the graduate admission requirements for further details.
TOEFL Paper-based score >550
Internet-based score 79
- Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School.
Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration Concentration must satisfactorily complete 36 credit hours of coursework. Students in the Nursing Education Concentration must complete 38 credit hours. Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration must complete 46 credit hours. Students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration must complete 41 credit hours. Specific courses are required of students who plan to take a national certification examination. All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination or satisfactorily complete culminating experience in the final semester of the program.
Courses are selected and approved in conjunction with the student’s advisor.
Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing will complete the following core courses and additional concentration nursing courses.