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College of Nursing

Academic Programs

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Format Traditional Online Traditional Online Online Online Online and on campus (Executive-style, one weekend per month and online session between on-campus meetings)
Full-time/Part-time Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Part-time

Part-time (MSN entry)  
Full-time or Part-time (BSN entry)

Full-time or Part-time
Entrance Exams* SAT or ACT N/A Bachelor's degree and pre-requisite courses N/A N/A N/A GRE
Estimated Credit Hours 120 hours 123 hours 76 hours 30-47 hours, depending on program 18-30 hours, depending on concentration and past academic background 33-39 hours (MSN entry)
73-74 hours (BSN entry)

39 hours (DNP entry)
57 hours (MSN entry) 
75 hours (BSN entry) 

Duration  4 years 2 years 5 semesters 8 semesters (AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP) 
1 to 1.5 years (NA)
3-6 semesters, depending on concentration and past academic background 3-6 years (6 years maximum) 3-4 years (10 years maximum)
Clinical Hours Requirement Simulation lab, Required hospital rotation   784 clinical hours, approximately 45 additional simulation hours  Required, varies by program 672 for AGACNP, FNP & PMHNP;  1,000 hours (Gap analysis from MSN degree if applicable) 1,000 hours (Gap analysis from MSN degree) N/A
Specializations N/A N/A N/A 5 (AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP, NA and NI) 5 (AGACNP, FNP, PMHNP, NA and NI)

(MSN entry - No Concentration & NEL)


N/A; However, may earn Certificate of Graduate Study in a related area (e.g. Applied Statistics, Gerontology, Public Health)
License Required for Admission N/A RN required N/A RN required RN or APRN RN required.
APRN required for MSN entry clinical track
Degree Required for Admission High school diploma Associate required Bachelor's degree required BSN (RN only would not be allowed in any program) MSN, DNP or PhD BSN or MSN BSN, MSN, DNP or master’s in another field
Dissertation N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Required Required
Financial Aid Scholarships, Loans, Work-Study Scholarships Scholarships Scholarships Scholarships Scholarships First two years of tuition covered by Dean’s Scholarship, Scholarships, Assistantships, Fellowships, Traineeships
Certification exam pass rate

(NCLEX exam)


100% - AGACNP
100% - FNP
88% - PMHNP

(ANCC exam)

100% - AGACNP
100% - FNP
88% - PMHNP

(ANCC exam)

Degree Details BSN » RN to BSN » MEPN Master's Programs »  CGS DNP » Ph.D »

* International applicants must be proficient in the English language. A score of 570 or above on the paper version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. (A score of 210 or higher on the computerized version is required, and a minimum score of 80 on the Internet version is required.)

Applicants should refer to the university’s Bursar’s Office for a current list of tuition and fees.

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