Program Overview

The online MSN degree program from Nicholls State University prepares students to assume leadership and advanced practice roles such as hospice nurse, critical care nurse, operating room nurse, medical-surgical nurse, oncology nurse, flight nurse, pediatric nurse, labor and delivery nurse, community health nurse, and mental health nurse. Students may choose from three specialty concentrations based upon their personal interests and professional goals:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • ​Nursing Education

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited undergraduate nursing program.
    • Evidence of a valid, unencumbered Louisiana Registered Nurse license.
    • All transcripts.
    • A current resume.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for last 60 undergraduate hours of required nursing degree courses, as indicated by a transcript.
    • A minimum GRE formula score of 1,200 (150 x cumulative GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours + GRE General Test [verbal and quantitative] scores) if taken prior to August 1, 2011 OR obtain a minimum GRE formula score of 340 (20 x cumulative GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours + GRE General Text [verbal and quantitative] scores) if taken after August 1, 2011. The last 60 undergraduate hours must pertain directly to required nursing degree courses.
    • Completed a course in introductory statistics with a minimum grade of “C” or equivalent.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation.
    • A Letter of Intent/Purpose with rationale for pursuing study in selected concentration.

    School Overview

    Nicholls State University was founded in 1948 as Francis T. Nicholls Junior College of Louisiana State University. In 1956, the Louisiana Legislature separated Francis T. Nicholls Junior College from Louisiana State University and granted it permission to develop a four-year curriculum. By 1956, Francis T. Nicholls Junior College became Francis T. Nicholls State College and granted its first degrees in 1958. Then in 1970 the name changed one last time to Nicholls State University when the institution was granted university status. 

    The school's mission is to provide the education of a diverse student body in a culturally rich and engaging learning environment through quality teaching, research and service. Nicholls State University offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business Administration
    • College of Education
    • College of Nursing and Allied Health
    • Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
    • University College
    • Graduate Studies

    Nicholls State University also offers undergraduate and graduate programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers accelerated eight-week semesters.


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