Online Hybrid Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program

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 healthcare revolution, educate faculty who can teach the nurses needed to provide healthcare for the country, and provide nurse practitioners to care for the rural and needy populations.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Leadership/Education Concentrations

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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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. See page 220 for certification requirements.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the MSN program will be competitive and limited to candidates capable of performing at the graduate level. Applicants must possess or provide the following:

  • Completed admission application;
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study that includes the following undergraduate courses with a course grade of "C" or better with 3 hours minimum: nursing research, health assessment, pathophysiology, microbiology and statistics;
  • 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 (equivalent to one year of full-time clinical experience);
  • A Personal Statement of Goals and Objectives-typed (limited to two pages, APA style);
  • All official undergraduate transcript(s) and current vita/resume to the registrar;
  • Three satisfactory recommendations (two professional from nursing colleagues and one personal);
  • Interview;
  • Payment of applicable fees; and
  • Computer literacy (ability to use Microsoft Word, to navigate the Internet, to retrieve information from websites, and to engage online).
  • The holistic admission process can be used by students with less than a 3.0 GPA.

Post-Master's degree admission to the FNP or L/E certificate programs includes all the above requirements with the addition of a Master's of Science in Nursing from an ACEN- or a CCNE-accredited program. The holistic admissions process is used by students with less than a 3.0 GPA.


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 leadership 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

Student Learning Outcome Goals for the MSN and Post-master’s Certificate Programs

The 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 impact the quality of healthcare, the delivery of nursing education or healthcare administration with the interprofessional team.
  4. Apply clinical/educational investigative skills to improve health/educational outcomes.
  5. Utilize sound research information retrieved from technology systems to influence complex decision making to improve healthcare or the delivery of healthcare.
  6. Analyze ethical, legal, and social factors influencing policy development and then contribute to policy development.
  7. Critically examine the development of healthcare systems or educational systems that accesses and delivers the needs of culturally diverse populations, providers and other stakeholders.
  8. Participate and initiate servant leadership projects.
  9. Develop professional goals that reflect a life-long learning commitment and continued scholarship to the nursing profession.
  10. The student will graduate with the didactic and, as applicable, clinical requirements to take the certificate for their track.

In addition to the above shared outcomes, the FNP and L/E concentrations have individual outcome goals:

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Outcome Goals
  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 Outcome Goals
  1. Systematically evaluate the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing service administration.
  2. Demonstrate current knowledge relevant to administration of healthcare organizations, population problem, issues, or trends.
  3. Support research and its utilization in the delivery of healthcare.
  4. Provide consultation to influence change.
  5. Demonstrate competence in all aspects of developing, delivering, and evaluating quality educational experiences.

    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.

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    CCNE Accredited

    The master's degree in nursing program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Bluefield College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.