Brenau University’s Registered Nurse to Master of Science in nursing (RN to MSN) program prepares students for the complexities of health care in the 21st century by weaving theory, research, advanced specialization courses and real world experiences into unique and challenging degree programs. You have a choice of three RN to MSN concentrations including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader/Manager. Moreover, Brenau has both standard and accelerated RN to MSN programs. Applications for the standard program are due by March 1st of each year. Completed applications for the accelerated program are due by March 1st of each year.
Standard RN to MSN Degree Program. The standard RN to MSN degree program is a three or four year program depending on your choice of concentration. The program begins in August of each year. The first year is devoted to undergraduate studies, and all classes are taught online. Subsequent years focus on graduate courses taught in “hybrid” form. Classes are held one Saturday per month on the Brenau University North Atlanta campus in Norcross, Georgia. Interim teaching-learning is accomplished via web-enhanced (distance) modalities.
Accelerated RN to MSN Degree Program. The accelerated RN to MSN program is a two year and one semester or three year and one semester program depending on your choice of concentration. The program begins in May of each year. The first semester of classes is devoted to undergraduate study. Subsequent years of the program are focused on graduate coursework.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The MSN-FNP track is designed to prepare students to receive national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and receive state licensure as an advanced practice nurse. As an FNP, graduates of this program of study will be qualified to be the healthcare provider for families and individuals of all ages. Graduates will be prepared to practice in a variety of primary health care settings and become a vital force in making quality healthcare available to all people. The standard FNP degree program requires 31 undergraduate hours and 44 graduate hours. The undergraduate credits are earned on a full-time basis over one calendar year and the graduate credits are earned on a part-time basis over the course of three years.
Nursing Leadership and Management
The Nursing Leadership and Management track is a unique collaboration between the Departments of Nursing and Business Administration and is designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership and management roles in healthcare settings. The curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration equipping students with business and management knowledge and skills as well as advanced preparation in nursing theory, research and the management of patient aggregates. Evidence based practice; designed to improve patient outcomes is emphasized. The standard Nursing Leadership and Management program requires 31 undergraduate hours and 36 graduate hours. The undergraduate credits are earned on a full-time basis over one calendar year and the graduate credits are earned on a part-time basis over the course of three years.
The Nursing Education track is designed to prepare nurses with advanced clinical nursing knowledge as well as education knowledge and skills. Students will have advanced preparation in nursing theory, research, pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology and at least one clinical specialty. Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to teach nursing in the classroom, the clinical setting and online. This course of study is designed to prepare students for matriculation into a PhD program in nursing. The standard Nursing Education program requires 37 undergraduate hours and 35 graduate hours. The undergraduate credits are earned on a full-time basis over one calendar year and the graduate credits are earned on a part-time basis over the course of three years.
About Our Faculty
The faculty in the School of Health Sciences combine a love of teaching with a wealth of firsthand experience in the subjects they teach. The faculty includes practicing nurses who are doctorally prepared Registered Nurses, many holding Advanced Practice Licensure, and Certification in various nursing specialties such as Nursing Education, Women’s Health, Pediatric Nursing, Community Health Nursing and Mental Health Nursing who choose to teach at Brenau because they love the interaction with students. Our faculty members are truly practitioner scholars.