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The Accelerated RN to MSN program is designed for registered nurses who have some years of experience and can manage an expedited approach to a graduate degree.
Graduate nursing 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.
Graduates earn the MSN without receiving a bachelor's degree, though the program includes general-education courses and some nursing courses required for the BSN (view Course guide below).
Any student wishing to complete clinical experiences outside the State of TN must verify that State is a member of NC-SARA and seek permission from that State Board of Nursing. Clinical placements in some States may not be able to be accommodated due to specific State Board of Nursing regulations.
To get an inside look at Southern’s nursing programs, download The Complete Guide to Advanced Nursing Degrees at Southern Adventist University.
A specific set of general-education and cognate courses are required of RN-to-MSN students. These classes are typically to be completed before registering for graduate-level courses. Your adviser can discuss the parameters for transferring credits from another institution.
|UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION AND COGNATES|
Must be taken at Southern:
All application steps are to be fully completed by the dates listed.
|Fall||April 1||March 1|
|Winter||October 1||August 1|
Before enrolling, we will need acceptable documentation of these items. Upload them
through your Application Status Page.
Before enrolling, we will need acceptable documentation of these items. Upload them through your Application Status Page.
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.
View international-student admission requirements »
International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.
Select an emphasis:
The Acute Care—Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 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 Nurse Educator emphasis prepares graduates for nursing-education roles. Common employment settings include
college/university nursing programs, hospital education departments, or other community
Graduate classes for the Nurse Educator emphasis may be taken completely online.
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 Primary Care—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 Primary Care—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.
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.