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Graduate Catalog | 2018-2019 
Graduate Catalog | 2018-2019 Previous Edition

Nursing: Community/Public Health Nursing, M.S.N.

**This is a Distance Education program.**

The Community/Public Health Nursing specialty prepares nurses to assume leadership in assessing communities and populations, identifying high risk groups, and in partnership with communities, consumers, and stakeholders, developing culturally sensitive, acceptable and realistic community based nursing services.

Graduates are expected to demonstrate PHN Competencies and characteristics of practice identified by the Quad Council (2004). Upon graduation, individuals will be qualified to sit for the exam leading to Board Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Advanced Public Health Nurse.

Admission Requirements

  1. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. If the degree is not in Nursing and courses in Research, Leadership/Management, Aging and Health and Community Health are lacking, they will be required as part of the program of study (option available only to Nurse Administration, Community/Public Health Nursing, and Nurse Educator majors).
  3. One year of professional nursing practice is recommended.
  4. An essay (statement of purpose) describing the applicant’s experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty including the qualities making them a strong applicant (See SON webpage for required elements of the Purpose Statement).
  5. Overall GPA of at least 3.0 in the last degree earned.
  6. Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or above.
  7. See School of Nursing website for admission deadlines.

Degree Requirements

This specialty requires completion of 38 credit hours in approved courses including:

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Degree Total = 38 Credit Hours