Midwestern State University (MSU, MWSU) is a public liberal arts university, which has undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and the professions. Midwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program takes place at the Wilson School of Nursing and is available to students who do not yet have a license to practice as a Registered Nurse. The program also provides a post-licensure RN to BSN program, for RN’s who currently hold associate degrees in nursing and who have previously graduated from hospital programs. The RN-BSN program is perfect for the working RN and can also be completed via distance learning, with clinical studies taking place in the students geographical area. The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
The program is 128 hours (60 hours nursing and 68 non-nursing hours) for students who do not yet have a license and 124 hours for the RN/BSN program. After graduating, the pre-licensure BSN are able to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
In order to be admitted into the BSN, Pre-licensure program, applicants must complete an MSU application to the university for a $25 fee. Admission is by July for fall admission and November for spring admission. Official transcripts from each of the students’ university’s/college’s attended must be submitted. Applicants must also complete a Nursing Entrance Test (NET) or HOBET, with a minimum “C” grade on all science courses. Applicants must also complete a physical examination, provide health insurance coverage and nursing student liability insurance as well as a CPR certification, criminal background check and Ten Panel Urine Drug Screen as well as Texas-mandated immunizations. The RN to Masters of Science in Nursing program (MSN) program allows RN’s to apply to complete a Masters degree.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree
Midwestern State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program as well as an RN to MSN Program for nurses who have graduated from hospital based programs or 2 year associate degree programs. There is also a Post-Masters Certification Program. The MSN program has three tracks; Nurse Educators, Family Nurse Practitioner’s (FNP) and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses. Prior to admission to the graduate program, applicants must have a RN license to practice in Texas, a complete MSU Admissions application, a completed MSN Program application, transcripts from previous colleges/universities and a basic undergraduate statistics course. The applicant must also have a GRE score and complete a personal interview with the graduate coordinator on the specific program. Applicants must also have liability insurance, documentation of health insurance, an updated immunization record and CPR certification.
Programs for Registered Nurses – RN to BSN Option and RN to MSN Option
Registered nurses who have a diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and have a license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Texas can apply for one of MSU’s RN to BSN and RN to MSN options to help nurses expand their professional career. Applicants that hope to become a Nurse Educator, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner should apply for the RN to MSN option, but must have a BSN before applying.