According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing there are nine AACN member schools in Oklahoma. There is also a nursing shortage in Oklahoma, partially due to a shortage of Nurse Educators, so the field of nursing offers a degree of job security that few other careers can. If you are Bachelor’s educated, and now want to enter the field of nursing, you may want to consider entering at the graduate level. Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing programs in Oklahoma can help you do just that.
Most direct entry or accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs, like the one offered at Southern Nazarene University's allow to attend full-time, part-time and may even offer courses online.
The Southern Nazarene University has a new option for students who desire to get their MSN who have bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing. Meeting with a graduate nursing coordinator is necessary in order to develop an individualized plan for completing the entrance requirements through a portfolio process. For example, if you have a Bachelor of Science in Biology you would need a minimum of 30 more credit hours from the nursing program, which would give you a second baccalaureate's degree.
The individualized plan would include several of the courses offered in a typical BSN program, such as Health Assessment, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Foundations of Nursing.
The MSN program consists of two tracks; nursing education and nursing leadership. In the sequential curriculum there are 18 credits of CORE content, followed by 15 credits of specialty courses. Each course may be completed in six weeks, but it requires intensive study.
The admission criteria:
- Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Students with GPAs below that 3.0 are reviewed for possible conditional admittance
- Baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited program
- Documentation of basic computer skills
- Completion of a basic statistics course
- Brief statement of professional goals
- Three letters of recommendation speaking to applicant's qualifications to pursue graduate education
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher (traditional version) or 213 or higher (computer version) for foreign educated speaking
The curriculum for all graduate nursing students includes the following Core Courses:
- Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
- Nursing Research
- Profession as Ministry
- Trends and Issues in Healthcare Policy
- Capstone Experience
- Illness Reduction and Management
- Nursing Informatics
These 24 credit hours are required for all master's level nursing students. Another 15 credit hours are required and depend upon your chosen specialty.
Nursing Leadership specialty courses:
- Leadership Practicum
- Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
- Human Resources Management and Administration
- Financial Management in Health Care
- Clinical Focus
Students and Clinical Focus our individualized and designed to meet the needs of the student. The Capstone Experience is a six credit hour course that requires completion and presentation of a research study developed and designed by the student that enhances their career goals.
There is an onlineDirect Entry MSN program in Nursing Administration Northeastern University. This program is offered full-time and part-time. Following the completion of the pre-licensure segment of the program you will earn a BSN degree prior to the MSN.
The pre-licensure segment of the program last for 16 months, which includes a sequential combination of undergraduate and graduate level courses to prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN exam upon completion of 64 program semester hours. Once you have earned your RN license you must acquire full-time work experience over two semesters before returning to complete your graduate work.
After you have acquired your MSN, you are eligible to take the National Certification Exam in the area of your advanced specialty nursing practice. That these examinations are competency-based, which provides a valid assessment of your clinical knowledge and skills.
According to O*Net OnLine Medical and Health Services Managers earn an annual income of $90,940 as of 2012. These types of positions in management are very satisfying, and the nurse must make decisions, be creative and responsible.
Many universities have financial aid available in the form of scholarships or grants. If you live in a low income bracket complete a FAFSA application, which may be found in the Financial Aid office of your university. This is a government grant program. At Northeastern University you may be eligible for federal financial aid if you are enrolled in at least six semester hours per term, are a U.S. citizen, have not been convicted of any drug related crimes in the past year and if you have maintained satisfactory academic progress.
Oklahoma has several tuition aid grants that determine eligibility by the results of the FAFSA and by residency requirements. This funding is directly applied to your tuition and does not have to be repaid. They also have an Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant, which is $2000 per year that is also dependent upon income. The Oklahoma Promise (OHLAP) pays approximately $110 per credit hour to those students who met the requirements as stated by the Oklahoma State Regents.
If you have a bachelor's degree but are not satisfied with the direction of your career, this could be the perfect time for you to return to school for a graduate degree in nursing. There are numerous opportunities in the field of nursing, and you may find a position that fulfills your career goals with an increase in your income.
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