MS Nursing - Nurse Practitioner

MS Nursing - Nurse Practitioner


Bridging Your Practice for the Future

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The graduate nursing program builds upon and expands the knowledge, values and skills of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. The College offers three options of advanced study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

  • Primary Care Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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In addition to specialty courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles in adult/gero health,  family health, or psychiatric-mental health; the student gains experience with research, health care policy, nursing theory, clinical problem solving/critical thinking and creativity.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSN program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Foster change in health care delivery systems through translation of evidence in practice
  • Assume leadership in fostering collaborative interprofessional  care teams to integrate care service across the health care system
  • Participate in lifelong learning to promote excellence and to design innovative models of nursing practice

This program will prepare you to work in primary health or behavioral/mental health care settings such as family practice, internal medicine, senior clinics, mental health and college health. This program is not intended to prepare you for emergency room or urgent care settings as these are best suited to preparation via an acute care nurse practitioner program.

Requirements for MSN degree:

  • Completion of a minimum of 46-48 credits at the graduate level
  • A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required in all required, elective or independent study courses
  • Completion of degree requirements within six years
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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with an upper division major in nursing
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on the baccalaureate level
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license from the state where you practice during practicum rotations
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English
  • Submission of all required application material by posted deadlines

Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting students from these states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming
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Application Process


Spring term application deadline is August 15.
Fall term application deadline is March 15. The Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner option is only available as a fall start at this time.


The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 30 business days after the deadline. You will be notified by email as to your admission status.

Contact Us

Diane Busch
Program Assistant II
Debbie Schultze
Academic Services Professional