The Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare professional nurses for advanced practice as nurse educators and nurse administrators. The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, and (202) 887-6791.
The School of Nursing adheres to the policies of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Graduate School. In addition, the School of Nursing has additional polices. A detailed description of the School of Nursing policies can be found in the MSN Student Handbook.
The School of Nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne University offers two concentrations: nursing education and nursing administration. The curriculum of both concentrations is designed with the working adult student in mind and can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis.
The total number of credit hours in the nursing education concentration is 39 while the total number of credit hours in the nursing administration concentration is 33.
Candidates for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program must meet the following criteria:
- Possess an earned baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university or an earned bachelor’s degree in another field and an earned associate degree in nursing (these candidates are encouraged to contact the MSN Program Coordinator for assistance);
- Request official copies of all college transcripts be forwarded directly to the Division of Enrollment Management (Overall 2.7 GPA and Cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of course work);
- Submit a completed application form for the desired MSN Concentration along with the required application fee;
- Submit evidence of completion of undergraduate introductory statistics course with a C or better;
- Submit evidence of completion of undergraduate nursing research course with a C or better;
- Submit evidence of unrestricted RN license (Provide License Number and State in which the license is current);
- Submit evidence of a Criminal Background Check prior to enrollment;
- Submit a professional statement (500 words or less) clearly articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted the student’s decision to pursue an MSN graduate degree with the chosen concentration;
- Submit a curriculum vitae or resume describing education, work and volunteer experience;
- Submit required two letters of endorsement clearly stating the applicant’s qualifications for graduate level work and ability to complete this work in an on-line environment. Letters may be from an employer, or professional within the chosen field, or an undergraduate faculty member who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work. New graduate applicants with less than one year experience are required to have one of their letters be from an undergraduate faculty member;
- Have access to high speed internet services;
- Faculty may request additional standardized tests or an interview if additional data is needed to attest to the applicant’s capacity for graduate level work. The interview may be over the phone or by other technological means if distance is an issue.