Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the SVSU MSN Degree Programs. We tried to include as many questions and answers as possible, but if you have a question that you don't see below, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Nurse Educator program prepares a student to teach clinical in a BSN program like SVSU, be a full-time faculty member for a community college ADN program like Delta College, be a staff development specialist at a hospital or skilled care facility, teach health careers in a skill center, or be a patient educator in a variety of settings.
The Nurse Administration program prepares a student to be a manager, supervisor, director of nursing, VP of Nursing or any administrative or specialist position supervising, directing, or advising nursing personnel and other disciplines in any health care setting.
The Clinical Nurse Leader is an advanced generalist who is an advanced generalist who helps complex patients move through systems and implements evidence-based practice. This person is a blend of broad clinical expertise, leadership skills, and skilled in putting evidence into practice. It is a new role growing in popularity.
The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse (APRN) who provides primary health care to clients of all types usually in an office or ambulatory setting, such as a health department.
Changing your program within the MSN degree happens fairly often. The first two semesters are made up of courses taken by all graduate nursing students and where students learn more about various majors. Students who want to change their program can contact the graduate nursing program coordinator, sign a form and get a new plan of study.
Our admission requirements are different for domestic and international students. For a complete breakdown of requirements for each group, please visit our Admissions Requirements webpage.
If you have all of your documents available at the time of your application submission, we recommend that you submit the materials altogether. If you must submit any items after your application has been submitted, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that until all documents are received the application will be on hold.
International graduate nursing applicants have some additional requirements. For admission requirements, please see the bottom of our Admission Requirements webpage.
All international graduate nursing applicants must also request an Academic Report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to be sent to SVSU. This report will advise if you have a USA BSN equivalency and will provide your GPA. This report takes two to three months, so it is important to do this far in advance of when you want to begin your program at SVSU.
Also, international graduate applicants need to have a minimum TOEFL score of 92 or an IELTS band score of 7.0 in order to be admitted to the graduate nursing program. Accurate and fluent communication is critical in the health care field, and medical terminology is a specialized language itself.
The purpose of requiring transcripts is to verify the requirement of cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all nursing and nursing prerequisite coursework.
For the MSN, an approved statistics course with a grade of 2.0 GPA is required prior to the research course, and for the primary care family nurse practitioner, an approved college chemistry class with a grade of 2.0 GPA is required prior to the pharmacology course. Students can be provisionally admitted without these courses and can take them early in the program or prior to starting the program.
A nursing student can apply to the graduate nursing program at SVSU if:
the student is beginning the last semester of their BSN program,
the student is in the last semester of their RN to BSN program, or
the student is in the last undergraduate semester of their RN to MSN program.
A student can be provisionally admitted to the program, pending successful completion of the BSN or Step One of the RN to MSN program. The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner major requires a BSN, so the RN to MSN program is not applicable for this major.
SVSU has no formal application deadline for domestic students, however; applicants are encouraged to apply at least two months prior to the start of a semester to assure the best selection of classes. Applicants seeking financial aid must apply at least two months prior to the start of a semester.
As a general guideline, if you are looking to begin taking classes in the fall semester (late August), we recommend submitting your application in March of that same year. If you are looking to begin classes in our winter semester (January), we recommend submitting your application in September of the previous year. Completed applications are reviewed as they come in and students are admitted until seats are full.
No, a new nursing graduate who is waiting to take their NCLEX-RN may apply. Also, a RN with a license in another state may apply. Both of these situations make you eligible for a license so you can be provisionally admitted pending successfully obtaining your license to practice as a RN in Michigan.
In graduate school, full time is taking nine credit hours each semester while part-time is five to eight credit hours each semester. Students choosing to take fewer than five credit hours per semester are not eligible for financial aid.
The graduate nursing program requires a lot of reading and writing. Most of our students take classes on a part-time basis while working full time. If you plan on taking classes full time, we strongly recommend you plan on working only part-time.
Programs available as full time or part-time: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator/Administrator.
Programs available only part-time: CNL, Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator.
The full-time Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program only begins in the fall while the part-time Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program can be started in fall or winter. All other programs can be started any semester. Please note that our Nurse Educator courses are offered in the spring.
Once a student applies and is admitted, the admission is good for one calendar year. After one year, minor updates will be required to update the original application information. References can also be used for a later start date.
The classes are mostly online and a few have up to three face-to-face meetings. Most face-to-face classes are in the evening at 4-7 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. We make the schedule as student-friendly as possible, so if you are taking classes part-time, your classes for the semester will be on the same night so that you only drive to campus once a week.
We plan class schedules in advance so you can often know the days and times of your classes at least several months in advance. If requested, the graduate nursing coordinator can provide a total program predicted schedule, and although it is not guaranteed, it will give you a better idea of what can be expected.
The Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator is your academic advisor who gives you a program plan when you are admitted based on your application indications. If changes are needed or requested, just contact the coordinator and request a new plan of study to meet your needs. Taking a semester off or slowing down happens from time to time and does not take you out of the program.
Every semester there is a graduate nursing program orientation for new incoming students. It is an all-day program on Tuesday before classes begin. If for some reason you cannot attend, most of the orientation is recorded for later viewing. You are also welcome to attend the orientation in the following semester.
Graduate Programs at SVSU also provides an orientation program on Tuesday evening before classes begin. Although it is not specific to the nursing program, the resource fair and networking with faculty and other students does provide helpful information.
If you have additional questions about the MSN, please contact the Graduate Nursing Coordinator, Dr. Cynthia Hupert, at email@example.com. She will be more than happy to answer your questions. She is full time nursing faculty member who teaches in the graduate nursing program and serves as academic advisor for all graduate nursing students.
When your application is submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, the staff will begin processing your application and will share it with the Graduate Nursing Coordinator. It may take a few days from when materials are received until they are available to the coordinator. Only complete applications are shared with the coordinator. The Graduate Nursing Coordinator may contact you with information regarding the status of your application. She will act on your application on behalf of the graduate nursing faculty who set the admission requirements.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 989-964-6096.