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Prerequisites

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
3
UNRS 367
Pathophysiology
3
UNRS 425
Nursing Research
3
GNRS 546
Theory and Practice in Health Care Systems in the Community
6
GNRS 547
Nursing Leadership in Acute Care Settings
6
PSYC 299
Applied Statistics (not live)
3

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 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 Courses10 units
GNRS 504
Bioethics and Health Policy
3
GNRS 506
Spiritual Care
3
GNRS 508A
Research and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing
4
Advanced Practice Core Courses14 units
GNRS 510
Family Theory in Health Care
2
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
2
GNRS 515
Advanced Pathophysiology
3
GNRS 594
Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing
3
Advanced Practice Speciality Courses30 units
GNRS 530
Theory and Practice in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
GNRS 531
Clinical Specialization in Parent-Child Nursing
6 (2/4)
GNRS 532
Advanced Nursing Practice in Pediatrics
5 (2/3)
GNRS 589
Adolescent Health Care
2–4
GNRS 590A
Primary Health Care of the Young Family
6 (3/3)
GNRS 590B
Clinical Practicum in Pediatrics
3 (0/3)
Specialization Option Courses4 units
GNRS 540
Care Management
2 (2/0)
GNRS 541
Clinical Practicum in Care Management
2 (0/2)
Concluding Courses1–3 units
GNRS 597
Comprehensive Examination Directed Study*
1
- or -
GNRS 598
Thesis*
1
GNRS 514
Research Proposal Writing
(required for thesis)
2

*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.

Total59–61 units
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.