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Master of Science in Nursing

The MUW Department of Graduate Nursing was established in 1974, and has maintained full nursing accreditation status since its initial accreditation, to offer programs of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The graduate master's nursing program is for individuals with a baccalaureate in nursing and two years registered nursing experience. There is currently one track to choose from: Family Nurse Practitioner (39 semester hours, 12 months).



MSN Philosophy

The Master of Science in Nursing program extends and refines the knowledge and skills of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse while integrating findings from the sciences and humanities, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, health economics, translational science and organizational sciences in order to provide care to diverse populations of patients in clinical and community-based systems.  Attainment of advanced knowledge and competencies occurs through the process of role mastery, moving from novice to expert, in order to provide nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals/families across the lifespan, populations, or systems. The educational process is guided by three foci: primary care, advanced nursing practice, and evidence based practice. Primary care emphasizes health promotion and health maintenance for individuals, families, and populations in addition to managing and monitoring acute and chronic illnesses. This diversity of care is patient centered and culturally appropriate with evidence-based goals and modalities of care. Advanced nursing practice is autonomous and focuses on knowledge and competencies for the specialized role of the family nurse practitioner. In this role, the advanced practice nurse functions independently, is accountable as a direct provider of care, and is an advocate for patients, families, caregivers, populations and members of the healthcare team. Inherent in advanced nursing practice is leadership in order to provide for high-quality nursing care, healthcare team coordination, patient safety and quality improvement, and for understanding health care delivery systems assisting with identifying the economic, ethical, legal, and political factors that influence health care. Advanced practice nursing involves self-evaluation for continuing scholarship, professional growth, and excellence in practice. Therefore. the advanced practice nurse is prepared to pursue doctoral education. Evidence based practice provides opportunity for integration of nursing research, primary care, and leadership with the science of nursing.

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MSN Program Goals/Outcomes

  1. Prepare advance practice nurses who expand and refine a broad base of knowledge and skills from nursing and the biopsychosocial sciences to influence healthcare;
  2. Prepare advanced practice nurses who demonstrate mastery of expected national competencies including the abilities to assess, diagnose, and manage a broad scope of acute and chronic health issues in primary care;
  3. Prepare advanced practice nurses who continue as lifelong learners and who influence safe and quality healthcare through inter-professional team approaches, emerging technology, health policy, and ongoing role development.

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General Admission Requirements:

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation stating the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic/work performance.
  • An immunization form showing two doses of the MMR vaccine. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
  • A $25 application fee, payable to MUW Graduate Studies.

All application materials need to be submitted by March 1.

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an academic institution with national and regional accreditation
  • Credit in undergraduate statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Unencumbered MS RN license or have unencumbered authority to practice as a RN via the Multi-state Licensure Compact
  • Practice experience of at least two years as a registered nurse
  • Evidence of professional leadership and foundational research skills
  • Advanced Pathophysiology is a prerequisite course. It is offered on the MUW campus during spring and summer semesters only. You must pass this course with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Pass a nationwide background check and drug screen (9 panel)
  • A personal interview with graduate nursing faculty
  • Check the Graduate Bulletin for the current list of requirements for admission.
  • Three letters of reference (one should be from an undergraduate nursing instructor/faculty member.

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Plan of Study

Family Nurse Practitioner Track




NU 502 - Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics


NU 503 - Advanced Health Assessment *#


NU 503L - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical *#


NU 508 - Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Strategies


NU 521 - Science of Diagnostic Reasoning *#








NU 501 - Advanced Pharmacology *#


NU 505 - Primary Care Management I *#


NU 505L - Primary Care Management I Clinical *#


NU 550 - Advanced Primary Care Procedures *


NU 597 - Clinical Research Project








NU 506 - Primary Care Management II *#


NU 506L - Primary Care Management II Clinical *#


NU 512 - Advanced Practice Role Development *#


NU 516 - Population Health in Advanced Nursing Practice *


NU 570 - Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics


NU 597-Clinical Research Project




*Denotes Post-Graduate Certificate, RN FNP Track requirements.


#Denotes Post-Graduate Certificate, APRN FNP requirements.

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Tuition & Costs:

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Additional Expenses for Nursing Students

(Values listed below are approximate and will vary from year to year)
Malpractice Insurance --------------------------------------------- $20.00 - up
Medical Books (for entire program of study)---------------------$2,500.00
Meditrax Clinical Tracking -------------------------------------------$75.00
Procedure Course Equipment ---------------------------------------$150.00
Skills Camp-------------------------------------------------------------$250.00
Typing/editing Service------------------------------------------------$200.00
Equipment (for clinic practice)------------------------------------$1,000.00*
*You must buy your equipments from WelchAllyn. You will be able to choose from two packages.

Certification Application and Review Course-----------------------$650.00

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Application Documents

Graduate Nursing Application

Dept. of Graduate Nursing

Dr. Teresa Hamill

Martin Hall
Phone: (662) 329-7323

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