College of Health Clayton State University

College of Health Clayton State University

Morrow, GA
student ratio
total students
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average amount to complete degree
July 15
fall application deadline
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9 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Graduate Programs at Clayton State University

Clayton State University provides an intellectually challenging and culturally rich learning environment, encouraging all students to take advantage of the outstanding educational and career opportunities provided for residential and commuter students from a diverse range of ethnic, socioeconomic, experiential and geographical backgrounds. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs of superior quality taught by a professionally active teaching faculty committed to promoting academic excellence. University programs and services are informed and guided by the following essential considerations:

- recognizing and responding to the increasingly complex global context of contemporary life;

- promoting community-based, experiential learning to create enduring and meaningful connections between education and other aspects of life;

- encouraging and providing opportunities for continuous education and growth; and

- developing an understanding of advanced applications of modern technology.

Clayton State University promotes excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people, the State of Georgia, the nation, and the international community. University graduates communicate effectively, think critically, learn and work collaboratively, demonstrate competence in their chosen fields, and possess the capability of adapting to changing circumstances and new challenges. Clayton State University students are each encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership, and service to society.

College of Health -- Master's Degree Overview

The College of Health at Clayton State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing program and a Master of Health Administration program. These programs seek to educate students from diverse ethnic, experiential, geographical, and socioeconomic backgrounds on the opportunities and benefits available in the healthcare setting.

The degree programs' curricula each integrate theory, practice, and advanced technologies to help students to master communication, comprehensive care, critical thinking, and research skills, as well as theory-based practice. Students graduate from the school prepared to succeed in a variety of positions in multifaceted and multicultural healthcare environments.

Master of Science in Nursing at Clayton State University

The Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) prepares professional registered nurses for advanced practice nurse roles as educators and leaders and can be completed entirely online. Each student enrolled in the program takes 7 graduate core courses, selects a concentration in either nursing education or nursing leadership, and completes a thesis or project.

The nursing education concentration prepares nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, and more. The leadership concentration emphasizes the development of nursing leaders who are able to influence, design, manage, transform, and evaluate the evolution of nursing services and care delivery.

Each of its courses contains a specified number of synchronous class meetings in which students and faculty members use web cams and headsets to communicate with each other. This allows them to have real-time discussions and presentations. The program can be completed in 2 years (4 semesters) of full-time study.

The MSN curriculum includes 7 graduate core courses that total 20 credits, several concentration courses that consist of 16 to 18 credits, and a master's thesis or project whose credits are included in those listed above. Concentrations are available in nursing education or nursing leadership.

The nursing education concentration trains students to use instructional design, curriculum development, technology, and evaluation to facilitate learning in diverse environments. Additionally, the nursing leadership concentration prepares students to design, manage, transform, and evaluate nursing services and care delivery.

Additional information about the Master of Science in Nursing is available at

Master of Health Administration at Clayton State University

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed for professionals in both healthcare and non-healthcare related fields. No specific healthcare background is necessary to achieve success in the health administration field. All one needs is a strong desire to serve and care for those in need through health organizations. Its curriculum consists of 21 credits of foundation core courses, 18 credits of advanced core courses, and 3 credits of elective courses, as well as 3 credits for an internship.

The curriculum also includes a comprehensive examination that demonstrates students' knowledge about theories, practices, and principles of health administration.

A selection of both diverse student and faculty member educational and experiential backgrounds will foster an increased interdisciplinary understanding of health care.

Courses are offered in a blended format, which involves both online classes and face-to-face meetings that occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Additional information about the Master of Health Administration is available at

Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

MSN and MHA students may qualify for federal loans and various private and institutional scholarships. For example, the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, awards traineeship grants to graduate students. The Clayton State University Retirees Association also provides scholarships to graduate students.

Graduate Student Life at Clayton State University

Clayton State provides the support services and resources that help students excel academically while building leadership, social, and professional skills. For example, the university offers academic advisement, library services, and career services that help students focus on academic and professional achievement. It also has on-campus housing, counseling services, and healthcare services as well as recreational and wellness programs. Furthermore, the university provides leadership, multicultural, and community service programs that complement classroom learning. It also has a variety of extra-curricular activities including student organizations, events, recreation and wellness programs, concerts, and NCAA Division II athletics.

Faculty at Clayton State University

Faculty members at Clayton State University are highly regarded experts in their fields who bring excellence in scholarship and practice to the classroom. They also participate in conferences and other events and work to improve community health and safety.

Research at Clayton State University

Academic inquiry is an important part of students' educational experiences at Clayton State. Both undergraduate and graduate programs include research that, when integrated with classroom and hands-on learning, helps students acquire comprehensive educations.

MSN students learn how to use research to promote nursing education and evidence-based practice. In the MHA degree program individuals learn both cognitive and affective educational domains at the highest levels.

Additionally, faculty members in both degree programs conduct research that advances theory, education, and practice in a variety of disciplines.

Future Employment Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for registered nurses are projected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020. Therefore, the need for outstanding nurse educators and leaders will continue to grow.

MSN students at Clayton State acquire the leadership, instructional, communication, evaluation, and research skills needed to make great contributions to nursing practice and education.

Similarly, MHA students obtain the leadership, administration, ethical, and financial skills necessary to lead healthcare organizations in this growing industry.

Campus and Surrounding Area

Clayton State University was established in 1969 and is located on a beautiful lakeside park-like setting that is only 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta. It is highly-regarded for its distinguished faculty members and its integrated approach to education, which involves outstanding academics, technological-advanced classroom environments, hands-on education, and student research; it serves the metro Atlanta area as a hub for undergraduate and graduate education. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is part of the University System of Georgia. Many of its degree programs are also nationally accredited by organizations such as Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Association of University Programs in Health Administration Management (AUPHA), and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It is the only university in the nation adjacent to both state and national archives facilities, providing centralized resources for researchers and outstanding internship opportunities for students. "US News and World Report" ranks Clayton State University among the top 100 regional colleges in the nation for 2013. Its close proximity to Atlanta -- one of the South's most historic and dynamic cities -- provides numerous cultural, entertainment, shopping, dining, and career opportunities. The APEX Museum, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art and Cenennial Olympic Park are just some of Atlanta's many attractions.

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Location & Contact

College of Health

Clayton State University

Morrow, GA

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Health Administration Master's
    • Health Services Management And Hospital Administration Master's
    • Nursing--General Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition $3,528
    • Out-of-state tuition $13,176
    • International student tuition $13,176
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,404.00
  • Financial Support
    • Application deadlines for financial awards July 15th