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2013-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2013-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Nursing Education Option, M.S.N.

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Code: 8777 (513801)

This specialty concentration prepares students to teach nursing at the undergraduate level. Students who successfully complete the MSN curriculum fulfill educational requirements for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator exam. Additional practice hours may be required to meet eligibility for requirements for certification.

Nursing Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered through an affiliation with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN), and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The curriculum is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners) in Family Health or Family Psychiatric/Mental Health. The program also offers a Nurse Educator concentration that is designed to prepare nurses to teach in undergraduate nursing programs, and a Nursing Executive concentration to prepare nurse managers and administrators.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate program
  • A satisfactory GRE score
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of immunization
  • Completion of a physical assessment course or evidence of physical assessment skills (Required for the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Education concentrations)
  • Completion of a course in introductory statistics
  • Unencumbered Licensure as a registered nurse in Louisiana

The MSN program reserves the right to limit the number of students enrolled in nursing courses to make the most effective use of the educational resources available. In the event that enrollment in these courses must be limited, students will be selected by their academic ranking based upon their cumulative GPA in graduate nursing courses.

Tuition and fees are determined by the Board of Supervisors for full-time, part-time, and nonresident students. Tuition and fees are published online at The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission serves as a resource for tuitions and fees information at:

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
61 Broadway
New York, New York 10006
(212) 363-5555 Ext. 153

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Nursing, the student must complete all degree plan requirements including:

  1. A minimum of 39-42 credit hours: Nurse Practitioner concentrations.
  2. A minimum of 34-37 credit hours: Nursing Education concentrations.
  3. A Minimum of 35-38 credit hours: Nurse Executive.
  4. A Focused Scholarly Project or a Thesis, and
  5. Maintain a 3.0 GPA at all times.
  6. Students who earn less than a “B” in a course will be required to repeat that course. A course may be repeated only once, and only two courses may be repeated in the curriculum. Courses with a grade of “C” or less may not be applied toward degree requirements.

Total: 9 Credits

Total: 9 Credits

Semester 3

Total: 9 Credits

Semester 4

Total: 7 Credits

Total: 34 Credits

*All students must complete either NURS 599 - Thesis Research and Thesis  OR NURS 595 - Focused Scholarly Project . Students who elect to enroll in Thesis will earn a total of 6 credits. Students who elect to enroll in Focused Scholarly  Project will earn a total of 3 credits.

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