The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program prepares nurses for a variety of leadership and practice roles in the health care system. The adult gerontology and family nurse practitioner primary care concentrations have been approved by the state boards of nursing and medicine in Virginia. The nursing administration concentration prepares nurses to be leaders in health care organizations. The nurse educator concentration prepares graduates for educational positions in health care organizations.
Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions and must apply using the online Application for Graduate Admission. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited baccalaureate (BSN) program in nursing. In addition, applicants must have an active state-based/US license as a registered nurse (RN), a current CPR card, and documented work experience as an RN. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, refer to the CHHS Admissions website.
Transfer of Credit
Students may transfer a maximum of 9 credits into the MSN program from other institutions or taken at Mason in non-degree status, including graduate courses offered through the CHHS Academic Outreach program. Transfer credit is subject to university policies found in AP 6.5.3 Transfer of Credit and college policies and must be approved by the program director and the dean/director of the School of Nursing. Students who enroll initially through non-degree studies or the Academic Outreach program should seek course advising through the School of Nursing and should submit their application to the MSN program in their first semester of study.
Additional fees and expenses related to the nursing graduate program may include: laboratory fee, standardized testing and course materials, name pin, books, CPR certification, health forms, health insurance, immunizations, and criminal background check fees. All students must provide their own personal transportation to and from clinical agencies. For a summary of all current fees and estimated expenses, see the School of Nursing website.
All MSN students are required to obtain a health clearance and complete the immunizations required by George Mason University as listed in the Student Health Services section of the catalog. Additional health and immunization requirements are imposed by clinical agency partners. The additional health requirements are included in the School of Nursing welcome letter. See the Graduate Program, School of Nursing website for the most current information. Students are not allowed into any clinical setting without the completed immunization series as prescribed by Mason’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing will refuse admission or continued enrollment to any student who is unable to comply with these requirements. No student will attend practicum courses unless all the requirements for CPR, health exams, immunizations, and criminal background checks are met. Students must be in the process of completing a hepatitis B immunization series when they enroll for their first practicum course
All students must have CPR certification before entering their first course and maintain it through the remainder of the program. The American Heart Association Basic Life Support - Health Care Provider is required. Any cost incurred is the responsibility of the student.
All students must have current health insurance before entering the first practicum nursing course and maintain it through the remainder of the program. All students are required to have an active Mason e-mail account.
No student or faculty member will be discriminated against or denied admission to the nursing program for the sole reason that the student or faculty member has been exposed to, infected with, or diagnosed with HIV or HBV. All students are expected to practice Universal Precautions with all clients, and failure to do so will result in termination from the nursing major. In the event that a student is exposed to body fluids of a client during a clinical experience or practicum, procedures and appropriate reports are completed according to institutional and nursing policies. Information related to exposure or infection is confidential, and dissemination of such information is based on the need-to-know criteria that apply in health care situations. HIPAA and FERPA regulations apply. A complete and detailed HIV/HBV policy is available in the CHHS Office of Student Affairs.
MSN students are required to submit a copy of their current RN license prior to the first day of class and must maintain licensure throughout the academic program.
All students in the School of Nursing are expected to adhere to the Professional Conduct Policy of the College of Health and Human Services.
Although faculty members in the nursing program are generally the best judges of a student's professional performance, some students may feel that the faculty member's judgment is unfair. Students in the School of Nursing wishing to appeal a grade are expected to follow the Mason guidelines for grade appeals, found in AP 3.9 Grade Appeals.
Honor System and Code
The School of Nursing supports academic integrity and follows the standards and procedures as described in the University catalog and available online.
Academic termination is governed by university policy described in AP.6.6.2 Academic Termination. Additionally, a failing grade of "F" in a practicum course may result in termination from the program. Any graduate course in which a student earns a C grade or below must be repeated to earn a grade of B or better in order to progress. A course may be repeated only once. A student may also be terminated from the program due to a finding of violation of the university Honor Code or after demonstrating a significant lack of progress.
Throughout the semester, students are assessed on how well they have met curricular outcomes. Consistent with the university, the MSN in Nursing program does not provide a D grade. Final grades for all MSN in Nursing courses are submitted to the university as letter grades.
|Grade||Quality Points||Graduate Courses|
|F (69% or lower)||0.00||Failing|
A graduate course in which a grade of C or below is earned must be repeated to earn a grade of B or better in order to progress, and a course may be repeated only once. Graduate students (both master’s and doctoral) may repeat no more than two courses in their total program of study.
The master’s program in nursing requires 49 graduate credits. Of these, a 15-credit core consists of coursework in the theoretical and ethical foundations of nursing, nursing research and biostatistics, nursing informatics, and the organization of nursing and health care delivery systems. The remaining 34 credits are satisfied in the concentration.
Actual practicum course hours may exceed those listed in the catalog. Actual practicum hours will meet the requirements for certification purposes. Requirements in the catalog reflect the minimum number of credits or practicum hours.
Total credits: 49
Students must complete all Level I courses and the requirements for one concentration.
MSN Level I Core Courses (Required of all students)
|NURS 665||Theoretical and Ethical Foundations Related to Nursing||3|
|NURS 715||Nursing Informatics Inquiry||3|
|NURS 757||Nursing Research and Biostatistics I||3|
|NURS 758||Nursing Research and Biostatistics II||3|
|NURS 688||Organization of Nursing and Health Care Delivery Systems||3|
Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (FNUP)
|Level II Courses Core|
|NURS 643||Community-Oriented Primary Care||3|
|NURS 713||Decision Making and Pharmacologic Management in Practice||3|
|NURS 714||Health Assessment in Clinical Practice||2|
|NURS 724||Health Assessment Practicum||1|
|NURS 769||Physiology and Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice||3|
|NURS 738||Family Primary Care I||2|
|NURS 742||Family Primary Care Practicum I||2|
|NURS 739||Family Primary Care II||4|
|NURS 744||Family Primary Care Practicum II||4|
|NURS 741||Family Primary Care III||3|
|NURS 749||Family Primary Care Practicum III||4|