Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application packet to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE or MAT), completed application form, fee, and any additional program requirements (listed below), submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: July 15
  • Spring Deadline November 15
  • Summer Deadline: April 15

Program Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must have:

  1. graduated from a NLNAC-accredited or CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  2. a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.
  3. minimum scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of 400 (if taken before November 2011) or 146 (if taken after November 2011) on the verbal section and 3.5 on the analytical writing section. A Miller Analogies Test score of 400 or higher (or equivalent) will be accepted as an alternative to the GRE.
  4. evidence of Georgia licensure as a registered nurse.
  5. three letters of recommendation from persons whose observations of the applicant’s character andabilities are current. Letters of recommendation must be accompanied by the required General Graduate Recommendation Form.

NOTE: Admission to regular graduate status requires completion of a graduate-level statistics course.

Program Considerations for Probationary Status

Students must be recommended for Probationary status by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Graduate Faculty. To be reclassified as Regular status, probationary students must, at a minimum, maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the first 9 semester hours of graduate coursework and meet any and all contingencies and conditions set forth by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies

  1. Students must have documentation of current malpractice insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000.
  2. Students must have documentation of current health and accident insurance.
  3. Students must have documentation of current certification in American Heart AssociationHealthcare Provider CPR.
  4. Students must maintain current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia.
  5. Students must provide evidence of current health status:
    1. Current physical examination (by a medical physician or nurse practioner) on admission, affirming that they are free from communicable disease and able to function safely in a clinical environment.
    2. Immunizations: Documentation must include but is not limited to MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), tetanus toxoid, varicella titer, hepatitis-B vaccination, and PPD tuberculin test as required by affiliating clinical agencies.
      1. MMR, serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination.
      2. Tetanus toxoid must remain up to date during tenure in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The CDC recommendations for healthcare personnel are utilized by our clinical agencies. Adultswho have completed a primary series of a tetanus/diphtheria-containing product (DTP, DTaP, DT, Td) should receive Td boosters every 10 years. Students younger than age 65 years with direct patient contact should be given a 1-time dose of Tdap, if Td booster is scheduled prior to admission or during tenure in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
      3. Varicella (chickenpox) requires serologic proof of immunity, prior vaccination, or documented history of varicella disease.
      4. Hepatitis-B vaccination or proof of immunity (anti-HBs at least 10 mIU/ml) is required. Students who initiate the recommended series for admission must provide proof of maintaining scheduled 3-dose series (dose #1 now, #2 in 1 month, #3 approximately 5 months after #2).
      5. PPD (tuberculin skin test) is required annually or proof of a negative chest X-ray (every 5 years).
      6. Influenza vaccine annually is recommended, but not required.
  6. Students may be subject to background check and drug screening at any point during the program.
  7. Students must have a minimum grade of “B” in all nursing courses.
  8. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all graduate courses.
  9. Students receiving two grades of “C” or below (“D,” “F,” “WF,” or “U”) will be dismissed from the program.
  10. If dismissed from the program, the student must wait a minimum of one calendar year and obtain approval from the academic department before applying for readmission. The academic program reserves the right to place specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed, and prior academic performance and conduct in the program will be considered.
  11. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is 7 calendar years. No work completed more than 7 years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree, except with special permission from the student’s major professor and the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.
  12. No more than 9 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into a master’s-level graduate program. This credit must be documented in the form of an official transcript at the time of admission. Transfer credit will be evaluated after admission, by the academic department. To be eligible, credit must be no more than 7 years old prior to completion of the degree.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their expected graduation date.
  2. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination.

Requirements for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track

Master Core 14
NURS 7100Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 7101Role Transition: Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 7110Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 7150Nursing and Health Care Information Systems2
NURS 7160Health Care Delivery Systems, Economics, and Policy2
NURS 7220Advanced Evidence-Based Practice3
Clinical Core8
NURS 7200Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 7200LAdvanced Health Assessment Practicum2
NURS 7230Advanced Pharmacology3
AGNP Coursework18
NURS 7330Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I3
NURS 7330LAdvanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I: Practicum3
NURS 7350Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II3
NURS 7350LAdvanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II Practicum3
NURS 7590Nurse Practitioner Capstone6
Total Credit Hours Required for the Degree40
Total Minimum Clinical Hours Required for the Degree505

Requirements for the Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Master Core14
NURS 7100Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 7101Role Transition: Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 7110Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 7150Nursing and Health Care Information Systems2
NURS 7160Health Care Delivery Systems, Economics, and Policy2
NURS 7220Advanced Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 73403
Clinical Core8
NURS 7200Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 7200LAdvanced Health Assessment Practicum2
NURS 7230Advanced Pharmacology3
FNP Coursework 28
NURS 7328Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health3
NURS 7328LAdvanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health Practicum2
NURS 7329Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics3
NURS 7329LAdvanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics Practicum2
NURS 7330Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I3
NURS 7330LAdvanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I: Practicum3
NURS 7350Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II3
NURS 7350LAdvanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II Practicum6
NURS 7590Nurse Practitioner Capstone6
Total Hours Required for the Degree50
Total Minimum Clinical Hours Required for the Degree715

Requirements for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track

Master Core20
NURS 7100Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 7101Role Transition: Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 7150Nursing and Health Care Information Systems2
NURS 7160Health Care Delivery Systems, Economics, and Policy2
NURS 7200Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 7200LAdvanced Health Assessment Practicum2
NURS 7220Advanced Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 7230Advanced Pharmacology3
Family Health Coursework9
NURS 7329Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics3
NURS 7330Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I3
NURS 7350Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II3
PMHN Nursing Coursework 27
NURS 7250Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice3
NURS 7252Family Systems and Group Process for Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing3
NURS 7251Advanced Psychopharmacology2
NURS 7251LAdvanced Psychopharmacology Practicum1
NURS 7348Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Individuals Across the Lifespan3
NURS 7348LAdvanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Individuals Across the Lifespan Practicum3
NURS 7352Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Families and Groups Across the Lifespan3
NURS 7352LAdvanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Families and Groups Across the Lifespan Practicum3
NURS 7450Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner Role Synthesis6
Total Hours Required for the Degree56
Total Minimum Clinical Hours Required for the Degree645