Southeast Missouri State University

Why Should I Study Graduate Nursing at Southeast?

  • Most core courses offered via on-line or ITV modalities to Southeast's regional campuses.
  • One-Day-A-Week model for completion of full-time or part-time study.
  • Only graduate nursing program physically located in Southeast Missouri.
  • Clinical experiences prepare graduates for success on national certification examinations in advanced practice roles.
  • American Nurses Credential Center national certification exam overall first time pass rate
    FNP - 97% (100% since 2005)
  • 100% graduate employment rate.
  • The longest accreditation period possible, 10 years, from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (2010-2020).
  • Southeast partners with over 85 clinical agencies within the region to help develop professional contacts and expand the graduate nursing student's knowledge base for advanced nursing practice.
  • Experienced clinical preceptors model advanced practice nursing roles.
  • Nursing faculty serve as accessible caring professional role models to facilitate a positive graduate nursing educational experience.
  • Program graduates have been successful in the pursuit of doctoral nursing education.

Options/Areas of Emphasis

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Option
  • Nurse Educator Option

Admissions Policies/Requirements

The applicant meets both the Southeast Missouri State University Graduate School and nursing department pre-requisites for admission to the Master of Science Nursing program of study. For more information, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.

Courses and Curriculum

For information about core courses and specialty area curriculum patterns, please consult the Graduate Bulletin.


Master of Science in Nursing has twice earned the longest accreditation period possible, 10 years, from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Advising procedures/information

All graduate nursing students within the Department of Nursing should contact the Department's Director of Graduate Studies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have the potential for nursing careers that include family nurse practitioner and nurse educator. Graduates may be employed in primary care settings such as rural health clinics, outpatient centers, and collaborative practice in physician offices, and in a variety of nursing education settings. Graduates may apply for recognition as an Advanced Practice Nurse through the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate assistants are assigned to assist with clinical instruction of undergraduate nursing students and various departmental faculty projects. For more information please see the graduate assistantships web site.

Student Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
  • Southeast chapter
  • National chapter
  • National Student Nurses Association
  • Graduate Student Advisory Council

Professional Certifications & Organizations

Southeast's nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program are prepared for advanced nursing practice. However, eligibility for recognition as an advanced practice nurse varies from state to state.

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner option are eligible to set for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Nurses Association
  • Missouri Nurses Association
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • National League for Nursing
  • American Association for the History of Nursing
  • World Health Organization

Capstone Requirements

(Please refer to the following web sites):


Crisp Hall, located in the heart of the Southeast campus, is home to the Department of Nursing. Nursing classrooms and labs are well-equipped and include internet technology. Assessment labs feature up-to-date equipment, including computerized mannequins and the latest assessment instruments.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Nursing's Office of Addictions Research supports addictions research funded by a Margaret Woods Allen Endowment. Funds from the endowment finance graduate nursing faculty and student addictions research.

Related links

Online Application
Graduate Bulletin
Department of Nursing
School of Graduate Studies
International Students

Contact Us

Dr. Elaine Jackson, PhD, RN, Graduate Coordinator

Department of Nursing
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 8300
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone: (573) 651-2871