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During the admission process for the Master of Science in Nursing program, a review of academic transcripts is performed to assess whether or not the applicant has completed the prerequisite courses listed below. Students must complete the following prerequisite courses as part of their MSN before continuing to advanced practice courses (e.g., take undergraduate health assessment before advanced health assessment; take applied statistics and a nursing research course before the advanced practice research course).

Prerequisite Courses for MSN24 units
UNRS 220
Health Assessment
UNRS 367
UNRS 425
Nursing Research
GNRS 546
Theory and Practice in Health Care Systems in the Community
GNRS 547
Nursing Leadership in Acute Care Settings
PSYC 299
Applied Statistics

Note: Please click on the course numbers above for descriptions of these undergraduate courses listed. All prerequisite requirements must be completed before enrolling in graduate courses.

Course Requirements

The CNS includes 11 clinical units equalling 528 clinical hours; the ANP includes 12 clinical units equalling 575 clinical hours. The GNRS 511 clinical unit and the GNRS 541 clinical units are counted twice. Note: Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.

Nurses who already have an MSN from APU or another institution may enroll in Post-Master’s Credential programs to obtain the Adult CNS and/or ANP specialty.

Academic Core Courses10 units
GNRS 504
Bioethics and Health Policy
GNRS 506
Spiritual Care
Research and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced Practice Core Courses11 units
GNRS 511
Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion
4 (3/1)
- or -
GNRS 512
Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion
4 (3/1)
GNRS 513
Advanced Nursing Practice Role
GNRS 515
Advanced Pathophysiology
GNRS 594
Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses28 units
GNRS 520
Theory and Practice in Adult Nursing
6 (2/4)
GNRS 521
Clinical Specialization in Nursing Care of Adults
6 (2/4)
GNRS 591
Primary Health Care of the Childbearing Family
4 (2/2)
Primary Health Care of the Mature and Aging Family
6 (3/3)
Primary Health Care Clinical Practicum
2 (0/2)
GNRS 593
Psychosocial Primary Health Care of the Mature and Aging Family
4 (2/2)
Specialization Option Courses4 units
GNRS 540
Care Management
2 (2/0)
- and -
GNRS 541
Clinical Practicum in Care Management
2 (0/2)
Concluding Courses1–3 units
GNRS 597
Comprehensive Examination Directed Study*
- or -
GNRS 598
GNRS 514
Research Proposal Writing
(required for thesis)

*Students must choose either the thesis or comprehensive exam option for 1 unit of credit to complete the program. For students choosing the thesis, the 2-unit course GNRS 514 is a prerequisite to proposing a thesis.

Total55–57 units

Elective Courses

Students may select additional elective courses to support their programs of study as directed by faculty. To read more about the electives available, see the online course descriptions listing.

Combined Programs

The School of Nursing also offers these other unique combined programs:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a semester?
15 weeks (12 in the summer)

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Students generally attend class one to two nights per week, depending on the number of classes in which they are enrolled.

How soon can I finish this program?
Most students complete the program in two to three years depending on how many courses are taken each semester and which specialty is selected.

How are clinicals arranged?
The School of Nursing faculty and staff arrange clinical settings with some student input as needed.

What kind of clinical settings are available?
The School of Nursing identifies appropriate clinical settings based on the student’s specialty. Settings may include hospitals, primary care clinics, churches, and schools, to name a few.

How do I figure out my schedule?
Knowledgeable faculty advisors assist students with a comprehensive course planner to ensure course continuity throughout the 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.