An MSN degree can open up new career doors, and gives you the potential to earn a higher salary.
Graduates of the Education track are prepared for educational positions in academic and practice settings.
Graduates of the Administration track are prepared for nursing leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.
Nurses with a MSN degree in Nursing Administration have high-level nursing leadership and management skills focused on
Upon completion of the administration track, graduates are prepared for nursing leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.
Nurses with a MSN degree in Nursing Education are able to
Upon completion of the education track, graduates are prepared for educational positions in academic and practice settings.
To be eligible for admission, all applicants must be enrolled in the 2 semester degree plan in the RN to BSN program and have completed 14 semester credit hours of BSN course work. All applicants must complete and submit an online application as directed on the respective Program website (MSN Education, MSN Administration). All applicants must also meet admissions requirements as stated in the Graduate Program section of the Student Catalog or click here. Admission consideration is not automatic and is based on a successful review process.
All supplemental items (official transcripts, application fee, letters of recommendation, essay, resume/CV, oath of residency) must be received by Admissions Coordinator prior to the application deadline.
The didactic portion of the MSN Administration and MSN Education is completely online. Students in both tracks will complete practicum experiences with a preceptor in a healthcare facility or academic site (for nursing education). Students in the Education track are required to come to campus 1-2 days for the health assessment course and 1-2 days for the simulation course.
ALL students are required to attend a one-day mandatory orientation on-campus in Lubbock prior to starting the program.
The MSN Expressway tracks (Administration and Education) is completed in approximately 2 years. A standard degree plan is created for each track. Deviation from the standard degree plans must be approved by the Program Director and is contingent on courses availability and enrollment. The number of total credits required for the MSN program depends on the track:
Yes, you may have the option to defer 1 semester upon successful completion of the RN to BSN program.
Once a student is accepted in to the program, he / she must provide the Office of Student Affairs with current copies of license and certifications (applies to student whose license and certification expires during enrollment).
Students are responsible for obtaining their own preceptors based upon the requirements for each clinical course. A listing of preceptors used within the past two years is available for current graduate students to use as a guide. Clinical hours can be completed in a student's home area but both the preceptor AND the facility must be approved by SON staff and faculty. There is an electronic preceptor agreement process that students must complete for every preceptor they use each semester.
Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Semester can be located here: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/nursing/student-affairs/fees.aspx.
Yes, all of the above mentioned assistance is available. Applicants interested in applying for financial aid upon admittance to the School of Nursing must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The School of Nursing requires a FAFSA on file to be eligible for scholarships offered by the school.
Scholarship eligibility is only available once admitted into the program. Additional information can be found by clicking here.
You will have access to each of your course facilitators and any clinical faculty via the methodologies that will be used to deliver the educational material during regular school hours (Canvas, TTUHSC email, and phone).
As a general rule, for every hour of instruction you will need to plan to spend at least 2-3 hours in preparation and course assignment work. These assignments and projects are very applicable to your present or future nursing position yet are not designed to be accomplished in a short time, so this will require interaction with all the required resources of the course. Some courses have clinical expectations as part of the course.
Yes, you will need a computer with high speed internet capabilities. Click here for minimum system recommendations.
Yes, resources are available via computer and internet access, such as electronic article reserves. Information about the TTUHSC library resources with web-based courses will be provided at orientation. Many assignments in the program will require library / internet searches.