Master of Science in Nursing

All graduate degrees

With an MSN degree from Southern, you're setting yourself up to be professionally respected and highly sought after. Our graduate nursing students have a very high job-placement record in their chosen fields and an excellent certification-exam pass rate. And with the employment for MSN nurses projected to grow 30 percent over the next 10 years—much faster than other occupations—you'll be positioned for success.

How the program works

Classes meet on Tuesdays to accommodate students who are combining work, home, and school. Full-time and part-time enrollment options can be customized to fit your life.

Online option for the Nurse Educator emphasis
The MSN is also offered completely online for the Nurse Educator emphasis.

Eligibility and prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree:  A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • GPA requirement:  A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Course in statistics:  An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Licensure:  Current RN licensure in the state or country of practice
  • Work experience:  A minimum of two years (4,000 hours) of current nursing experience
  • Acute-care emphases: Applicants should have substantive experience in critical care or a related area and submit documentation of critical-care skill set with application.

Application deadlines

All application steps are to be fully completed by the dates listed.

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall May 1 March 1
Winter October 1 August 1

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have your transcripts sent to Melodie Lopez in the Graduate Studies office (malopez@southern.edu). If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step.
  3. Recommendations:  Submit two recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This may be done as part of the online application process, or Download PDF
  4. Written statement:  Submit a statement describing your purpose and goals for pursuing this degree. Your statement should be thoughtfully written to demonstrate your writing skills. It may be submitted to malopez@southern.edu.
  5. Resumé:  Submit your current resumé. Please email to malopez@southern.edu.
  6. Interview:  Schedule a faculty interview by emailing jlthompson@southern.edu.

Once you are accepted

Before enrolling, we will need acceptable documentation of these items. Email documents to jlthompson@southern.edu.

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

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    1. Applicants from non-English institutions must submit certified English translations and evaluations of official university records, including demonstration of the equivalency of a bachelor's degree.
      Transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to Southern from one of the following agencies:
    2. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency.
      Unless an applicant is a native English speaker or received the college/university degree from an English-medium institution, s/he must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at ets.org/toefl »

    3. Submit Declaration of Finances.
      International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Form
      • To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors (including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial sponsor's account.

International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

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    • Form I-20:  After all qualifying documentation is received, Southern Adventist University issues a letter of acceptance and the Form I-20. The letter and form must be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance at Southern may enroll.
    • On campus:  International students are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified if there is any change in the arrival date after admission has been granted. Individuals with student visas are required to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) during the school year.
    • Employment:  International students with an F-1 Student Visa may work on campus, provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during university vacation days.
    • When you are ready to travel: International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:
      1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
      2. Form I-20 issued by Southern Adventist University
      3. A valid passport
      4. A valid F-1 Student Visa to travel to the United States
      5. Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University

 

Graduate assistantships

For more information about becoming a graduate assistant, please contact the graduate enrollment counselor.

Course guide

Select an emphasis:

Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

The Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology emphasis prepares graduates for nurse-practitioner certification and for obtaining advanced-practice licensure. The ACNP-A/G works in inpatient and outpatient adult settings, caring for patients with complex health problems. Common roles include hospitalist, intensivist, and acute-care specialty practice.

The Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology emphasis prepares graduates for nurse-practitioner certification and for obtaining advanced-practice licensure. The AGNP cares for adult and elderly patients in primary care and long-term care settings.

The Family emphasis prepares graduates for nurse-practitioner certification and for obtaining advanced-practice licensure. The FNP provides primary care services for individuals, families, and communities. Common practice settings include family practice, urgent/emergency care, and outpatient specialty offices.

The Nurse Educator emphasis prepares graduates for nursing-education roles. Common employment settings include college/university nursing programs, hospital education departments, or other community health-education areas.

This emphasis is also offered exclusively online.

The Psychiatric Mental Health emphasis prepares graduates for nurse-practitioner certification and for obtaining advanced-practice licensure. The PMHNP provides mental health care, counseling, and psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, and families. Practice settings include inpatient and outpatient/office/clinic centers.

MSN CORE Courses Credits
  NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2
  NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
  NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4
  NRSG 540 Health Care Policy 3
or HADM 545 Healthcare Policy 3
  NRSG 594 MSN Capstone 2
MSN Core Total   14
Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology emphasis courses Credits
  NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
  NRSG 635 Role Development for Advanced Practice Nurses 2
  NRSG 640 Primary Care of Adults I 3
  NRSG 645 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4
  NRSG 650 Primary Care of Adults II 3
  NRSG 657 Acute Care Concepts and Skills I 3
  NRSG 659 Acute Care Concepts and Skills II 3
  NRSG 671 Practicum: Acute Care of Adults I 3
  NRSG 673 Practicum: Acute Care of Adults II 3
Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology Emphasis Total   34
  Total   48
MSN CORE Courses Credits
  NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2
  NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
  NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4
  NRSG 540 Health Care Policy 3
or HADM 545 Healthcare Policy 3
  NRSG 594 MSN Capstone 2
MSN Core Total   14
Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology emphasis courses Credits
  NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
  NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3
  NRSG 635 Role Development for Advanced Practice Nurses 2
  NRSG 640 Primary Care of Adults I 3
  NRSG 645 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4
  NRSG 650 Primary Care of Adults II 3
  NRSG 655 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 4
Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology Emphasis Total   29
  Total   43
MSN CORE Courses Credits
  NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2
  NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
  NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4
  NRSG 540 Health Care Policy 3
or HADM 545 Healthcare Policy 3
  NRSG 594 MSN Capstone 2
MSN Core Total   14
Primary Care—Family emphasis courses Credits
  NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
  NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3
  NRSG 635 Role Development for Advanced Practice Nurses 2
  NRSG 640 Primary Care of Adults I 3
  NRSG 650 Primary Care of Adults II 3
  NRSG 662 Primary Care of Children 3
  NRSG 665 Practicum: Primary Care of Families I 5
  NRSG 670 Practicum: Primary Care of Families II 5
Primary Care—Family Emphasis Total   34
  Total   48
MSN CORE Courses Credits
  NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2
  NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
  NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4
  NRSG 540 Health Care Policy 3
or HADM 545 Healthcare Policy 3
  NRSG 594 MSN Capstone 2
MSN Core Total   14
NURSE EDUCATOR emphasis courses Credits
  EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3
  NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
  NRSG 581 Nursing Curriculum Design 3
  NRSG 583 Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 3
  NRSG 585 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3
  NRSG 591 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2
Nurse Educator Emphasis Total   24
  Total   38
MSN CORE Courses Credits
  NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2
  NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
  NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4
  NRSG 540 Health Care Policy 3
or HADM 545 Healthcare Policy 3
  NRSG 594 MSN Capstone 2
MSN Core Total   14
Primary Care—PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH emphasis courses Credits
  NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
  NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3
  NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4
  NRSG 558 Neuroscience for Mental Health Practitioners 3
  NRSG 569 Psychopharmacology 2
  NRSG 635 Role Development for Advanced Practice Nurses 2
  NRSG 651 Practicum I: Psychiatric Mental Health Care 4
  NRSG 653 Practicum II: Psychiatric Mental Health Care 4
  COUN 521 Psychopathology 3
  COUN 556 Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3
  COUN 561 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3
  COUN 593 Child and Adolescent Problems and Treatment 3
Primary Care—Psychiatric Mental Health Emphasis Total   37
  Total   51

Faculty

Ronda Christman
Ronda Christman

Associate Professor
rchristman@southern.edu
423.236.2153

Bonnie Freeland
Bonnie Freeland

Adjunct
freeland@southern.edu

Holly Gadd
Holly Gadd

Professor
hgadd@southern.edu
423.236.2961

Jaclynn Huse
Jaclynn Huse

Professor Pt
jhuse@southern.edu
423.236.2987

Frances Johnson
Frances Johnson

Professor
francesj@southern.edu
423.236.2973

Michael Liedke
Michael Liedke

Assistant Professor
maliedke@southern.edu
423.236.2958

Beth Scott
Beth Scott

Associate Professor
bethscott@southern.edu
423.236.2948

Lilly Tryon
Lilly Tryon

Associate Professor
ltryon@southern.edu
423.236.2154

Maria Valenca
Maria Valenca

Professor
valencam@southern.edu
423.236.2952

Get started

I am here to help if you have any questions about applying to the programs or enrolling. I'm the one who keeps track of all the forms and certifications you are required to have, so if you get stuck let me know. You are welcome to email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. I look forward to working with you and meeting you!

Jamie Thompson

Graduate Enrollment Counselor 
jlthompson@southern.edu
423.236.2957