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Master’s and Certificate Guide

This guide will help our Masters of Science in Nursing and Certificate of Graduate Studies students navigate the College of Nursing and Graduate School policies and procedures.

There are many people here to support you. Program Directors oversee all aspects of the program, including curriculum and student engagement. Graduate program advisors assist students with registration and graduation processes, as well as oversee student health compliance requirements. Please reach out to your Program Director or your Graduate Program Advisor for assistance at anytime during your program.

Dr. Amy Dievendorf, Adult Gerontology, Acute Care Program Director

Dr. Shelli Gibbs, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director

Dr. Beverly Baliko and Dr. Rachel Bush, Psychiatric Mental Health NP Program Co-Directors

Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, Nursing Education Program Director 

Dr. Kimberly Taylor, Healthcare Leadership and Nursing Informatics Program Director

Dr. Eboni Herbert Harris, Master's Entry to Practice Program Director

Mrs. Tawanie Pointer, Healthcare Leadership, Psychiatric Mental Health, Adult Gerontology, Acute Care, and Master's Entry to Practice Graduate Program Advisor

Mr. Trey Patty, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics Graduate Program Advisor

Every student in a Master's and Certificate program will participate in multiple clinical education experiences in conjunction with their didactic coursework. These experiences are designed to provide in-depth learning opportunities within the student's specialty area.

Students in the Healthcare Leadership, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics programs will participate in clinical courses that have indirect clinical hours.

A student will be dismissed from the College of Nursing if they receive two grades of 79.99% (C+) or lower in the same NURS or ITEC course or in any two NURS or ITEC courses. * 

Each student is required to complete a Program of Study (POS). The POS shows the courses that you plan to take in your program. If you have taken previous graduate course work that is not part of a completed degree, you should talk with your graduate advisor about possible transfer of courses before you complete the Master's/Certificate Program of Study (MPOS). There is a process for the approval of transfer courses. See the Transfer of course credit heading for more information. The graduate advisor will forward the POS to the Graduate School for review and approval. 

If students have taken graduate courses that are not part of a completed degree, up to 50% of the required hours may transfer if those courses meet degree requirements. The Graduate School requires that courses, including transfer courses, must be less than six years old at the time of graduation to be approved.

Student must submit a completed and signed Request for Transfer Credit G-RTC form for EACH course they wish to transfer, along with a syllabus for the course. A review of transfer credit requests will occur upon receipt of the form and syllabus, provided the student is officially admitted by the Graduate School. Please note an official transcript must be on file before the College of Nursing can consider any transfer request.

If you take nine credit hours in a semester, and do not have an assistantship, you will be considered full time. If you take six credit hours in a semester, and have an assistantship, you will be considered full time. You may qualify for financial aid if taking at least six credit hours. Taking less than six credit hours is considered part-time. 

As a graduate student you must adhere to the Graduate School's policies, as well as the College of Nursing's policies. The Graduate School has specific forms they require. Please attend to all document form submission requests in a timely manner to ensure you are positioned for the next stage in your educational journey. For your convenience, the forms are linked on this website.

First Semester Forms:

Masters/Certificate Program of Study Form (MPOS) (first semester)
Graduate Handbook Acknowledgment Form (signed annually)
Signed Degree Plan (located in Degree Works, which can be accessed by logging into Self Service Carolina)

Final Semester Forms:

Graduation Application (available in Self Service Carolina in the final semester of enrollment)

All candidates for a Master’s degree must complete a comprehensive assessment in the major field of study that is distinct from program course requirements. Some certificate programs may also require a comprehensive assessment in preparation for certification examinations.

All students enrolled in a Master’s degree program must file the application for degree/graduation available on the website of the Office of the University Registrar with The Graduate School within the first 15 class days of the fall or spring semester in which the degree is to be awarded, or within the first 10 class days of Summer Session if the degree is to be awarded at the end of the summer. 

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