Program Requirements

You’ll work closely with an advisor to design your degree program and the research goals for your capstone project.

Degree requirements

Nurse educator option courses (43 hrs)
Course code Course title Credit hours
NUR 701 Nursing Science 2 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective 3 hrs
NUR 711 Advanced Roles and Leadership 2 hrs
NUR 761 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 hrs
NUR 765 Applications of Advanced Pathophysiology 3 hrs
NUR 772 Advanced Research Methods in Nursing 3 hrs
NUR 824 Health Policy to Improve Health Disparities 3 hrs
PBH 710 Clinical Epidemiology 3 hrs
NUR 733 Advanced Physical Assessment & Health Promotion (48 clinical hours) 4 hrs
NUR 781 Nursing Education Practicum (144 clinical hours) 3 hrs
NUR 787 Advanced Nursing Clinical Management (144 clinical hours) 4 hrs
NUR 797 Capstone Project (96 clinical hours) 3 hrs
NUR 780 Teaching/Learning for Health Care Educators

3 hrs

NUR 782 Program Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education 2 hrs
NUR 784 Technologies in Nursing Education 2 hrs
Population health option courses (40 hrs)
Course code Course title Credit hours
NUR 701 Nursing Science 2 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective 3 hrs
NUR 711 Advanced Roles and Leadership 2 hrs
NUR 761 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 hrs
NUR 765 Applications of Advanced Pathophysiology 3 hrs
NUR 772 Advanced Research Methods in Nursing 3 hrs
NUR 824 Health Policy to Improve Health Disparities 3 hrs
PBH 710 Clinical Epidemiology 3 hrs
NUR 704 Population Health Practicum (48 clinical hours) 1 hr
NUR 705 Population Health Management (48 clinical hours) 3 hrs
NUR 706 Population Health Management II (96 clinical hours) 4 hrs
NUR 733 Advanced Physical Assessment & Health Promotion (48 clinical hours) 4 hrs
NUR 785 Population Health Management Education Practicum (144 clinical hours) 3 hrs
NUR 797 Capstone Project (96 clinical hours) 3 hrs
Family nurse practitioner option courses (56 hrs)
Course code Course title Credit hours
NUR 701 Nursing Science 2 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective 3 hrs
NUR 711 Advanced Roles and Leadership 2 hrs
NUR 761 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 hrs
NUR 765 Applications of Advanced Pathophysiology 3 hrs
NUR 772 Advanced Research Methods in Nursing 3 hrs
NUR 824 Health Policy to Improve Health Disparities 3 hrs
PBH 710 Clinical Epidemiology 3 hrs
NUR 730 Family Practice I (96 clinical hours) 6 hrs
NUR 734 Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (144 clinical hours) 6 hrs
NUR 750 Family Practice II (96 clinical hours) 6 hrs
NUR 762 Prescriptive Practices for the Advanced Practice Nurse 1 hr
NUR 770 Family Practice III (96 clinical hours) 6 hrs
NUR 790 FNP Advanced Practice Practicum (240 clinical hours) 6 hrs
NUR 797 Capstone Project (96 clinical hours) 3 hrs

Retention requirements

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than one course with a grade of "C", and no course with a grade of "D" or lower.
  2. Students must complete all coursework within five academic years after admission into the MSN program.
  3. Students must demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity, integrity and professionalism, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses in advanced nursing roles.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge in the MSN program.
  5. Maintain current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life (BLS) certification, RN licensure, health and professional liability insurance, and all immunizations required by clinical agencies throughout the program.
  6. Notify the School of Nursing within five (5) days in the event of any legal infractions or any actions taken against their nursing license, or any investigation of such incidences.

While the student's grades are important, retention in the MSN program considers the composite profile of the student's ability to perform at a satisfactory level in the academic and clinical component of the educational program.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student. This refusal will be determined by the judgment of the Graduate Program Director, the Graduate Admission, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee, and the Director of the School of Nursing, and based on the student's ability to successfully complete academic or clinical assignments or function effectively in the roles required in the MSN program. This includes the demonstration of characteristics associated with a professional nurse, including behaviors involving professionalism, ethics and integrity.

Technological requirements

The Missouri State University MSN Program uses a combination of online and on-campus modalities. Didactic online content may be delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the MSN program must be proficient using online learning management 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, and 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 School of Nursing uses a Blackboard management system for all courses. Additionally, web conferencing software may be used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Specific information on web conferencing software used in class will be provided in the course syllabus. Access to a personal computer/laptop with broadband/high speed internet connections, a web camera, and a headset with microphone are required.

Clinical experience requirements

Clinical FNP experiences for MSN-FNP students are individually arranged with preceptors, who have the appropriate educational and experiential qualifications. Students can complete their clinical experiences in their local community if sites and preceptors are approved by the School of Nursing. However, students should plan to travel outside of the local community for clinical experiences. All clinical sites and preceptors must be approved in advance by the FNP Program Coordinator and a contract must be established with the clinical site before any clinical experiences occur.

On-Campus requirements

MSN-FNP students are required to be on campus for seated classes a minimum of one day a week, with potential for additional days depending on requirements of the course.

MSN-NE and MSN-PHL students are required to be on campus one to two times during the program. The date and times for these on-campus visits will be published annually, prior to the start of the academic year.