Master 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

RMU Nursing Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide a student-centered education that prepares graduates for socially responsible, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based autonomous, and collaborative practice.

RMU Nursing Vision

The vision of the College of Nursing is to prepare graduate-level nurses to advance the quality, delivery, and efficacy of healthcare.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Transition from a BSN to an MSN

Earn a Master 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 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.

Go from an MSN to a DNP

Your journey does not need to end with the MSN. Go from your Master of Science in Nursing to a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Our DNP program is designed for experienced nurses who are ready to take the crowning step in their nursing education.

MSN OPTIONS

MSN-FNP

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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 6 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.

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Health Promotion & Policy

Take courses in organizational behavior management, health promotion, and healthcare policy. 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.

Advanced Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Physical Health Assesment

Take the “3 Ps” required for all Nurse Practitioners: Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Health Assessment. Learn about advanced practice roles, leadership, and how to assess and diagnose patients across the lifespan.

IMPORTANT DATES

Winter 2023

Priority Application Deadline: November 7th, 2023
Final Application Deadline: December 9th, 2023
Semester Start: January 9th, 2023

Summer 2023

Priority Application Deadline: March 13th, 2023
Final Application Deadline: April 10th, 2023
Semester Start: May 8th, 2023

Fall 2023

Priority Application Deadline: July 10th, 2023
Final Application Deadline: August 7th, 2023
Semester Start: September 5th, 2023

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

Prior to starting your program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions College of Nursing, you are required to provide evidence of your immunization status.

Current vaccination requirements include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • TDap
  • COVID-19
  • Annual influenza
  • Annual TB testing

FACULTY

Kelly Conway

Kelly Conway

DNP, CNS

Dean of College of Nursing
Janet Noles

Janet Noles

PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP

DNP & FNP Program Director

Kristina Davis

Kristina Davis

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

ENP Program Director
Allyce K. Jones

Allyce K. Jones

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

PMHNP 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

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

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 yet accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

RMUoHP is currently preparing for a site evaluation 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 Emergency Nurse Practitioner certificate program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions has been granted academic program validation from the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. 7729 E Greenway Road, #300, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. 480-585-6105. www.aaenp-natl.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.