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Master of Science in Nursing

ONLINE NURSING COURSES taken for RN licensure must be evaluated by the Registrar to determine acceptance of transfer credit. Registrar will evaluate official transcripts after your application has been received and she will mail you a letter detailing transfer credit. The Registrar is the only person with authority to grant transfer credit.

Master of Science in Nursing

Program Description of Master Program
The Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares students in advanced theory and practice in a specialized area of nursing. Graduate students are prepared to assume functional advanced practice roles in their specialty areas of nursing. The combination of theory, research, and professional development also prepares graduates for doctoral study nursing. Our curriculum assists students in developing a conceptual frame of reference for analyzing nursing problems, utilizing theories related to nursing practice, and integrating principles of spiritual care and bio-ethics in their professional roles. They have the opportunity to practice in a variety of health-care settings.

Purpose of Program
To prepare competent professional nurses who provide caring therapeutic interventions to meet the health needs of culturally diverse persons.

Mission Statement of Program
To prepare graduates for advanced professional nursing practice with specific functional and clinical abilities.

Program Goals of Master Program

  1. To provide masters nursing education that builds on one's previous nursing foundation.
  2. To prepare the graduate for advanced professional nursing practice with specific functional and clinical abilities.
  3. To prepare advanced practice nurses academically for doctoral study in nursing.

Expected Student Outcomes of the Master Program

  1. Incorporate theory and research in advanced practice nursing.
  2. Assume leadership roles in one’s specialty area of nursing to promote health and well being of persons in an intercultural world.
  3. Integrate knowledge of healthcare economics and policy into the delivery of cost effective, ethically responsible nursing care.
  4. Manage information using technology to influence nursing practice.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the selected nursing practice.

Post Master’s Certificate

The School of Nursing endeavors to provide curricula that encourage individuals to pursue Christ-centered excellence in their nursing vocation as the future needs of the nursing profession come into view. The certificate program fits with the mission of the University to provide Christ-centered higher education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.

This program is ideal for nurses who have obtained their master’s degree in nursing in another advanced practice area and now find themselves in positions that require advanced preparation in either nursing education or nursing administration. For example, if an MSN graduate with a major in nursing administration desired to acquire a certificate in nursing education, that individual could enroll in this program. Another example might be that of an individual with a nurse practitioner degree desiring advanced study in nursing administration.

A Post-Master Certificate in Nursing is not available for the Nurse Anesthesia track.

Mission Statement
To prepare graduates for advanced professional nursing practice with specific functional and clinical abilities.

Program Outcomes
The nursing education certificate prepares nurses for educator positions in various settings such as staff development, patient education, schools and colleges. The nursing administration certificate prepares nurses for a variety of administrative and leadership positions in health care delivery systems.

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Application: All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. NursingCAS AND Supplemental Application Packet (.pdf)
  2. Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement found on NursingCAS. Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Why you wish to become a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Administrator/Leader
    • What you plan to do with this degree, including long term goals
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application. The NursingCAS application fee is $65 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online via the NursingCAS website.
  4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted directly through NursingCAS. Please do not send transcripts for non-traditional nursing programs to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from previous academic institutions attended. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent to:
    • NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the NuringCAS application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.

*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check
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