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Nursing: Graduate Program Application Information

The Graduate Nursing Program admits students during all semesters: fall, spring, and summer on a space-available basis. 

Admission Standards

The admission standards listed below are applicable to students in all MSN degree tracks.

Prerequisites

  1. Undergraduate elementary statistics or a statistics-oriented methodology course
  2. Basic knowledge of computer operations strongly recommended
  3. Undergraduate health appraisal/physical assessment course (for all NP tracks)

Regular Admission    

  1. Completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution.
  2. Current unrestricted Georgia RN license to practice nursing.
  3. A score of no less than 150 (verbal) and 141 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a scaled score of 402 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR Eligibility for GRE/MAT Waiver (see section for GRE/MAT Waiver Requirements).
  4. A Letter of Intent is required and should describe the applicant’s interest in obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing degree (or a Post Master’s Certificate) as well as depicting professional experiences predictive of future success in graduate nursing education. The letter will be evaluated for clarity of thought, writing style and grammar/syntax.
  5. The following documents are required for admission to the MSN Program:
  6. Applicants should submit all materials to Armstrong’s Office of Admissions well in advance of the application cut-off date.  All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Graduate Nursing Application Subcommittee. Students will be notified of admission decisions by Graduate Studies.

Provisional Admission

  1. Completed requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution.
  2. A score of no less than 150 (verbal) and 138 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (or a scaled score of 389 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR eligibility for GRE/MAT Waiver (See section for GRE/MAT Waiver Requirements).
  3. A Letter of Intent is required and should describe the applicant’s interest in obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing degree (or a Post Master’s Certificate) as well as depicting professional experiences predictive of future success in graduate nursing education. The letter will be evaluated for clarity of thought, writing style and grammar/syntax.
  4. The following documents are required for admission to the MSN Program: 
    • Three professional recommendations
    • Current health appraisal form
    • Employment history
  5. Applicants should submit all materials to Armstrong’s Office of Admissions well in advance of the application cut-off date.  All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Graduate Nursing Application Subcommittee. Students will be notified of admission decisions by Graduate Studies.

Students admitted under the “Degree-Provisional” category may take no more than nine semester hours of course work before applying to reclassify to Degree-Regular status.  Reclassification decisions will be made by the Graduate Nursing Program.

GRE/MAT Waiver Requirements

Approval for the GRE/MAT Waiver does not guarantee admission to the MSN program. The eligibility for the waiver is based on one's cumulative undergraduate and BSN GPA. There is no formal request or application for the waiver necessary. Every applicant is reviewed for the waiver upon application to the MSN program and you will be contacted only if the waiver has not been approved. Applicants to the Masters (MSN) program who meet the criteria listed below are eligible to be considered for a waiver of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or MAT. 

Applicants to the following programs are not eligible for the GRE waiver:

Senior Privilege

An undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and within 24 semester hours of graduation may apply for Senior Privilege and enroll in a maximum of 12 hours of graduate coursework at the 5000G and 6000 levels. The maximum amount of graduate coursework permitted in any one semester is eight hours; the maximum total of all coursework permitted in any semester in which a student is taking graduate coursework is 12 hours. Permission to enroll must be approved by the chairperson of the student’s undergraduate major and by the appropriate graduate program director. The graduate program director holds final authority.

NEWS:

Department of Nursing Scheduled for Re-accreditation Review

(January 7, 2016) - The Department of Nursing at Armstrong State University is scheduled for a re-accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing for February 24-26, 2016.

Two New Nursing Programs Launched

(Dec. 20, 2014) — In response to a growing demand for nursing professionals, the College of Health Professions at Armstrong State University—the number one producer of undergraduate health professionals in the University System of Georgia since 2007—has launched two new nursing programs that will help remedy the projected shortage of nurses statewide.

Nursing Student Crowned Miss Collegiate America

(September 4, 2014) — Armstrong State University student Megan Gordon was crowned the 2014 Miss Collegiate America on July 6 in Orlando, Fla. Gordon, who is originally from North Augusta, S.C., is a junior in Armstrong’s nursing program.

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