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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About the Programs

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/nursing/graduate/msn.html

School of Nursing Graduate Programs

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Purpose of Programs

Accreditation

Financial Assistance

Distance Learning

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Message from the Program Coordinator

Welcome to the Graduate Nursing Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato! Our web-enhanced programs are dynamic, flexible, innovative and readily accessible to students preparing for the advanced nursing practice roles of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Nurse Educator (NE). The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered for FNP students, while the Master of Science (MS) is offered for NE students.

Applications are also being accepted for the post master’s DNP program which started in fall of 2015. Applicants must be certified nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or clinical nurse specialists.

On behalf of the faculty and administration for Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing, I invite you to consider joining us as a student in the near future. Our graduates hold advanced practice nursing and faculty positions throughout central and southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and beyond. Please contact us if you have questions that are not answered through this website and we will begin to assist you in planning your journey into Advanced Practice Nursing. Best wishes in your educational endeavors!

Warm regards,

Patricia Young, PhD, RN
Graduate Programs Coordinator

Purpose of Programs

The School of Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato is a learning community dedicated to educating entry level and advanced practice nurses, developing nursing knowledge and serving diverse communities. The vision of the School of Nursing is that we will be recognized for innovation and excellence in nursing education, scholarship and practice.

The Graduate Programs build upon and extend the body of knowledge and competencies of baccalaureate education in nursing. Graduate study in the School of Nursing is dedicated to educating nurses for advanced practice by creating an academic environment that fosters scholarship, critical thinking, and creativity. Faculty members teaching in this program are prepared in a number of specialties and focus on a variety of practice and research interests.

The graduate courses include theoretical and clinical experiences that provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills necessary to assume the role of an advanced practice nurse and address the health of persons, families and groups. Graduates are also prepared for doctoral study.

Accreditation

The master's degree in nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC  20036, 202-887-6791.

Guidelines provided by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Nurses' Association Credentialing Center (ANCC), are used in program development.

Financial Assistance

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers numerous sources of financial assistance. Graduate assistantships provide part-time, academically-related employment to eligible graduate students. These carry stipends up to $9,000 per academic year; up to a maximum of nine credits per semester of resident, graduate tuition; and resident rates for nonresident students. Federal Nurse Education Traineeships may be available to students who commit to registering for and completing at least 6 graduate credits each semester of the academic year. The award amount is determined by the amount of funding received annually. Other funding is available through national, state, and local public and privates sources.

Distance Learning

Since 1998, the School of Nursing has been focused on enhancing student access to learning through use of innovative distance education technologies combined with sound teaching-learning principles. By offering web-based hybrid courses we have been able to offer distant rural and urban based students the opportunity to complete the graduate programs without re-locating. This allows the student to continue family and part-time employment commitments that are so important to overall student success.

Beginning in Fall Semester 2004, the majority of courses have been offered in a web-based hybrid format with on-campus seminars at Minnesota State Mankato at Edina (at 7700 France Ave. S. in Edina, Minnesota) 3 to 4 times per semester for the purpose of building community and strong student-faculty partnerships in learning. Multiple classes are scheduled during on-campus seminar days to make efficient use of commuting time. The class schedule gives dates and times of when on-campus meetings are scheduled each semester. Some courses may use primarily face-to-face (in the classroom) condensed half-day or full-day seminar teaching methodologies to focus learning time and provide valuable student-faculty interaction time. Students will want to consult with the School of Nursing to determine computer platforms most helpful to support web-based courses. Students and faculty use multiple methods of distance technology (online meetings, asynchronous projects and discussions, e-mail, telephone, conference call, US mail, fax, and videoconferencing) during all phases of study.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students seeking graduate nursing education but who are not interested in completing a specific program of study may seek admission to the College of Graduate Studies & Research as a non-degree seeking student. Courses are open to non-degree seeking students on a space available basis by permission of the professor and the School of Nursing Graduate Programs Coordinator.

For Further Information, Contact:
College of Graduate Studies and Research
Minnesota State University, Mankato
115 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2321 (V)
Toll Free: 800-722-0544 (MRS/TYY)
Fax: 507-389-5974
Email: U.S. inquiries at gradintl@mnsu.edu
For the MS, MSN and DNP Graduate Program Coordinator, Contact:
Patricia Young
Phone: 952-818-8884 (V)
Email: patricia.young@mnsu.edu
Kim Fortin
Phone: 952-818-8884 (V)
Email:kimberly.fortin@mnsu.edu