FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


IS THE MSN FNP PROGRAM AT TUSCULUM A DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM?

No. The program at Tusculum College is an on ground program that has one online course in Informatics and some online content in other courses.

 

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

The program is an accelerated program that is  4 semesters full-time and 7 semesters part-time for the BSN to MSN track.

The RN to MSN track is 7 semesters long full-time and a part time option is available and will have to be worked out with the Chair of Graduate Programs.

The Post Master’s Certificate (PMC) is 4 semesters or less depending on  the Gap Analysis from courses in the  previous degree. Some courses are required to be taken at Tusculum in the Graduate Program.

 

ARE THERE PREREQUISITE COURSES BEFORE I APPLY TO THE MSN PROGRAM?

Yes. The undergraduate prerequisite courses are listed in the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook and below.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses:

Microbiology

Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology II

Composition and Rhetoric I      (Composition I)

Composition and Rhetoric II     (Composition II)

Elementary Statistics

Lifespan/Developmental Psychology

 

DO I NEED A FULL YEAR’S EXPERIENCE BEFORE I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

No. You do not need previous experience to apply to the MSN program.

 

IS THERE A MINIMUM GRADE POINT AVERAGE?

Yes. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required.

 

DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE GRE EXAM FOR ADMISSION?

No. You do not have to take the GRE, however if your GPA is close to the minimum of a 3.0, it is recommended that you take the GRE to strengthen your application.

 

DO I NEED TO POSSESS AND MAINTAIN BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM?

Yes. You will need BLS and you will need to maintain it throughout the MSN program?

 

HOW OFTEN WILL I BE REQUIRED TO BE ON CAMPUS?

Classes for the three tracks will be conducted one day a week. Some unique Health Assessment lab requirements will require attendance on campus two or three times other than the one day a week during the first semester, and will be announced 2 weeks in advance.

 

CAN I WORK FULL TIME AND TAKE CLASSES?

This is an accelerated rigorous program and requires significant time commitment. It is possible to work and attend the program, however if attending classes full time, full time employment can prove very challenging . According to individual student abilities, students may choose to work full-time or part-time.

 

CAN I CHOOSE MY CLINICAL SITE?

Yes, students can choose the clinical site as long as, it is an approved site and fulfills the clinical course competencies.

 

WILL I NEED MY OWN COMPUTER?

Yes, you will need your own computer and the requirements and specs are listed in the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook.

 

HOW COMPETITIVE IS THE APPLICATION SELECTION PROCESS?

The application selection process is fairly competitive. However, if you are qualified and seats are filled prior to your application, your application may be rolled over to the next selection process.

 

WHEN DO CLASSES BEGIN?

For the BSN to MSN and the PMC, classes begin each Fall.

For the RN to MSN classes begin each Spring.

 

WHAT IS THE INSTITUTION CODE FOR THE GRE?

The institution code for the GRE 003527.

 

DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN SIMULATION?

Yes. As a matter of fact, we have SimMan, SimJunior and SimBaby state of the art simulators. We will also have the unique opportunities of Gynecological Teaching Assistants and Standardized Patients.

 

IS IT TRUE YOU WILL BE REPLACING THE MSN PROGRAM WITH THE DNP?

No. At this time, it is a recommendation from American Association of Colleges of Nursing that the entry level for Advanced Practice Nurses be the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). However, it is just a recommendation. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is still accrediting new MSN programs and has no plans to stop. At Tusculum, we believe students should be able to acquire the Master’s of Science in Nursing with a clinical focus as soon as possible. The student can begin work rather than be in school 3 – 4 years before beginning their practice.

 

IS THE MSN PROGRAM ACCREDIATED?

The MSN program has received initial approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

The master’s nursing degree program at Tusculum College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.  Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Our initial accreditation visit is scheduled for September 11, 2017.