The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice and entry into specialization. The nurse in advanced practice works in interdisciplinary relationships and collaborative partnerships to meet health care needs and provide high quality, cost-effective client care. The nurse in advanced practice is accountable for influencing health policy, improving health care delivery, contributing to nursing science, and promoting the advancement of the nursing profession.The focus of the graduate program is on the delivery of nursing care to rural and/or under served clients across the lifespan. Students who complete course requirements for the nurse practitioner specialties or nursing administration are qualified to take a national certification examination. Students enrolled in the Adult Nurse Practitioner specialty must satisfactorily complete 46 credit-hours of coursework. A minimum of 36 credits of coursework must be in the nursing major at ETSU. Specific courses are required of students who plan to take a national certification examination.All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination in the final semester of the program.
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE.) The CCNE is an additional resource of information regarding tuition, fees, and program length.