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Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-A.P.R.N.

Attention 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) , Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) 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 practitioners 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

Admission to the M.S.N.- A.P.R.N. program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
    • For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.
  • Completion of 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.
  • Current active state of Florida professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Living within 150 miles from the program campus.
  • 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility operations).
  • For applicants interested in AGACNP current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certificate is required.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf 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.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

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
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
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 additional supplemental items (R.N. license & CV) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental NSU Application online

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 9th. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round.

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 BS or BA in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced 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 5130 Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
III NSG 5220 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
III NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
IV NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
IV NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment 3
V ***NSG 5620 Adult Gero Acute Care I 6
V NSG 5570 Behavioral Health 3
VI ***NSG 5630 Adult Gero Acute Care II 6
VII ***NSG 5650 Adult Gero Acute Care III 6
VII ***NSG 5660 Adult Gero Acute Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 51

**Require 62.5 Practicum Hours
***Require 125 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

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 BS or BA in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced 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 5130 Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
III NSG 5220 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
III NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
IV NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
IV NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment

3

V ***NSG 5542 Primary Care Adult I 6
V NSG 5570 Behavioral Health 3
VI ***NSG 5550 Primary Care Adult II 6
VII **NSG 5580 Primary Care Pediatrics 3
VII **NSG 5560 Primary Care Women 3
VIII ***NSG 5590 Primary Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 51

**Require 62.5 Practicum Hours
***Require 125 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

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 BS or BA in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced 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 5130 Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
III NSG 5220 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
III NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
IV NSG 5532 Neurobiology Psychopharmacology 3
IV NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
IV NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment 3
V ***NSG 5710 Psychiatric Management I: Psychopathology & the DSM V 6
VI ***NSG 5720 Psychiatric Management II: Developmental Theories for Child & Adolescent Mental Health 6
VII ***NSG 5730 Psychiatric Management III: Modalities of Psychotherapy 6
VIII ***NSG 5790 Psychiatric Care Management Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 51

**Require 62.5 Practicum Hours
***Require 125 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

TUITION AND FEES

APRN Fees
Semester Per Credit Hour 2019-2020: $735.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee (Annually): $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee (Annually): $1,350.00

Registration Fee (Each Semester):

$30.00

APRN Program Fee (Each Semester):

$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 - $1,350: 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.
  • APRN Program Fee: The fee is charged each semester for the APRN Programs.
  • 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.

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.

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.

POSTGRADUTE CERTIFICATES ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Master of Science in Nursing.
  • M.S.N. degree from a regionally or internationally accredited university or college. (The M.S.N. degree nursing program must be accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission [NLNAC] or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE])
  • Current active state of Florida professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Living within 150 miles from the program campus.
  • 12 months of active independent clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility operations).
  • For applicants interested in AGACNP current Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certificate is required.

In order to meet graduation requirements 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, comprehensive 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, comprehensive graduate-level courses (WINTER ADMISSION ONLY-JANUARY START DATE)
SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I *NSG 5620 Adult Gero Acute Care I 6
II *NSG 5630 Adult Gero Acute Care II 6
III *NSG 5650 Adult Gero Acute Care III 6
IV *NSG 5660 Adult Gero Acute Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Requires 125 Practicum Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses (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 3
III *NSG 5620 Adult Gero Acute Care I 6
IV *NSG 5630 Adult Gero Acute Care II 6
V *NSG 5650 Adult Gero Acute Care III 6
VI *NSG 5660 Adult Gero Acute Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 33

*Requires 125 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

In order to meet graduation requirements 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, comprehensive 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, comprehensive graduate-level courses (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 Pediatrics 3
III *NSG 5560 Primary Care Women 3
IV *NSG 5590 Primary Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Requires 62.5 Practicum Hours
**Requires 125 Practicum Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses (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 3
III *NSG 5542 Primary Care Adult I 6
IV *NSG 5550 Primary Care Adult II 6
V *NSG 5580 Primary Care Pediatrics 3
V *NSG 5560 Primary Care Women 3
VI *NSG 5590 Primary Care Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 33

*Requires 62.5 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

In order to meet graduation requirements 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, comprehensive graduate-level courses in your previous program you will need to complete the track that includes these courses. This track admits in the SUMMER AND FALL TERM ONLY. 

Students with the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses (WINTER AND FALL ADMISSION)
SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
I NSG 5532 Neurobiology Psychopharmacology 3
II *NSG 5570 Psychiatric Management I:  Psychopathology & the DSM V 6
III *NSG 5720 Psychiatric Management II:  Developmental Theories for Child & Adolescent Mental Health 6
IV *NSG 5730 Psychiatric Management III:  Modalities of Psychotherapy 6
V *NSG 5790 Psychiatric Care Management Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 27

*Require 125 Practicum Hours

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses (SUMMER AND FALL ADMISSION)

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 3
II NSG 5532 Neurobiology Psychopharmacology 3
III *NSG 5570 Psychiatric Management I:  Psychopathology & the DSM V 6
IV *NSG 5720 Psychiatric Management II:  Developmental Theories for Child & Adolescent Mental Health 6
V *NSG 5730 Psychiatric Management III:  Modalities of Psychotherapy 6
VI *NSG 5790 Psychiatric Care Management Integration Practicum 6
TOTAL CREDITS 36

*Require 125 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

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