Program Information

Program Outcomes: The following graduate competencies were adapted from the NLN educator core competencies (NLN, 2005) AACN Essentials for Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, 2011.

The graduate will:

  1. Utilize concepts, knowledge, and skills to create an environment that facilitates classroom and clinical learning in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.
  2. Facilitate students’ development as professional nurses.
  3. Utilize sound principles to develop strategies to assess academic achievement in the classroom and clinical settings and in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains.
  4. Design, implement, evaluate, and revise nursing curricula and program outcomes that reflect the academic institution’s mission and goals, reflect current trends and evidence-based practice, and prepare graduates to function as professional nurses.
  5. Function as a change agent in order to promote the profession of nursing.
  6. Develop and articulate a vision for the professional nursing practice within the healthcare delivery system.
  7. Employ sound management, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills to establish collaborative partnerships, resolve conflict, and effectively utilize resources.
  8. Utilize information and communication technology effective in the global environment of nursing and healthcare.
  9. Establish relationships with the community of interest.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in scholarly writing.
  11. Utilize Christian principles as a nurse administrator.

Schedule/Length of Program- The program can be completed on two-year or three-year tracks but must be completed within six years of first enrollment.

Delivery Method- Nursing courses are offered in an online hybrid format with face-to-face class meetings per term on Fridays and Saturdays. This model only requires students to travel to the Hattiesburg campus four times per year with the exception of out of class program requirements such as dissertation defenses and comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Process: Dissertation process is scheduled in the program of study and guided throughout by faculty. The process begins with research and statistics courses followed by dissertation courses to guide the student through the research process. Within the dissertation courses, the committee, the chair, and the statistician are provided for student guidance.

Cost of Program- See tuition and fee information at