Advanced Practice Nursing

Description “Advanced Practice Nurses” include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and others. They are primary and acute health care providers.  License depends on specialty and generally allows advanced practice nurses to conduct physical exams, order and interpret lab tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, and counsel patients. They are independent practitioners.
Degree Advanced Practice Programs are Master’s Degree Programs leading to M.S.N. Types of Advanced Practice Nurses include N.P. (Nurse Practitioner), C.N.S. (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Nurse-Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist and others.
Program Length 2 years beyond the B.S.N.  Accelerated B.S.N. Programs, 1 year.  Direct Entry Master’s Programs, approximately 3 years.
Application Service ​Nursing CAS
Academic Admission Requirements Common requirements: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry (4-8 cr), Organic Chemistry (4 cr), Statistics, Psychology (including Developmental – SWK 253), English.  Schools vary considerably.
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Admission Exam ​GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
Personal Attributes & Experiences ​Maturity, motivation, commitment to and interest in working closely with patients, sense of activism and interest in social justice, ability to work independently.  Direct patient care experience.
Recommendation Letters ​Individual letters of support.