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 MSN||24 units|
UNRS 220Health Assessment
UNRS 425Nursing Research
GNRS 546Theory and Practice in Health Care Systems in the Community
GNRS 547Nursing Leadership in Acute Care Settings
PSYC 299Applied Statistics (not live)
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.
The CNS includes 11 clinical units equalling 500 clinical hours; the PNP includes 12 clinical units equalling 540 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 Parent-Child CNS and/or PNP specialty.
|Academic Core Courses||10 units|
GNRS 504Bioethics and Health Policy
GNRS 506Spiritual Care
GNRS 508AResearch and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing
|Advanced Practice Core Courses||14 units|
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
|Advanced Practice Speciality Courses||30 units|
GNRS 530Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
GNRS 531Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
GNRS 532Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatrics
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care
GNRS 590APrimary Health Care of the Young Family
GNRS 590BClinical Practicum in Pediatrics
|Specialization Option Courses||4 units|
GNRS 540Care Management
GNRS 541Clinical Practicum in Care Management
|Concluding Courses||1–3 units|
GNRS 514Research 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.