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Master of Science in Nursing

The Auburn University at Montgomery College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in an online format. In this degree program, you can choose from three areas of specialization to help you meet your career goals: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator for Interprofessional Practice, and Health Systems Leader.

While this MSN program is online, students will come to campus for intensive experiences which will be pre-arranged for activities such as orientation, evaluation, and simulation experiences. Graduates from the MSN program are prepared to sit for the appropriate certification examination.

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Family Nurse Practitioner

A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a registered nurse with a specialized graduate degree in nursing who provides family-focused care to patients ranging from infants to the elderly and every age in between. FNPs treat illness and injuries, and have opportunities to teach people about healthy lifestyle habits and disease prevention. Often, an FNP serves as the primary care provider for families, which means that they will not only diagnose conditions, but also treat them.

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Nurse Educator for Interprofessional Practice

When healthcare professionals collaborate and communicate well, patients have better health outcomes. Nurse educators educate healthcare providers and educators, with an emphasis on working in interprofessional teams. This MSN program may be ideal for advancement-minded nurses with a desire to work in staff development, academic nursing education, and patient/family education settings.

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Health Systems Leader

Excellent healthcare outcomes require trained leaders at all levels, and with a concentration in Health Systems Leader, you can make a difference in patient lives at the local, national, or global level.  This MSN program prepares nurses for management-oriented responsibilities found in job titles such as unit manager, clinical coordinator, or nurse executive. You’ll attend classes online but also have immersive clinical experiences in your own community (in most cases).

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Program Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing Program:

Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

Hold an earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with an upper division nursing major from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Registered Nurse License

Evidence of an unencumbered registered nurse license in the applicant’s state with license number to practice.

Current Professional Resume

Include the following:

  • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s), if applicable
  • Relevant employment history, including job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed for each position. Also include the following:
    • Employment dates of each position
    • Location of employer for each position
    • Community service or volunteer experience
    • Any awards, publications, presentations, certifications, and professional organization memberships
    • Evidence of leadership and career progression

Personal Statement

Both the writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of the personal statement will be considered in the overall evaluation of the application to the program. Please double space, Times New Roman 12 inch font, one inch margins. The personal statement should address:

  • Career goals after attaining a MSN degree
  • Reflection on candidate’s plan for success in the MSN program
  • Potential contributions to the profession after attaining a MSN

Official Transcripts

From all colleges or universities attended, including community colleges, even if a degree was not awarded

  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for both the nursing courses and overall GPA

Three Professional References

Examples of professional references:

  • A current clinical supervisor or nurse manager who has direct knowledge of the candidate’s skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the role of advanced practice Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator.
  • professor, faculty member, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of the candidate’s academic record. If the candidate has been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic
    recommendation.
  • A practicing clinical nursing professional, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who has served as a mentor and can address the candidate’s abilities as a registered nurse and the candidate’s potential to become an advanced practice Family Nurse
    Practitioner or Nurse Educator.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required if English is not the first language

Auburn University at Montgomery TOEFL code is 1036. Please see admission requirements for AUM Graduate Studies for International students under Admission Graduate Studies International Students for further information.

For More Information

Please contact the Academic Advisor and Recruiting Manager at 334-244-3527 or [email protected].

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences also offers post-graduate certificate programs designed to prepare students with a previous MSN degree for careers in another advanced nursing specialty area:

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