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Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-APRN

Gain independence by completing the clinical degree of Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration, or Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (GAACNP) 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. Gero-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 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.

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 Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practicioner 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
    • 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 4900, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 4900 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 (The license must remain active, without discipline, throughout the program.
  4. Application with two evaluation (reference) forms and application fee. 
  5. Completion of a college-level statistics course (from a mathematics department) with a C or better.

Beginning July 2, 2015, the A.P.R.N. program will be participating in the centralized application service NursingCAS.

1. The NursingCAS application information may be obtained

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be July 15 for the Fall admission. The NSU Application for the Fall admission must be completed no later than July 15.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be November 15 for the Winter admission. The NSU Application for the Winter admission must be completed no later than November 15.

2. 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:

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

Josef Silny and Associates
2nd Avenue
(305) 273-1616
(305) 273-1338 fax

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

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.

  • Two evaluations/references must be completed by individuals other than relatives (suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates) and sent directly to NursingCAS.
  • Submit a resume and or a curriculum viate directly to NursingCAS.
  • Submit your unencumbered, active state of Florida nursing license

3. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU application, which is available online. 

4. 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


Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $665.00 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.


Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
Semester Credit Hour: $665.00
One Time Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1050.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time 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 - $1050: (Effective July 1, 2012) 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.

Students without a B.S.N.

*NSG 4900 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice

Core Courses

NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Role
NSG 5101 Theory and Research
NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice
NSG 5130 Health Care Policy
NSG 5270 Information Management and Data Analysis in Complex Health Systems

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses

NSG 5501 Suture Workshop (1 credit)
NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis (4 credits: 3 theory, 1 practicum)
NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology I (4 credits)
NSG 5522 Family Nursing: Theory, Research and Practice (2 credit hours)
NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology I (4 credit hours)
NSG 5542 Primary Care: Adult I (5 credits: 3 theory, 2 practicum)
NSG 5550 Primary Care: Adult II (5 credits: 3 theory, 2 practicum)
NSG 5560 Primary Care of Women (3 credits: 2 theory, 1 practicum)
NSG 5570 Mental Health across the Lifespan (2 credit hours)
NSG 5580 Primary Care: Pediatrics/Family (3 credits: 2 theory, 1 practicum)
NSG 5590 Primary Care: Integration Practicum (4 credits: 2 theory, 2 practicum)

Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Courses

NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology (4 Credits)
NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology (4 Credits)
NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment/Differential Diagnosis 60 hrs (4 Credits)
NSG 5620 Gero-Adult Acute Care I 120 hrs (5 Credits)
NSG 5640 Gero-Adult Care Procedural I (1 Credits)
NSG 5630 Gero-Adult Acute Care II 120 hrs (5 Credits)
NSG 5570 Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2 Credits)
NSG 5650 Gero-Adult Acute Care III 120 hrs (5 Credits)
NSG 5660 Gero-Adult Acute Care Integration Practicum 120 hrs (5 Credits)

*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 4900, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 4900 course is only offered in the fall term.