Nursing, M.S.N.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see https://grs.uncg.edu/programs/.

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs reviews the credentials of each applicant in collaboration with faculty from each specialty area. Exceptions to the requirements can be made on the recommendation of the faculty. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs forwards the admission recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Education who makes the final decision.

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration program must have or provide the following:

  • To help ensure a diverse and equitable admission process UNCG School of Nursing utilizes a "holistic admission" process that considers a number of factors for admission that may not be captured in a traditional admission process (such as prior experience as a nurse and involvement with professional and community organizations)
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing science from a U.S. college or university accredited by an institutional accrediting association or completion of a bachelor's that is equivalent to a U.S. degree from an international college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Current unrestricted RN license. If not NC RN, license or compact state license, applicants would need to acquire NC RN license prior to start of the program.
  • Current/updated resume/CV
  • Three professional recommendations that attest to applicant’s academic ability, readiness for graduate school, professional competency, and character with at least one reference from a healthcare provider (RN, DO, MD, NP, PA).
  • Transcripts from each institution where applicant earned (or will earn) a degree, studied for one semester or more, earned 12 or more credit hours, or took classes related to graduate study interests
  • Any applicant who has never studied at a U.S. institution must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores must not be more than two years old. The UNCG School of Nursing will consider IELTS score of 7.0 or a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based test) with minimum sub-scores of 22 in Reading, 22 in Listening, 26 in Spelling and 24 in Writing.

Nursing Leadership and Management Concentration

Applicants to the Nursing Leadership and Management Concentration must have or provide the following:

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in one of the fifty states or validated credentials by CGFNS for international applicants. Residents of North Carolina must hold unrestricted North Carolina licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. 
  • Minimum of one year clinical experience full time.
  • A personal statement is required for consideration of admission.
  • An interview is required for selected applicants.
  • Nonresidential international students are required to participate in a telephone interview.

Prelicensure Entry-Level Concentration

This option is available for qualified students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree, or higher, in disciplines and areas that are non-nursing, who are not Registered Nurses, and who are interested in pursuing an M.S.N. degree and being eligible to take the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain a Registered Nurse license. This is a 24-month program.

Admission Requirements

  • Previously earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a GPA of 2.70 or greater. Priority will be given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
                                                            OR
    Completion of a bachelor’s that is equivalent to a U.S. degree from an international college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Must be a non-nurse.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the M.S.N. Prelicensure Entry-Level Concentration.
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only one time. However, no more than two of the above prerequisite courses may be repeated to earn the minimum grade of C or above.
  • Applicants must apply to UNCG and meet all the University’s requirements.
  • Applicants must apply through the Graduate School online portal.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP).
    • Applicants who are unable to demonstrate English proficiency may apply for conditional admission and earn their proficiency through Interlink International Institutes.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and who wish to apply to the Prelicensure Entry-Level Concentration must complete the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent prior to enrollment, with a grade of C or better. Only two prerequisite courses may be remaining and in progress at the time of application submission.

BIO 271
271L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Laboratory *
4
BIO 277
277L
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory **
4
BIO 280
280L
Fundamentals of Microbiology
and Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory
4
STA 108Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
HDF 111Human Development Across the Life Span3
PSY 121General Psychology3
CHE 104General Descriptive Chemistry II3
CHE 110Introductory Chemistry Laboratory1
NTR 213Introductory Nutrition3
*

KIN 291 Clinical Human Anatomy

and KIN 291L Clinical Human Anatomy Laboratory can be accepted in place of BIO 271 and BIO 271L.

**

KIN 292 Clinical Human Physiology and KIN 292L Clinical Human Physiology Laboratory can be accepted in place of BIO 271 and BIO 271L.

Please refer to the current University Catalog for information about prerequisites for BIO 271, BIO 277, and BIO 280.

Additional Information

  • Contact hours for each semester are normally 35-40 hours per week.
  • To meet the University’s requirement for full-time status, students must enroll in a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours during fall and spring semesters and 6 graduate credit hours in summer semesters.

Application Process

  • Applicants must submit an application to the Graduate School online portal with the appropriate application fee.
  • Applications must include:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Completion of the Community Standards and Campus Safety Questionnaire. The UNC System requires all applicants to answer questions regarding community standards.
    • A curriculum vitae or resume that contains your educational degrees and work, employment history, membership or offices in organizations, and community service activities.
    • A list of three academic and/or professional references.
  • A personal statement must be attached to your application. Address the following questions in your personal statement:
    • How will your prior background contribute to your ability to serve as an entry-level registered nurse? (100 words maximum).
    • How will you utilize a nursing degree to address health disparities and care for underserved populations? (100 words maximum).
    • What are your strengths and opportunities for growth. You may wish to provide discussion of any part of your application credentials. (100 words maximum).
  • The priority application and final application deadlines will be announced annually.
  • Two to three weeks after receipt of their applications, qualified applicants will be asked to participate in a 20-30-minute virtual interview.
  • Acceptance to the program will be contingent on grades received on any courses that are in progress during the semester prior to the start of the program. No more than two courses may be in progress prior to the start of the program. 
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Prelicensure Entry-Level concentration program. 
  • Acknowledgement of acceptance from applicants with an intent to enroll will be required no later than 15 days from the date of acceptance letters.

 Other Information

  • All applicants must meet the technical standards required of all nursing students as stated in the University Catalog.
  • Students must have reliable internet access and other resources that support online learning, such as a laptop and basic computer literacy.  Examples of software applications that will be used include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Microsoft Teams. The courses will be delivered using a Learning Management System. 
  • Students should not be employed during this program. This intensive program is full- time, requires full-time dedication, and may require students to attend clinical experiences at nontraditional days and times. Flexibility is needed for clinical rotations that may be held during days, nights, and/or weekends.
  • Students may be required to travel an extended distance to a variety of clinicals sites depending on the location of their clinical experiences.  Students must have reliable transportation. 
  • Students must have current American Heart Association Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (AHA BLS) certification, immunizations, and other clinical requirements by the deadlines provided in the admission documents.
  • A criminal background check is required; information for obtaining this will be provided in the admission documents.
  • Admission is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory evaluation of the applicant’s physical and emotional health to provide nursing care. This evaluation form will be sent to students who are admitted to the Prelicensure Entry-Level Concentration program and must be signed by the student’s physician. This is a requirement of the North Carolina Board of Nursing. 
  • Health insurance is required for all students enrolling in 6 or more credit hours each semester.

The concentration in Prelicensure Entry-Level is pending approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing and currently is not accepting applications.

Degree Program Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration 

Required: 44 credit hours

Required Courses (42 credits)
NUR 705Scientific Approaches to Advance Healthcare3
NUR 708Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 709Pharmacologic Interventions in Advanced Practice3
NUR 713Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment 3
NUR 713LInterventional Strategies of Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment Lab1
NUR 714Foundations of Informatics and Computational Systems3
NUR 716Management of Child Health in Primary Care4
NUR 719LFamily Primary Care Practicum 3
NUR 810Interventional Strategies to Promote Population Wellbeing3
NUR 811Advanced Primary Care Management I4
NUR 811LAdvanced Primary Care Management I Practicum 3
NUR 812Advanced Primary Care Management II 4
NUR 812LAdvanced Primary Care Management II Practicum 3
NUR 817Negotiating Role Functions in an Advanced Practice Role2
Capstone (2 credits)
NUR 718Complex Problems In Family Primary Care 2
Total Credit Hours44

Nursing Leadership and Management Concentration

Required: 37 credit hours

Required Courses (33 credits)
NUR 540Financial Management in Healthcare3
NUR 601Critique and Utilization of Research in Nursing Administration2
NUR 607Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Negotiation3
NUR 609The Role of the Nurse Leader in Advanced Quality and Safety4
NUR 614Information Technology in Nursing Administration 3
NUR 620Law, Policy, and Economics of Healthcare3
NUR 641Leadership and Management Essentials in Healthcare: Theories and Roles4
NUR 644Organizational Leadership and Management4
NUR 645Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations4
NUR 715Research Methods in Nursing3
Capstone Experience (4 credits)
NUR 646Nursing Leadership and Management Practicum4
Total Credit Hours37

Prelicensure Entry-Level Concentration

Required: 72 credit hours

Required Courses (72 credits)
NUR 500Fundamental Concepts in Nursing3
NUR 500LFundamental Concepts in Nursing Lab1
NUR 501Nursing Skills2
NUR 502Nursing Assessment of Well Individuals2
NUR 502LNursing Assessment of Well Individuals Lab1
NUR 503Nursing Care of Individuals with Neurobehavioral Problems across the Lifespan4
NUR 503LPracticum for Nursing Care of Individuals with Neurobehavioral Problems across the Lifespan1
NUR 504Nursing Care of Individuals with Chronic Physiological Problems3
NUR 504LPracticum for Nursing Care of Individuals with Chronic Physiological Problems2
NUR 508Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing I3
NUR 509Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing II2
NUR 510Health and Illness in Older Adults3
NUR 510LPracticum for Health and Illness in Older Adults2
NUR 607Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Negotiation3
NUR 609The Role of the Nurse Leader in Advanced Quality and Safety4
NUR 611Health and Illness in Infants, Children, and Adolescents3
NUR 611LPracticum for Health and Illness in Infants, Children, and Adolescents1
NUR 613Childbearing and Reproductive Health3
NUR 613LPracticum for Childbearing and Reproductive Health1
NUR 614Information Technology in Nursing Administration 3
NUR 617Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NUR 618Population Health Nursing4
NUR 618LPracticum for Population Health Nursing1
NUR 619Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Physiological Problems3
NUR 619LPracticum for Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Physiological Problems2
NUR 620The Business of Healthcare3
NUR 621Senior Capstone4
NUR 622Synthesis of Nursing Concepts2
NUR 705Scientific Approaches to Advance Healthcare3
Total Credit Hours72

General Information

Graduates of the M.S.N. in Nursing, Prelicensure Entry-Level Concentration program are eligible to apply for examination and licensure as a registered nurse. Applicants for initial licensure in North Carolina must have a criminal background check and finger printing at the time of application for the licensure examination. See the website for the NC Board of Nursing (www.ncbon.com/) for requirements for licensure.

Clinical Information

  • Nursing majors are required to purchase uniforms; estimated cost is $180. Uniforms are required for clinical activities in most nursing courses. Students usually purchase uniforms at the beginning of their first semester.
  • Students enrolled in all courses with a clinical component are responsible for their own transportation to and from the agencies used for clinical activities/practicum experiences. Car owners are reminded that current liability insurance is required by North Carolina law.
  • Students in the School of Nursing are required to complete a panel drug screening and provide results 30 days prior to the first day of classes. This test includes cannabis, methamphetamines and other drugs and must be completed at a School of Nursing designated lab. There is a space in the drug screen system to note that you are on prescription medications and for a doctor at the service to verify those medications. A confirmed positive drug test will likely result in a student being unable to enroll, resulting in dismissal from the program as consistent with local, state, and federal law.
  • Students must show evidence of having all immunizations identified on Parts A and B of the UNCG Health History and Immunization Form excluding the meningococcal vaccine.
  • Students must have current American Heart Association Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (AHA BLS) certification.
  • The criminal background check, drug screening, CPR certification, immunizations, and other clinical requirements must be completed by the deadlines provided in the admission documents.

The concentration in Prelicensure Entry-Level is pending approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing and currently is not accepting applications. 

Required Withdrawal

Withdrawal from the program will be recommended if the student:

  • Fails to register for two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) in the nursing curriculum.
  • Has earned a B- or below in more than 6 credits of course work.
  • Has earned a B -or below in any nursing specialty course.
  • Has earned a failing grade in any course.
  • Has a GPA that indicates the inability to meet the 3.0 required for graduation.
  • Does not complete requirements for the degree within the time limit (5 academic years).

Accelerated B.S.N. to M.S.N. in Nursing

Application and Admission

Qualified UNC Greensboro undergraduate students who are pursuing a prelicensure B.S.N in Nursing may apply for admission to the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership and Management.

The completion of 30 credit hours and an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 at UNC Greensboro is required. Applicants must have completed at least 60 pre-health credits and may not apply for admission to the AMP before they have been admitted to the School of Nursing.

Standard application requirements for the M.S.N. in Nursing apply to the AMP.

Applicants must also submit the AMP admission form available from the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office and a written personal statement describing why the applicant is interested in the AMP program leading to the M.S.N. in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership and Management. An interview with the M.S.N. faculty is required.

Courses

Admitted students may apply the following 6 credits of graduate-level course work toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degree, provided that they earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in the course and fulfill graduate-level requirements:

NUR 614Information Technology in Nursing Administration 3
NUR 715Research Methods in Nursing3

Please consult with your advisor to determine how the course taken at the graduate level will meet requirements in the bachelor's degree program. All degree requirements for the M.S.N. in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership and Management remain the same.