Master of Science in Nursing

The College of Nursing Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program became operational in 2005 for the adult/gerontology, family and pediatric nurse practitioner tracks. Due to the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine (IOM) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the College expanded to include the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program in 2009 for the adult/gerontology, family, pediatric, psychiatric mental health, and post-Masters advanced practice nursing tracks. The DNP-APRN program has two entry points, post-BSN and post-MSN. The post-MSN APRN plan of study is not designed to educate the individual in a new population focus. The programs build on the BSN Essentials (2008), incorporates The Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2011), population foci competencies (NTF, 2012; NTF, 2016; NONPF, 2012; NONPF, 2013; NONPF, 2014; NONPF, 2017), as well as other specialty advanced practice standards and guidelines. In addition, the DNP program integrates The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and prepares nurse practitioners with a clinical doctorate ready to meet the nation’s complex healthcare environment and assure quality patient outcomes.

As of fall 2018, admissions to the MSN advanced practice track are closed because the DNP degree is the recommended preparation for entry to the nurse practitioner role. Students in the DNP advanced practice program will receive both an MSN and DNP upon graduation, as the MSN is the required degree to obtain advanced practice licensure in South Carolina. As a College we are adult learner centered and have an MSN exit option for students who have life circumstances that interfere with completing the DNP degree.