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RN-MSN Nurse Practitioner Track

As the profession of nursing continues to expand its role in the area of advanced practice nursing, Union University offers a 16-month graduate nursing education curriculum for professional nurses to gain an academic preparation as a Nurse Practitioner. We offer tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

  • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track: Starting in Fall 2015 - The curriculum focuses on the management of mental health disorders across the lifespan.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Track: The curriculum focuses on the management of acute management, chronic management, and health promotion of patients across the lifespan.
  • Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Track: The curriculum focuses on acute management, chronic management and health promotion of patients age 11 through adulthood.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track: The curriculum focuses on acute management, chronic management and health promotion of patients age 0-21 years.

Are You Eligible? Admission Criteria

  • Proof of unencumbered RN license at the time of application deadline
  • Last 60 hours GPA of 3.0
  • Cumulative science GPA (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, statistics) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale preferred
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, an international application must be completed and submitted with the graduate supplemental application.
    • All international transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited evaluating agency found at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services' website: www.naces.org

2014-2015 Tuition Rates

Program Offerings and Deadlines

  • Jackson: Admits once per year - Fall Semester start only. Application Deadlines - January 15th. Fall Cohort begins in August each year.
  • Germantown: Admits once per year - Fall Semester start only. Application Deadlines - January 15th. Fall Cohort begins in August each year.
  • Hendersonville: Admits once per year - Fall Semester start only. Application Deadlines - January 15th. Fall Cohort begins in August each year.

RN-MSN General Education Requirements

With an Earned Bachelor's Degree in Another Field:

RN-MSN General Education Requirements:
Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 hours total, 4 hours each
Microbiology 4 hours
Pathophysiology 300 level or higher
Any Undergraduate Statistics course 3 hours
Nursing Requirements:
Scientific Writing NUR 306 1 hour
Research NUR 330 3 hours

Without a Bachelor's Degree:

RN-MSN General Education Requirements:
Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 hours total, 4 hours each
Microbiology 4 hours
Pathophysiology 300 level or higher
Any Undergraduate Statistics course 3 hours
Christian Studies 6 hours
English Composition I and II 6 hours, 3 hours each
Social Sciences 9 hours
Humanities 9 hours
Nursing Requirements:
Scientific Writing NUR 306 1 hour
Research NUR 330 3 hours

Curriculum Models

Family, Adult/Geriatric and Pediatric Tracks

Fall I

NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences 3
NUR 544 Advanced Health Assessment 3
BIO 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 2
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 526 Theory and Ethics for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
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Spring I

NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 622 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 516 Informatics and Healthcare 3
NUR 617/627A/627C Primary Care of the Family: Pediatric and Women's Health/Primary Care of Adults/Geriatric Poplulations: Acute management/Primary Care of Children: Acute Management (160 clinical hours) 4
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Summer I

NUR 523 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 2
NUR 545 Health Systems and Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 600 Primary Care Provider Procedures 2
NUR 547/557A/557C Primary Care of Family: Health Promotion/Primary Care of Adults/Geriatric Poplulations: Health Promotion/Primary Care of Children: Health Promotion (160 clinical hours) 4
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Fall II

NUR 639/638A/638C Primary Care of the Family: Acute and Chronic Management/Primary Care of Adults/Geriatric Populations: Chronic Management/Primary Care of Children: Chronic Management (160 clinical hours) 4
NUR 650 Specialty Focus Practicum (80 clinical hours) 2
NUR 558 Transitions to Advanced Practice Nursing 2
  Scholarly Project/Thesis
or
Select one cognate course in Nursing Education or Administration
or
NUR 529 Healthcare and Missions during the Spring semester
3
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Total Credit Hours: 46

Total Clinical Hours: 560

Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Track

Fall I

NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences 3
NUR 526 Advanced Theoretical & Ethical Concepts in Nursing 2
NUR 544 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing Practice 2
BIO 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 2
NUR 566 Models and Theories for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 2
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Spring I

NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 516 Informatics and Healthcare 3
NUR 622 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 651 Mental Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan (160 clinical hours) 4
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Summer I

NUR 545 Health Systems and Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 523 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 2
NUR 652 Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan 3
NUR 653 Management of Acute and Chronic Mental Health Disorders: Children and Adolescents (160 hours) 4
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Fall II

NUR 558 Transitions to Advanced Practice Nursing 2
NUR 654 Management of Acute and Chronic Disorders Mental Health Disorders: Adult/Geriatric Populations (160 clinical hours) 4
NUR 650 Specialty Focus Practicum (80 clinical hours) 2
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Total Credit Hours: 46

Total Clinical Hours: 560

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Applications:
    • All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. NursingCAS AND Supplemental Application Packet (.pdf)
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, an international application must be completed and submitted with your supplemental application. All international transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited evaluating agency found at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services' website: www.naces.org
  2. Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement and upload to NursingCAS. Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Your reasons for seeking a clinical doctorate
    • Your plans to use this degree to transform your practice and the profession of nursing
    • A problem statement reflective of an issue in your practice you have identified as an opportunity for a practice inquiry project
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application. The NursingCAS application fee is $65 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online via the NursingCAS website.
  4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted directly through NursingCAS. Please do not send transcripts for non-traditional nursing programs to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from previous academic institutions attended. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent to:
    • NursingCAS
      P.O. Box 9201
      Watertown, MA 02471
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the NuringCAS application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.


*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check
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