Nursing, M.S.N.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website: https://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.

Students must also submit a separate application to the MSN program at https://www.marshall.edu/nursing/files/MSN-Application-and-Validation-of-RN-Licensure-.pdf.

Deadline

Completed application by September 15 and March 15 of each year.

In addition:

The nursing program is available to a limited number of qualified applicants. Admission is determined on a competitive basis. To be eligible for regular admission to the program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program, if nursing degree is from a school of nursing in the United States. Baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing for students graduating from an international school of nursing (accredited program requirement is waived for students graduating from an international school of nursing).
  2. Post-master’s applicants should have a Master of Science in Nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program.
  3. Undergraduate course credit for 3 semester hours of basic statistics with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Undergraduate course credit for 3 semester hours of basic research with a grade of “C” or better.
  5. Evidence of a current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in a U.S. jurisdiction. Verification form is included in the MSN application package.
  6. Scholastic achievement as evidenced by an overall undergraduate/graduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.
  7. It is strongly recommended that all MSN students have two years of full-time nursing practice prior to application to the program. Those who do not meet this criterion will be considered on an individual basis.
  8. Midwifery and psychiatric mental health applicants must have an interview with Shenandoah University faculty prior to the application deadline.

An applicant with a master’s in nursing is eligible to be admitted as a post-master’s student depending on space availability.

Program Requirements

The student and advisor will develop a Plan of Study or blueprint for graduation requirements. The Plan of Study must be on file in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.

Nurse-Midwifery (Offered in Cooperation with Shenandoah University)

Program is under revision.

Once the student has successfully completed his or her 25 credit hours at Marshall University, the student will transfer to Shenandoah University to obtain an additional 19 credit hours of classroom and clinical midwifery courses. The student will spend one week at the beginning of each semester at Shenandoah and then return to rural WV to be placed with a preceptor to obtain the clinical portion of the program. The student will continue to receive didactic material from Shenandoah midwifery faculty.

Upon successful completion of the 19 credit hours at Shenandoah, the student transfers these 19 hours to Marshall University. The student will receive an M.S.N. from Marshall University and a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University. The student is then eligible to take the Certified Nurse Midwifery Exam from the American Midwives Certification.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Offered in Cooperation with Shenadoah University)

Program is under revision.

The curriculum will consist of 52 credit hours: 25 of these hours will be taken in Marshall University’s School of Nursing MSN program; and 27 credit hours will be taken from Shenandoah University’s Division of Nursing.

Students will meet all Marshall University School of Nursing and Shenandoah University admissions requirements; including an interview by SU psychiatric mental health nurse faculty. Students will take the above courses at Marshall University and the PMHNP courses at Shenandoah University.

SU will offer 27 hours of courses, all offered through SU psychiatric mental health nurse faculty. Students enrolled in the PMHNP will attend PMHNP classes at Shenandoah University after attending the core graduate courses at Marshall University.

The PMHNP curriculum allows students to attend classes during concentrated times (2 weekends a semester). The remaining weeks of the semester, students are placed with clinical preceptors to apply what they have learned in the didactic portion of the course(s). Students then return to campus for examinations, or arrange for a proctored examination. Twenty three credit hours will be transferred from SU to Marshall University.

Upon successful completion of the 27 credit hours at Shenandoah, the student transfers these 27 hours to Marshall University. The student will receive an M.S.N. from Marshall University and a certificate from Shenandoah University.

Policies

Students in both the M.S.N. and Post Master’s Certificate programs are governed by policies stated in the Marshall University Graduate College Catalog. Policies specific to the nursing programs are as follows:

M.S.N. General Academic Policies

  1. All graduate academic policies apply to all M.S.N. and post master’s coursework. Students are required to review and download the current Graduate Catalog and M.S.N. Handbook upon admission to the M.S.N. program.
  2. The School of Nursing reserves the right to administratively withdraw any nursing student whose health, academic record, clinical performance, or behavior is judged unsatisfactory.
  3. A student is permitted to repeat only one nursing course in the process of completing the MSN program.
  4. All grades of C or less are counted in computing averages, but no more than six hours of C and no grades below C may be applied toward a graduate degree or post-master’s certificate. (From Graduate Catalog.)
  5. A student who earns 9 credits of a C in nursing courses will be dismissed from the program.
  6. If a student earns a D or F in any course, he or she will be dismissed from the program.
  7. Any student dismissed from the program may not reapply to the area of emphasis in which he or she was enrolled.
  8. Students in the graduate program who fail to enroll for a semester without an approved leave of absence (LOA) are considered withdrawn from the program and are not eligible for future enrollment.
  9. Students who do not follow the university procedure for withdrawal from a course will earn a grade of F for the course.
  10. No more than twelve (12) credit hours may be accepted as transfer credit. For graduate certificate programs, transfer credits may not exceed 6 credit hours. The grades earned in the classes to be transferred must be a B or better. Graduate credits transferred from other institutions will not become a part of the Grade Point Average recorded on the student’s Marshall University transcript and will simply meet credit hour requirements toward graduation. (From Graduate Catalog.)
  11. All students must have a 3.00 GPA in their major to graduate and receive the MSN or post master’s certificate.
  12. A student must have an approved Plan of Study (POS) developed with his or her advisor prior to registering for any M.S.N. class. Any deviation from the student’s POS must be approved by his or her advisor. Failure to comply with this policy can result in an administrative withdrawal from a course.

Other Policies

  1. Each student must submit a satisfactory health record prior to registering for his/her first nursing course with a clinical component.
  2. Each student is required to have an annual PPD screening test for Tuberculosis.
  3. Each student must show evidence of the following prior to registering for any nursing course with a clinical component:
    1. Current unencumbered professional nurse licensure in West Virginia and
    2. Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  4. Students are responsible for own transportation to and from all clinical assignments.
  5. Students are required to be in professional attire for all clinical practicums and to wear a name pin. In addition, selected clinical agencies require a white lab coat.
  6. Students are required to pass and submit a background check and drug screen.

For additional information, contact the School of Nursing.

For additional policies, see the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook.

Plan of Study

Family Nurse Practitioner

Core Component Courses
NUR 602Theoretical Found in NUR3
NUR 604Leadership in Nursing3
NUR 606Advanced Nursing Research3
NUR 608Issues in Health Care3
Area of Emphasis Component Courses
NUR 620Adv Pathophysiology I2
NUR 621Adv Pathophysiology II2
NUR 622Advanced Physical Assessment5
NUR 624Adv Family Nursing Practice I5
NUR 626Adv Family Nursing III5
NUR 663Advanced Pharmacology I2
NUR 664Advanced Pharmacology II2
NUR 695Internship: Adv Family Nur6
Total Credit Hours41

Nursing Administration

Core Component Courses
NUR 602Theoretical Found in NUR3
NUR 604Leadership in Nursing3
NUR 606Advanced Nursing Research3
NUR 608Issues in Health Care3
Area of Emphasis Component Courses
NUR 642Org Dynamics in Nursing3
NUR 644Financial Stra In Nur Adm3
NUR 646Nur Manage Health Care I6
NUR 648Nur Manage Health Care II6
Elective Component Courses
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Thesis
Curr Dev in Nursing
Teaching in Nursing
Other Electives
Total Credit Hours36

Nursing Education

Core Component Courses
NUR 602Theoretical Found in NUR3
NUR 604Leadership in Nursing3
NUR 606Advanced Nursing Research3
NUR 608Issues in Health Care3
Area of Concentration Component Courses
NUR 616Curr Dev in Nursing3
NUR 618Teaching in Nursing3
NUR 619Practicum: Teach Nursing6
EDF 636Advanced Classroom Assessment3
CIEC 600Instructional Design & Tech3
EDF 619Educational Psychology3
Elective Course Options
Select one of the following:3
Thesis
Other Electives
Total Credit Hours36

Nurse-Midwifery (Offered in Cooperation with Shenandoah University)

Program is under revision.

Core and Related Courses at Marshall University
NUR 602Theoretical Found in NUR3
NUR 604Leadership in Nursing3
NUR 606Advanced Nursing Research3
NUR 608Issues in Health Care3
NUR 620Adv Pathophysiology I2
NUR 621Adv Pathophysiology II2
NUR 622Advanced Physical Assessment5
NUR 663Advanced Pharmacology I2
NUR 664Advanced Pharmacology II2
Advanced Practice Midwifery Courses at Shenandoah University
NM 610Primary Care of Women3
NM 620Comprehensive Antepartal Care3
NM 630Midwifery Practicum3
NM 640Comprehensive Perinatal Care3
NMLB 651Integrated Midwifery Internship5
NM 652Evidence-Based Practice Project1
NM 660Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development1
Total Credit Hours44

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Offered in Cooperation with Shenadoah University)

Program is under revision.

Core and Related Courses at Marshall University
NUR 602Theoretical Found in NUR3
NUR 604Leadership in Nursing3
NUR 606Advanced Nursing Research3
NUR 608Issues in Health Care3
NUR 620Adv Pathophysiology I2
NUR 621Adv Pathophysiology II2
NUR 622Advanced Physical Assessment5
NUR 663Advanced Pharmacology I2
NUR 664Advanced Pharmacology II2
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Courses at Shenandoah University
NP 599Pharmacology and Therapeutics Independent Study1
PMH 645Individual Therapy Theories3
PMH 650Individual Therapy Practicum3
PMH 665Group, Family, Community Theory3
PMH 670Group, Family, Community Practicum3
PMH 685Geriatric PMH Nursing3
PMH 686Child and Adolescent Nursing3
PMH 695Advanced NP Practicum in PMH Nursing4
HP 576Substance and Relationship Abuse3
NP 690Advanced NP Role Development1
Total Credit Hours52