An MSN degree will help you gain advanced skills and leadership abilities which opens many opportunities leading to enhanced career satisfaction and financial rewards. Specific preparation as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist offers new clinical role opportunities as well as careers in education. Take your education to the next step by applying your knowledge and experience at a higher level.
The new Master of Science of Nursing (MSN) program at Emory & Henry College prepares nursing students and professionals for additional healthcare and teaching career opportunities. Come join our inaugural class of students beginning in fall 2023!
Emory & Henry’s MSN program is achieved through online learning with on-campus intensive experiences at the Health Sciences campus in Marion. There are two MSN tracks to choose from:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) / Nurse Educator (NE)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Both tracks lead to eligibility for Advanced Practice Licensure; Licensed Nurse Practitioner (L-NP) in Virginia and additional licensure everywhere else in the United States.
The MSN curriculum offers an accelerated pathway option from an associate’s degree in Nursing (ADN) to MSN. Six credits required for the BSN can be substituted for courses taken at the master’s level.
Obtaining an MSN opens additional career opportunities. In addition to gaining advanced knowledge of serving in healthcare, the Emory & Henry MSN program prepares students to teach nursing as a profession after graduation.
MSN Program Admission Requirements
- One official transcript from each college and university attended.
- Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution.
- Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Resume or curriculum vita
Personal statement that demonstrates written communication skills, is not more than two pages double-spaced, and addresses the following:
- Specific personal, academic and/or professional strengths and/or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the MSN program, and
- Why the applicant is interested in a specific degree tract in the MSN program
- Three professional references: may be supervisor, previous faculty, or other professional reference.
- Evidence of (Nursys®) current unencumbered licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia OR the state in which practicum coursework will occur
- Current BLS HCP certification and immunizations
- Score of at least 600 on the institutional version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years (for applicants whom English is a second language)
- Satisfactory completion of a virtual or in-person interview with designated Emory & Henry College faculty
- Work history that includes one year of full-time experience (1,800 hours) or its equivalent as a registered nurse.
There are two different BSN tracks to choose from at Emory & Henry College:
Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) & Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)/Nurse Educator (NE) Tracks
Course # Course Name # Credit Hrs.
NURS 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 NURS 501 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 NURS 507 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 1 60 NURS 504 Advanced Pharmacology 3 NURS 503
Evidence-based Practice Research
3 NURS 511 Population & Rural Health 3 NURS Health Policy and Financial Concepts in Healthcare 3 NURS 502 Informatics 3 NURS 506 Advanced Practice Roles (for both CNS and FNP students) at the beginning 1 Total Core Course Credit Hours 23 60
*These courses could apply to both FNP and CNS Students.
Specialty Courses - Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
Course # Course Name # Credit Hours Clinical Hours
Primary Care of the Adult I
3 NURS 615
Adult I Practicum
3 180 NURS 616
Primary Care of the Adult II
3 NURS 617
Adult II Practicum
3 180 NURS 618
Primary Care Women’s Health
3 NURS 619
Women’s Health Practicum
3 180 NURS 620
Primary Care of Children & Adolescents
3 NURS 621
Children & Adolescent Practicum
3 180 NURS 622 Transitions to Practice Capstone Practicum 1 60 Total FNP Hours 25 840 Program Total 48
Specialty Courses - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator Track
Nurse Educator Courses
Course # Course Name # Credit Hrs. Clinical Hours
NURS 609 Curriculum and Program Development in Nursing 2 NURS 612 Evaluation in Nursing Education 2 NURS 610 Interprofessional Teaching Strategies 1 NURS 611 Principles of Simulation in Nursing Education 1 NURS 613 Teaching Practicum 2 120 Total Credit Hours and Clinical Hours 8 120
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Courses
Course # Course Name # Credit Hours Clinical Hours
NURS 601 Advanced Management of Adult-Gerontology Populations 2 NURS 602 Advanced Care of Adult-Gerontology Populations Practicum 2 120 NURS 603
The CNS and Professional Practice
2 NURS 604
The CNS and Professional Practice Practicum
2 120 NURS 605
The CNS and Systems Leadership
2 NURS 606 The CNS and Systems Leadership Practicum 2 120 NURS 607
Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Adult-Gerontology Patient
3 NURS 608
Diagnostic Reasoning and Advanced Patient Management of the Adult-Gerontology Patient Practicum
2 120 Total CNS Hours 17 540* Program Total 48 660
*60 Health Assessment Practicum.
- A-G Advanced Care of A-G Patients
- CNS and Professional Practice
- CNS and Systems Leadership
- Diagnostic Reasoning
- Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
60 hours Total 540 for CNS
120 for Educator
Grand Total for Both 660 hours
*The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program has received SACSCOC approval.