Online Hybrid Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program

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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.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view the curriculum and course descriptions for the Online Hybrid MSN degree program.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program at Bluefield College will be competitive and limited to candidates capable of performing on the graduate level.

Applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
  • An unencumbered RN license in a U.S. jurisdiction;
  • At least 2,000 hours of registered nurse experience (one year of full-time clinical experience);
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study which includes the following undergraduate courses with a course grade of “C” or better with 3 hours minimum: nursing research, health assessment, pathophysiology and statistics;
  • A Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives—typed (limited two pages-APA);
  • An official undergraduate transcript(s) and current vita/resume to the registrar;
  • Three satisfactory recommendations (two professional from nursing colleagues and one personal);
  • Availability for an interview;
  • A completed admission application;
  • Applicable fees; and,
  • Computer literacy (being able to use Microsoft Word, navigate the Internet, retrieve information from websites and engage online).

Post Master Certificate Admission

  • Master of Science in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program;
  • 3.0 GPA;
  • An unencumbered RN license in a U.S. jurisdiction;
  • All official transcripts and current vita/resume to the registrar;
  • Three satisfactory recommendations (two professional from nursing colleagues and one personal);
  • Availability for an interview;
  • A completed admission application;
  • Applicable fees; and,
  • Computer literacy (being able to use Microsoft Word, navigate the Internet, retrieve information from websites and engage online).

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

Program Outcomes

Shared Outcomes

The MSN graduate will be able to:
  1. Integrate theory and research from biological, social, and nursing sciences and the humanities, into ethical interprofessional practice critically analyzing data to provide best outcomes for the population.
  2. Demonstrate leadership roles by implementing quality improvement initiatives with an interprofessional team.
  3. Evaluate the organizational structure, financing, marketing, and policy decisions that influence the quality of health care, the delivery of nursing education or health care administration with the interprofessional team.
  4. Apply clinical/educational investigative skills to improve health/educational outcomes.
  5. Use sound research information retrieved from technology systems to influence complex decision making to improve health care.
  6. Analyze ethical, legal, and social factors influencing policy development and then contribute to policy development.
  7. Critically examine the development and success of health care systems and educational systems that access and deliver the needs of culturally diverse populations, providers and other stakeholders.
  8. The student will participate and initiate servant leadership projects.
  9. The student will develop professional goals that reflect a life-long learning commitment and continued scholarship to the nursing profession (AACN, 2011).

In addition to the above shared outcomes, the FNP and A/E concentrations have individual outcomes.

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Outcomes

The graduate will be able to:
  1. Safely, competently, and effectively function as an independent practitioner for a culturally diverse population.
  2. Demonstrate the highest level of accountability for professional practice.
  3. Practice independently managing previously diagnosed and undiagnosed patients.

Leadership/Education Specialty Outcomes

The graduate will be able to:
  1. Systematically evaluate the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing service administration.
  2. Demonstrate current knowledge relevant to administration of health care organizations, population problem, issues, or trends.
  3. Support research and its utilization in the delivery of health care.
  4. Provides consultation to influence change.
  5. Demonstrate competence in all aspects of developing, delivering, and evaluating quality educational experiences.

(Based on ANA Scope of Practice of Nurse Administration, draft, 2015; AACN, 2011, NLN Competencies for Nurse Educators, 2007).

Student Handbook

The Guide to Your Graduate Nursing Education

The MSN Student Handbook has been prepared as a guide to assist you through the successful completion of your program of studies.

Launch Handbook