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Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-APRN

Attention 2018 Applicants

A NursingCAS application is required to be considered for admission to NSU. Once you have completed your NursingCAS application you will need to complete the supplemental application to NSU. Once both applications have been completed we will then process your application.

Step 1:

Apply to NursingCAS

Step 2:

Apply to NSU

Gain independence by completing the clinical degree of Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration, or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (AGACNP) Concentration. After only eight semesters of study, your master's degree in nursing will open doors to improve the health and well-being for all members of a community. The demand for employment is high and the needs are great to access better health care.

What you’ll study.
Integrate practice and theory as you explore the concepts of policy, data analysis, and the advanced nursing role. The A.P.R.N. Family Nurse Practitioner studies advanced pharmacology and several primary care courses that address women, pediatrics, and an integration practicum. The A.P.R.N. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum focuses on courses that prepare nurses to provide restorative care for rapidly changing clinical conditions (NONPF, 2011). Directed Clinical Practice begins after the completion of three semesters. 

How you’ll learn more.
Blending both online and clinical experiences, you will work with experienced nurse practitioner who bring case studies to life. You will practice directly within a specific population in your community, with an assigned faculty adviser that will assist with individualized program advisement. You will be well prepared for certification.

Where it can take you.
Nurse practitioner are highly respected professionals who represent the future of nursing. You will be prepared for national certification in the selected specialization, and you may continue your education to the doctoral level. Your skills and evidence-based perspective will enable you to lead other health care professionals and to effect real change within health care.

Gainful Employment Statement

Upon successful completion of this concentration, you will be able to:

  • design evidence-based advanced nursing care for the target population;
  • integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, and inter-professional perspectives to improve health care outcomes for the target population;
  • employ information systems technology and inter-professional collaboration to optimize safe and cost-effective health care outcomes;
  • develop, implement, and evaluate clinical prevention and population health activities within the scope of practice.

Thank you for your interest in our MSN/Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) program. Here you will find information on admission to our family nurse practitioner (FNP) specialization and our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Curriculum specialization track. Additional program pages provide further information, so please explore the rest of the website.

Prospective MSN/APRN students are selected for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, curriculum of completed required courses, professional nursing licensure, and evaluation forms.

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree and/or RN to MSN Degree
    • For those with a major in Nursing (BSN) an overall GPA of 3.0 is required;
    • For those with a BS in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in fall term.
  2. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  3. A current, unencumbered, active state of Florida nursing license from the jurisdiction of the practicum (The license must remain active, without discipline, throughout the program).
  4. Pay $50 NSU application fee. 
  5. Completion of a college-level statistics course (from a mathematics department) with a C or better.
  6. Living within a 150-mile drive from the program campus. 
  7. 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not inlcuding position residences or facility orientations).

Application Procedures 

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

  1. Online at www.nursingcas.org
  2. By calling NursingCas at (617) 612-2880

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU applications for Fall admission will be July 15th and for Winter admission the deadline is December 1st. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS.

    All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

    Send all transcripts to:

    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201 
    Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny and Associates
    2nd Avenue
    (305) 273-1616
    (305) 273-1338 fax
    www.silny.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

    It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

    • Submit a resume and or a curriculum vitae directly to NursingCAS.
    • Submit your unencumbered, active state of Florida nursing license
  2. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU Application, which is available online.
  3. If, at any time, you wish to withdraw your application from consideration, please do so in writing. Direct this correspondence to: Nova Southeastern University
    College of Health Care Sciences
    College of Nursing Office of Admissions
    3200 South University Drive
    Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33328-2018

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a B.S. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5270 Informatics & Data Analysis in Complex Health Systems 4
III NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3
III NSG 5531 Advanced PathoPhysiology 4
IV NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
IV *NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis 4
V **NSG 5542 Primary Care: Adult I 1
V NSG 5522 Family Nursing: Theory, Research, & Practice 5
V NSG 5501 Suture Workshop 2
VI **NSG 5550 Primary Care: Adult II 5
VI NSG 5570 Mental Health Across the Lifespan 2
VII *NSG 5580 Primary Care: Pediatrics/Family 3
VII *NSG 5560 Primary Care of Women 3
VIII **NSG 5590 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 4
TOTAL CREDITS 52

*Require 60 Practicum Hours
** Require 120 Practicum Hours

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a B.S. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5270 Informatics & Data Analysis in Complex Health Systems 3
III NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3
III NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
IV NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 4
IV *NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis 4
V **NSG 5620 Gero-Adult Acute Care I 5
V NSG 5570 Mental Health Across the Lifespan 2
VI **NSG 5630 Gero-Adult Acute Care II 5
VI NSG 5640 Gero-Acute Care Procedural 2
VII **NSG 5650 Gero-Adult Acute Care III 5
VIII **NSG 5660 Gero-Adult Acute Care Integration Practicum 5
TOTAL CREDITS 51

*Require 60 Practicum Hours
** Require 120 Practicum Hours

Tuition

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $710.00 per semester credit hour.

There are a number of Florida and hospital grants available for the Nursing student. Additionally, student loan interest for nursing students is lower than for students seeking other degrees. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.

Fees

Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
Semester Credit Hour: $710.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1350.00
Clinical Lab Fee: $100.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time NSU Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Acceptance Fee - $200: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $1350: Student Services Fee is required annually. The fee is pro-rated for part-time students. (Split between 3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
  • Extra Fees: Students will incur additional cost such as; Books and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The College pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student.
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (Acceptance Fee), are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 52 Semester Hours of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may purchase Student Health Insurance for NSU Students through the University. Students who have adequate personal medical and hospital insurance may waive the Health insurance by filling out the Student Health Insurance Waiver.

POST MASTERS NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION TRACKS

Here you will find information related to admission to the post masters certificate program as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum.

Prospective post masters certification applicants are reviewed for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, and professional advanced practice & certification licensure.

Admission to the program requires:

  1. A Masters of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing Degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
    • GPA of 3.0 in MSN degree
  2. A current, unencumbered, active State of Florida nurse practitioner license. The license must remain active, without discipline, throughout the program.
  3. $50 NSU application fee. 
  4. Living within a 150-mile drive from the program campus. 
  5. 12 months of active, independent clinical practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. 

To apply to our post masters certificate program, please follow the admissions procedure guidelines above.  

In order to meet graduation requirments applicants must have or obtain the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level course in:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the life span
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Content in:

  • Health promotion and/or maintenance
  • Differential diagnosis and disease management 

*If you did not take the three separate, comprenhensive graduate-level courses in your previous program you will need to complete the track that includes these courses. This track admits in the FALL TERM ONLY. 

Students with the three separate, comprenhensive graduate-level coursess (WINTER ADMISSION ONLY-JANUARY START DATE)
SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I *NSG 5542 Primary Care: Adult I 6
II *NSG 5550 Primary Care: Adult II 6
III *NSG 5580 Primary Care of Pediatrics/Family 3
III *NSG 5560 Primary Care of Women 3
IV *NSG 5590 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 6
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Require 125 Practicum Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprenhensive graduate-level coursess (FALL ADMISSION ONLY-AUGUST START DATE)

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I NSG 5531 Advanced PathoPhysiology 3
II NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
II *NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis 3
II *NSG 5542 Assessment Lab (NP students only) 1
III *NSG 5542 Primary Care: Adult I 6
IV *NSG 5550 Primary Care: Adult II 6
V *NSG 5580 Primary Care: Pediatrics/Family 3
V *NSG 5560 Primary Care of Women 3
VI *NSG 5590 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 6
TOTAL CREDITS 34

* Require 125 Practicum Hours

In order to meet graduation requirments applicants must have or obtain the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level course in:

  • Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the life span
  • Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts, and approaches
  • Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents

Content in:

  • Health promotion and/or maintenance
  • Differential diagnosis and disease management 

*If you did not take the three separate, comprenhensive graduate-level courses in your previous program you will need to complete the track that includes these courses. This track admits in the FALL TERM ONLY. 

Students with the three separate, comprenhensive graduate-level coursess (WINTER ADMISSION ONLY-JANUARY START DATE)
SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I *NSG 5620 Gero-Adult Acute Care I 6
II *NSG 5630 Gero-Adult Acute Care II 6
III *NSG 5650 Gero-Adult Acute Care III 6
IV *NSG 5660 Gero-Adult Acute Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Require 125 Practicum Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprenhensive graduate-level coursess (FALL ADMISSION ONLY-AUGUST START DATE)

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I NSG 5531 Advanced PathoPhysiology 3
II NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
II *NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis 3
II *NSG 5542 Assessment Lab (NP students only) 1
III *NSG 5542 Gero-Adult Acute Care I 6
IV *NSG 5550 Gero-Adult Acute Care II 6
V *NSG 5580 Gero-Adult Acute Care III 6
VI *NSG 5590 Gero-Adult Acute Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 34

* Require 125 Practicum Hours
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