Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) 2023–2024 139 Graduate Academic Programs Post-Licensure Student Practicum or Clinical Requirements Students in practicum and/or clinical rotations may have additional requirements including, but not limited to, criminal background checks, basic life support, immunizations, and health forms. M.S.N.—Traditional Program Description The M.S.N.—Traditional program offers additional education for B.S.N.-prepared nurses working or interested in the areas of nursing education, nursing informatics, executive nurse leadership, and advanced population health. These courses are taught online by faculty members with advanced preparation and extensive experience in the areas of specialization. For students who have a bachelor’s degree that is not in nursing, NSU offers a bridge course once a year during the fall term that will prepare the nurse to pursue the M.S.N. degree in the following semester. Courses are offered in an online format. Students are required to be continuously enrolled in the program by taking at least one graduate course each term. Exit Requirements for M.S.N. Program All students must meet with their adviser during the last semester of enrollment and review their Degree Works report and completion of all required courses. All students must apply for graduation online and are responsible for the graduation fee payment prior to conferral of degree. Degrees cannot be conferred if there are any financial and/or library holds remaining on the student’s account. All students who attend hybrid classes are required to attend the graduation ceremony. Information related to graduation is provided on the NSU website. M.S.N. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Descriptions This M.S.N.—A.P.R.N. program offers additional education for experienced B.S.N. nurses interested in obtaining an M.S.N./Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.) degree. This program offers courses that prepare the nurse to take the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), or the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certification exam. Classes are offered in hybrid format with core courses taught online. Students must live within 150 miles of their campus. M.S.N.—A.P.R.N. concentrations include Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students are required to be continuously enrolled in the program by taking at least one graduate course each term.