The MSN Program at GWU is tailored for adult, working students.

GWU Hunt School of Nursing students

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree will provide you with an advanced and comprehensive nursing education, while also preparing you through focused curriculum concentrations for career opportunities in nursing administration, education or a direct patient care role as a family nurse practitioner.

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The courses in the MSN programs of study are offered in a logical sequence from the core requirements of theory, issues, research, statistics, and professional role development to courses in the major area of concentration. The MSN program culminates in a capstone experience requiring the application of knowledge gained throughout the program.

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program, you will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings;
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective;
  3. Apply the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and quality principles within an organization to promote high quality and safe patient care;
  4. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results;
  5. Integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care;
  6. Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare;
  7. Function as a professional member and leader of inter-professional teams through communication, collaboration, and consultation with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care;
  8. Synthesize broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations; and
  9. Articulate the understanding that master’s level nursing practice integrates advanced level understanding and approach to nursing intervention (including both direct and indirect care components) that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: (404)975-5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website.

Nursing Administration

A Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration will prepare you for professional nursing leadership roles in health care organizations. The program is offered in collaboration with the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School of Business. The degree with specialty concentration requires 30 to 36 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Nursing Education

A Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Education will prepare you to become a professional educator in an academic or healthcare setting. This program of study offers students the opportunity to apply nursing education and learning principles in practice settings. The degree with specialty concentration requires 30 to 36 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Family Nurse Practitioner

A Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration will prepare you as an advanced practice nurse professional to provide primary healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan, including the provision of preventative care, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses for individuals and families. This program requires the completion of 51 credit hours of coursework and will prepare you to sit for the national certification examination.

The Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Business Administration

The Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration degree will allow you to combine your nursing leadership with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills to offer expertise within a wide range of healthcare settings. The 69-hour dual MSN/MBA program is designed for nurse professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing practice and critical thinking skills needed to solve problems, identify opportunities and make dependable decisions within health settings using business concepts.

For more information on the MSN/MBA dual degree, please click here.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is administered within the University’s Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies and is tailored for adult, working students. Applications for admission to the MSN program should be made through the Graduate School. In order to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria for acceptance will be used:

- Graduate School application

- Official graduate school transcripts to:
Gardner-Webb University
Digital Learning
PO Box 1896
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

Or official electronic transcripts to

- Immunization Records - HepB and Varicella (series’ or titers) and a Tb record less than one year old, faxed to 704-406-3504

- Criminal Background Check, package code GA98

- Three professional or academic references using the provided forms

- Current, unrestricted RN license

- Official GRE or MAT score (FNP only)

- (FNP only) The Verification of RN Practice Hours/Statement of Description on the provided form

Dual-degree students must apply to the Graduate School as well as to the Graduate School of Business, following the admission requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the two schools, the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree. Candidates for the dual degree must complete the requirements for both degrees prior to graduation.

RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements prior to admission. Requirements include completion of an undergraduate nursing health assessment course and a community health course. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each course in order to meet requirements.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


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