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Master of Science in Nursing - Community Health

MSN Registration Information for Fall 2014

Description of Program

Students are invited to experience the distinctiveness of Community Health Nursing in the 21st century. The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),  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. Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Focusing on health promotion and prevention, the program allows students to select a vulnerable population focus for study across the curriculum, such as women and infants, children, teens, adults with chronic illnesses, geriatric clients, clients with ethnic or racial disparities, HIV clients, etc.  The scope of public health/community health nursing practice and concepts of disaster management, systems leadership, quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum.

Admission Requirements

  • Application to JSU College of Graduate Studies with official transcripts from each institution attended, and official test scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in nursing from a regionally accredited university with a professionally accredited nursing program
  • Current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States
  • Three professional recommendations submitted on required forms
  • Written statement of professional goals, expectations, and interests in graduate study
  • Application deadlines: July 1 for fall admission, November 1 for spring admission, and April 1 for summer admission

Community Health Nursing

...RIGHT FOR YOU!

  • Represents the present and future direction of health care
  • Develops skill in using the community as a client
  • Allows you to select a vulnerable population interest area within your specialty
  • Enhances direct care skills while preparing broad community assessment and intervention skills
  • Integrates nursing informatics (using computers to manage nursing/client  data and consumer education)
  • Prepares you within your selected functional role for community health practice, education, management, consultation, or research.
  • Master’s education prepares students to pursue a variety of terminal degrees in nursing, community/public health, and education.

Curriculum

A total of 38 semester hours is required for this program.
Full-time or part-time options are available.

Semester 1 (Fall, August - December)
NU 501 MSN Orientation 0 SH
NU 504 Theories in Nursing 2 SH
NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment 3 SH
NU 514 Health Assessment Practicum 1 SH
NU 518 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Community Health Nursing 3 SH

Semester 2 (Spring, January - April)
NU 513 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 SH
NU 527 Epidemiology 2 SH
NU 544 Statistical Methods in Healthcare   3 SH
NU 542 Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare 3 SH

Semester 3 (Summer, May - August)
NU 522 Research Methodology 3 SH
NU 540 Community Health I 6 SH

Semester 4 (Fall, August - December)
NU 545 Community Health II 6 SH
NU 520 Advanced Pharmacology 3 SH

Applications/Information

College of Graduate Studies
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602 
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5329
Online Graduate Admissions
e-mail: graduate@jsu.edu

For further information or questions, visit our website at www.jsu.edu/nursing or contact:

Ms. Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Students Services
for the STEP and Master's Program 
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5423
Fax: (256) 782-5430
e-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu

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