Missouri State University

Program Requirements

Retention requirements

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:

  1. 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.
  2. No more than one course may be repeated.
  3. Students must complete all requirements for the degree by their 5th academic year after admission into the MSN specialization.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses in advanced nursing roles.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge in the area of specialization.
Technological Requirements

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 Macromedia software is used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Videoconferencing may be used with Adobe Macromedia 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.


MSN program degree requirements:

The courses below are MSN course requirements. All students in the MSN program must complete the following in addition to the specialization requirements.

Core courses
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 701 Nursing Science   3 hrs
NUR 707 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan 2 hrs
NUR 772 Advanced Research Methods in Nursing 3 hrs
NUR 788 Health Policies and Issues 3 hrs
NUR 797 Non-thesis Project  OR 3 hrs
NUR 799 Thesis 6 hrs
  Total 14 or 17 hrs

Nurse educator specialization option requirements:

If you are accepted into the nurse educator specialization you must complete all requirements for the degree by your fifth academic year after you are admitted into this specialization.

Nurse Educator Option
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
  Core Course Requirements 14 or 17 hrs 
NUR 700 Epidemiology 3 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective 3 hrs
NUR 780 Teaching/Learning for Health Care Education  3 hrs
NUR 781 Nursing Education Practicum 2 hrs
NUR 782 Curriculum Design and Program Development  3 hrs
NUR 783 Nursing Education Practicum II  2 hrs
NUR 784 Technology in Health Care Education 2 hrs
NUR 786 Issues in Healthcare Education 2 hrs
  Total 34 or 37 hrs

Students should contact the Department of Nursing for information on optional clinical focus requirements.

Family nurse practitioner specialization option requirements:

If you are accepted into the family nurse practitioner specialization you must complete all requirements for the degree by the fourth academic year after you are admitted into the FNP specialization. Please note that the family nurse practitioner specialization must be completed by the year 2014. Otherwise, you will be required to enroll in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Research Requirement.  Completion of a thesis or a non-thesis approved by the advisor or Thesis committee.

Non-thesis Project Option.  Three credit hours in NUR 797 Non-thesis Project will count toward a degree.  A formal oral presentation of the project is required.  The seminar paper must be approved by the student’s Advisor and the Dean of the Graduate College before the degree is granted.

Thesis Option.  Six credit hours in NUR 799 Thesis will count toward the degree.  A formal oral presentation and defense of the thesis is required.  The thesis must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee and the Dean of the Graduate College before the degree is granted.

Research Experience.  (Maximum of 6 hours) NUR 798 Research (1-6 hrs) will not count toward the degree requirements.

Comprehensive Examination.   A comprehensive examination administered during the student’s final semester of course work must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.