Master of Science in Nursing


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at the University of North Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of North Alabama is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of North Alabama is a post-baccalaureate degree program consisting of three tracks: Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments, Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments, and Family Nurse Practitioner Track. The courses for the program are offered completely online; however, FNP track students will be required to attend two separate On Campus Intensive experiences while enrolled in NU 640 and NU 645.


Graduate Student Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, competencies, and skills in advanced nursing practice, teaching, and/or leadership
  2. Serve as a leader and change agent in nursing and health care delivery systems to ensure quality care across the lifespan
  3. Utilize ethical decision-making, technology, and communication skills to provide culturally competent care
  4. Effectively practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative, relationships, across diverse disciplines to improve patient and population health outcomes
  5. Synthesize nursing knowledge through translation, integration, and application of evidence-based practice. 

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. 
  • Will qualify graduates to serve as a faculty member in an institution of higher learning and serve as an educator in the clinical environment.
  • Program allows students to select a clinical area of interest (adult health, women’s health, pediatrics, etc.)

Leadership Track

  • Will prepare graduates to 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 the above options. 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.**


Family Nurse Practitioner Track

  • Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner option will receive educational preparation that will enable them to provide patient-family centered, evidence-based health care for individuals across the lifespan.
  • Prepares graduates to sit for the national FNP certification examination
  • Program allows students to select their clinical location(s)
  • Students are required to attend two on campus intensive experiences while enrolled in the 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.

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

Applicants are accepted to begin the program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application for admission 2-3 months prior to their desired start date.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Unconditional Admission

  • 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)
  • Completed College of Nursing admission application (see "How to Apply" below).
  • 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

Conditional Admission
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.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Apply online here.

2. Send to UNA Graduate Admissions (UNA Box 5011, Florence, AL 35632):
  • All official transcripts
  • Goals Statement (may also be uploaded to student's application after submitting payment)

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 the first day of classes.
 
MSN Student Handbook

Please note:
This program includes clinical requirements which are completed in your community under the supervision of a preceptor who you will secure with assistance from the course instructor. If your state Board of Nursing (BON) requires approval of a supervised field experience, such professional approval requirements remain in effect. Please contact your BON if you have any questions about this requirement. If you or your state’s BON have questions about our programs, please contact Dr. Kristy Oden, kooden@una.edu.
Currently, we cannot accept students from the following states and regions:
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
  • California
Prospective Students, contact:
Mrs. Kristy Garcia,  
Student Recruitment Relationship Specialist
email: klgarcia@una.edu; 256.765.4667
Enrolled Students, contact:
Mrs. Lauren Shell,  
Graduate Enrollment Specialist
email: sshell@una.edu; 256.765.4931

Electronic Campus
UNA is a member of Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus. For more information about the Electronic Campus, please visit http://www.electroniccampus.org.

NC-SARA

UNA has been approved by Alabama to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.