Is the Master's program accredited?
WE HAVE A RECORD OF PROGRAM EXCELLENCE. The master's degree program in nursing at the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Consortium of McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Can I pursue a Master's degree and still work?
Absolutely. Most of our students go to school part time. Because the theory classes are online, students taking 3- 6 hours continue to work their job while in school.
Do I pick my own preceptors for the practicum courses?
Yes, students work closely with instructors to choose appropriate clinical sites and preceptors. We want students to get a variety of experiences so they will be successful on the certification exam. We have an extensive list of current and past preceptors across south Louisiana to recommend to you. And most of students work locally with physicians and NPs where they eventually are offered positions.
What does it mean to take courses in a consortium?
A wide variety of experiences!
Because students take online courses offered by Southeastern, McNeese, ULL, and Nicholls they interact with students throughout LA and east Texas! And students take courses taught by faculty from all four schools, giving them a great deal of exposure to faculty expertise and student insights into clinical experiences, healthcare policy, and educational and curriculum design.
Our ICMSN consortium is one of only 5 consortia in the country. Our unique approach to education provides students with opportunities to build a comprehensive skill set like no other single entity can provide.
Do I have to do a thesis?
No. Students either do a Thesis or a Focused Scholarly Project. A thesis gives students the opportunity to engage in a formal, rigorous research study...with the help and guidance of a committee. The alternative to the thesis is the Focused Scholarly Project. In this course, students engage in projects that demonstrate scholarship, while being mentored by faculty.