Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing Program Information
- Program Mission, Vision and Purpose
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- Admissions Process
- Application Form
- Clinical/Practicum Processes and Procedures
- Clinical Participation - Student Requirements
The Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing (RODP MSN) programs are offered through a consortium of the six Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities: Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and The University of Memphis.
The consortium is designed to increase student access to high-quality, affordable, student-centered graduate education in nursing, while addressing the critical need for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), nurse administrators, nurse educators, and nurse informaticists in Tennessee and across the nation. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree prepares you for work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, private practices, HMOs, schools and community centers. Some APNs have their own practices or work in collaboration with a physician. Whatever your goal, the Regents Online Degree Program is your high-tech, affordable path to graduate education in Nursing.
The mission of the Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing program is to use technology to improve access to high-quality, affordable, student-centered graduate nursing education opportunities through cooperation with and among the six Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities.
The vision of the Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing program is a better life for Tennesseans through excellence in graduate nursing education.
The purposes of the Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing program are to:
- Increase access to graduate nursing education, especially for nurses aspiring to teach in entry-level nursing programs, manage professional practice work settings, and practice as advanced clinicians in a changing healthcare delivery system.
- Maximize the effective use of technology for delivery of graduate-level instruction. Distance delivery through the use of technology will increase access to graduate education, especially in remote areas of the state and for practicing nurses for whom time flexibility is a critical resource.
- Provide student access to web-based courses and degree programs. Web-based courses will reach populations not currently enrolled in graduate education, and will also permit students who are currently enrolled in on-campus courses to take additional courses, thus completing the program sooner.
- Encourage and support collaboration among TBR institutions. Course development and delivery will be cost-effective because courses will be developed by one institution and used by all.
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The Regents Online Degree Program Master of Science in Nursing program operates under the leadership and guidance of the RODP MSN Executive Committee. The committee is comprised of the Deans and Directors of Nursing for the six Tennessee Board of Regents universities (shown below) and the Director of Nursing and Allied Health at the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Campus Collaborative office.
Executive Committee Members
Austin Peay State University (APSU)
East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
Tennessee Technological University (TTU)
University of Memphis (UoM)
Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC)
The Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing offers a flexible, 36- to 46-credit hour program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The curriculum allows students to customize learning opportunities to fit their goals and needs in collaboration with faculty advisors. Students may pursue full-time or part-time study. All courses, with the exception of clinical rotations, are delivered in an online delivery format.
Master's Program Concentrations areas are:
- Nursing Education
- Nursing Administration
- Nursing Informatics
- Family Nurse Practitioner
RN to MSN (for RNs with a Bachelor's degree in another field)
Post Master's Certificates in Nursing
The Post Master's Certificate program provides opportunities for students who already have a Master's degree in Nursing to gain specialized knowledge within the following areas. The number of credits required to complete the certificate program varies by major. Students must successfully complete the required courses in the chosen nursing major.
RN to MSN
Upon successful completion of the Master's program, graduates will:
- Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in advanced nursing practice, teaching (in the classroom and in clinical settings) and administration
- Integrate specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines into advanced nursing roles
- Use research to validate and refine knowledge relevant to advanced nursing roles
- Practice advanced nursing roles in collaborative relationships across disciplines and in partnership with communities (i.e., nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics and advanced clinical practice)
- Manage the healthcare of clients within legal, ethical and professional standards
- Improve the health of clients among diverse population groups
- Promote positive changes in healthcare delivery, health policies and nursing practice
The program is designed to offer didactic/theory courses online through all six universities and to coordinate clinical study in each student's home area when possible. The consortium model allows these universities to share their most valuable resources to enrich program offerings. Classes are taught by faculty from all six universities. Faculty members are recognized experts in their content area, regardless of institution of employment.
Full library services are available online from the Regents Virtual Library. The Virtual Library offers extensive full text databases and 100% of the library resources recommended for graduate nursing students. Students also have access to the libraries at the six participating universities.
Campus contacts, faculty advisors and clinical liaisons are available to assist students throughout their program of study. The ROCC MSN staff at the TBR central office is available to all applicants and students, regardless of home campus assignment.
- Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.
- Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English.
- Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School at the home campus to which the student is referred. Application requirements will vary slightly among the six TBR universities. Required documentation may include a resume or CV; a discussion of prior professional experience; future career goals; reasons for pursuing graduate study; and recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.
Application to the Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing program is a two-step process.
Step 1: Submit the RODP Online Application
Complete the online application to the MSN Regents Online Degree Program. Once the application is submitted, you will be notified by email that your application was received. Your information will then be forwarded to your chosen or assigned home school* for review and further eligibility consideration. Applicants MUST wait for notification of eligibility and home campus assignment before applying to the Graduate Division of a participating university.
Step 2: Apply to Home School Campus
Once notified of eligibility, you may apply for admission to the graduate division of your home campus. Your application to the Regents Online Master of Science in Nursing program is not final until you complete the admission process for your home school.
*Process for Home Campus Assignment (Applies to Middle Tennessee Residents Only)
Based upon principles of fair and equitable collaboration and the need to maximize available resources, applicants residing in designated Middle Tennessee counties will be randomly assigned to Austin Peay State University (APSU), Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) or Tennessee State University (TSU). This includes applicants who reside in: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson counties.
- Upon receipt of the RODP online application, residents of the above counties will be grouped on the basis of academic ability (undergraduate GPA), then randomly assigned by computer to APSU, MTSU or TSU.
- Once assigned to a home school, the applicant must meet the graduate admission requirements of the designated home campus.
- Once notified of eligibility, application can be made to the graduate division of the assigned home campus.
- If any one of the three schools is unable to accommodate applicants during an admission cycle, the student may be assigned on an equal basis to the remaining schools.
- A student who resides in Middle Tennessee and is assigned to a home campus, but chooses not to attend that home campus will not be eligible to attend a different home campus at a later date.
The Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) and TBR institutions must comply with each state’s requirements for legally offering distance education to its residents. Over the past year, the Regents Online Campus Collaborative has demonstrated a “good faith” effort to comply with other states’ regulations and has obtained approvals from the states shown below.
State approvals for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program
District of Columbia
Once a home campus selection has been made, applicants must be accepted for admission to the graduate division and college/school of Nursing at the designated home campus. Final admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of eligible applicants who meet the admission requirements from the designated home campus, as well as the admission standards for the Regents Online Degree Program. Notification of final admission status will come from the graduate division of the designated home campus. Following admission to the university, students may enroll in MSN RODP courses. Some schools will allow students to be admitted provisionally or conditionally. If you do not meet the requirements for regular admission, ask your home campus about seeking provisional or conditional admission status.
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