Henderson’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers the opportunity for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared registered nurse (RN) to obtain a graduate education in an online environment, allowing the flexibility to maintain full-time employment while completing the degree. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track requires a two-day face-to-face session during the first semester where students will have the opportunity to master advanced assessment techniques on live standardized patients. The Nursing Administration track and the HSU Graduate Nursing Education Certificate do not require on-campus visits.
Admissions and Prerequisites
Henderson's graduate nursing program strives to provide an individualized, engaging educational experience for every student. To ensure this, seat availability is limited. All admissions are contingent upon seat availability in the applied for track. If applications outnumber available seats, applicants will be ranked by GPA. Priority will be given to students who have completed all prerequisites prior to the application deadlines and meet all admission requirements. However, we also encourage students to apply if they expect to have completed the prerequisites by the beginning of the fall semester. Acceptance is contingent upon completion of all admission requirements (Castle Branch, criminal background checks, etc.) and the successful completion of all prerequisites.
- Apply to the Henderson State University Graduate School
- Apply to HSU Department of Nursing/Graduate Nursing Program
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Unencumbered Registered Nurse license, may consider out of state RN license
- Undergraduate level, introductory statistics course
- FNP only: Submit the Work Verification Form (Minimum of 2000 RN hours required)
Graduate Nursing Program Tracks
Family Nurse Practitioner
Graduates of the MSN FNP track are prepared to serve as primary care providers to individuals across the lifespan including those with acute and chronic health concerns. The track requires a two-day face-to-face session in the first semester, where students will have the opportunity to master advanced assessment techniques on live standardized patients. Candidates in the MSN FNP track are eligible upon graduation to test for the Family Nurse Practitioner National Board Certification through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and seek licensure through the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. If you are a nurse interested in becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, the online MSN-FNP track at HSU is a perfect fit.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in nursing, 2000+ worked RN hours and unencumbered RN license
Online classes with practicum experiences in your region and a two-day face-to-face session in the first semester
If you are a nurse interested in opening the door to numerous employment opportunities such as magnet coordination, program development, consulting, management, quality improvement, or nurse leadership/executive positions (nurse managers, nurse administrators, directors of nursing, and chief nursing officers), the online MSN Nursing Administration program at HSU is a perfect fit. If you are already a nurse leader, the MSN NA degree provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge regarding resource management (personnel, fiscal), informatics, strategic planning, and quality improvement. There is no on-campus component required for this track. Graduates of the MSN NA track may be eligible (pending work requirement) to test for the Advanced Nurse Executive Certification through the ANCC.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in nursing and unencumbered license
Online classes with practicum experiences in your region
Henderson State University’s MSN program offers the opportunity for a BSN or MSN prepared RN to obtain a graduate certificate in Nursing Education in an online environment allowing the flexibility to maintain full-time employment during completion. If you are a nurse interested in opening the door to numerous employment opportunities such as a nurse educator in a hospital-based or academic-based setting, the online NE certificate at HSU is a perfect fit. If you are already a nurse educator, the graduate NE certificate provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge regarding curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, evidence-based teaching strategies, learning theories, and program evaluation.
The graduate nursing education certificate can be completed in a variety of timeframes to meet the needs of working nurses. The courses have been designed to run concurrently over a single ten-week summer term for nurse educators who wish to complete the certificate in one summer. However, the courses can also be taken over 2 to 4 semesters to accommodate nurses who are working full-time. There is no on-campus component required for this certificate. In addition, the certificate can be completed simultaneously with both the FNP or NA track options.
12 hours (4 courses)
Requirements: Bachelor's degree in nursing - prepared registered nurse
Online classes with practicum experiences in your region
Mission Statement of the Graduate Nursing Program
The mission of the Henderson State University Graduate Nursing Program is to provide liberal and professional nursing education to produce expert nurses. Graduates of this program will demonstrate expertise in professional practice, healthcare leadership, and research.
MSN Program Learning Goals
1. Prepare nurses who identify and use resources for nursing and health care in the community.
2. Prepare nurses to utilize holistic concepts of humanity, environment, and health in their practice.
3. Produce nurses who use research and theory to improve nursing and health care.
4. Provide a foundation for doctoral level study of nursing.
MSN Program Learning Outcomes
1. Lead change to improve quality outcomes.
2. Advance a culture of excellence within nursing and health care systems.
3. Build and lead collaborative interprofessional care teams.
4. Design innovative nursing practices.
5. Translate evidence into practice.
- Arkansas State Board of Nursing Loans & Scholarships
- Health Resources & Services Administration Health Workforce Loans & Scholarships
- Henderson State University Foundation Scholarships
- Johnson & Johnson, Discover Nursing Scholarships
- Many health care employers offer tuition reimbursement
- Affordable tuition with payment plans available
The master's degree program in nursing at Henderson State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K. Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Master of Science in Nursing Program