Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Science in Nursing
Administration and Emergency Management

Dr. Rebecca Burris, Head
Dean Hall, Suite 224
(479) 968-0383
rburris@atu.edu

The Master of Science in Nursing is designed to offer students a program of study to serve the educational needs of professional nurses actively engaged in or planning to enter professions related to emergency management administration in a variety of health care settings. The curriculum will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to integrate principles of nursing administration, including planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating, with principles of emergency management, including preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.

The core curriculum includes thirty (30) semester hours of coursework in epidemiology, research design and methods, theoretical perspectives, legal and ethical issues, current trends in health care, nurse administrator role, principles of hazards and emergency management, design and management of preparedness in mitigation systems, and research thesis/project. An additional nine (9) semester credit hours will be completed in either the nursing administration or emergency management specialty concentration areas.

The objectives of the graduate program in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management (NAEM) include:

  1. Preparing graduates to assume administrative roles in a variety of health care systems, including hospitals, and community, military, and government agencies.
  2. Providing a program of study that addresses the technical competencies and interpersonal skills needed to assume leadership roles in planning and coordinating emergency response strategies.
  3. Providing opportunities for students to formulate solutions to important problems of interest to nursing through analysis, synthesis, and application of current research.
  4. Preparing graduates to be innovative leaders.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program if they meet all the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.
  2. Applicants must have graduated from a Commission on Collegiate Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredited nursing programs.
  3. Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.
  4. Applicants must have an unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse without a history of disciplinary action of any kind.
  5. Applicants must submit recent scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) to the Graduate College.
  6. Applicants must have completed a statistics course.
  7. Approval from the MSN Admissions Committee.

RNs with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing will be required to complete NURN 4003, NURN 4024, and NURN 4034.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the above requirements may be admitted conditionally by the Graduate Admissions Committee to earn a maximum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. If a student was admitted conditionally based on grade point average, the condition will be met if upon completion of twelve (12) semester hours a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is achieved.

Academic Advisors

The Nursing Graduate Studies Committee will assign a faculty advisor to each student admitted to the Nursing degree program. The advisor will assist the student in the design of a curriculum of study that leads to the fulfillment of degree requirements. Additionally, the academic advisor and the Graduate College will monitor the student's progress. It remains, however, the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements. RNs with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing will be required to complete NURN 4003, NURN 4024, and NURN 4034.

Degree Requirements

  1. Thirty-nine credit hours are required for completion of the MSN Degree. Thirty hours shall be completed in a professional core component, including six (6) hours of research methods and 3-6 hours of research thesis/project (application). Nine (9) hours shall be completed in one of two specialty concentration areas: Nursing Administration (including six (6) hours of practicum) or Emergency Management (including three (3) hours of Workshop or Independent Study).

    Core Curriculum (30 hours)

    NUR 6103 Theoretical Perspectives
    NUR 6203 Research Design and Methods
    NUR 6213 Epidemiology
    NUR 6303 Law, Ethics, and Policy in Healthcare
    NUR 6313 The Role of the Nurse Administrator
    NUR 6513 Fiscal Management
    EMHS 6063 Principles of Hazards and Emergency Management
    EMHS 5993 Special Problems
    -Or-
    EMHS 6003 Design and Management of Preparedness and Mitigation Systems
    NUR 6403 Non-thesis project - AND Elective - 3 hours
    -Or-
    NUR 6996 Research Thesis

    Nursing Administration Concentration Area

    NUR 6503 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    NUR 6526 Nursing Administration Practicum

    Emergency Management Concentration Area

    EMHS 6023 Risk and Vulnerability Assessment for Business & Industry
    NUR 6603 Crisis Intervention in Disasters
    EMHS 5000-6000 Elective - 3 hours

    MSN Track for registered nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing

    The additional nine (9) hours of prerequisite courses for students in this track include the following:

    NURN 4003 Scope of Professional Practice
    NURN 4024 Community Health
    NURN 4034 Leadership & Management

  2. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on "Academic Probation and Dismissal."
  3. Twenty-Seven hours of graduate work must be taken while in residence at Arkansas Tech University.
  4. The master's degree program must be completed within six (6) years from the time of admission to the graduate program.

Candidacy

Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an "Application for Graduation" online or at the Registrar's Office.  Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.