SWOSU Begins Fully Online Master’s Program in Nursing
Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford now offers a fully online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program designed for those who already hold a Bachelor's degree in nursing from Accreditation Commission for Education & Nursing (ACEN) accredited nursing programs or those enrolled in their last semester of a Bachelor's degree in nursing program.
The program was started this fall semester, and the School of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences was expecting 20 students but ended up with an impressive 37 for the first year of the program.
“Oklahoma, and in particular western Oklahoma, has faced a critical shortage of MSN-prepared nurses to assume leadership roles in education, administration and informatics,” said Dr. Marcy Tanner, associate dean of the school and coordinator of the M.S.N. program at SWOSU. “Master's-prepared nurses have an excellent employment outlook and are able to shape the future of nursing.”
SWOSU offers three fully online MSN programs: nursing informatics, nursing administration and nursing education. All three MSN degrees offer the student 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week access to technology support, doctoral-prepared faculty members who are experts in their areas of practice, and practical application projects to prepare the graduate for real-world practice.
All courses are offered in eight-week formats, fully online (including online orientation). Students may apply to enter the program in the fall, spring or summer. Class sizes are small to allow for individual attention and mentoring. Application and enrollment deadlines for the 2017 spring semester are December 5; 2017 summer semester, May 1; and 2017 fall semester, July 31.
All M.S.N. students must meet SWOSU admission and graduate admission requirements. Tanner said the M.S.N. curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education coursework and is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.
For more information, contact the School of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences at 580.774.3261.