Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - with a specialization in Nurse Practitioner Overview
The South University College of Nursing and Public Health recognizes the need that modern healthcare systems have for highly skilled and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioners. That’s why South University developed and began offering the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner program, to prepare nurses to fill critical nurse practitioner positions in healthcare organizations and in schools of nursing.
This program is designed for RNs who have already obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree and who would like to pursue a master’s degree with specializations as an Adult Health or Family Health Nurse Practitioner.
If you do not yet have a BSN degree but would like to pursue a master's degree, please see our accelerated RN to MSN online degree program.
Within the MSN degree program, in addition to our core courses, we are proud to offer a specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner.
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
This specialization is comprised of courses in pharmacology, advanced assessment, and three adult health practicum courses*. During these courses, students are taught to apply advanced practice nursing skills to assess and care for adult patients across the life span in a variety of acute and community based settings.
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Family Nurse Practitioner
This specialization is comprised of courses in pharmacology, advanced assessment, and four family practicum courses*. During the practicum courses, students learn to apply advanced practice nursing skills to assess, diagnose and treat for patients across the life span in a variety of health care settings.
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* The practicum courses require students to be mentored, coached and precepted by an APRN or a physician within their communities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, *faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.”
*The average growth rate for all occupations is 14 percent.
The Master of Science in Nursing offered in only the online delivery format through the South University – Online campus is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; www.aacn.nche.edu; telephone 202-887-6791.
To be admitted to South University's online MSN degree program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing (or be a pending graduate) from an accredited collegiate institution and a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 QH) undertaken.
- Completion of a three semester credit hour undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of an undergraduate nursing research course or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
- Official transcripts from every college or university attended (submission within 10 weeks after initial start date).
- Holds and maintains a valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US state or territory in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure.)
- Submit, along with your packet materials, three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least one of your references should hold a Master's in Nursing degree.
- Submit an essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals, reasons for your choice of specialization, and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.
- Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
- Must meet core Performance Standards as described in the catalog
Note: Provisional admission can be granted for any of the following*:
- A GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 QH) undertaken
- Completion of the statistics or nursing research requirement.
Final admission requires completion of two graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in those two courses and, if applicable, completion of the undergraduate statistics or undergraduate nursing research course with a grade of C or better. Failure to meet requirements of provisional admission results in dismissal from the graduate program.
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