Take your nursing career to the next level
Nurses across the state now have access to an online Master of Science in Nursing program offered by SFA. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing recently approved our MSN program for candidacy status.
As a student in the MSN program, you’ll complete a rigorous combination of graduate-level coursework and work alongside alongside other nurses with advanced degrees in your desired field in your community.
About the online programs
Because courses are delivered entirely online, candidates can remain in the communities where they live and work (when possible) while completing the program requirements. Students in the program and the School of Nursing's graduate faculty members work together to locate preceptors in the candidate's local community. This complements the program's online delivery and allows students to continue the practicum in their local or home communities.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- synthesize nursing science with knowledge from other disciplines as the basis for the advanced level of nursing practice
- evaluate effective strategies for managing the ethical and legal dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research
- employ effective communication and collaborative skills in interdisciplinary teams for creating change in health care
- analyze concepts of health promotion and culturally competent care across the lifespan
- assume responsibility for the use of health care information systems and patient care technology to improve patient outcomes
- demonstrate leadership and accountability in the development and implementation of health care policy
- critically appraise existing literature from nursing and other disciplines to determine and implement the best evidence for practice
- advocate for the advanced practice role within the policy related to access and health care communities
- and value continuing competence, growth and development in the profession.
Requirements for admission are:
- a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution
- a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, including all nursing courses taken
- complete the NursingCAS admission application
- complete admission requirements for SFA’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (The School of Nursing does not require the GRE.)
- request official transcripts be sent to both the NursingCAS system and the SFA Office of Research and Graduate Studies from every college or university attended
- submit to the NursingCAS system a one-page essay describing the applicant’s philosophy of advanced-practice nursing and personal/professional goals
- submit to the NursingCAS system a current professional résumé presenting professional and work experiences, contributions and accomplishments
- three professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your professional ability and potential for success in a graduate program uploaded to the NursingCAS system
- a current valid, unencumbered Texas Registered Nurse license
- and the equivalent of one year of full-time practice as a registered nurse.
How to Apply
To be considered for admission to the MSN programs, you must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program and the equivalent of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse.
In addition, all applicants must:
- Apply, pay necessary application fee and be accepted into SFA's Graduate School (Prospective students must apply to SFA via ApplyTexas.org)
- Complete an application to NursingCAS MSN Track (the application fee is $50)
Please ensure that the application is completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.