May 25, 2020
The School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with emphasis areas: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing is to prepare students as advanced practice registered nurses in the role of nurse practitioner. The FNP program prepares the graduate to provide primary health care at an advanced level to individuals and families across the lifespan in rural and community health settings.
The School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice adheres to the university policies with regard to the admission of graduate students. Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition to meeting the Graduate School Admission Requirements and Procedures , the FNP applicant must also meet the following requirements of the School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice:
- Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) from an institution accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Submitted official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including a score of 3.0 or higher on the analytical section.
- 3.0 or higher-grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate nursing courses.
- Proof of a current and unencumbered/unrestricted registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the State of Mississippi (prior to starting the program).
- Completed and passed (B or better) an introductory course in statistics.
- Applicants to the FNP program must have at least one year of clinical experience as an RN before beginning FNP emphasis/clinical courses.
- Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate.
- Curriculum vitae or professional resumé.
- Cover letter of introduction and a personal statement of research interests submitted with the application.
- Supplemental Nursing Application.
- Submission of three letters of reference from employers, supervisors, teachers, or others who are qualified to assess the student's academic ability and readiness for graduate study.
- Proof of a recent health examination to include (a) proof of immunization against the Hepatitis B virus, (b) current tuberculosis (TB) skin test or quantiFERON G test, (c) current Tdap immunization, (d) evidence of immunity to varicella, and (c) current MMR immunization.
- Must pass both a criminal background check and drug screening,
Exceptions to the above criteria must be approved by the School Director, the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Program Requirements and Academic Policies
Forty-four (44) credit hours are required to complete the program: 7 hours in the core and 37 hours in the area of emphasis, including clinical courses, and support courses at the 600 level. A comprehensive exam and a 3.0 GPA are required to graduate.
A student must maintain a 3.0-grade point average each semester and may not earn more than 6 hours with a grade of C in the program of study. Failure to meet this requirement will result in denial of progression in the graduate nursing program.
If a student has a felony conviction, the student may not be able to complete the degree because the student may not be able to perform the required clinical experience.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examinations.
- Students enrolled in any laboratory course must adhere to agency guidelines and must maintain their nursing license to practice throughout the program of study.
- Students must purchase liability insurance through the university. The required insurance fee will be charged for each semester the student is enrolled in a clinical course at the time of registration.
- NP students will be expected to purchase physical assessment equipment.
- Students must remain current in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) training.
See General Degree Requirements and General Academic Information for other requirements and expectations.
Required courses (37 hours)
These courses will be taken in a prescribed order not reflected here. Courses will also be taken during the summer semester.