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.
How the program works
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.
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
UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION AND COGNATES
Chemistry Communication: Public speaking Computer: Literacy/skills English Composition I and II General: History/government/economics, philosophy, humanities, fine arts, language or literature History: Elective Religion: Elective
3 hours 3 hours 3 hours 6 hours 3 hours
3 hours 3 hours
Must be taken at Southern: RELT 373 Christian Ethics SOCI 349 Aging and Society PEAC 225 Fitness for Life
3 hours 3 hours 1 hour
Eligibility and prerequisites
Degree or diploma: Associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited program
GPA requirement: A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25
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 need to have substantive experience in critical care or a related area
and submit documentation of their critical-care skill set with application.
All application steps are to be fully completed by the dates listed.
Graduate application: Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $40). Apply now
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete
Recommendations: Submit three recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This
should be done as part of the online application process, or Download PDF.
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 should
be submitted through your Application Status Page.
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
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 »
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).
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
International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional
information about travel documents and living on campus.
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
health-education areas. Graduate classes for the Nurse Educator emphasis may be taken completely online.
The Primary Care—Adult/Gerontology emphasisprepares 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 emphasisprepares 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
The Primary Care—Psychiatric Mental Health emphasisprepares 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.
AUGUST 13 Graduate Nursing Orientation 18 MSW Orientation 19-22 DNP Intensive 25 MSW Classes 26 Classes Begin 27 Graduate Nursing Welcome, 7:30 am
SEPTEMBER 1-13 MSEd/OE Fall Intensive 2 Last Day for 100% Tuition Refund 9 Community Service Emphasis Week 9 Last Day to Add a Class
OCTOBER 6 MSW Information Session 7 Graduate Nursing Interviews 10 Meet the Firms 12-2p 11 Graduate Nursing Interviews 11 Graduate Vespers 6p 17-18 Mid-Term Break 25 Deadline for Graduation Contracts 28-Nov 2 Week of Prayer 31 Last Day to Drop a Class
NOVEMBER 5-15 Online Winter Registration (Returning Students) 18-Jan 12 Online Winter Registration (New Students) 10 MSW Information Session 17 International Student Event 12-4p 25-29 Thanksgiving Break 29 Last Day to Order December Graduation Regalia
DECEMBER 3 Graduate Christmas Party 5:30-6:30p 9 Graduate Nursing Orientation 10 School of Nursing Research Day 18 DNP Scholarly Project Presentations 18 School of Nursing Dedication 7p 19 Winter Commencement 7p 20-Jan 13 Christmas Break