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Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Combining a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes, and clinical experiences, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides advanced degree options for BSN graduates. As an MSN student, you will have the opportunity to specialize in either nursing education or nursing administration.

Our MSN program is offered through three different plans of study to best fit your needs: Part-time (three years), Full-time (two years) or Full-time Accelerated (18 months).

Nursing Education

The nursing education track will prepare you for academic, staff development, and patient education roles. The program will provide you with an excellent foundation in nursing education knowledge, leadership, and evidence-based practice, as well as adult educational theory and teaching strategies.

Nursing Administration

The nursing administration track will provide you with an in-depth study of nursing leadership principles and practices promoting nursing excellence and process improvement. You will gain valuable skills in communication, relationship-building, knowledge of the healthcare environment, leadership, professionalism and business skills.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about the MSN program, application, financial aid and cost information, visit the MSN Graduate Studies page.

MSN Cost and Financial Aid Information

82%
Job
placement
rate

(For nurse educator graduates receiving full-time educator positions within one year of graduation)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Be equipped for a lifetime of success by a school that is committed to doing what it takes to help you graduate and succeed.
  • Receive a high-quality, Christian higher education in partnership with a nationally recognized healthcare system, Mercy Health System.
  • Further your education while remaining active in the workforce through afternoon and evening classes that work with your schedule.
  • Benefit from small class sizes that provide opportunities for individualized instruction, academic guidance and networking.

Faith Integration

Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered university and is committed to the integration of faith and academics in all programs and degrees. Class discussions include open dialogue about how faith impacts the academic discipline. Students are encouraged to consider their own faith and how they will incorporate their faith in their chosen career paths. SBU's goal is to produce academically qualified career professionals who are also servant leaders in today's global society.

The MSN program was such a blessing to me in so many ways. The faculty were right there with me and I was always more than just a name — I was someone they took the time to get to know and pray for. I know attending and graduating from Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU was one of the best choices I could have made to prepare for a career in nursing education.

Kendra Bradford, Instructor with Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium

Admissions

Admission criteria for a new applicant with the BSN degree:

  1. Submit application to the graduate program in nursing.
  2. Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and statistics
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; if a student’s GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required
  4. BSN degree from an accredited college or university
  5. Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Missouri, or eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri
  6. Submission of two reference forms from faculty and employer or others who can address the applicant's potential to succeed in graduate study (forms are provided).
  7. Submission of an essay (no longer than two pages) outlining how an MSN will facilitate the accomplishment of the applicant's professional goals and career path
  8. Official transcripts submitted from all prior nursing programs - must be sent directly to the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Attn: MSN Department)
  9. Submission of the following documents:
    -Current RN license
    -Current CPR card
    -Photo ID/Driver's license
    -Certified Background Check (Includes Criminal Background check, Family Care & Safety Registry Background Check, and Urine Drug Screen) at an additional cost to the student. Final acceptance into the MSN program is contingent on a negative drug screen
    -Immunization and TB testing verification form
    -Current RN liability/malpractice insurance verification prior to beginning clinical courses – NUR 5523, NUR 550(1-3), and NUR 5323

Admission criteria for an existing SBU student with the BSN degree:

  1. Submit application to the graduate program in nursing.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the student's GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
  3. Certified Background Check (Includes Criminal Background check, Family Care & Safety Registry Background Check, and Urine Drug Screen) at an additional cost to the student. Final acceptance into the MSN program is contingent on a negative drug screen.
  4. Immunization and TB testing verification form
  5. Current RN liability/malpractice insurance verification prior to beginning clinical courses – NUR 5523, NUR 550(1-3), and NUR 5323
  6. Copies of admission documents from SBU BSN file

Course Transfer Equivalency

Nine graduate semester hours completed at another regionally accredited institution may be transferred and applied to the degree. These credits must be comparable to courses offered at Southwest Baptist University and must be approved by the MSN Faculty and Dean. Southwest Baptist University maintains a current database of course transfer equivalencies from hundreds of accredited colleges and universities. Students are welcome to search for and find course equivalents for pre-requisite courses and program requirements within the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences degree programs.

Pre-RequisiteS

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Current RN License

Contact Information

Charlie Hungerford, M.A.
Director of Admissions
(417) 820-3272
chungerford@SBUniv.edu

Cozi Bagley, DNP, RNC-OB
MSN Program Director and Assistant Professor
(417) 820-3259
cbagley@SBUniv.edu

I chose to return to SBU for my master's degree because of the quality I know is associated with the institution, program, and overall education opportunities available at SBU. I gained a wealth of knowledge and had intense faculty interactions which enhanced my educational experience.

Pamela Sandvig '14, Director of RN-BSN Program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Pamela Sandvig, BSN alum

master of science in nursing: nursing administration Plan

First Year

summer — option 1

NUR 5533 Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing 3

fall — semester 1

NUR 5033 Concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 5103 Health care Organizations 3
NUR 5013 Nursing Science 3
Total hours 9

Spring — Semester 2

NUR 5043 Ethics and Policy Issues in Advanced
Practice
3
NUR 5083  Nursing Research 3
NUR 5123 Information Systems 3
Total hours 9

Second Year

summer — option 2

NUR 5533 Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing 3

Fall Semester

NUR 5073 Human Resource Management in Health
Care
3
NUR 5023 Health Care Finance 3
NUR 5113 Advanced Health Care Leadership and
Administration
3
Total hours 9

Spring Semester

NUR 5153 Quality and Safety in Health Care 3
NUR 5093 Organizational Analysis & Innovation 3
NUR 5523 Master’s Project & Practicum
(180 Clinical hrs)
3
NUR 5910 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total hours 9

This is a proposed guideline for the MSN Nursing Administration track and includes a total of 39 credit hours. MSN courses are in 8-week blocks with a mixture of hybrid and fully online courses. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

The MSN Program has three plans of study: Part-time (3 years), Full-time (2 years), and Full-time Accelerated (18 months). This sample plan is the full-time plan of study. Other sample plans are available upon request by emailing Cozi Bagley at cbagley@SBUniv.edu

 

master of science in nursing: nursing education Plan

First Year

summer — option 1

NUR 5533 Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing 3

fall — semester 1

NUR 5033 Concepts of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 5313 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 5013 Nursing Science 3
Total hours 9

Spring — Semester 2

NUR 5053 Foundational Perspectives of Nursing
Education
3
NUR 5213 Teaching and Learning Principles in
Nursing Education
3
NUR 5083 Nursing Research 3
Total hours 9

Second Year

summer — option 2

NUR 5533 Statistics and Data Analysis for Nursing 3
NUR 5501(3) Nursing Education Practicum:
60 hours/1 credit
1-3

Fall Semester

NUR 5333 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 5323 Advanced Health Assessment and
Promotion (60 clinical hours)
3
NUR 5223 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NUR 5501(3) Nursing Education Practicum:
60 hours/1 credit
1-3
Total hours 10-12

Spring Semester

NUR 5043 Ethics and Policy Issues in Advanced
Practice
3
NUR 5123 Information Systems 3
NUR 5523 Master’s Project & Practicum
(180 Clinical hrs)
3
NUR 5900 Comprehensive Exam 0
Total hours 9

This is a proposed guideline for the MSN Nursing Education track and includes a total of 42 credit hours. MSN courses are in 8-week blocks with a mixture of hybrid and fully online courses. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

The MSN Program has three plans of study: Part-time (3 years), Full-time (2 years), and Full-time Accelerated (18 months). This sample plan is the full-time plan of study. Other sample plans are available upon request by emailing Cozi Bagley at cbagley@SBUniv.edu.