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Master of Science in Nursing - Community Health

With a Concentration in Emergency Management Available Fall 2014

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Description of Program

Experience the distinctiveness of Community Health Nursing and Emergency Management in the 21st century. The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Emergency Management degree program is designed to prepare advanced community health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities.  Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, and health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students also acquire advanced knowledge and skills in emergency preparedness, planning, and management from the nurse coordinator perspective. 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 preparedness and management, systems leadership, and 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 and Emergency Management...RIGHT FOR YOU!

  • Represents the present and future direction of health care and disaster preparedness
  • 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.

Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


A total of 53 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 518 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Community Health Nursing 3 SH
EM 505 Foundations of Emergency Management 3 SH

Semester 2 (Spring, January- April)
NU 527 Epidemiology 2 SH
NU 544 Statistical Methods in Healthcare   3 SH
EM 555 Disaster Response 3 SH

Semester 3 (Summer, May-August)
NU 522 Research Methodology 3 SH
NU 542 Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare 3 SH
EM 545 Emergency Preparedness 3 SH

Semester 4 (Fall, August- December)
NU 507 Advanced Health Assessment 3 SH
NU 514 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1 SH
NU 520 Advanced Pharmacology 3 SH
EM 575 Medical Aspects of Emergency Management 3 SH

Semester 5 (Spring, January-April)
NU 513 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 SH
EM *** Elective by advisement; Choose one: EM 570, EM 576 or EM 577 3 SH

Semester 6 (Summer, May-August)
NU 540 Community Health I 6 SH

Semester 7 (Fall, August - December)
NU 545 Community Health II 6 SH


College of Graduate Studies
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602 (800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5329
Online Graduate Admissions

For further information or questions, visit our website at or contact:
Ms. Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing programs
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5423
Fax: (256) 782-5430  e-mail:

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