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Purpose: The Master of Science in Nursing provides study beyond the baccalau- reate in Nursing. The role specialties are administrator, educator, and practition- er. Clinical specialties are adult and family. The graduate student in the adminis- trator role completes a minimum of 540 theory and 420 clinical clock hours. The graduate student in the educator role completes a minimum of 547.5 theory and 570 clinical practice clock hours. The graduate student in the practitioner role completes a minimum of 502.5 theory and 750 clinical practice clock hours.

Admission: Admission is competitive, based on an estimate of the ability of the applicant to complete the program of studies successfully and on the appropri- ateness of the requested program of studies to the applicant’s stated goals. A lim- ited number of applicants can be accommodated. In cases where there are more qualified applicants than slots available, the School of Nursing Graduate Program accepts the most qualified who apply. Specific role focus availability is dependent on sufficient enrollment in the specialty area. Full-time (four semes- ters and one summer session) and part-time (six semesters and two summer ses- sions) plans of study are an option for the nurse educator and nurse practitioner students. A full-time (four semesters) and part-time (eight semesters) plan of study is optional for the administrator student. MSN courses have online components. All enrolled students must have access to a computer, Internet connection, and basic computer and Internet skills. Application deadline is April 15.

There are two types of admission available for the graduate program in nursing: Full Admission and Provisional Admission.

Students considered for Full Admission to the Graduate Program in the School of Nursing must meet the following requirements:

  • A.

    Meet admission requirements to Delta State University.

  • B.

    Meet admission requirements to the Delta State University School of Nursing Graduate Program as follows:

    • 1.

      Baccalaureate degree in Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on upper division courses .

    • 2.

      A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.

    • 3.

      A satisfactory score on a nationally recognized, standardized test of ver- bal skills [e.g. Score of 370 or higher on Graduate Record Exam Verbal section; Score of 3.0 or higher on CAAP].

    • 4.

      A grade of “C” or better on an introductory course in statistics.

    • 5.

      At least one year of continuous clinical nursing experience.

    • 6.

      Mississippi license (in good standing) to practice as a Registered Nurse.

    • 7.

      Three letters of professional/academic reference. At least one reference must be academic in nature.

    • 8.

      Evidence of both professional nursing liability and health insurance.

    • 9.

      Admission committee may require successful completion of interview and/or on-site writing sample.


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