Southwest Baptist University

Master of Science in Nursing

Combining a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes, and clinical experiences, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides advanced degree options for BSN graduates. MSN students have the opportunity to specialize in either nursing education or nursing administration.

Admissions

Admission Criteria for a New Applicant with the BSN Degree:

  1. Submission of application to the graduate program in nursing
  2. Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and statistics
  3. 3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; if a student’s GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required
  4. BSN degree from an accredited college or university
  5. Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri, or eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri
  6. Submission of two reference forms from faculty and employer or others who can address the applicant's potential to succeed in graduate study (forms are provided)
  7. Submission of an essay (no longer than two pages) outlining how an MSN will facilitate the accomplishment of the applicant's professional goals and career path
  8. Official transcripts submitted from all prior nursing programs - must be sent directly to the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Attn: MSN Department)
  9. Submission of the following documents:
    • Current RN license
    • Current CPR card
    • Photo ID/Driver's license
    • Certified Background Check (Includes Criminal Background check, Family Care & Safety Registry Background Check, and Urine Drug Screen) at an additional cost to the student. Final acceptance into the MSN program is contingent on a negative drug screen.
    • Immunization and TB testing verification form
    • Current RN liability/malpractice insurance verification prior to beginning clinical courses – NUR 5523, NUR 550(1-3), and NUR 5323

Admission Criteria for an Existing SBU Student with the BSN Degree

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the student's GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
  2. Certified Background Check (Includes Criminal Background check, Family Care & Safety Registry Background Check, and Urine Drug Screen) at an additional cost to the student. Final acceptance into the MSN program is contingent on a negative drug screen.
  3. Immunization and TB testing verification form
  4. Current RN liability/malpractice insurance verification prior to beginning clinical courses – NUR 5523, NUR 550(1-3), and NUR 5323
  5. Copies of admission documents from SBU BSN file

Course Transfer Equivalency

Nine graduate semester hours completed at another regionally accredited institution may be transferred and applied to the degree. These credits must be comparable to courses offered at Southwest Baptist University and must be approved by the MSN Faculty and Dean. Southwest Baptist University maintains a current database of course transfer equivalencies from hundreds of accredited colleges and universities. Students are welcome to search for and find course equivalents for pre-requisite courses and program requirements within the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences degree programs.


Contact

Charlie Hungerford, M.A.
Director of Admissions
417.820.3272 (phone)│ chungerford@SBUniv.edu

MSN Program:
Cozi Bagley, DNP, RNC-OB
MSN Program Director and Assistant Professor
417.820.3259 (phone)│(417) 887-4847 (fax)
cbagley@SBUniv.edu

Pre-requisites

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Current RN License

Costs and Scholarships

Costs

Cost Sheet

Scholarships

Mercy Health Foundation and Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences offer the J.F. Johnson and Sansone Nursing Education Assistance Program to help support those students working to advance their nursing education.

Accreditations

The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
800.621.7440

ACENAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
404.975.5000
www.acenursing.org

Course Requirements


MSN Core Classes

Nursing Science
Concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing
Ethics and Policy Issues in Advanced Practice
Nursing Research
Information Systems
Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Education

Foundational Perspectives of Nursing Education
Teaching and Learning Principles of Nursing Education
Evaluation in Nursing Education
Advanced Pathophysiology
Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion
Advanced Pharmacology
Nursing Education Practicum
Masters Project and Practicum
Comprehensive Examination

Master of Science in Nursing Administration

Health Care Finance
Human Resource Management in Health Care
Organizational Analysis and Innovation
Health Care Organizations
Advanced Health Care Leadership and Administration
Quality and Safety in Health Care
Masters Project and Practicum
Comprehensive Examination

Student Outcomes

Over the past three years:

  1. 100% of MSN Nursing Administration & Nursing Education graduates completed their program plans within 1.5 times their program plan of study.
  2. Approximately 85% of our graduates reported having a job related to their graduate education field, i.e. nursing education or nursing administration.
  3. 100% of the MSN graduates report plans to seek certification in either nursing education or nursing administration upon eligibility.
  4. 100% of MSN graduates as of spring 2014 would refer this program to another student.
  5. Overall, employers show a high level of satisfaction with the MSN graduates and believe the MSN graduate is adequately prepared for his or her entry level position.

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