College of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Online ProgramAccredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; Telephone (202) 887-6791.
Option I: Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments
Option II: Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments
OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM
The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of North Alabama is a post-baccalaureate degree program consisting of two tracks: “Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments” and “Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments.” The program is completely online in an asynchronous format.
The "Teaching-Learning" track will equip registered nurses with tools that will enable them to facilitate the education of nursing students, health care clients, and health care colleagues. The graduate will be qualified to serve as a faculty member in an institution of higher learning and serve as an educator in the clinical environment. The program will allow students to select a clinical area of interest (adult health, women’s health, pediatrics, etc.) upon which to focus during his/her matriculation.
The "Leadership" track will prepare registered nurses who will function at an advanced level in the health care environment regarding politics and legislation, budgeting and economics, and leadership and management, such that these nurses may positively impact the management aspects of nursing and health care in society.
There are two clinical courses for each option. Clinical experiences with approved preceptors may take place in the student’s geographical location. Students must hold a current unencumbered license to practice nursing in the state in which the clinical experiences occur. Through a partnership with Jacksonville State University (JSU), some courses will be taught through JSU’s online nursing program.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
The Teaching-Learning option seeks applicants who wish to assume teaching positions in both collegiate and non-collegiate academic settings, as well as in clinical settings (hospitals, home health, clinics, hospices, etc.). Students will receive education with a theoretical basis in teaching methodologies, learning assessment, evaluation of learning, and other components of effective education. Additionally, students will learn to develop curricula and create other teaching projects. Clinical practice will take place in both academic and health care settings with approved preceptors in the student’s geographical area. Clinical courses will focus on a particular area of nursing (adult health, pediatrics, psychiatric, etc.) chosen by the student.
The Leadership option seeks applicants who are currently in management, administrative, or executive positions in health care or those who wish to seek such positions. Students will learn sound, theoretically based economic and management principles that will allow them to function efficiently in the business aspects of the health care system and make informed, evidence-based decisions. Clinical practice will take place in health care settings with an approved preceptor in the student’s geographical area.
WHEN TO APPLY
Admission to the MSN program occurs each fall semester. A small number of applicants are accepted for the spring and summer semesters.
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a professionally accredited institution in the U.S.
- Unencumbered license to practice nursing in the United States
- Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
- 1 year full-time experience as a registered nurse (Required for Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments track only)
- Three references from professional sources
- Completed College of Nursing admission application (available at https://www.applyweb.com/apply/unan/)
- Written statement of professional goals and the role of graduate education in achieving those goals
- For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
Please send transcripts, professional goals statement, and letters of reference to: University of North Alabama, Admissions Office, ATTN: Mr. Russ Darracott, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, UNA Box 5011, Florence, AL 35632-0001.
Conditional admission may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the applicant who does not fully meet admission requirements. The conditionally admitted student must have three years of full-time experience as a registered nurse. Conditionally admitted students may be required to take either the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The applicant with a GRE score of 1000 or greater or MAT score of 410 or greater qualifies for unconditional admission to the MSN program regardless of undergraduate GPA.
Clinical Health Requirements
All students are expected to have a physical examination, proof of hepatitis B and other immunizations, current tuberculosis screening, a current Basic Life Support card, a notarized felony affidavit, and current student liability insurance prior to beginning clinical courses. Students must also hold current licensure (unencumbered) in the state(s) in which clinical experiences will be completed. The appropriate forms with these items documented are to be submitted by a specified deadline date.