Application and Admission Requirements

Admission process

Admission to the Nurse Educator specialization is a two step process.

  1. The applicant first applies to the Graduate College as a MSN Major. See admission requirements below.
  2. Once accepted into the MSN program, an application to the specialization is submitted to the School of Nursing. See Nurse Educator specialization admission criteria below.

Students may take up to 9 credit hours of course work towards their specialization before full admission to the specialization. Students may take:

  1. NUR 635 Healthcare Informatics
  2. NUR 700 Epidemiology
  3. NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspective
  4. PSY 627 Advanced Psychological Statistical Methods

Because of the limited resources, admission to the MSN program and the specializations are competitive and selective. Admission to the MSN program does not guarantee admission to the specialization.

Additional requirements

Admission to the MSN Program

  1. Acceptance into the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. Submit an application to the MSN Program.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the last 60 hours of college course work attempted.
  4. If the student's cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. See the Graduate College Admission section for current guidelines.
  5. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  6. Successful completion with a grade of "C" or higher in undergraduate statistics, nursing research, and health assessment courses. Students who don't have these courses must take them prior to submitting an application.
  7. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) without disqualification and eligible for licensure in Missouri.
  8. Applicants who: (a) have a bachelor's degree in nursing from a non-accredited program, or (b) have a bachelor's degree in nursing from a foreign country, will be considered on an individual basis.
  9. Applicants who are RNs and have a non-nursing degree or a degree without upper division nursing courses will be evaluated on an individual basis prior to applying to the MSN program.

Admission to the MSN Specializations

Evidence of:

  1. Admission to the MSN program.
  2. A one-page essay that addresses the applicant's professional career goals and how the MSN program will help accomplish these goals.
  3. Current immunization (MMR, Tetanus, Varicella, complete Hepatitis B series) and a PPD (or evidence of appropriate medical follow-up for PPD positive individuals).
  4. Current health insurance and nursing liability insurance for nurse educators.
  5. Successful completion of prerequisites with a grade of "C-" or higher to include a graduate level or multivariate course in statistics, a course in nursing or healthcare informatics.
  6. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification. Students taking CPR for the first time must take a 4 hour face-to-face American Heart Association BLS Healthcare for Provider's CPR course. Online didactic course and written test are available for a fee for those students who need to recertify. No online practice and skills testing will be accepted.
  7. Drug screening test and a criminal record check* provided by the School of Nursing and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse.

*Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the School of Nursing Graduate Admission, Promotion and Graduation Committee. This may result in dismissal from the MSNA program and specialization.

Students with complete application materials for full admission will be reviewed by a departmental selection committee. Selection of students for the MSN program is on a competitive basis.

Nurse Educator Specialization

Students accepted into the MSN Program and with a completed application to the Nurse Educator specialization will be considered for admission. Acceptance into the Nurse Educator specialization is ongoing and applications will be taken until the class is filled.

Additional requirements of the program

Students will be required to initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screenings required for clinical agencies.

Probational Admission to the Program

  1. Probational admission may be granted to the applicant with a GPA below 3.00, or academic deficiencies.
  2. During the probationary period, the student shall receive no course grade lower than a "B-" for the first nine hours of graduate course work attempted.
  3. Students on probationary status will be evaluated each semester by the Nursing Admission, Promotion, and Graduation Committee (APG), and a decision will be made on the student's status and a letter will be sent to the student regarding dismissal or continuation in the program.

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 School 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.