Master of Science in Nursing
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track. Graduate students are prepared to utilize research and provide advanced practice nursing and leadership to the profession. There are full-time and part-time educational opportunities. The AGACNP post master's certificate is also available. Click here for more information about our NP specialties!
The purpose of the MSN degree program is to prepare professional nursing leaders in advanced specialty areas of nursing. Areas of concentration in this graduate program can be practiced in a variety of health care delivery systems and settings. The program builds upon baccalaureate preparation in nursing and is based on processes of advanced clinical practice; advanced theoretical application; social, economic, and political interpretation; professional role development; and legal and ethical analyses. The program provides the opportunity for students to think and write analytically and theoretically, to strengthen an area of practice, to apply theory to practice, to apply meaning and understanding in practice, and to develop skills of inquiry.
Clinical credit hours are on a 1:4 ratio (1 credit = 4 contact hours).
- The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track prepares registered nurses to fulfill the role of a competent health care provider responsible for managing the care of families in the primary care setting. The focus of the FNP track is to provide the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses.
- The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track prepares nurses to manage adults across the life span that have acute, critical, and complex chronic conditions in acute care settings. Nurse practitioners with this specialty provide care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management, restoring health, and/or providing symptom management.
- The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Post-Master's Certificate. This curriculum plan option is designed for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and are certified as an advanced practice nurse seeking eligibility for AGACNP certification. Click here to receive additional information.
MSN Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program the graduate will:
- Utilize best evidence as a basis for decision-making in advanced nursing practice.
- Evaluate health care policy issues and trends that affect advanced nursing practice.
- Provide leadership to promote effective change and quality improvement through integration of advanced nursing knowledge, theories, and research.
- Use ethical principles to guide advanced nursing practice and decision-making.
- Integrate professional integrity, Christian caring, and a broad base of knowledge into advanced nursing practice.
- Demonstrate collaborative and interprofessional approaches in advanced nursing practice.
- Apply principles of population-based health promotion, disease prevention, and/or comprehensive care across the lifespan in the provision of advanced nursing practice.
Family Nurse Practitioner - Curriculum Plans
- Full-time Curriculum Plan - PDF format
- Part-time Curriculum Plan - PDF format
- Total semester hours = 49
- Total clinical hours = 660
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Click here to view full-time curriculum plan
- Full-time Curriculum plan - PDF format
- Total semester hours = 48
- Total clinical hours = 540
Post Master's Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
(Program planning in process to begin Fall 2017 start date)
Admission criteria - see p. 323 of 2017-2018 Catalog
Click here to view the three semester curriculum plan - PDF format
- Total semester hours = 23
- Total clinical hours = 540