Dr. Anita Nivens, RN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor
Phone: 912.344.2553
Fax: 912.344.3481
Graduate Department of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

The mission of the graduate program in nursing at Armstrong is to educate master's-prepared nurses who are able to meet the evolving health needs of populations. This mission is accomplished through a multi-faceted approach which incorporates education, research, and service. Armstrong's master's degree programs allow specialization in a particular area. The areas of specialization offered are:
: :    Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
: :    Nursing Administration
: :    Adult Nurse Practitioner
: :    Advanced Practice Nursing

The graduate program is committed to educational preparation of master's-prepared nurses to address the nursing needs of southeast Georgia. Toward this end, students are actively recruited from this region. It is the faculty's belief that students who live, work, and are educated in the region will be more likely to remain after graduation, thereby filling vital healthcare needs.

Career Opportunities

As a result of market forces, driven primarily by changing reimbursement policies and managed care, opportunities for capable health care providers are growing rapidly. Nurses who hold advanced degrees are highly desired in today's healthcare settings.

Armstrong graduates can be found working in all areas of the United States. Some graduates have chosen to pursue additional graduate studies, thus providing them a competitive advantage.

Program Features

Savannah serves as a regional medical hub and, as such, offers varied clinical opportunities to Armstrong State University nursing students. Students have faculty-supervised practice experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, industries, schools, clinics and other community agencies. The faculty believes that positive faculty/student interactions are imperative for the development of caring and knowledgeable nurses, and research activities sponsored or guided by the graduate program in nursing are directly responsive to regional needs.

Course of Study

Clinical Nurse Specialist
The objective of the Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist is to provide the registered nurse with the knowledge and skills for advanced practice as an expert clinician and client advocate for the adult population. Specifically, the student will have the ability to provide direct client care, including assessing, diagnosing, planning, and prescribing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of health problems, health promotion and preventive care. Additionally, the student will understand the sub-roles of expert clinician, leader, educator, consultant, researcher, and change agent in a dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment. The program consists of 37 semester hours.

Nursing Administration
The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing Administration prepares nurses to assume increasingly demanding responsibilities in managing the delivery of health care in various settings. Based on theoretical foundations, the curriculum focuses on the practical application of leadership and management in the delivery of health care. Didactic and care-based approaches offer the student multiple opportunities to synthesize the body of nursing knowledge and managerial precepts appropriate to current health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on organizational behavior, financial management, and the nurse's ability to impact the process of developing public policy. The program consists of 36 semester hours.

The rapidly evolving healthcare system provides a dynamic venue for professional development. Managerial expertise, with applied leadership skills, is essential at all levels of the organization. The Nursing Administration track at Armstrong State University prepares nurses who have demonstrated clinical expertise to expand their roles to excel as leaders and administration at the advanced level.

Adult Nurse Practitioner
The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) prepares advanced practice nurses capable of providing primary health care to diverse clients in a variety of settings. Graduate nursing core courses are foundational to exploration and synthesis of theoretical and evidence-based approaches to advanced nursing practice. Opportunities to precept in clinical practice with experienced clinicians allow ANP students to integrate knowledge of advanced physical assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, and varied aspects of client care. ANP graduates are eligible to take national certification exams as an ANP. The program consists of 45 semester hours.

Advanced Practice Nursing
The Advanced Practice Nursing track affords currently certified nurse practitioners the opportunity to satisfy requirements for the major clinical courses in the Master's of Science in Nursing degree by virtue of nurse practitioner certification. Students are able to integrate advanced practice experiences with knowledge of theoretical and evidence-based approaches to care. The program consists of 35 semester hours.


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