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Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Track

As the profession of nursing continues to expand its role in the area of advanced practice nursing, Union University offers a Post-Master’s graduate nursing education curriculum for professional nurses to gain an academic preparation as a Nurse Practitioner.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Track: The focus of the academic preparation is to serve the community in the areas of adult, pediatric, and women's health.
  • 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
  • Previously earned Master of Science in Nursing degree
  • Last 60 hours GPA 3.0
  • Cumulative science GPA (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, statistics) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Union University School of Nursing application with $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicants capabilities for graduate study. One letter of reference must be from the applicant's immediate supervisor.
  • Case Study during the interview process

2014-2015 Tuition Rates

Curriculum Model

Demonstrate evidence in earned MSN degree or complete the following MSN courses:

NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences 3
NUR 526 Theory and Ethics for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 523 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 2
NUR 545 Health Systems and Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 516 Informatics and Healthcare 3
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing Practice 2

Nurse Practitioner courses:

Fall I
NUR 544 Advanced Health Assessment (40 lab hours) 3
BIO 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 2
Spring I
NUR 622 Advanced Pharmacology 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 4
Summer I
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
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
select one cognate course in Nursing Education or Administration
NUR 529 Healthcare and Missions during Spring semester

Total Credit Hours: 29

Total Clinical Hours: 560

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Application: 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)
  2. Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement found on NursingCAS. Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Why you wish to become a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Administrator/Leader
    • What you plan to do with this degree, including long term goals
    • 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

Disclosure Statement Regarding Gainful Employment for Post Master's Certificate: Nurse Practitioner

On-time graduation: Our post master's certificate: Nurse Practitioner is cohort based. There is no other option for curriculum completion. Therefore; all students will graduate at the end of the four semester program, typically in December of the year following their enrollment date.

Tuition and fees: Tuition for the post-master's certificate: Nurse Practitioner is $510 per credit hour. The program is 29 credit hours for a total tuition cost of $14,790. Fees are approximately $200 for the program bringing the total cost of tuition and fees to approximately $14,990.

Books and supplies: The cost of books and supplies for the program is approximately $700.

Room and board: Students typically live off campus in their own homes.

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