Nursing

MSN

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MSN and Post-Master's Certificate Program Guide

The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse (R.N.) who wishes to pursue a graduate degree with eligibility for specialty certification as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP).  In addition, a post-master's certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is available. 

The program focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the nurse practitioner to assess, diagnose, and manage health problems of the client. Health promotion and disease prevention are emphasized as students assess and develop the wellness potential of individuals, families and communities.

This hybrid program encourages self-directed learning and critical thinking. It ensures the graduate student will develop the expertise necessary to manage the professional role expectations of an advanced-practice nurse in complex health care systems.


Purposes of the Program

  • Advance the educational level of nurses to affect improvement in the health care of clients.
  • Encourage continued personal and professional growth.
  • Prepare advanced-practice nurses who are eligible for national certification.
  • Provide a foundation for continued graduate study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Stockton's learning outcomes are in accordance with those of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The graduate program is designed to produce an advanced nurse practitioner who is able to:

1.  Utilize Roy's Adaptation Model of Nursing when making decisions about professional nursing practice.

2. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the physical and behavioral sciences and humanities with nursing theory and advanced nursing practice.

3. Assess health status and health potential of the client.

4. Identify specific common deviations from wellness and use evidence-based data to manage illness. 

5. Accept individual responsibility and accountability in defining advanced practice nursing.

6. Apply nursing research and evidence-based data to advanced practice nursing.

7. Utilize leadership skills through interaction with consumers and providers in meeting health
needs and advanced nursing goals.

8. Collaborate on the interdisciplinary health team to identify and effect needed change which will improve delivery within specific health care systems.


Accreditation Statement

The master’s degree and Post-APRN certification programs in nursing at Stockton University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, 202-887-6791

Curriculum

The graduate curriculum builds on the undergraduate program and utilizes the philosophy, purposes and learning outcomes of the program.  The Roy Adaptation Model serves as the conceptual framework of the program.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNCP) program consists of 42 credits.  The program may be completed in 2 years (4 semesters of full-time study), 3 years, or 4 years. A minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours must be completed in addition to the didactic portion of the curriculum.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (42 graduate credits)

Fall- 1 (9 credits)

Spring- 1 (13 credits)

NURS 5331 Nursing Theory (3 cr.)

NURS 5333 Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr.)

NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.)

NURS 5336 Health Care Systems (3cr.)

NURS 5332 Pharmacology (3 cr.)

NURS 5422 Adult Nursing I (3 cr.)

NURS 5922 Practicum I- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

Fall- 2 (10 credits)
Spring- 2 (10 credits)

NURS 5423 Adult Nursing II (3 cr.)

NURS 5923 Practicum II- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

NURS 5334 Nursing Research Methods (3 cr.)

NURS 5424 Adult Nursing III (3 cr.)

NURS 5924 Practicum III- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

NURS 5335 Professional Role Development (3 cr.)

Fall- 1 (6 credits)

Spring- 1 (6 Credits)

NURS 5331 Nursing Theory (3 cr.)

NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.)

NURS 5332 Pharmacology (3 cr.)

NURS 5336 Health Care Systems (3 cr.)

Fall- 2 (6 credits)

Spring- 2 (7 credits)

NURS 5334 Nursing Research Methods (3 cr.)

NURS 5333 Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr.)

NURS 5422 Adult Nursing I (3 cr.)

NURS 5922 Practicum I- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

NURS 5335 Professional Role Development (3 cr.)

 Fall-3 (7 Credits)

Spring- 3 (10 credits)

NURS 5423 Adult Nursing II (3 cr.)

NURS 5923 Practicum II- 168 hours clinical  (4 cr.)

NURS 5424 Adult Nursing III (3 cr.)

NURS 5924 Practicum III- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

 

Fall- 1 (3 credits)

Spring- 1 (3 Credits)

NURS 5331 Nursing Theory (3 cr.)

NURS 5336 Health Care Systems (3 cr.)

Fall- 2 (3 credits)

Spring- 2 (3 credits)

NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr.

NURS 5332 Pharmacology (3 cr.)

NURS 5335 Professional Role Development (3 cr.)

 Fall-3 (6 Credits)

Spring- 3 (7 credits)

NURS 5334 Nursing Research Methods (3 cr.)

NURS 5333 Advanced Health Assessment (3 cr.)

NURS 5422 Adult Nursing I (3 cr.)

NURS 5922 Practicum I- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

Fall- 4 (7 credits) Spring-4 (10 credits)

NURS 5423 Adult Nursing II (3 cr.)

NURS 5923 Practicum II-168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

NURS 5424 Adult Nursing III (3 cr.)

NURS 5924 Practicum III- 168 hours clinical (4 cr.)

Post-Masters Certification Options

There are three options a student can seek for post master's certificate programs of study.

Option 1

Provides practicing nurses with a master's degree an option to complete coursework to become eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) national certification examination.

Option 2

Provides nationally certified and practicing Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP) or Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP) an option to complete additional didactic and clinical coursework to become eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) national certification examination. Applicants must provide proof of valid NJ APN credentials, proof of current NP certification, past clinical hour documentation and course syllabi for review if needed.

 

Option 3

Recent graduates of Stockton's MSN program may qualify for "Direct Entry" into the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program.  This option is available to Stockton MSN graduates with a graduation date 12 months prior to the first day of courses in the FNP track. If the graduation date is more than 12 months, please follow option 2. NURS 5424/5924 must be completed as a prerequisite for direct entry. Click here for more information about this option.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) post-master's track consists of an additional 7 credits including a minimum of 200 clinical hours. Eligibility for this option is contingent on an analysis of previous NP course work. 

Course Schedule (FNP) Summer Semester- 7 credits

NURS 5541 Assessment and Care of the Family with Young Children (3 cr.)

NURS 5941 Pediatric Practicum (200 clinical hours) (4 cr.)

 For course description, please visit the University's Course Catalog.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Build upon your MSN degree from Stockton by enrolling in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Chatham University. The 27-credit format structure of the online DNP program is intended to work with your schedule, helping you balance work, family, and your studies while teaching you to become an expert in specialized advanced nursing practice. As a graduate of Stockton's MSN or Post-Master's program, you will receive a tuition discount of up to 20% for your DNP at Chatham. To learn more about this partnership, contact Dr. Walton at Edward.Walton@stockton.edu or David Vey at dvey@chatham.edu.

Chatham University Brochure

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline (rolling)

Fall: May 1 (sooner is better)

       Spring: December 1 (sooner is better)

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN)from an NLN-CCNE-accredited school.
  • Meet one of the two requirements:
      • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a scale of 4.0) with a minimum grade of "B" in all nursing courses.
      • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 in at least two graduate nursing courses if the BSN GPA is less than or equal to 3.19.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
      • Health Assessment
      • Nursing Research (or in the health discipline)
      • Statistics
  • Proof of current RN license in the State of NJ, CPR certification.
  • Students must meet the "Technical Standards and Essential Functions" requirements as specified by the Nursing Program (Policy #M-1).
  • Applicants to the Post-Master's program must have a master's degree in their specialty at the time of application (ANCC or AANPCP).

Admissions Requirements

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
      • If you are a recent graduate of Stockton's MSN program, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option for the post-master's.
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. Proof of license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New Jersey
  5. Proof of current CPR certification
  6. Three letters of recommendation; one academic and two professional, sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application
  7. Resume
  8. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The MSN program with the clinical concentration: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) consists of 42 credits. Students have the option of completing the program in four semesters of study (two-year sequence) or in a three (3) year or four (4) year course sequence. All students must complete the program within five years of beginning the program. Students may transfer a maximum of nine (9) appropriate graduate nursing credits from an accredited college or university (clinical courses are not transferable).

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master's Certification requires additional didactic coursework and a minimum of 200 clinical hours.

Yes. Admission is open to R.N.s with a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an NLN-CCNE-accredited school. Prospective applicants must meet the admissions criteria listed under the "Admissions Criteria" tab at the top of this page, however, meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.

No, GRE scores are not required.

Students are admitted in both Fall and Spring semesters.

*NOTE: Only MSN students admitted in the Fall semester will be eligible for full-time status.

The deadline is on a rolling basis. This means that fully completed applications for Fall admission will be considered on a first-come, first served basis. Accepted students will be notified as soon as the Admissions Committee has made its decision (typically 4 weeks from the time an application is fully completed.)  The hard deadline for the fall is May 1 and the deadline for spring is December 1.

Yes. At Stockton, there are two graduate level nursing courses available for non-matriculated students:

  • NURS 5336 Health Care Systems (Spring semester)
  • NURS 5421 Advanced Pathophysiology (Fall and Spring semester)

To register, students must complete the online Graduate Non-Matriculated Student form. 

Yes, students have the option of attending on a part-time basis; however, students must complete the program in five years.

Stockton may accept up to 9 credits that sufficiently match corresponding Stockton courses, provided that the grade earned is a 3.0 (B) or better. Clinical courses are exempt from transfer.

A Graduate Transfer Equivalency Form must be submitted at the time of application when requesting transfer credits. Any other transfer requests should be submitted to the student's advisor for prior approval, but in all cases no later than the first semester following admission to the program.

 

Lori Prol, PhD, APN, FNP-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor
Graduate Director Nursing Program

 

Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.