Master of Science in Nursing: plans of study

The School of Nursing graduate curriculum consists of both required core courses and required specialty courses.

Core courses

Required courses for all tracks in the MS in Nursing (26 credits):

  • NUR 510 (3)   Knowledge Development in Nursing
  • NUR 520 (3)   Applied Pathophysiology for APNS
  • NUR 530 (3)   Advanced Principles of Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 540 (3)   Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • NUR 550 (3)   Family Nursing Theory and Practice
  • NUR 560 (3)   Rural Theory and Health Policy
  • NUR 650 (3)   Advanced Nursing Assessment
  • NUR 675 (2)   Advanced Roles Transition
  • NUR 676 (3)   Healthcare Systems:  Technology, Quality, and Economics

Specialty courses

Family Nurse Practitioner track

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Required specialty courses for FNP track:

  • NUR 660 (3)   Family Primary Health Care I
  • NUR 661 (3)   Family Primary Health Care I Practicum (180 clinical hours)
  • NUR 662 (3)   Family Primary Health Care II
  • NUR 663 (5)   Family Primary Health Care II Practicum (300 clinical hours)
  • NUR 664 (3)   Family Primary Health Care III
  • NUR 665 (5)   Family Primary Health Care III Practicum (300 clinical hours)

48 Total Credit Hours

780 Total Clinical Hours

Nurse Generalist track

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Required specialty courses for the Nurse Generalist track:

  • NUR 605 (2)  Graduate Research Seminar
  • NUR 608 (2)  Fieldwork Experience:  Clinical Leadership (120 clinical hours) 

 

30 Total Credit Hours

120 Total Clinical Hours

Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner certificate

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The FNP Certificate requires 22-39 credit hours of coursework.  The following list includes both the core courses and the specialty courses for this certificate.  An individualized plan of study will be developed when you are admitted to the program. 

  • NUR 520 (3)   Applied Pathophysiology for APNs
  • NUR 540 (3)   Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • NUR 550 (3)   Family Nursing Theory and Practice
  • NUR 560 (3)   Rural Theory and Health Policy
  • NUR 650 (3)   Advanced Nursing Assessment
  • NUR 660 (3)   Family Primary Health Care I
  • NUR 661 (3)   Family Primary Health Care I Practicum (180 clinical hours)
  • NUR 662 (3)   Family Primary Health Care II
  • NUR 663 (5)   Family Primary Health Care II Practicum (300 clinical hours)
  • NUR 664 (3)   Family Primary Health Care III
  • NUR 665 (5)   Family Primary Health Care III Practicum (300 clinical hours)
  • NUR 675 (2)   Advanced Roles Transitions

22-39   Total Credit Hours

780   Total Clinical Hours 

The master’s program at Northern Arizona University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791).