Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN Program Program Objectives
The master of science in nursing program prepares graduates for Graduates of the MSN program are prepared to do the following:
advanced-practice nursing and for leadership roles in a variety of • Integrate theories and research from nursing and related
community-based or acute-care-provider agencies. The MSN disciplines to guide advanced clinical practice, education,
program offers eight different concentrations: nursing systems, and health policy
• Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (online) • Demonstrate proficiency in the evaluation of interventions in
• Clinical Nurse Specialist (online) advanced nursing practice
• Family Nurse Practitioner (online) • Independently provide or direct expert care that is ethical and
• Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online) sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse population
• Exercise nursing leadership with professional colleagues to
• Nurse Anesthesia
promote systems of health care that are effective, efficient, and
• Nurse-Midwifery (online)
responsive to the needs of all people
• Nursing Education (online) • Demonstrate professionalism through continuous learning,
• Nursing Leadership (online) communication skills, ethical practice, and scholarship
• Acquire a sufficient knowledge of nursing theory and research
Financial Assistance on which to base doctoral study in the discipline
Financial assistance is available through: • Integrate a global health perspective in the development of
• scholarships awarded by the university visionary solutions to health care problems for all citizens but
• university graduate assistantships particularly for those in rural underserved areas
• federal loans
• private scholarships Application
• the NC Nurse Scholars Program An electronic application is made to the ECU Graduate School. A
• federal nurse traineeships completed application includes an application form, official
transcripts of previous college course work, and scores from either
Information and a schedule of current tuition and fees are available the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination
from the ECU Cashier’s Office at taken within the last five years.
Application packets may be obtained online from the Graduate
Information on College of Nursing scholarships is available at School at www.ecu.edu/gradschool or by calling the Graduate
http://www.nursing.ecu.edu/grad_aid.htm. School at 252.328.6012.
There will be additional costs for professional liability insurance, Requirements for Admission
books, criminal background checks, drug screening, supplies, and Admission to the master of science in nursing program requires
clinical/practicum courses. that the student meet the following requirements of the College of
Requirements for Clinical Courses • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
All graduate students in nursing must have current professional (except for the RN/MSN option)
liability insurance, health insurance, current CPR certification • A minimum GPA of 2.7 in undergraduate studies and a
(professional level), a criminal background check, a drug screen minimum nursing GPA of 3.0
and have met health requirements for clinical practice prior to • Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or
beginning in a clinical course. Health requirements include: the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within the past five years.
Hepatitis B immunizations (if immunization is over 5 years old, (Nurse Anesthesia and Nurse Midwifery require the GRE)
must have titer); Rubella (titer or vaccine); PPD (2- step TB skin • Current non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse
test - must be provided annually); VDRL, STS or RPR (these are (RN). Individual advisement will be necessary for licensure
different tests for syphilis) - only one needed; Varicella (titer or regulations for online out-of-state students
vaccine); and Diptheria/tetanus/pertussis immunization. All • A personal statement of purpose essay describing the applicant’s
students entering East Carolina University are required to submit a interest in graduate study, career goals, and the MSN degree’s
pre-entrance health certificate completed by their health care relationship to those goals
provider. • Three professional references
• A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty
• Clinical experience varies depending on program option
• A course in statistics and an undergraduate research course are
prerequisites for all concentrations in nursing
• Computer literacy is required for all concentrations
Concentrations in the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership (online)
The nursing leadership concentration is designed to facilitate the
Nursing Program acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for leadership positions
within the healthcare delivery system. Students may choose from one of
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (online)
three foci: Leadership in Acute Care Health Systems, Leadership in
The purpose of the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner concentration is to
Community-Based Health Systems, or Leadership in Health Care
prepare professional nurses for advanced practice nursing in primary health
Educational Systems. The nursing leadership concentration requires a
care of adults. Education for such advanced practice nursing is grounded in
minimum of 41 semester hours and is available through a 100 percent
theoretical and practical knowledge; therefore, didactic and clinical
online option. Graduates are eligible to take the ANCC certification exam
experiences are integral to the adult nurse practitioner curriculum. Clinical
in Advanced Nursing Administration.
practicum sites are arranged as close as possible to home areas for students.
Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification as an adult-
RN to MSN Option
gerontology nurse practitioner. This concentration is offered online. There
Registered nurses who completed an associate degree or diploma program
are a total of 9 on campus dates required throughout the curriculum for
in nursing, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, have a nursing
evaluations with standardized patients. Students are admitted once a year
GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have one year of experience as an RN, may
with applications due January 2.
apply for the RN to MSN option. Students complete undergraduate
prerequisite courses and 15 semester hours of BSN course work before they
Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
are eligible for entry into the MSN program. Graduates receive the MSN,
The clinical nurse specialist concentration prepares nurses for advanced
but do not receive a BSN. Students interested in nurse anesthesia must
nursing practice roles in complex care settings. Nationally approved
obtain a BSN; therefore, the RN to MSN option is not recommended for
clinical nurse specialist competencies in adult and gerontology are the basis
of the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on providing students with advanced
theoretical knowledge and practice skills needed to improve patient care.
Alternate Entry MSN Option
This option provides preparation in the roles of clinician, educator, clinical
The alternate entry (AE) MSN option is an accelerated curriculum leading
consultant, researcher, program planner, and leader. The 42-semester-hour
to the master of science in nursing degree for individuals who have earned
curriculum includes core courses, clinical core courses, and concentration
a baccalaureate degree in another field.
specialty courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification
examinations as a clinical nurse specialist. This concentration was
Post-Master’s Certificate Options
reviewed by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and
Post-Master’s Certificates are offered in the following areas:
meets the criteria for consistency with the standards set by that national
• Adult Nurse Practitioner (online)
organization. Students who wish to sit for the Critical Care CNS
• Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
certification exam must take one additional 3 semester hour course in order
• Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
to be eligible for that exam.
• Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
• Nurse Anesthesia
Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
• Nurse-Midwifery (online)
The purpose of the family nurse practitioner concentration is to prepare
• Nursing Education (online)
professional nurses for advanced practice nursing in primary health care
• Nursing Leadership (online)
settings. Education for such advanced practice nursing is grounded in
theoretical and practical knowledge; therefore, didactic and clinical
Nurses with a master’s degree in nursing complete the concentration
experiences are integral to the family nurse practitioner curriculum.
courses and select core and/or clinical core courses based on their past
Clinical practicum sites are arranged as close as possible to home areas for
course work and experience.
students. Graduates are eligible to sit for certification as a family nurse
practitioner. This concentration is offered online. There are a total of 9 on
Applicants for post-master’s certificates complete a degree/certificate
campus dates required throughout the curriculum for evaluations with
application for the Graduate School and are not required to provide GRE or
standardized patients. Students are admitted once a year with applications
MAT scores, except applicants for Nurse Anesthesia.
due January 2.
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
• ECU College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate
The neonatal nurse practitioner concentration prepares professional nurses
Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530,
to meet the needs of high-risk infants and their families in tertiary care
Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202.887.6791. Fax: 202.887.8476. ECU
centers. The 41-semester-hour program includes core courses, clinical core
College of Nursing is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing,
courses and concentration courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCC
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national certification examination for NNPs.
• The nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on
Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. COA, 222
The nurse anesthesia curriculum prepares professional nurses to provide
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anesthesia for patients of all ages in both the surgi-center and hospital
• The nurse-midwifery concentration is accredited by the Accreditation
setting. The 68-semester-hour curriculum includes core courses, clinical
Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). For further information
core courses, and concentration courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for the
about the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, contact
CCNA National Certification Examination.
the ACME Associate Director, Education, Accreditation Commission
for Midwifery Education, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver
Nurse Midwifery (online)
Spring, MD 20910-6374. Phone: 240.485.1802. Fax: 240.485.1818.
The nurse midwifery concentration prepares professional nurses as
practitioners of nurse midwifery eligible for national certification. The 50-
Curriculum plans are available for all MSN concentrations, post-master’s
semester-hour curriculum includes core courses, clinical core courses, and
options, and RN to MSN option.
Nursing Education (online)
For more information on Graduate School admission, contact Graduate
The nursing education concentration prepares graduates for the role of
School, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858; Phone:
nurse educator in an academic or clinical setting. Students will be prepared
to function in complex educational environments to teach traditional as
well as nontraditional learners using a variety of emerging technologies and
For more information on the graduate nursing program, contact the College
interdisciplinary skills. The 36-39 semester hour curriculum includes core
of Nursing Recruiter, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858;
courses, clinical core courses, concentration courses, and an elective.
Phone: 252.744.6417; Fax: 252.744.6391; e-mail: email@example.com.
Students are admitted for fall and spring semesters. Graduates meet
education requirements for the certified nurse educator examination.
We welcome distance education students and will make every effort to
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does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, however, when this is not possible.
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