The Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers courses leading to the MSN with a major in community health nursing.
The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791.
The primary mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to provide excellence in undergraduate and graduate professional nursing education, as well as to pursue scholarly activities and provide service to the community. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to prepare advanced community health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. The curriculum builds on the foundation of baccalaureate education and requires 38 hours of course work, including two courses in community health with clinical practica. A disaster management component is integrated into various courses in the curriculum. Courses in the MSN program are offered online.
To complete the admission process, the item(s) listed below must be submitted by July 1st for admission to the Fall semester, April 1st for admission to the May and Summer terms, November 1st for Spring semester admission. Applicants are not allowed to register or pre-register until all admission requirements have been completed and the applicant is admitted to Graduate Studies.
Required Application Materials
Applicants for the MSN must submit the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission:
Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program
Official transcripts(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended.
(Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the University.)
A written statement setting forth career goals
A current unencumbered RN license
Official tests scores on the General Test of the GRE or the MAT. The GRE or MAT must be taken within five years of enrollment.
Three "Graduate Reference Forms" completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant's potential for success in graduate course work.
If English is not the applicant's native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report or a PTE score report.
Applicants for the MSN must meet the following admission formula requirements prior to registering for MSN course work. For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 grade-point scale is used. The plus (+) and minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA.
The MSN program consists of 38 graduate semester hours. A comprehensive examination is required of all candidates.
Through an innovative partnership with Troy University, JSU will utilize four existing Troy University courses (11 semester hours) as the core sequence in the community health program. Troy University nursing faculty will deliver these courses using distance education technology, primarily via Internet. The courses offered by Troy University include: NU 504 Theories of Nursing, NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment, NU 513 Advanced Pathophysiology, and NU 522 Research Methodology. In addition to these four courses from Troy University, students may transfer a maximum of six graduate semester hours toward completion of this program.
MSN Major: Community Health Nursing
Required Courses (38 semester hours):
Online MSN Orientation (0)
Theories in Nursing (2)
Advanced Health Assessment (3)
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Health Assessment Practicum (1)
Organizational and Systems Leadership in Community Health Nursing(3)
Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Research Methodology (3)
Statistical Methods in Healthcare (3)
Community Health I (6)
Community Health II (6)
Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare (3)
Nursing Education Courses will continue to comprise the Nurse Educator Certificate.
*Troy University courses
38 Graduate Semester Hours Required For this Degree
The graduate certificate program in nursing education is designed to prepare nurses to teach in nursing and health professional programs, health care institutions and agencies, and in the community. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills about teaching, program development, evaluation, clinical instruction, and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. At the conclusion of the program, graduates obtain a certificate acknowledging successful completion.
Courses in the graduate certificate program are offered online. The practicum is based on student needs, and is planned with students in a location convenient for them.
Applicants for the graduate certificate in nursing education must submit the following documentation to the College of Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602, to be considered for admission: