Online Hybrid Master of Science in Nursing Overview

The overall aim of the Bluefield College Master of Science in Nursing program is to prepare competent, caring, qualified, and reflective nurses to lead during a health care revolution, educate faculty who can teach the nurses needed to provide health care for the country, and provide nurse practitioners to care for the rural and needy populations.

Our MSN prepares registered nurses to either practice the art and science of delivering care to rural populations or to educate future academicians and nursing leaders. We recognize that MSN-prepared nurses may practice, teach, and influence the health care needs of our populations, and nurse educators and nursing leaders prepare the nurse to practice at all levels of nursing education and leadership. This transformation is a collaboration of blending all health care professions and politics with movement from the grassroots level.

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Master of Science in Nursing Concentrations and Curriculum

The School of Nursing for graduate education offers concentrations in Leadership/Education (L/E) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with certificates available in each.

Reasons to be an Advanced Practice Nurse

  1. Directing clinical practice
  2. Being able to guide patients and the health care team and provide coaching
  3. Providing consultation
  4. Formulating, conducting a literature review, critically appraising and extracting evidence, and implementing useful findings in clinical decision making
  5. Taking leadership roles in clinical settings
  6. Being a leader in promoting collaboration
  7. Practicing ethical decision making

Reasons to be an Educator and Administrator

  1. Having a direct impact on students' and patients’ lives
  2. Being able to guide students in a challenging and supportive environment
  3. Providing consultation in leadership and educational roles
  4. Formulating, conducting a literature review, critically appraising and extracting evidence, and implementing useful findings in clinical decision making in education and leadership
  5. Taking leadership roles in education and administration settings
  6. Being a leader in promoting collaboration
  7. Practicing ethical decision making

Program Delivery

The Master of Science in Nursing program will utilize an online hybrid delivery (three days on campus at the beginning and completion of each 15 weeks, that will decrease as the program progresses) and a delivery format similar to courses taught in the undergraduate RN-BSN nursing program. Online courses will be offered with available technological resources including synchronous and asynchronous online, video, audio, textual, and interactive platforms.

The MSN degree will require 40-45 course hours over five academic semesters, each offered in a 15-week session. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration has 18 core course hours and the Leadership/Education (L/E) concentration has 17 core course hours. The 40-45 course hours are inclusive of five core research hours culminating in an action research project. The curriculum builds upon the foundation of competencies attained by the licensed registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree, and expands their pedagogical knowledge, leadership skills, and reflective practice to promote positive patient outcomes, by delivering patient care in advanced nursing practice, in nursing administration or education.

Curriculum

Master of Science in Nursing Practicums

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration has a health assessment practicum, pediatric/women’s health; adult/geriatrics; and a combination of all clinicals. The Leadership/Education concentration has education and administrative practicums. All practicums will focus on sites that care for the rural poor.

Possible Practicum Locations

  • Colleges/universities
  • Family practices
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Pediatric practices

Master of Science in Nursing Outcomes

Students in the MSN program will practice and be exposed to a diverse population with limited resources. Possible job opportunities in health clinics, hospitals, and schools within the rural community may include the following.

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse administrator
  • Nurse consultant
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Research nurse
  • And many more!

Contact Information

Dr. Jessica Sharp

Dr. Jessica Sharp
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing

800.872.0176

 

 

 

 

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