School of Nursing to launch Graduate Program in Fall 2003

Southern Nazarene University will launch a Master of Science Nursing program in the fall 2003 semester. Classes are set to begin August 18 on the main SNU campus, followed by a start date of October 7 on the Tulsa campus.

Designed to meet the needs of the working adult, the 39-hour program has been structured in an adult education format that allows baccalaureate-educated registered nurses to complete a Master of Science in Nursing Education in as little as 18 to 24 months. Students will develop teaching expertise for both academic and clinical settings.

The objectives of the program are to:

1. Influence nursing education, practice, research and/or health care environments.
2. Utilize specialized knowledge and skills within the focus areas to foster maximal growth within a target population.
3. Design activities that support critical thinking, professional growth, open communication and collaborative relationships.
4. Commit to a personal ethic of social responsibility and service.

The program is comprised of a graduate nursing core and an education focus presented in a planned sequence, one course at a time. Each course consists of six weeks of intensive study including weekly classroom sessions, group project activities and directed independent study.

Students will progress through the first 27 hours as a cohort group, attending class one night a week, while conducting a significant amount of coursework outside the classroom. The last 12 hours, consisting of a clinical focus and a capstone experience, are self-paced and will be developed independently according to the learner’s personal and professional goals.

“I have long advocated for another graduate nursing program in Oklahoma. I’m excited that we have the resources and administrative support to initiate such a program at SNU,” said Dr. Ann Ferguson, School of Nursing Chair.

“The nursing community has shown much interest in the new program,” said Ferguson. The first informational meeting took place on the main campus May 6 with 31 in attendance. Thirteen have already enrolled for the first class in August and several more are in the enrollment process.

The nursing program at SNU is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

All interested applicants in the Tulsa area are invited to learn more about the program by attending a free informational meeting, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 at the SNU Tulsa campus located at 10159 E. 11th, Suite 200. Applicants will receive valuable information concerning program structure, financial assistance and enrollment. Please RSVP by calling 918.664.4100.

For more information about the Graduate program at the SNU School of Nursing in Bethany or in Tulsa, contact Ferguson by e-mail at or call 405.491.6365.