Since its inception, the graduate program has sought out excellent nurses in pursuit of advanced nursing education. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses have the option of three concentrations in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program: Case Management, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Practitioner. A post-master’s certificate in Case Management is also available. In addition there is a post-graduate certificate program of the Nurse Practitioner program.  For the registered nurse (RN) who holds an associate degree in nursing and meets the required admission criteria, we offer an RN to BSN/MSN track.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MSN degree program will be considered on a competitive basis. The following are requirements for admission into all graduate level nursing programs, but a complete description of Graduate School Admission Criteria is found in the Graduate Catalog.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

The graduate faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing has identified the skills and professional behaviors that are essential to pursue a course of study and to practice in the role of CNL, CM, NA or NP. These skills include but are not limited to the skills presented in The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), a publication of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. If these skills and professional behaviors cannot be developed by the individual, either unassisted or with the dependable use of assistive devices, the faculty reserves the right to decline an individual’s admission or to disenroll the student from clinical courses. A copy of The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) is available upon request from the College's Program Records Office.

Admission Requirements for Nursing Case Management, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nurse Administrator

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the Case Management (CM), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), and Nurse Administrator (NA) concentration are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

The following are requirements for admission:

  • For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  • For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300 on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.

Admission Requirements for the Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the MSN will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the Nurse Practitioner Concentrations are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison. 

Currently only residents of Alabama and Mississippi are eligible for the Nurse Practitioner concentration.

The following are requirements for admission:

  • For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  • For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300 on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing is required.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States is required.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Master of Science in Nursing Program: Nursing Case Management

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based master of science in nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. This program prepares nurses to assume leadership positions in health care administration and to coordinate and administer case management services at the macrosystems level. Case management has been defined as a "collaborative process which assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates options and services to meet an individual's health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes."1 Graduates of this program will be able to practice in a variety of settings, assuming leadership positions in health care organizations.

Note: This program requires a clinical practicum (540 practicum hours) and it is the student’s responsibility to identify a site with an appropriate clinical facilitator. Prior to the clinical practicum the student will start the process of obtaining a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or a Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the agency. No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval.

1

Case Management Society of America (CMSA). (2016). Standards of Practice for Case Management. Little Rock, AR: CMSA.

Degree Requirements

The MSN will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • good standing at the time of graduation
  • successful completion of the required coursework

Students may choose to complete a thesis as described below:

Thesis option

A thesis is original research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis credit for a successfully completed thesis. An oral public defense of the thesis is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School.

Curriculum

The master of science in nursing program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study.

Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Case Management Sample Full-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013CHS 5203NUR 5022
NUR 5033NUR 520 (3 didactic; 1 clinical hour (60)4NUR 530 (6 clinical (360) May take 3 credit hours in the spring 1 semester)6
NUR 5053NUR 5213NUR 580 (2 didactic;1 clinical (60))3
NUR 5223NUR 5813 
NUR 5293  
 15 13 11
Total Hours: 39

Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Case Management Sample Part-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013CHS 52013NUR 5022
NUR 5033NUR 5813NUR 5053
NUR 5293  
 9 6 5
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5213NUR 520 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60 hours))4NUR 530 (3 clinical hours (180))3
NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3NUR 530 (3 clinical hours (180))3NUR 580 (2 didatic; 1 clinical (60))3
 6 7 6
Total Hours: 39
1

It is strongly recommended that NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations, NUR 503 Nursing Informatics in Healthcare, NUR 529 Advanced Pathophysiology are taken as perquisites and NUR 581 Research and Statistics for Health Professional is taken as a pre- or co-requisite.

Master of Science in Nursing Program: Clinical Nurse Leader

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a master’s prepared generalist, accountable for clinical and health care environmental outcomes. The CNL functions at the microsystem level; oversees care coordination of a distinct group of patients; serves as a resource for clinical decision making; and serves as a lateral integrator of care. The CNL puts evidence-based practice into action, collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.

This clinician functions as part of an interprofessional team by communicating, planning and implementing care directly with other health care professionals. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system across all settings in which health care in delivered. Students in this program are required to take the CNL certification examination offered by American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) prior to graduation. Upon certification they may assume the role of Clinical Nurse Leader in a variety of health care settings.

Note: This program requires a clinical immersion (540 clinical immersion hours) and it is the student’s responsibility to identify a site with an appropriate clinical facilitator. Prior to the clinical immersion the student will start the process of obtaining a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or a Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the agency. No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval.

Degree Requirements  

The degree of master of science in nursing with the CNL focus will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the required coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Good standing at the time of graduation

Completion of CNL Self-assessment Exam and CNL Certification Exam

Students may choose to complete a thesis as described below:

Thesis option

A thesis is original research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis credit for a successfully completed thesis. An oral public defense of the thesis is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School.

Curriculum

The CNL focus of the MSN program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study.

Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Sample Full-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013CHS 52013NUR 5022
NUR 5033NUR 5213NUR 535 (6 clinical (360) - 3 credit hours can be taken spring 1)6
NUR 5053NUR 525 (3 Didactic; 1 clinical (60))4NUR 5803
NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3NUR 5813 
NUR 5293  
 15 13 11
Total Hours: 39

Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Sample Part-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013CHS 52013NUR 5022
NUR 5033NUR 5813NUR 5053
NUR 5293  
 9 6 5
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5213NUR 525 (3 didactic;1 clinical (60))4NUR 535 (3 clinical (180))3
NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3NUR 535 (3 clinical (180))3NUR 5803
 6 7 6
Total Hours: 39
1

It is strongly recommended that NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations, NUR 503 Nursing Informatics in Healthcare, NUR 529 Advanced Pathophysiology are taken as perquisites and NUR 581 Research and Statistics for Health Professional is taken as a pre- or co-requisite.

Master of Science in Nursing Program: Nurse Practitioner

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NOTE:  Currently, only baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who are residents of Alabama and Mississippi are eligible for admission to NP concentrations.  

The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) offers the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with specialization in the Dual Nurse Practitioner (NP) Concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. This dual certification NP Concentration prepares students to sit for both the Psychiatric Mental Health (Across the Lifespan) and Family Nurse Practitioner national board certification exams. Single role concentrations in these NP specialties are also offered. Students complete coursework online and attend two on-campus sessions during their program of study. Students are expected to find individual sites and preceptors; however, CCN will assist students with this process to secure a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the healthcare agency.  No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval.

Nurse Practitioners are health promotion and disease prevention experts who manage and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses. Nurse Practitioners provide quality, safe, cost-effective care.  Services provided by NPs include, assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing patients’ health care needs. 

Degree Requirements  

The degree of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Nurse Practitioner Concentration will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the required coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Good standing at the time of graduation

Students may choose to complete a thesis as described below:

Thesis option

A thesis is original research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis credit for a successfully completed thesis. An oral public defense of the thesis is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School.

Curriculum

The Dual Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner concentration of the MSN program can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Master of Science in Nursing: Dual Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner Sample Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5033NUR 5042NUR 5822
NUR 5053NUR 5213NUR 585 (2 didactic: 2 clinical. 150 hours of clinical / 15 hours a week)4
NUR 5293NUR 5264 
 NUR 586 (2 didactic: 2 clinical. 150 hours of clinical / 10 hours a week)4 
 9 13 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013NUR 522 (2 didactic: 1 clinical)3NUR 580 (2 didactic: 1 clinical)3
NUR 5022NUR 587 (2 didactic: 2 clinical. 225 hours of clinical / 10 hours a week)4NUR 590 (clinical. 225 hours of clinical / 22.5 hours a week)3
NUR 588 (2 didactic. 2 clinical. 150 hours of clinical/10 hours a week)4NUR 589 (clinical. 225 hours of clinical / 15 hours a week)3 
 9 10 6
Total Hours: 53

Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Sample Full-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5033NUR 5042NUR 526 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))4
NUR 5053NUR 5213NUR 5822
NUR 5293NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3NUR 585 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4
 9 8 10
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NUR 5013NUR 580 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3 
NUR 5022NUR 589 (3 clinical (225))3 
NUR 587 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4  
 9 6
Total Hours: 42

Master of Science in Nursing: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Sample Part-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5053NUR 5213NUR 5022
NUR 5293NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3NUR 526 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))4
 6 6 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013NUR 5042NUR 5822
NUR 5033NUR 580 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3NUR 585 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4
 6 5 6
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NUR 587 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4NUR 589 (3 clinical (225))3 
 4 3
Total Hours: 42

Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Sample Full-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5033NUR 5042NUR 526 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))4
NUR 5053NUR 5213NUR 586 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4
NUR 5293NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3 
 9 8 8
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NUR 5013NUR 580 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3 
NUR 5022NUR 590 (3 clinical (225))3 
NUR 588 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4  
 9 6
Total Hours: 40

Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Sample Part-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5053NUR 5213NUR 5022
NUR 5293NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3NUR 526 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60 hours indirect patient care))4
 6 6 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013NUR 5042NUR 586 (2 didactic; 2 clinical (150))4
NUR 5033NUR 580 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60 indirect patient care))3 
 6 5 4
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NUR 588 (2 didactic 2 clinical (150))4NUR 590 (3 clinical (225))3 
 4 3
Total Hours: 40
 

Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administrator

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. This program is intended to prepare a nurse leader by providing advanced education in health care finance, shared governance, and emerging leader competencies. Nurse administrators manage several departments or entire organizations. Nurse administrators hold a variety of executive-level positions, including director of nursing services, clinical coordinator, and chief nurse executive. They oversee several departments and report directly to senior leadership.  A nurse administrator concentrates primarily on policy and organizational operations issues such as nursing shortages and spends a majority of time attending meetings, preparing reports, and developing programs and policies to ensure safety and high quality nursing care. Nurse administrators are less likely to deal directly with patients or family members, instead supervising mid-level managers and working with fellow members of the senior leadership team.

Note: This program requires a clinical practicum (540 clinical practicum hours) and it is the student’s responsibility to identify a site with an appropriate clinical facilitator. Prior to the clinical practicum, the student will start the process of obtaining a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or a Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the agency. No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval.

Degree Requirements  

The degree of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with the Nurse Administrator Concentration will be awarded to the student who has met the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the required coursework
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Good standing at the time of graduation

Students may choose to complete a thesis as described below:

Thesis option

A thesis is original research conducted by one student and directed by a graduate committee. The student is awarded three semester hours of thesis credit for a successfully completed thesis. An oral public defense of the thesis is required. The thesis must conform to the guidelines of the Graduate School.

Curriculum

The Nurse Administrator program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administrator Sample Full-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013CHS 5203NUR 538 (1 didactic; 3 clinical (180))4
NUR 5022NUR 527 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60))4NUR 580 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3
NUR 5033NUR 537 (1 didactic; 3 clinical (180))4 
NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3NUR 5813 
 11 14 7
Total Hours: 32

 Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administrator Sample Part-time Program of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5013CHS 5203NUR 580 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3
NUR 5033NUR 5813 
 6 6 3
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NUR 5022NUR 527 (3 didactic; 1 clinical (60))4NUR 538 (1 didactic; 3 clinical (180))4
NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3NUR 537 (1 didactic; 3 clinical (180))4 
 5 8 4
Total Hours: 32