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Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science degree program in nursing provides graduates with the ability to integrate advanced knowledge from nursing into specialized areas of advanced practice (clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator). Students develop critical thinking skills, enhance their knowledge base and hone skills learned in their undergraduate programs through simulation, clinical rotations in primary care facilities and lecture content.

Many Students get the opportunity to participate in an international learning experience. The nursing program offers students the opportunity every year in March to participate in a medical trip to central or South America. This international learning experience allows students to provide health care to the indigenous people of remote jungle locations. Students are able to build critical thinking skills by assessing and treating patients without the modern conveniences of laboratory access, x-ray, CT, ultrasound facilities or commonly used medications. Students also get to mentor the undergraduate BSN students during the experience.

The Master of Science nursing program is offered exclusively at our satellite office in Greenville, South Carolina on the campus of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

  • MSN Concentrations

    The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build upon the first professional degree. 

    • Nursing education: This concentration is designed to prepare nurses as college teachers of nursing and for staff development and continuing education. The courses address curriculum development, current issues and research in teaching and learning, including a variety of classroom and clinical teaching and learning styles. The educational technology course allows nurse educators to master technology in order to create an optimal learning environment. The education option is offered in conjunction with the NP clinical specialties or the administrative major.
    • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist - Primary Care: This concentration prepares expert primary care clinicians with advanced education and training in adult/gerontological nursing to work in a wide variety of health care settings, including acute care hospitals, community agencies, long term care, home care, and physician offices. Clinical nurse specialists provide diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of patients. They also provide expertise and support to nurses caring for patients at the bedside, help drive practice changes throughout the organization, and ensure the use of best practices and evidence-based care to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. Students receive a concentration of clinical experiences focusing on adult patients from young adulthood through old age, culminating in a final practicum where students synthesize knowledge for application in the care of adult and older adult patients. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for national certification as Adult/ Gerontology clinical nurse specialists.
  • Program Objectives

    The objectives of the Master of Science degree program with a major in nursing are to provide graduates with the ability to:

    • integrate advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines into a specialized area of nursing practice.
    • demonstrate competence in a selected functional role (clinical specialist or nursing education).
    • evaluate and apply research findings from nursing and related disciplines to advanced nursing practice.
    • participate in the development of nursing knowledge by identifying researchable nursing problems, conducting research and selectively integrating research findings in advanced nursing practice.
    • utilize leadership, management, teaching knowledge and competency to influence nursing practice.
    • participate as a leader to influence health policy and improve health care delivery systems.
    • contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.
  • Admission Requirements

    The following requirements need to be met for an admission application to be considered:

    • Completion of the online application for admission to the graduate school.
    • Baccalaureate Degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program.
    • Cumulative (all college credits) and/or Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 3.25 or higher.
    • Official transcripts from all previous programs.
    • Three letters of recommendation from masters or doctorally prepared individuals (supervisors, MDs, NPs, etc). Prefer one from a nursing faculty from your undergraduate program, one from a supervisor, and one from a health care professional who is familiar with your clinical skills.
    • Professional résumé.
    • Licensure to practice nursing in the state of South Carolina and states in which student will be completing clinical hours.
    • Clinical Practice: minimum of 600-plus hours of nursing practice within the previous 12 months of application. Clinical Practice Form
    • TOEFL score (may be required by applicants for whom English is not their first language).

    As of January 1, 2017, applicants who graduated from program(s) that award pass/fail grades for all courses will not be considered competitive applicants.

    For Summer admission (May Start), the application will become available through the Graduate School in August and will have a deadline of May 1st.

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  • Contact

    The Master of Science nursing program is offered exclusively at our satellite office in Greenville, South Carolina on the campus of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

    Ellen Chiles
    Program Coordinator
    The Clemson University Nursing building
    (864) 720-2052

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