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Masters Degree in Nursing

There are many reasons to earn your masters degree in Nursing (MSN) at Thomas University among which are a greater number of career choices and higher pay.

As more and more institutions require a BSN for entry into their nursing ranks, individuals with a master’s degree in Nursing will have opportunities for specializations and advancement in administrative roles and nurse educator roles. Graduate education is characterized by commitment to the advancement of nursing, theory, practice and research. Mastery of this advanced knowledge is essential for the empowered decision-making, problem-solving and independent functioning of professional nurses.

“I would like to personally thank all of you that took part in the accomplishments of helping me earn my BSN as well as my MSN. I have enjoyed each of you as a teacher and feel you helped me grow as an individual. The nursing program is great at TU.”

Lisa Hampton, BSN Class of 2011; MSN Class of 2013

+Nursing at TU

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing and the Division of Nursing Philosophy and Conceptual Framework. The MSN curriculum presupposes a general, professional preparation in nursing then builds upon, as well as expands, that generalist preparation. The program also acknowledges that students bring their existing knowledge and experience as practicing registered nurses and have personal and professional goals which are complementary to those of the program.

The organizing framework for the graduate program incorporates theory development, scientific inquiry, leadership strategies, quality management, information technology, program planning, and the ethical-legal dimensions of practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of pertinent nursing and non-nursing theories to develop leadership behaviors that will improve the quality of patient care and environment in which nursing is practiced.

This 36-credit master’s degree in nursing consists of core courses (24 credits) in nursing, with an additional 12 credits in either nursing administration or nursing education. The program is designed to allow students to maintain an active nursing practice while attending classes on campus one half-day per month. Courses are offered through a “hybrid” learning model, using a combination of a traditional classroom environment and online instruction. Internship hours are arranged at times and locations convenient to students and preceptors.

Nursing Outcomes

+Accreditation

TU’s nursing programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404-975-5000.

+Admissions

The following items are required for admission to the Thomas University RN-MSN, MSN or MSN-MBA program:

All admission documents should be mailed to admissions@thomasu.edu.

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Admissions Office
Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

+Courses

The RN-MSN graduate coursework is offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid format provides a combination of both online and face-to-face instructional time. Hybrid classes meet just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH.

BSN level “bridge” coursework provides ADN-prepared nurses with the academic preparation for graduate level coursework without requiring students to earn a separate BSN degree.

MSN students complete either the Nursing Education or the Nursing Administration track as part of their program.

A BSN is not awarded to RN-MSN students.

General Education
  • Composition I
  • Composition II OR Oral Communications
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Survey of Humanities I
Nursing Pre-requisites
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
BSN Bridge Courses
  • Professional Nursing Praxis
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
MSN Core
  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Graduate Elective
CIP Code 51.3801
    Nursing Concentrations (Choose one.)
Nursing Administration Track
  • Human Resources Management for the Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Administration Elective
CIP Code 51.3802 or Nursing Education Track
  • Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Education Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Education
  CIP Code 51.3817

TOTAL CREDITS 132

The MSN coursework is offered in a hybrid format.  The hybrid format provides a combination of both online and face-to-face instructional time.  Face-to-face meetings are held just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH.  MSN students complete either the Nursing Education or the Nursing Administration track as part of their program.

MSN Core                                           24 Credits
  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Nursing Elective
Nursing Administration Track        12 Credits
  • Human Resources Management for the Nurse Administrator
  • Nurse Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Special Topics in Nursing Administration

OR

Nursing Education Track                 12 Credits
  • Teaching Strategies in Nursing
  • Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Educator Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Education
TOTAL CREDITS                              36 Credits CIP Code 51.3801
Thomas University’s MSN-MBA program prepares Registered Nurses (R.N.s) for the complex demands of administrative leadership positions. Through this dual degree graduate program, Registered Nurses earn a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration (dual degree). All graduate admission policies apply to this program and all entry/progression options. Three MSN-MBA Program Options are available:
  1. R.N.s with an earned bachelor’s degree in Nursing or a related field must complete the 54 credits of MSN and MBA coursework.
  2. Registered Nurses with a prior MBA or MSN degree from Thomas University must complete the course requirements for the MSN-MBA dual degree. Prior MSN or MBA coursework can be applied.  Contact the Nursing Division for details.
MSN COURSES                          30 Credits
  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-based Health
  • Leadership and Financial Management and Stsrategies
  • Graduate Nursing Elective
  • Nursing Administration Internship
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
MBA COURSES MBA pre-requisite:
  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
MBA Core                                24 Credits
  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management or Training and Development
Total Required Credits             54 Credits CIP Code 51.3801
Thomas University’s RN-MSN/MBA Dual Degree program prepares Registered Nurses (R.N.s) for the complex demands of administrative leadership positions in health care. Through this unique, accelerated graduate degree program, Registered Nurses with an earned ADN or Bachelor’s degree can earn two graduate degrees – a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration – in just 4 years (full-time study). Three program entry and progression options are available.

Program Advantages:

  • The MBA coursework may be earned completely online. The MSN portion is offered in a hybrid format. The hybrid format provides a combination of both online and face-to-face instructional time. Hybrid classes meet just ONE HALF-DAY PER MONTH.
  • BSN level “bridge” coursework provides ADN-prepared nurses with the academic preparation for graduate level coursework without requiring students to earn a separate BSN degree.
General Education
  • Composition I
  • Composition II OR Oral Communications
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Survey of Humanities I
Pre-requisites
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • General  Education electives (4 classes)
NURSING BRIDGE COURSES
  • Professional Nursing Praxis
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing
MSN Core
  • Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education
  • Advanced Theoretical Foundations
  • Research Design and Methodologies
  • Policy, Law and Ethics in Nursing
  • Program Planning for Nursing Leadership and Education
  • Global Perspectives on Population-Based Health
  • Leadership & Financial Management Strategies
  • Capstone Project in Nursing Administration
  • Graduate Nursing Elective
  • Nurse Administration Internship

CIP Code 51.3802

MBA COURSES

MBA Core
  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Decision-Making
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organization Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy & Policy
  • Operations Management OR Training and Development
Total Credits 150 CIP Code 52.0201

+Graduate Certificates

Thomas University offers Nursing Education and Nursing Administration Graduate Certificate programs with graduate-level academic credit in either field of study. The purpose of the certificate program is to provide the fundamental graduate-level academic foundation for bachelor’s and master’s -prepared Registered Nurses interested in these fields.

Nursing Administration Track        12 Credits

Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education*
Leadership and Financial Management Strategies*
Human Resource Management for the Nurse Administrator
Nursing Administration Internship
Nursing Administration Elective**

CIP Code 51.3802

Nursing Education Track                 12 Credits

Teaching Strategies in Nursing
Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation in Nursing Education
Nursing Educator Internship
Information Technology in Nursing Administration and Education*

CIP Cod 51.3817

*Course not required for students with an MSN from Thomas University
**Required only for students with a prior MSN degree from Thomas University

+Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

The concept of creating a professional nursing honor society, with the eventual goal of becoming a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, has always been a goal of the Division of Nursing at Thomas University. In March 2012, The Phi Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was officially chartered with 84 members including six officers.

The Phi Tau Chapter of STTI at Thomas University serves to provide a mechanism for professional development, nursing education, and collaboration among the nurses located in rural southwest Georgia and North Florida. Since its inception, it has proven to be a strong and active organization of nursing students, graduates and nurse leaders in the region.

For more information, please visit https://www.sigmanursing.org

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