Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN)

Master of Science in Nursing BannerApplication Deadlines (must be completed by):

  • October 1st for Spring Admission
  • March 1st for Summer Admission
  • May 1st for Fall Admission

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is offered online and based on TROY campuses in Montgomery, Troy, Dothan, and Phenix City. The MSN is designed to provide graduates of baccalaureate programs in nursing the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge and clinical skills required for leadership positions in nursing. The MSN program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles as Nursing Informatics Specialists and Family Nurse Practitioners. The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate option is available for MSN-prepared nurses.

The MSN degree is awarded on completion of course work with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA), fulfillment of candidacy requirements and successful completion of the required comprehensive examination. A certificate of completion is awarded to those who complete the Post Masters FNP Certificate option.

Students may enroll for full-time or part-time study. Students are accepted for admission to all tracks for part-time study every semester or full-time study in the fall semester. The program is offered online. Courses are offered online with clinical experiences.

Applicants residing outside of Alabama: 
Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education. While Troy University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Troy University distance education programs may not be available in all states.

MSN End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Incorporate advanced knowledge and theories from nursing and other disciplines to continually improve nursing care across diverse settings.
    2. Integrate leadership, management and education principles into advanced nursing care that utilizes ethical and critical decision-making.
    3. Apply the evolving standards and principles of quality improvement and safety for advanced nursing within a defined setting.
    4. Evaluate research outcomes and current evidence in conjunction with culturally-appropriate, patient-centered care for the purpose of selectively integrating findings into the practice setting .
    5. Manage informatics and communication technologies to enhance, integrate and coordinate appropriate patient care.
    6. Develop inter-disciplinary advocacy strategies to impact healthcare policy at the system level.
    7. Communicates, collaborates and consults as a leader and member of intraprofessional and interprofessional teams for improvement of health care outcomes.
    8. Integrate clinical prevention interventions for the provision of culturally responsive advanced nursing care to individuals and populations in a global society.
    9. Demonstrates role competencies in a specialized area of advanced nursing practice at the master’s level.

Persons seeking admission to the MSN program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, Troy University and the School of Nursing.

Steps for Admission to Troy University and the School of Nursing:

  1. Submit Application for Admission with a $50.00 application fee.
  2. In addition, a $20.00 application fee to the School of Nursing is required prior to actual enrollment in any School of Nursing program.
  3. Submit a completed Supplemental Information Sheet.
  4. Have official transcripts submitted directly from all colleges attended.
  5. Have official MAT or GRE test scores submitted directly to Troy University.
  6. Submit proof of current unencumbered RN licensure in the state where clinical course requirements will be met.
  7. Submit two letters of professional reference.

Admission Requirements for MSN Program:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Acceptable undergraduate grade-point average (see Troy University Graduate Catalog).
  3. Acceptable scores on the MAT or GRE (see Troy University Graduate Catalog).
  4. Undergraduate health assessment course or the equivalent.
  5. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state where clinical course requirements will be met.  
  6. Two letters of professional reference.
  7. Ability to perform Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression.
  8. Minimum of one year experience as a registered nurse is required for the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

The application and all supporting documents must be completed and on file in order to be reviewed by the MSN Admission Committee. The application along with all supporting documentation should be mailed to:  Troy University, Office of Admissions, College of Health and Human Services, 340 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL  36104.

For more information regarding admission requirements or to request an application for admission to Troy University, please contact the Office of Admissions, School of Nursing, 340 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL  36104, call (334) 834-2320, or complete the online Information Request form.  This form may be submitted electronically or printed and mailed to the School of Nursing.

Troy University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, color, race, national origin, religion, or handicap in admission or access to its programs.

All students enrolling in a clinical nursing course must have current, written documentation of the following clinical requirements:

  1. Current unencumbered licensure as an RN for the state in which you will be having clinical experiences.
  2. Professional liability insurance purchased through Troy University.
  3. Annual physical exam with TB skin test indicating sound health.
  4. Results of serum titers for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B indicating immune status.
  5. Proof of BCLS certification (ACLS certification is acceptable).
  6. Verification of current personal health insurance.
  7. Negative drug screen certified by LabCorp Laboratories through Certified Background.
  8. Clear criminal background check through Certified Background.
  9. Signed OSHA training acknowledgement form.
  10. Signed HIPAA training acknowledgement form.
  11. Signed Permission to Release Records form.
  12. Signed Disclosure Statement.
  13. Signed acknowledgement of Core Performance Standards.
  14. All evidence documents must be valid from the time of registration through the end of the semester.

OSHA Training: Provide proof of training from employer or click on link to view slide presentation: 

OSHA Program FVHCA


Click on link to complete OSHA Signature Form.

HIPAA Training: Provide proof of training from employer or click on link to view slide presentation: 

HIPAA Program FVHCA


Click on link to complete HIPAA Signature Form.


Do not submit any documents prior to the semester before you begin clinicals. You will be given instructions to upload documents to TYPHON®

Forms submitted one time only prior to beginning clinicals:


Form that must be updated each semester while in clinical courses:

 

Forms that usually require updating during clinical courses:


Other documentation required: 
copy of RN license, BCLS or ACLS card, Titers: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, background check, and drug screen.

The Preceptor Information form is provided as a Word document. Download the form, type in the required information, save the form, and send as email attachment to designated faculty.

The Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership (HINL) track is designed to prepare students to meet the growing needs of a diverse and complex healthcare system. Students will select one area of focus: Nursing Informatics or Nursing Leadership. Students are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as nurse informatics specialists or nurse administrators. Courses are offered fully online and there are no on campus requirements for students in the Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership track.

The MSN Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership track requires completion of 37 semester hours. Various settings and facilities may be utilized for clinical experiences. Students are accepted for admission to the Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership track for part-time study every semester or full-time study in the Fall semester.

Program of Studies
A. Nursing Core (7 Hours)

SH*

NSG 6604 Theories in Nursing 2
NSG 6605 Health Care Economics 2
NSG 6660 Foundations of Advanced Practice 3
 
B. Nursing Specialty (12 Hours)
  NSG 6631 Concepts of Healthcare Informatics and Leadership 3
  NSG 6632 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Informatics and Leadership 3
  NSG 6633 Healthcare Systems 3
  NSG 6635 Applied Principles of Leadership and Technology in Healthcare 3
 
C. Nursing Research (7 Hours)
  NSG 6691 Research Methodology 3
  NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques in Research 2
  NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I 1
  NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II 1
  Optional: NSG 6695 Thesis 1-4
 
D. Nursing Role (11 Hours)
  NSG 6634 Role in Nursing Leadership and Informatics Specialist 3
  NSG 6636 Advanced Nursing Practice Internship I 4
  NSG 6637 Advanced Nursing Practice Internship II 4
*Semester Hours
Refer to Troy University Graduate Catalog for course descriptions
   

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track provides both the BSN and MSN nurse a program of studies which qualifies the graduate to sit for the national certification examination. The program for BSN graduates requires a minimum of 47 semester hours of both theory and practicum courses (see Program of Studies below for listing of required courses). Upon successful completion of the program the graduate is awarded the MSN degree with the clinical major FNP. 

The post-Master's certificate option for nurses who hold the MSN degree requires 31 semester hours (see Program of Studies below for identification of required courses for post-Master's certificate option). In addition to the admission requirements for the MSN program, students admitted to the post-Master's certificate option must have an MSN degree from an accredited institution and submit official transcripts reflecting the MSN degree. 

A minimum of one year experience as a registered nurse is required for admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Courses in the FNP track are offered online on TROY campuses located in Montgomery, Troy, and Phenix City, AL. A learning resource center and computer services are available at all sites. Various settings and facilities may be utilized for clinical experience.

Students are accepted for admission to the FNP track for part-time study every semester or for full-time study in the Fall semester.   Nursing faculty consist of doctorally prepared nurse educators and nurse practitioners. Specialists in other fields serve as mentors, instructors, and preceptors.

Students may expect:

  • Development of competency in the family nurse practitioner role
  • Advancement of a broad knowledge base
  • Increased professional leadership skills
  • Completion of the course of study in 5 semesters of full-time or approximately 7 semesters of part-time study
  • Active collaboration with other professionals
Program of Studies
A. Nursing Core (6 Hours for FNP or 1 Hour for FNP-PM)
SH*
NSG 6604 Theories in Nursing 2
NSG 6605 Health Care Economics 2
NSG 6660 Foundations of Advance Practice 3
B. Nursing Specialty (27 Hours)
NSG 6649 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NSG 6671 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NSG 6612 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NSG 6613 Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship 3
  NSG 6645 Family and Cultural Theories in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NSG 6665 Primary Care I 3
NSG 6666 Primary Care I Preceptorship 3
NSG 6667 Primary Care II 3
NSG 6668 Primary Care II Preceptorship 3
C. Nursing Research (7 Hours)
NSG 6691 Research Methodology 3
NSG 6692 Data Analysis Techniques in Research 2
  NSG 6696 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I 1
  NSG 6697 Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II 1
D. Nursing Role (6 Hours) SH
NSG 6670 Role Synthesis Seminar 1
NSG 6680 Family Nurse Practitioner Internship 5
E. Nursing Synthesis and Evaluation 
(1 Hour)
NSG 6655 Synthesis and Evaluation of Advanced Nursing Practice (6655 is required for students who took NSG 6660 as a 2sh course before Fall 2016). 1
     
     
  Optional
 
  NSG 6685 Thesis (1-4 semester hours)
 
* Semester Hours
** The FNP Post-Master's (FNP-PM) Certificate option requires 31 semester credit hours and includes all FNP nursing specialty and role courses.
Refer to Troy University Graduate Catalog for course descriptions