MSN and RN to MSN

Master of Science in Nursing with RN to MSN Track - Next Steps

Welcome to the RN to MSN and MSN Programs at Concordia University, Texas. The next steps are to fill out the required information and to attend an orientation session. Find the information below in the drop down boxes. For any help, please do not hesitate to call our online counselor at: 512-313-5652

Additional Information Needed

Student Handbooks:

Please read the attached handbooks, then sign and date the last page and return to your online admissions counselor or onlineadmissions@concordia.edu.

Online Nursing Student Programs Handbook (PDF)

Castlebranch Website:

All students in this program are required to submit and stay up to date with the items below through the Castlebranch management system. To get started, go to the Concordia Nursing portal on the Castlebranch website at portal.castlebranch.com/ON71.

How to place an order with Castlebranch (PDF)

Registered Nurse License

A valid Registered Nurse License from Texas or a compact state without stipulations that indicates that the person is in good standing with the Board of Nursing.

Other Information includes:
Health Requirements

Good physical and mental health is essential for study and practice in professional nursing. The faculty of the nursing program have the responsibility for admitting and retaining only those students who demonstrate qualities of physical and mental health generally considered essential for professional nursing practice.

Students pursuing a MSN or RN to MSN nursing degree must possess visual and hearing acuity, digital dexterity, and motor coordination. They must be able to climb, balance, stoop, and lift / carry up to 50 pounds. Nurses must be able to work quickly under pressure and should enjoy working with people.

Nursing students are required to provide proof of up-to-date immunizations (MMR, TD, Hepatitis B and Varicella) and TB skin test or chest X-ray prior to registration for nursing classes each year in compliance with the Health Care Provider Terms of Texas Administrative Code 97.63. Additionally, flu immunization is required annually. If for any reason, any required immunization is contraindicated, the student is required to present a record from a health care provider indicating the circumstances.

Students are responsible for reviewing and updating immunization records through the online admissions and Nursing Office prior to nursing course registration each semester. If a student is not in compliance by the first day of a  course, s/he cannot attend the clinical practicum or preceptored experience and this may jeopardize the student’s ability to continue in the course.

Special Health Problems

Students who can successfully combine satisfactory school attendance with special health problems will not be prohibited from registration in nursing courses. A student must, however, fulfill the same attendance and course requirements as any other student. No special  assignments will be made. Students must inform the Division Chair  of special health problems.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

There must be documentation of one of the following:

  • 2 vaccinations
  • Positive antibody titers for all 3 components (lab reports required)
Varicella (Chicken Pox)

There must be documentation of one of the following:

  • 2 vaccinations
  • Positive antibody titer (lab report required)
  • Medically documented history of disease (history of disease from student or parent is acceptable instead of physician verification
Hepatitis B

There must be documentation of one of the following: Series in process is NOT accepted

  • 3 vaccinations
  • Positive antibody titer (lab report required)
TB Skin Test

If you have never had a TB skin test before, the following is required:

  • 2 separate PPD tests administered & interpreted within the past 12 months. The 2nd PPD test should be placed within 1-3 weeks after the first one.
  • If positive results, provide a clear Chest X-Ray AND INH treatment if applicable
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap)
  • There must be documentation of a Tdap booster within the past 10 years.
CPR Certification
  • Must be the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider course. Copy must be front and back of the card and card must be signed.
Influenza
  • Submit documentation of a flu shot administered during the current flu season.
Health Insurance
  • All students in the nursing program must show proof of comprehensive health insurance coverage. Provide a copy of your current comprehensive health insurance card OR proof of coverage. BOTH sides of insurance card are required. Monthly issued insurance is NOT acceptable.
Signed CTX Online Student Handbook Form
Signed CTX RN TO MSN AND MSN Nursing Student Handbook Form
 Professional Liability Insurance
  • All nursing students enrolled in a professional nursing program, including participating in practicum courses at required clinical sites are afforded coverage under the Concordia University System and Concordia University Texas Licensed Professional Liability insurance policy.
Orientation

All students admitted to the MSN program are required to attend an Orientation session, either online or in-person. At this session, we'll review the curriculum, tell you what textbooks you'll need, etc.):

Orientation:

MSN Spring 2017: Tuesday, January 3rd, 6-7pm CST

Contact your online admissions counselor for more details.

Spring 2016 Online MSN Orientation Webinar

 

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