NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

544 Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing—Master of Science in Nursing—Advanced Practice Registered Nurse The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)—Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.) Program is a hybrid degree program for the registered nurse (R.N.) with a bachelor’s degree. Students who enter the M.S.N. program without a B.S.N. degree, but with a B.S. or B.A. degree in another field, will be required to enroll in NSG 5000B—Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice in their first semester of admission to the M.S.N. program. This course is only offered in the fall term. Three concentrations are offered: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). • T he Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) provides primary care to newborns, infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant and postpartum women, and older adults. The focus of care is the family unit, as well as the individuals belonging to the family. Family nurse practitioners practice primarily in ambulatory care settings. This concentration is presented in a hybrid format at NSU’s Palm Beach and Tampa Bay campuses. A Family Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate Program is also available. • The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) provides care to adults and older adults with acute, critical, and complex-chronic physical and mental illnesses across the entire adult age spectrum, including late adolescents to adults and older adults. AGACNPs can provide services ranging from disease prevention to the critical care needed to stabilize a patient’s condition, prevent complications, restore maximum health, and/or provide palliative care. The AGACNP practice focuses on patients who are characterized as physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or highly vulnerable to complications. It is presented in an executive format (one weekend per month) at NSU’s Palm Beach Campus. An Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate Program is also available. • T he Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program is for those nurses interested in providing a full range of primary mental health services in a wide variety of settings. It is offered in a hybrid format at the Miramar and Tampa Bay campuses. A PsychiatricMental Health Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate Program is also available. All M.S.N. students take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. AGACNP, PMHNP, and FNP students take an additional 36 credits of specialty courses specific to their concentration. These concentrations are also offered as certificates. Certificate students must have transcript evidence of completion of (1) a master’s degree in nursing and (2) three separate, graduate-level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited university in a clinical nursing specialty. Admit term for both the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate programs is once a year during the winter semester only. The admit term for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program is twice a year during the fall and winter terms. Admissions Requirements Prospective M.S.N.—A.P.R.N. students are selected for admission based on application content, academic record, professional nursing licensure, and active clinical experience. Admission to the M.S.N.—A.P.R.N. program requires the following: • a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university* Nursing degrees must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), or The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). • a minimum, overall, cumulative GPA, as listed below, on a 4.0 scale a. F or students with 12–24 months of active, independent, clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), aminimumGPA of 3.0 in their B.S.N. is required. b. For students with 24 months or more of active, independent clinical practice (not including position residencies or facility orientations), an overall minimum GPA of 2.75 in their B.S.N. is required. Graduate Nursing Program Master of Science in Nursing—Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (M.S.N.—A.P.R.N.)

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