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Master of Science in Nursing Program

University of the Cumberlands Master of Science in Nursing Program

Program Goals:

  • Expand the integration of scientific findings from nursing, science, humanities, biopsychosicial fields, and organizational science in caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities across the lifespan and the continuum of healthcare environments
  • Promote application of research and foster advanced knowledge in translating and integrating scholarship into evidence-based nursing practice
  • Expand critical thinking, problem-solving, and ethical decision-making skills to include servant leadership and the ability to evaluate and improve the quality and safety of healthcare
  • Impact healthcare outcomes through development of collaboration skills, effective communication, and proficient data management through the use of nursing informatics and healthcare technologies
  • Develop nursing leaders who will meet the needs of the healthcare community as well as impact health policy through advocacy, promote clinical prevention and population health, and model interprofessional collaboration

Upon successful completion of the MSN program, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate nursing theory, concepts from humanities, and related sciences into the delivery of advanced nursing care for diverse populations and the advanced practice role
  • Apply leadership skills and decision making in the provisions of culturally responsive, safe, high quality nursing care
  • Implement evidence-based plans based on data to quantify the impact of quality and safety and improve health outcomes across the continuum of care, system, and organization
  • Integrate theory, research, and interprofessional perspectives to improve practice, healthcare delivery and systems, and health outcomes for patient aggregates
  • Use information and communication technologies to support the organization, integrate and coordinate care, and improve health outcomes
  • Analyze how healthy policy and advocacy influence the structure of healthcare delivery, financing of healthcare, and health outcomes
  • Use effective communication strategies to develop, participate, and lead interprofessional teams to improve healthcare delivery and advance nursing practice
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally competent care for improving health of patient aggregates
  • Demonstrate the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct of the advanced practice role
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to improve systems of care and to optimize patient and population health outcomes
  • Conceptualize and incorporate an evolving personal nursing philosophy based on professional advanced nursing standards, practice, accountability and life-long learning

Admission Requirements a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in nursing is required for admission into the graduate program. Entry-level applicants must (i) have graduated from a regionally-accredited or state-approved institution of higher education and earned a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing; and (ii) hold a current and unencumbered Registered Nurse license.

Secondary-track applicants (those with an MSN degree in another concentration) must (i) have attended a postgraduate program at a regionally-accredited or state-approved institution of higher education and earned a master’s degree in nursing; and (ii) hold a current and unencumbered Registered Nurse license.

All applicants must submit the following information:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from all colleges and universities attended. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for all prior coursework is required for full admission. A conditional admission will be considered for applicants with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 will be considered for a conditional admission. If conditional admittance is granted, a GPA of 3.0 is expected with the completion of 12 hours of coursework
  • A 500-700-word Statement of Purpose for graduate study
  • Two Letters of Reference from individuals commenting on the applicant’s academic and professional potential
  • Evidence of a current and unencumbered Registered Nurse license
  • Completion of a three-hour graduate or undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or higher. A conditional admission may be granted if the applicant is unable to submit evidence of prior completion but this requirement must be met within the first 12 hours of coursework

Application Deadlines:

  • December 1st for the MSN Cohort that begins in Spring
  • July 1st for the MSN Cohort that begins in Fall

Orientation for Accepted Students:

  • Held on-campus at 3:00pm the Thursday prior to the start of classes

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