Master’s of Science in Nursing

Earn your MSN. Become a Nurse Practitioner.

Limited-Residency | 1.5-2 Years | Master’s Degree and APRN Certification

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Separate APRN Tracks

Dual Certification Options

Clinical Hours

Semesters

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Transition from a BSN to an MSN/APRN

Earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing while preparing for certification as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). You will train to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and/or Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP).

Designed for Practicing Nurses

Keep caring for your patients as you invest in your career. Our program is designed for working nurses like you. Because our program is primarily online and only 5-6 semesters, students can continue to work as RNs in their communities. We believe it is important to continue practicing so you can directly implement what you are learning for your patients.

Move Into Advanced Clinical Practice and Leadership

Earning your MSN/APRN opens up many doors in the nursing field. Advance your clinical practice and patient care. Become an evidence-based practitioner. Move into leadership roles as you differentiate yourself from other nurses, and prepare yourself for clinical practice and future leadership.

Transform the Patient Experience

Through their patient-centered approach to healthcare delivery, nurses have the opportunity to transform the conventional healthcare experience. Your nurturing perspective can ease patient anxieties in primary care, mental health, and emergency care settings. Make patients feel understood, listened to, and cared for through sensitive, individualized attention.

Gain Crucial Clinical Experience

Gain the hands-on experience you need for clinical practice. Impact patients and make meaningful professional connections in the most accessible environment possible. Within your own community, you’ll clock 540 patient-facing hours over the course of the FNP and PMHNP programs, and 420 hours for the ENP program. Earning multiple certifications requires a corresponding number of clinical contact hours. For instance, completing both the FNP and PMHNP will require 1080 hours, while a dual FNP/ENP requires 960 hours.

MSN OPTIONS

MSN-FNP

FNP with an MSN listens to a seated female patient in a clinic

MSN-FNP

Earn an MSN and become an FNP in 5 semesters with this 50-credit APRN certification track. Pair classroom instruction with 540 clinical practice hours to prepare for a career as an advanced care practitioner. The program offers asynchronous online instruction and periodic visits to our campus in Provo, Utah for intensive training. Make lasting professional connections and build crucial skills while still completing the vast majority of your work from the comfort of your own environment.

MSN-FNP/ENP

FNP/ENP with an MSN works in the ER with other providers

MSN-FNP/ENP

This intensive course of study enables nurses with a BSN to become an FNP while pursuing advanced certification as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. In just six semesters you will pair your MSN with these certifications to achieve an elevated level of clinical practice for an NP.

Completing this course of study requires 960 clinical hours for students to complete locally, paired with visits to our Provo, Utah campus for in-depth learning experiences. Emerge after 2 years ready to serve as a provider in diverse clinical contexts.

MSN-PMHNP

PMHNP with an MSN listens to patient while seated

MSN-PMHNP

Meet the unprecedented need for mental health services through an online program that prepares you to treat a neglected area of wellness. Along with earning your MSN, you will become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner over the course of 5 semesters and 540 clinical hours.

Students will complete this 100% online program from the comfort and convenience of their own environment. Fulfill your clinical hours with a local preceptor to gain experience in your community. By the time you finish our program, you will have an MSN and be ready to sit for your certification as a PMHNP.

MSN-FNP/PMHNP

FNP/PMHNP listens to patient in hospital bed

MSN-FNP/PMHNP

Treat the mind and body through this MSN track that offers dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the course of 6 semesters and 77 credits, you’ll prepare for both certifications to make you the most complete practitioner possible.

You’ll also engage in campus visits periodically during the program’s 2 years to engage in meaningful learning experiences while connecting with faculty and other students. Each student will complete the required 1080 clinical hours–540 for each certification–locally with their own preceptors.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Our curriculum prepares you to be the most effective provider of patient care through your APRN concentration. Offer the care your patients need across the lifespan.

NP with a MSN with an elderly patient

Leadership & Policy

Take courses in organizational behavior, management, and leadership in healthcare. Gain a valuable perspective on ethics and the overall systematic improvement of healthcare delivery.

Capstone Portfolio

Compile a Capstone Portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of key subjects and readiness to enter the field of advanced clinical practice. We will ensure that you are prepared for APRN credentialing, licensure, and contract negotiations. It is the final educational checkpoint before you enter the profession.

Evidence-Based Practice

Dive deep into evidence-based practice and applied clinical reasoning. Learn how to evaluate and apply medical literature in order to become the most effective, flexible nurse practitioner.

Family Health (FNP options)

Students pursuing an FNP will learn to follow patients throughout the life cycle with diagnostic and management skills. Focus on children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families. Develop skills in obstetrics, pediatrics, gynecology, geriatrics, men’s health, and more. Learn and explore differential diagnoses and treatment plans that include genetic, age, gender, and cultural influences, as well as laboratory findings, primary care procedures, and diagnostic studies.

IMPORTANT DATES

Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Semester Start:  January 4, 2022

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Entry-level nursing degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least one year of clinical experience preferred (required for PMHNP)
  • A current unencumbered RN license in your state of residence
Clinical Rotation Requirements including required vaccinations: Admitted students of the College of Nursing who will be completing a clinical rotation will receive vaccination forms regarding required vaccinations. Not all vaccinations or proof of immunity are required at the beginning of the program, but will be prior to the first clinical rotation. The University allows for vaccination exemptions and more information about the University’s position on vaccination can be reviewed at https://rm.edu/vaccination-statement/

The College of Nursing requires the following items prior to starting any clinical rotations (these are subject to change depending upon public health concerns and specific clinic requirements):

  • Background Check
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB
  • Tdap
  • Annual Influenza
  • COVID 19
  • HIPAA certification
  • OSHA certification
  • CPR certification
  • Current, unencumbered RN license

FACULTY

Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway

DNP, CNS

Dean of College of Nursing

Kevin Ballard

Kevin Ballard

DNP, FNP, FAANP

DNP & FNP Program Director

Allyce K. Jones

Allyce K. Jones

DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN, CNE, NCMP, PMH-C

PMHNP Program Director

Kristina Davis

Kristina Davis

DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BC

ENP Program Director

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ new MSN program is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). However, it is not accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

RMUoHP is currently submitting substantial change documentation for final programmatic accreditation through the CCNE. Depending on the timing and results of our accreditation visit from the CCNE, students in the MSN program may need to complete the DNP (Post-Master’s)—for which we are CCNE accredited—to be eligible to sit for certification in their APRN specialty.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PMHNPC) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are all fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.(http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

 

Tuition & Financial Aid

There are many ways you can pay for your education and receive aid. See how our Financial Aid Office can help you fund your education.