Anderson College of Nursing
The Anderson College of Nursing (ACON) vision is to improve health in the community by effecting change in systems and policies, and to promote research and scholarly activities that advance nursing knowledge. The ACON mission is to graduate professional nurses who are prepared to competently assume nursing leadership roles in diverse health care environments.
The Anderson College of Nursing (ACON) offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with two options for registered nurses:
- Students in the Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments option will receive preparation in advanced teaching methodologies that provide graduates with tools necessary to facilitate the education of nursing students, health care clients, and health care colleagues.
- Students in the Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments option receive educational preparation that will enable them to function at an advanced level in the health care environment concerning politics and legislation, budgeting and economics, leadership and management, such that these nurses may positively influence the management aspects of nursing and health care in society.
Both options are available online via the Internet and each course is asynchronous in nature. All MSN courses are subject to online learning fees. (See Expenses section) There is no mandatory campus-based component to either curriculum.
The MSN program has two overarching objectives. The fulfillment of these objectives will provide a positive impact on the well-being and health of the society:
- education of nurses in advanced teaching methodologies to provide the tools necessary to facilitate the education of nursing students, health care clients, and health care colleagues;
- preparation of nurses who will function at an advanced level in the health care environment with regards to politics and legislation, budgeting and economics, leadership and management, such that they may positively impact the management aspects of nursing and health care in society.
The Anderson College of Nursing retains the right to make modifications in its program/policies based on recommendations and mandates from the Alabama Board of Nursing and the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Students currently enrolled in the nursing program will be required to adhere to any modifications made during their enrollment as a nursing major.