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

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master's of Science in Nursing (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.

The graduate faculty of the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) has identified the skills and professional behaviors that are essential to pursue a course of study and to practice in Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Case Manager, Nurse Administrator, or Nurse Practitioner roles. 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 Nurse Case Manager, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Administrator Concentrations

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the MSN Program will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the Nurse Case Manager, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Administrator concentrations are encouraged to contact the 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 a school of nursing that is both regionally and CCNE or CNEA accredited.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.
  • Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate officials.

Admission Requirements for Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

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

Currently only residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia,  and Mississippi are eligible for the Nurse Practitioner concentrations.

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) and 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school of nursing that is both regionally and CCNE or CNEA accredited.
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or Mississippi.
  • Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate officials.

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

Master's of Science in Nursing Program: Nurse Case Manager

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based MSN program with all courses offered online. The Nurse Case Manager concentration 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 preceptor. 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 MSN degree 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 six 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 MSN program with a Nurse Case Manager concentration can be completed in one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study.

MSN Program: Nurse Case Manager 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 5813NUR 599 (Optional)3
NUR 5293NUR 599 (Optional)3 
 15 16 14
Total Hours: 45

MSN Program: Nurse Case Manager 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
 NUR 599 (Optional)3NUR 599 (Optional)3
 6 10 9
Total Hours: 45

Master's of Science in Nursing Program: Clinical Nurse Leader

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based MSN Program 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 is delivered.  Upon certification, the CNL may assume this role 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 preceptor. 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 MSN degree 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 six 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 MSN program with a CNL concentration can be completed in one year of full-time study or two or more years of part-time study.

MSN Program: 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 5813NUR 599 (Optional)3
NUR 5293NUR 599 (Optional)3 
 15 16 14
Total Hours: 45

MSN Program: 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
 NUR 599 (Optional)3NUR 599 (Optional)3
 6 10 9
Total Hours: 45

Master's of Science in Nursing Program: Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

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NOTE:  Currently, only baccalaureate prepared registered nurses who are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are eligible for admission to Nurse Practitioner (NP) concentrations.  

The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) offers the online MSN degree with the following NP concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Dual Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Students complete coursework online and attend two on-campus sessions during their program of study. Students are expected to find clinical 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 MSN degree 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 six 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 MSN Program with a Nurse Practitioner concentration can be completed in two years or less of full-time study.

MSN Program: 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))4NUR 599 (Optional)3 
NUR 599 (Optional)3  
 12 9
Total Hours: 46

MSN Program: 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 
NUR 599 (Optional)3NUR 599 (Optional)3 
 7 6
Total Hours: 46
 

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 / 10 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 / 10 hours a week)3 
 9 10 6
Total Hours: 53

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;21 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

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 
NUR 599 (Optional)3NUR 599 (Optional)3 
 7 6
Total Hours: 48
 

Master's of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administrator

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based MSN program with all courses offered online. The Nurse Administrator concentration 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 preceptor. 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 MSN degree 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 six 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 MSN program with a Nurse Administrator concentration can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

MSN Program: 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))4NUR 599 (Optional)3
NUR 522 (2 didactic; 1 clinical (60))3NUR 5813 
 NUR 599 (Optional)3 
 11 17 10
Total Hours: 38

 MSN Program: 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))4NUR 599 (Optional)3
 NUR 599 (Optional)3 
 5 11 7
Total Hours: 38

RN/BSN Pathway to MSN (Phase Two)

Nurse Case Manager

Hours
Fall 2
NUR 501Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations3
NUR 502Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations2
NUR 503Nursing Informatics in Healthcare3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Spring 2
NUR 520Evidence-Based Practice Role and Processes for Case Manager (60 clinical hours) 14
NUR 530Case Management Practicum (180 clinical hours) 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Summer 3
NUR 530Case Management Practicum (180 clinical hours) 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Complete MSN requirements; MSN degree awarded
Total Hours18

Clinical Nurse Leader

Hours
Fall 2
NUR 501Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations3
NUR 502Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations2
NUR 503Nursing Informatics in Healthcare3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Spring 2
NUR 525Evidence-Based Practice Role and Processes for the CNL (60 clinical hours) 14
NUR 535Clinical Immersion Experience (180 clinical hours) 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Summer 3
NUR 535Clinical Immersion Experience (180 clinical hours) 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Complete MSN requirements; MSN degree awarded
Total Hours18

Nurse Administrator

Hours
Fall 2
NUR 501Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations3
NUR 503Nursing Informatics in Healthcare3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Spring 2
NUR 527Evidence-Based Practice Roles and Processes for Nurse Administrators (60 clinical hours) 14
NUR 537Nurse Administrator: Practicum I (180 clinical hours) 14
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Summer 3
NUR 538Nurse Administrator: Practicum II (180 clinical hours) 14
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Complete MSN requirements; MSN degree awarded
Total Hours18