Online Master of Science in Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality Degree (MSN)

The online Master of Science in Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality degree will give you an in depth understanding of the current issues impacting healthcare, principles of patient safety, types of healthcare errors and the associated impacts on patient outcomes. The coursework is focused on understanding, applying and evaluating patient safety principles, healthcare errors and creating a culture of safety. Classes are expected to begin Fall 2020.

Why choose the MSN Degree Program at FSU?

At FSU, you will receive high-quality nursing education from faculty who are committed to your success as a graduate student. You will learn from professors who are passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced. They are invested in your future and developing highly motivated and professional nurses. The School of Nursing at FSU is proud to be the first in the state to offer this graduate degree pathway focusing on patient safety and quality. Classes are designed for the working professional in an online format offering flexibility for learning and increasing ease of access.

What will you learn?

Graduates will be prepared to lead safety and quality care initiatives with mastery of concepts in safety culture, regulations and compliance, legal issues, and system designs like LEAN and Six Sigma.

What will you do?

Risk Management Coordinator
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Nursing Director/Administrator
Patient Safety Coordinator

What classes will you take?

NURS 600 (3) Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 601 (3) Research Methods and Biostatistics
NURS 602 (3) Introduction to Population Health and Epidemiology
NURS 603 (3) Advanced Pharmacology
NURS 604 (3) Quality and Safety in Health Care
NURS 605 (3) Research Evaluation and Translation for Health Care
NURS 610 (3) Advanced Physical Assessment
NURS 611 (3) Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care Management
NURS 612 (3) Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality Care
NURS 613 (3) Systems Leadership, Collaborative Practice, and System Thinking
NURS 614 (6) Quality and Safety Capstone

Explore the courses in the course catalog.

 

Sample Full- Time Curriculum Plan

Semester 1 Fall

• NURS 600 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
• NURS 601 Research Methods and Biostatistics (3)
• NURS 602 Introduction to Population Health & Epidemiology (3)

Semester 3 Fall

• NURS 610 Advanced Physical Assessment (3)
• NURS 611 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care Management and Policy (3)
• NURS 612 Creating a Culture of Safety and Quality in Health Care (3)


Semester 2 Spring

• NURS 603 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
• NURS 604 Quality and Safety in Health Care (3)
• NURS 605 Research Evaluation and Translation for Health Care (3)


Semester 4 Spring

• NURS 613 Systems Leadership, Collaborative Practice, and System Thinking (3)
• NURS 614 Quality and Safety Capstone (6)

*36 credit hours total, online format
Admission Requirements

Applications for Fall semester are due by March 30th and for Spring semester September 30th.  

FSU School of Nursing will adhere to all admission requirements of the Graduate College

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for international applicants
  • Online graduate school application, which includes a non-refundable $50 application fee

Additionally, FSU School of Nursing will require:

  • GPA: An overall GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework; or a graduate GPA of 3.0 in at least 12 hours of post-baccalaureate studies
  • (3) Professional Letters of Recommendations
  • Written professional statement of interest in program
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the MSN Program?

The application for the MSN program is available through the Fayetteville State University Graduate School’s website.

What is the length of the MSN Program?

The MSN program consists of 36 total credit hours and can be completed in 4 semesters as a full-time student. Part-time study plans are available.

What format is the MSN being taught in?

The MSN program is taught in an on-line format. Courses are 16 weeks each.

What is the GRE or GMAT requirement?

The School of Nursing does not require the GRE or GMAT. The question may be asked on the Graduate School’s application, however the admissions office is aware that the School of Nursing does not require it.

What is the GPA Requirement?

An overall GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework; or a graduate GPA of 3.0 in at least 12 hours of post-baccalaureate studies.

Would I need to be on campus during any part of the program?

Yes. Even though this is an online program, you will be required to be on campus 1-3 times during your last semester of the program while completing capstone project practicum hours. Those dates are determined by the instructors of the course students are taking.

Do I need years of clinical experience before I can apply to the program?

No. You may start the MSN graduate level courses right after you earn your BSN degree.

Do I need to be licensed before applying for the MSN Program?

Yes. All applicants must be a licensed Registered Nurse.