Nursing Student Handbook 2023-2024

Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing (ACON) 2023–2024 140 Post-M.S.N. in Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certificate Programs This program is for a nurse who has obtained an M.S.N. degree and now wishes to obtain an A.P.R.N. certificate. This knowledge will prepare the nurse to sit for the FNP, the AGACNP, or the PMHNP certification examination. The coursework will include all of the specialty course content related to clinical practice and preparation for this role. Students are required to be continuously enrolled in the program by taking at least one graduate course each term. Students must live within 150 miles of their campus. M.S.N.—A.P.R.N. concentrations include FNP, AGACNP, or PMHNP. Exit Requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 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. Attendance is required at the nursing graduate commencement program. This is in accordance with all other health professions colleges within the HPD. Degrees cannot be conferred if there are any financial and/or library holds remaining on the student’s account. Information related to graduation is provided on the NSU website. D.N.P. Program Description This online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is a practice-focused degree that prepares graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or executive leadership. The program is designed to serve post-M.S.N., advanced practice nurses; nurse informaticists; community health nurses; and nurse executives. The program coursework is primarily online with a required one-time, three- to four-day summer institute attendance at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. The summer institute is required up to the stage of successful completion of the project proposal. To progress in the D.N.P. program, the student must take a minimum of one course per semester, with no more than one semester taken off per year. If a student is unable to complete the objectives for a particular course, which includes practicum or capstone, to complete those objectives, the student will be required to reregister for that specific course the following semester (and pay all applicable fees). B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program For R.N.s with a B.S.N. degree who wish to pursue the highest clinical degree, multiple pathways are available to pursue a D.N.P. Once enrolled, students are eligible to complete components of both the M.S.N. and D.N.P. through one streamlined track. Upon completing the entire curriculum, graduates are awarded both an M.S.N. and D.N.P. degree. Students who wish to pursue a traditional M.S.N. role are able to complete the program totally online. M.S.N.—Traditional program concentrations include the executive nurse leader, informatics, nurse educator, or population health.