After admission into the MSN program and continuing through full admission into the Nurse Educator specialization, students must achieve the following for retention in the program:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 3 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of “B-”, and no hours of graduate work below a grade of “C”. Receive a “pass” in all clinical evaluations.
- No more than one course may be repeated.
- Students must complete all requirements for the degree by their 5th academic year after admission into the MSN specialization.
- Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses in advanced nursing roles.
- Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge in the area of specialization.
The Missouri State University MSN Program uses a combination of online and on-campus modalities. Didactic online content is delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the MSN program must be proficient using Blackboard (or other course platform systems), word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software. Students are expected to be able to manage files, navigate the internet, access resources, locate scholarly references from the library, use a headset/microphone, computer camera, scanner and fax machine. Students who have deficiencies in these areas must seek training before the start of the program.
The Department of Nursing uses a Blackboard course management system for all courses. Additionally, the Adobe Connect software is used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Videoconferencing may be used with Adobe Connect or Skype software. Access to a personal computer with broadband (Cable or DSL) connections, a web camera, microphone with headset, and a laptop computer with wireless capabilities that meet the minimal hardware is required. Our multimedia content is optimized for Internet Explorer and Firefox.