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McNeese State University
College of Nursing


Office Location:
550 East Sale Road
Lake Charles, LA
Hardtner Hall

Mailing Address:
Box 90415
Lake Charles, LA 70609-0415
Phone:(337) 475-5820


Health Professions:
Health Systems Management
800.622.3352 ext 5835
E-mail: Amy Bufford
Program Coordinator

For Program Information:
800.622.3352 ext 5048
337.475.5048
E-mail: Sara Dupré Logan
Student Services Coordinator


Undergraduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5821
337.475.5821
E-mail: Monica Mere


Graduate Program:
800.622.3352 ext 5753
337.475.5753
E-mail: Dena Bumgarden

Graduate Nursing Program


Graduate Studies

Master of Science in Nursing

Sattaria Dilks, Co-Coordinator; Ann Warner, Co-Coordinator
Faculty: Christy, and Sterling-Guillory

The McNeese State University College of Nursing Graduate Program in cooperation with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science Degree in Nursing, offers a program of advanced nursing studies for Southern Louisiana. The program reflects the missions of McNeese State University, the College of Nursing and the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing program at McNeese State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, (225) 755-7500. 

Mission of the ICMSN

The mission of the ICMSN is to prepare a divers group of nurse practitioners, educators, and leaders by fostering a culture of nursing excellence for improving health-related outcomes.
The ICMSN is committed to the Core Values of:
  • Accountability
  • Caring
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Practice
  • Lifelong learning

The scope of advanced nursing practice is derived from the American Nurses Association Scope and Standards of Advanced Practice Registered Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Curriculum Guidelines and Programs Standards for Nurse Practitioner Education. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume leadership roles in nursing education and advanced clinical nursing practice.

Purpose

The Master of Science in Nursing program will develop graduates who are:
  1. Critical thinkers who engage in scholarly inquiry using current research to improve healthcare outcomes for individuals, families, populations, and systems;
  2. Practitioners, educators, and leaders who engage in professional discourse through written and verbal venues;
  3. Nursing professionals who advance the culture of nursing excellence and best practices in healthcare through professional achievement and practicie, interdisciplinary collaboration, and lifelong learning;
  4. Nursing leaders who can direct interprofessional teams in advance practice, education, and administrative roles in healthcare systems and diverse settings to promote quality improvement and effect positive change; and
  5. Ethically responsible nursing leaders who advocate for health policy to improve healthcare in all populations.

Licensing and Credentialing Requirements:

Completion of the program will prepare the graduate to practice as an advanced practice nurse or to teach at the undergraduate college level. Students who successfully complete the MSN curriculum for the family nurse practitioner role and PMHNP specialties meet educational requirements to take the following national certification examinations, and to apply for an advanced practice license:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program

The Master of Science in Nursing degree is offered as part of a consortium agreement with McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Students seeking admission to the consortium must apply and pay appropriate fees at the institution at which the student plans to pursue the nursing major. All clinical experiences must be completed in Louisiana or Texas with an approved preceptor.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions reserves the right to limit the number of students to be admitted to the graduate nursing courses based on faculty and clinical resources.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program must meet all of the requirements for admission to the William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies. Transfer students must meet the same admission requirements and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program

An Applicant must have:
  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC/ACEN or CCNE accredited school. The transcript should demonstrate completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour statistics course with a C or better. Students who will complete their BSN in the semester prior to anticipated enrollment may apply; however, acceptance will be contingent upon successful completion of the BSN.
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on 4.0 scale for all undergraduate coursework.
  3. Earned a minimum score of 282 on the combined verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Eligibility for unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in Louisiana or Texas.
  5. Two letters of professional recommendation from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors. These letters should address the prospective student’s ability to be successful in a graduate nursing program.
  6. A 500-word essay detailing professional goals. The goal statement should include motivation for pursuing graduate nursing education as well as long and short term professional goals.
  7. Current resume’.
  8. Submitted completed application materials by May 1 to be considered for fall admission and by November 1 to be considered for spring admission.
  9. Candidates selected for admission will provide proof of an acceptable background check and drug screen by the end of the first semester.

Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate Program

An Applicant must have:
  1. A current unencumbered advanced practice nursing license from Louisiana or Texas which is where all precepted experiences occur;
  2. A Master of Science in Nursing degree from an NLNAC/ACEN or CCNE accredited school;
  3. A 500-word essay describing how the post-master’s certificate will enhance current practice.
  4. The core requirements obtained through a previous degree and evaluated through a gap analysis.
  5. Two letters of professional recommendation from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors. These letters should address the prospective student’s ability to be successful in the post-master’s certificate program.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. Submitted completed application materials by May 1 to be considered for fall admission and by November 1 to be considered for spring admission.
  8. Candidates selected for admission will provide proof of an acceptable background check and drug screen by the end of the first semester.

Conditional Status

An applicant who meets all requirements for regular admission to the master’s degree program except the grade point average of 2.75 on all undergraduate courses attempted may seek conditional admission status. For acceptance to conditional status the student must have a minimum of 282 on the combined GRE verbal and quantitative examinations and a minimum of 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate courses in the nursing curriculum. To be removed from conditional status, the student must earn a B or higher in each graduate-level course in the first 12 hours. If a C is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Admission and Progression Requirements for the Advanced Practice Role Concentration

Admission means that the student is eligible to progress to clinical coursework. The application to clinical courses requires that the student submit the following by December 1 for the spring semester and August 1 for the fall semester.
  • NURS 600 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr. hrs.)
  • NURS 602 Design and Methodology of Nursing Research (3 cr. hrs.)
  • NURS 605 Applied Statistics for the Health Sciences (3 cr. hrs.)
  • NURS 607 Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning for advanced practice nursing (2 lec. hrs; 1 lab hr)
  • NURS 617 Pharmocotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr. hrs.)
  • NURS 618 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr. hrs.)

The following criteria will be considered for admission to the Advanced Practice Role Concentration:
  • Cumulatitivee Grade Point Average (GPA) rank in the MSN program
  • Evidence of CPR, OSHA, Tb verification, malpractice insurance, and health insurance,
  • One 1 year of appropriate nursing experience,

The Graduate Nursing Coordinator will notify students of the status of their application at the close of the semester in which they have applied. Once admitted to the Advance Practice role concentration, the student is expected to follow the full-time or part-time degree plan which becomes a part of their record. Students who do not follow their degree plan have to reapply to the role concentration.

Program Length

The program is four to six semesters in length dependent upon which role is selected. Students who attend full-time may complete the program in two to two to three years, part-time students may complete the program from three to six years.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Nursing with a role concentration and a specialization, the student must:
  1. Complete all degree requirements including:
    1. A minimum of 42-45 credit hours for the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty
    2. A minimum of 48-51 credit hours for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty
    3. A minimum of 40-43 credit hours for the Nurse Educator role
  2. Complete a Scholarly Project or a Thesis, and
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA at all times.