Nursing, M.S. (MSN) Programs
Nationally accredited, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares students in advanced theory and practice in a specialized clinical area of nursing. Graduate students are equipped to assume functional, advanced practice roles as clinical nurse specialists, family nurse practitioners, adult nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, or school nurses, and may elect a secondary specialty in administration or education. The parish nursing option equips students as nurse specialists in spiritual aspects of patient care. The combination of theory, research, and professional development also readies graduates for doctoral study in nursing.
Graduates are eligible to apply for state advanced practice certification or credential in their specialities. They may also write national certification examinations where these are offered through specialty boards.
MSN Program Specialties
Students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing also complete coursework for a specialized clinical area of nursing:
- MSN with CNS Specialties
- MSN with NP Specialties
- MSN with School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC)
- MSN with Adult CNS and ANP Specialties
- MSN with Parent-Child CNS and PNP Specialties
- MSN with SNSC and FNP Specialty
- MSN with SNSC and PNP Specialty
APU also offers a Parish Nurse speciality to equip nurses in spiritual aspects of care.
Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may enroll in our entry-level master’s program. Nurses who already have an MSN from APU or another institution may enroll in a Post-Master’s Credential program.