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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 MSN program 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:

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.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.