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Master of Science – Nursing Administration

General Description
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree with a major in Nurse Administration will prepare nurses to serve in a variety of leadership and managerial roles within the health care system.  The nurse administration track will require students to complete 14 semester credit hours of core graduate courses, 12 semester credit hours in nursing administration, 9 credit hours of electives in graduate level business or health informatics courses and a 120 hour practicum for a total of 41 semester credit hours.  Business courses will provide the student the opportunity to gain business knowledge that further enhances their administrative backgrounds. Health informatics courses will prepare students for the use of computerization and informatics technology in the health care system. The Nursing Administration courses include Organizational Theory, Health Care Management, Health Care Economics and Financial Management and a Nursing Administration Role Practicum.  The student will select 6 semester credit hours of either a thesis or non-thesis option to complete the degree requirements of 41 semester credit hours.  At the completion of the program, graduates are prepared to take the Nurse Administration certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements will be consistent with the current requirements for admission to the College of Nursing, Graduate Nursing Program, and the Graduate School of Prairie View A&M University.  Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), hold a current license as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or have an application for licensure in progress and be employed as a professional nurse for at least one year.  The applicant must also meet the following criteria for admission to graduate study in the College of Nursing:

  1. Submit official transcripts covering all periods of enrollment in institutions of higher education.
  2. Completed a basic statistics and a health assessment course.
  3. Posses a Grade Point Average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) in all prior graduate course work.
  4. Submit official record of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are within ten (10) years.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation from professional nurse, one of which must be from a former nursing faculty.
  6. One year experience as a professional registered nurse.
  7. Submit a current resume or curriculum vita.
  8. Present official documentation of a negative criminal background check and drug screening test.
  9. Meet Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing health requirements.
  10. Complete an interview with graduate faculty committee.

Mode of Delivery
The primary methodology used to deliver instruction in the Nurse Administration program will be a combination of web-enhanced  coupled with web-based courses. The web enhanced courses provide a combination of face-to-face and on line instruction supported by communication tools provided by the university’s eCourse learning management system. The web enhanced courses meet face-to-face for 51% of the classes.  Two of the graduate nursing core courses are fully online courses.

Program Design
Each student upon admission to the graduate program will be assigned a faculty academic advisor by the Director. The faculty advisor will be responsible for meeting with the student prior to registration and as needed throughout the student’s matriculation. During the first semester of matriculation, the student will meet with the faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. The advisor, Director, Dean of the College of Nursing and Dean of the Graduate School will review and approve the degree plan. A copy of the approved degree plan will be given to the student and filed in the College of Nursing graduate program office.