Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

Patients deserve first-rate care at every stage of life. Whether they’re age five or 50, you can be the one they count on along the way.

Make your mark with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) M.S.N.-A.P.R.N. clinical degree. Study advanced pharmacology, take women and pediatrics primary care courses, and gain insights from experienced FNPs in an integration practicum. Your newfound knowledge will help to improve health care for families in your community.

As a Shark, you’ll get a high-class education that opens doors to high-demand positions in only seven semesters. Expand your education at Nova Southeastern University's Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing and take your career to new heights.

Why Earn a Nursing Degree at NSU?

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A Lifelong Competitive Edge
Learn from nursing leaders, build professional connections, and gain skills to stand out.
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Affordability
We make your education even more affordable with financial aid and scholarships.
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Enhanced Skills
Equip yourself with the strategies and insights to handle leadership roles with greater expertise and confidence.

Quick Facts

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Tuition
Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.
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Curriculum
This degree program requires 51 total credits for completion.
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Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application for fall admission is August 1 and for winter admission is December 1.
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Delivery Options
Coursework varies online and on-site at our Palm Beach and Tampa Bay campuses.

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 5000
Advanced Nurse Roles
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5101
Theory and Research
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 5111
Evidence and Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5130
Health Care Policy and Leadership
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5571
Behavioral Health for Advanced Practice Nurse
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(**NSG 5542
Primary Care Adult I
/Credits: 6)

Semester V

Credits

(**NSG 5550
Primary Care Adult II
/Credits: 6)

Semester VI

Credits

(*NSG 5580
Primary Care Pediatrics
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 5560
Primary Care Women
/Credits: 3)

Semester VII

Credits

(***NSG 5590
Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone
/Credits: 6)

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

Credits

(NSG 5000B
Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice
/Credits: 6)

Expand Your Education

You’re already ahead of the game. Now add more focus to your work with a Family Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate. If you have an accredited M.S.N. degree, apply to the postgraduate certification track and watch as the NSU edge transforms your career.

Postgraduate Certificate Curriculum

Students with the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses (winter admission only)

Credits

(**NSG 5542
Primary Care: Adult I
/Credits: 6)
(**NSG 5550
Primary Care: Adult II
/Credits: 6)
(*NSG 5580
Primary Care Pediatrics
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 5560
Primary Care Women
/Credits: 3)
(***NSG 5590
Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone
/Credits: 6)

Students needing the three separate, comprehensive graduate-level courses (fall admission only)

Credits

(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5542
Primary Care Adult I
/Credits: 6)
(**NSG 5550
Primary Care Adult II
/Credits: 6)
(*NSG 5580
Primary Care Pediatrics
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 5560
Primary Care Women
/Credits: 3)
(***NSG 5590
Primary Care Integration Practicum
/Credits: 6)
*Requires 85 Practicum Hours
**Requires 170 Practicum Hours
***Requires 255 Practicum Hours

For those with a B.S. or B.A. 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.

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

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

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Submit a NursingCAS Application

Submit your NursingCAS application online.

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Submit Transcripts & Additional Required Documents to NursingCAS

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

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, Massachusetts 02471

International applicants 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.


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.

Once your application and all documents have been received, the application will be processed and reviewed.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Nova Southeastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/ccne-accreditation).

DEGREE TITLE

LEVEL

DEGREE

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor

B.S.N.

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is required to provide the following information to prospective students considering enrollment in a degree program that leads to professional licensure. 

At this time, we cannot confirm that the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories outside of Florida.  Although Florida law (Section 464.008 [1], [c], Florida Statute) indicates that educational requirements are met if the student graduates from an accredited program, students must check with the state in which they are seeking licensure for any additional requirements. 

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, BSN Program is a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.  The program includes 2835 didactic hours and 1325 clinical hours.  Upon completing the BSN program, a student may apply for licensure in Florida or in their home state. 

Students may also apply for a multi-state license if their home state is part of the nurse licensure compact.  The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse to have a multi-state license to practice in their home state and other approved compact states (https://www.nursecompact.com/index.htm).

All 50 states in the United States use the same licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN and all states have the same standard for passing.  The exam is computer adapted and graded a pass/fail. https://www.nursinglicensure.org/articles/rn-licensing.html

PROGRAM MEETS EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAM DOES NOT MEET EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

CANNOT BE CONFIRMED IF PROGRAM MEETS EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Florida

 

All States (Except Florida) the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.   

For all students, applicants, or prospective students seeking licensure in any state listed in the “Program Does Not Meet Educational Requirements” or “Cannot Be Confirmed If Program Meets Educational Requirements” columns, please see the chart below detailing these states’ licensing boards and contact information.


STATE

LICENSING BOARD/CONTACT INFORMATION

Alabama

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-alabama.html#rn

Alaska

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx

Arizona

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-arizona.html#rn

Arkansas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-arkansas.html#rn

California

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-california.html#rn

Colorado

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-colorado.html

Connecticut

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-connecticut.html#rn

Delaware

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-delaware.html#rn

District of Columbia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-dc.html#rn

Georgia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-georgia.html#rn

Hawaii

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-hawaii.html#rn

Idaho

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-idaho.html#rn

Illinois

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-illinois.html#rn

Indiana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-indiana.html#rn

Iowa

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-iowa.html

Kansas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-kansas.html#rn

Kentucky

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-kentucky.html#rn

Louisiana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-louisiana.html#rn

Maine

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-maine.html#rn

Maryland

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-maryland.html#rn

Massachusetts

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-massachusetts.html#rn

Minnesota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-minnesota.html#rn

Michigan

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-michigan.html#rn

Mississippi

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-mississippi.html#rn

Missouri

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-missouri.html#rn

Montana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-montana.html#rn

Nebraska

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-nebraska.html#rn

Nevada

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-michigan.html#rn

New Hampshire

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-hampshire.html#rn

New Jersey

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-jersey.html#rn

New Mexico

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-mexico.html#rn

New York

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-york.html#rn

North Carolina

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-north-carolina.html#rn

North Dakota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-north-dakota.html#rn

Ohio

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-ohio.html#rn

Oklahoma

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-oklahoma.html#rn

Oregon

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-oregon.html#rn

Pennsylvania

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-pennsylvania.html#rn

Rhode Island

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-rhode-island.html

South Carolina

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-south-carolina.html#rn

South Dakota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-south-dakota.html#rn

Tennessee

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-tennessee.html#rn

Texas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-texas.html#rn

Utah

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-utah.html#rn

Vermont

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-vermont.html#rn

Virginia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-virginia.html#rn

Washington

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-washington.html#rn

West Virginia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-west-virginia.html#rn

Wisconsin

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-wisconsin.html#rn

Wyoming

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-wyoming.html#rn

American Samoa

www.board-of-nursing.com/american-samoa-board-of-nursing.php

Guam

https://www.registerednursern.com/guam-board-of-nursing-board-of-nursing-guam-information-registered-nurse-rn/

Northern Mariana Islands

https://nmibon.info/

US Virgin Islands

http://www.board-of-nursing.com/virgin-islands-board-of-nursing.php

To access nurse practice acts and administrative codes by state please visit the National of State Boards of Nursing NCSBN website (NCSBN) https://www.ncsbn.org/policy/npa.page

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Timothy O'Connor R.N., Ph.D., L.N.H.A. toconnor@nova.edu.