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If you are already a registered nurse, the 六合味论坛 Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing's online Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.-NP) degree can train you to become a nurse practitioner. The M.S.N.-NP degree from 六合味论坛prepares you to meet the health care needs of our nation.

You will be prepared to become advanced-practice registered nurses (APRNs) who can assess, diagnose, treat and educate. We offer nurse practitioner specialties in adult/gerontological acute care, family, pediatric primary care and family psychiatric/mental health.

The online M.S.N.-NP degree program at 六合味论坛offers the flexibility and support that working RNs require and can be specialized to your interest. Once accepted into this program, our students meet with their faculty advisor to create an individualized full- or part-time curriculum plan suitable for their personal and professional schedules.

If you plan to teach, you can take three additional courses focusing on theory and practicum experience in nursing education. If you鈥檇 like to also apply for the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator certificate, you will take an additional three-credit education course. Post-master's certificate programs are available in all specialty areas.

Our M.S.N.-NP program is highly respected across academic and professional nursing institutions. U.S. News and World Report听consistently ranks our M.S.N.-NP program as a top program in its Best Graduate Programs survey.听

Program Highlights

The M.S.N.-NP degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and offers:

  • Full- and part-time curriculum plans
  • Many specialty areas and role options
  • Options to emphasize research in any specialty area
  • Responsive faculty who are nationally recognized for teaching excellence, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship
  • Faculty advisors who are individually assigned to mentor each student throughout the program
  • An online library听
  • An online writing center
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities

Curriculum Overview

六合味论坛offers five concentrations in the Master of Science in Nursing program completely online.1

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One campus visit is required. The visit occurs during the second clinical management course. This visit is to evaluate your progress and to teach skills not acquired through online learning, such as suturing and office procedures.

Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

If you choose the adult/gerontological acute care nurse practitioner program, you will learn to use complex monitoring and invasive therapies, high-intensity interventions, and continuous vigilance within the range of high-acuity care to help meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of adults of all ages, including the frail elderly.

Adult/gerontological acute care nurse practitioners work in emergency departments, tertiary care settings, intensive care units, trauma centers and specialty medicine areas treating patients with acute, critical and chronic illnesses and those with disabilities or injuries. Graduates are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Family Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Saint Louis University听Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing's family nurse practitioner program prepares you to provide primary health care to patients of all ages. You will help prevent disease, assess and manage acute and chronic health problems, and consult and refer patients within the health care system. The听family nurse practitioner program emphasizes quality relationships with patients, families, and communities, and the education and coordination of services aimed at specific health outcomes.

Family nurse practitioners, also known as FNPs, work in various settings and are well-suited to rural populations, where specialty care may not always be available. Graduates are eligible for national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

If you choose the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program, you will be prepared to provide care to patients from birth through 21 years of age. Pediatric primary care nurse practitioners, also known as PNPs, focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of acute and chronic conditions in pediatric offices and schools, communities, urgent cares, and specialty settings. Graduates are eligible for national certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

If you pursue the family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program, you will work with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with acute and/or complex mental health needs, or psychiatric diagnoses. The听family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program encourages evidence-based, culturally sensitive, recovery-oriented, and holistic care.

You will be prepared to apply the nursing process and medical/medication management to promote optimal mental health while engaging in ongoing collaboration with clients, their families, significant others, and the inter-professional team. Graduates are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Careers

According to a听U.S. News听& World Report ranking, the median salary of nurse practitioners in 2022 was $120,680. The best-paid 25% of nurse practitioners made $129,680 that year; the lowest-paid 25% made $99,540. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 52.2% employment growth for nurse practitioners between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 114,900 jobs are projected to open up in the profession.

Admission Requirements

The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing adheres to the principles of a holistic admission process in which selection criteria are broad-based and linked to our University鈥檚 and school鈥檚 mission and goals. While we do consider academic metrics, we also look at applicant experiences, attributes, potential for success, and how applicants may contribute to the school鈥檚 learning environment and to the profession.

Licensure Disclosure

The curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the State of Missouri. Note that the Missouri Board of Nursing may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license; we encourage you to investigate these requirements.

The School of Nursing has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for nursing licensure in any other states or territories. However, graduates of our APRN programs are eligible to sit for National Board Certification Exams in all states and territories. We encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory before accepting an offer of admission from SLU.

六合味论坛accepts applications to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master's of Science in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (MSN-NP) programs from students living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Depending on the state, clinical fees may be required.

Applicant Criteria

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An unencumbered registered nurse license in the state in which clinical experience will be done. You must have a registered nurse license at the time of application.
  • Current CPR certification from the American Heart Association and a negative drug screening are required after acceptance into the M.S.N. program.
  • Completion of a beginning-level health assessment course or the equivalent thereof prior to enrollment in 鈥淎dvanced Health Assessment.鈥

Application Requirements

Applying for the M.S.N.-N.P. program requires careful planning to ensure that all admission requirements are met. You may experience a delay in processing if the application instructions are not followed exactly as listed.

Requirements for International Students

International students on F-1 or J-1 student visas are not eligible for admission to this nursing program due to the fact that the Master of Science in Nursing degree is offered completely online. For additional information, contact the Office of International Services office at 314-977-2318.

Please follow the five steps outlined below to apply:

Step 1 - Application

Submit the application form and pay the associated fee through听. Select 六合味论坛.听

Step 2 - Transcripts

Please submit your official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended directly to听. They will provide details when the application is initiated.

Step 3 鈥 Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Attach your CV/r茅sum茅 documenting your education, clinical nursing experience, and service to the nursing profession/community within the听听application.

Step 4 鈥 Professional Goal Statement

Attach your professional goal statement within the听听application. The goal statement should outline your short- and long-term goals as a nurse practitioner and include an explanation of why you've decided on that path.听The statement should be one-to-two pages and double-spaced.

Step 5 鈥 RN License

Attach a copy of your unencumbered registered nurse license in the state in which clinical experience will be done within the听听application.

Application Deadlines

Admissions are rolling, with the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester start: August 1
  • Spring semester start: January 1

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed shortly after all application requirements have been submitted.

Tuition

Tuition Cost Per Credit
Graduate Tuition $1,370

Additional charges may apply. Other resources are listed below:

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans.听 For price estimates, please review the 六合味论坛Cost Calculator.听听

The 六合味论坛听Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing offers scholarship and graduate research assistantship opportunities to eligible graduate students.听 Additionally, most nursing students will participate in a tuition assistance program provided through their employer.

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at听/financial-aid.

Accreditation

The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Valentine School of Nursing are accredited by the 听and approved by the . To achieve its educational objectives, the school uses the hospitals within SSM Health and many health care organizations in the greater St. Louis area.

Accreditation Note:听六合味论坛 is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the a). MSN PCPNP b). MSN FNP; c). DNP FNP; and d). post master鈥檚 certificate FNP programs.听

  1. Graduates will be able to implement collaborative strategies to provide ethical, high-quality, safe, cost-effective, patient-centered care.听

  2. Graduates will be able to use scholarly inquiry including evidence-based practice and research application to improve decision-making and health outcomes.

  3. Graduates will be able to integrate advanced competencies, skills, theories, and cultural sensitivity in relationships with patients and professionals.

  4. Graduates will be able to provide quality care to achieve measurable, effective patient outcomes across transitions and throughout the health-illness continuum.

  5. Graduates will be able to facilitate the improvement of health care through leadership within health care systems and communities.

  6. Graduates will be able to demonstrate competence for full practice authority in a specialized area as an advanced practice nurse.听

  7. Graduates will be able to utilize health care informatics and technologies to support and enhance practice.

  8. Graduates will be able to听analyze the social and structural determinants that influence policy development to improve population health and advance health equity

  9. Graduates will be able to demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning, and exhibit integrity and professionalism as an advanced practice nurse in the clinical setting and within the inter-professional team.

NURS听5040Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Acquisition1
NURS听5080Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS听5110Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making3
NURS听5140Health Promotion3
NURS听5160Principles of Practice Management2
NURS听5170Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS听5200Gen Research Methods3
NURS听5900Residency0
Concentrations13-18
Select one of the following:
Total Credits31-36

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Concentration Courses
NURS听5260Advanced Clinical Studies I: The Acute Care Setting4
NURS听5270Advanced Clinical Studies II: The Acute Care Setting5
NURS听5810Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum4
Total Credits13

Family Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Concentration Courses
NURS听5280Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adults and Older Adults5
NURS听5290Advanced Clinical Studies II: Women and Children5
NURS听5510Mental Health Care Family2
NURS听5810Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum4
Total Credits16

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Concentration Courses
NURS听5320Advanced Clinical Studies I: Nursing of Children4
NURS听5330Advanced Clinical Studies II: Nursing of Children4
NURS听5810Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum5
Total Credits13

Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Concentration Courses
NURS听5400Ecological Approach to Human Behavior3
NURS听5340Advanced Clinical Studies I: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing4
NURS听5350Advanced Clinical Studies II: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing5
NURS听5430Psychopharmacology2
NURS听5810Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum4
Total Credits18

Nurse Educator Option

Nurse educator courses provide an opportunity for coursework and practicum experience in nursing education.听NURS听5560 Evidence-Based Approaches for the Nurse Educator (2 cr)听may be added to earn the Nurse Educator Certificate.

NURS听5570Curriculum Development in Nurse Education2
NURS听5580Instructional Strategies and Evaluation in Nurse Education2
NURS听5590Practicum in Nursing Education2
Total Credits6

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment听unless otherwise noted. 听

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
NURS听5040 Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Acquisition 1
NURS听5080 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS听5170 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Credits7
Spring
NURS听5110 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (75 Clinical Hours) 3
NURS听5200 Gen Research Methods 3
Credits6
Year Two
Fall
NURS听5140 Health Promotion 3
NURS听5260 Advanced Clinical Studies I: The Acute Care Setting (75 Clinical Hours) 4
Credits7
Spring
NURS听5270 Advanced Clinical Studies II: The Acute Care Setting (150 Clinical Hours) 5
NURS听5900 Residency 0
Credits5
Summer
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (75 Clinical Hours) 1
Credits1
Year Three
Fall
NURS听5160 Principles of Practice Management 2
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (225 clinical hours) 3
Credits5
Total Credits31

Family Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
NURS听5040 Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Acquisition 1
NURS听5170 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Credits4
Spring
NURS听5200 Gen Research Methods 3
NURS听5080 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Credits6
Year Two
Fall
NURS听5110 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making 3
Credits3
Spring
NURS听5140 Health Promotion 3
NURS听5510 Mental Health Care Family 2
Credits5
Year Three
Fall
NURS听5280 Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adults and Older Adults 5
Credits5
Spring
NURS听5290 Advanced Clinical Studies II: Women and Children (150 clinical hours) 5
NURS听5900 Residency 0
Credits5
Summer
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (150 clinical hours) 2
Credits2
Year Four
Fall
NURS听5160 Principles of Practice Management 2
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum 2
Credits4
Total Credits34

Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner听Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
NURS听5170 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS听5040 Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Acquisition 1
Credits4
Spring
NURS听5080 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS听5140 Health Promotion 3
Credits6
Summer
NURS听5430 Psychopharmacology 2
Credits2
Year Two
Fall
NURS听5110 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (75 clinical hours) 3
Credits3
Spring
NURS听5200 Gen Research Methods 3
NURS听5400 Ecological Approach to Human Behavior 3
Credits6
Year Three
Fall
NURS听5340 Advanced Clinical Studies I: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (150 clinical hours) 4
Credits4
Spring
NURS听5350 Advanced Clinical Studies II: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (150 clinical hours) 5
NURS听5900 Residency 0
Credits5
Summer
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (150 clinical hours) 2
Credits2
Year Four
Fall
NURS听5160 Principles of Practice Management 2
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (150 clinical hours) 2
Credits4
Total Credits36

3 day on-site; usually end of April

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
NURS听5040 Advanced Practice Nursing: Role Acquisition 1
NURS听5140 Health Promotion 3
NURS听5170 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Credits7
Spring
NURS听5080 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS听5110 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making (75 clinical hours) 3
Credits6
Year Two
Fall
NURS听5320 Advanced Clinical Studies I: Nursing of Children (75 clinical hours) 4
NURS听5200 Gen Research Methods 3
Credits7
Spring
NURS听5330 Advanced Clinical Studies II: Nursing of Children (75 clinical hours) 4
NURS听5900 Residency 0
Credits4
Summer
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (150 clinical hours) 2
Credits2
Year Three
Fall
NURS听5810 Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum (225 clinical hours) 3
NURS听5160 Principles of Practice Management 2
Credits5
Total Credits31

For additional admission questions, please contact the School of Nursing's recruitment and enrollment staff:

Undergraduate Inquiries
314-977-8995听
slunurse@slu.edu

Graduate Inquiries
314-977-8976听
gradnurse@slu.edu