Research College of Nursing offers three graduate tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership. In addition to offering admission to nurses with BSN degrees, there is an RN-MSN point of entry for nurses with diplomas or ADN degrees. The graduate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) track prepares the adult gerontology primary care NP to provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population. The AGNP applies evidence in practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes. The program of study requires each student to complete 46 credit hours. Graduates of this track are qualified to sit for the AGNP certification examination. The curriculum for this track is based upon the MSN core courses. A curriculum plan can be found by visiting the Graduate Program Requirements section of our catalog online.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track prepares nurses to provide primary care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The FNP role includes preventative health care, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness for individuals and families. FNPs demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care and understand the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of care. The program of study requires each student to complete 46 credit hours. Graduates will be eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. A curriculum plan can be found by visiting the Graduate Program Requirements section of our catalog online.
The Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership (EPHL) track is designed for nurses interested in leadership and management roles in diverse health care delivery systems. The program of study requires each student to complete 36 credit hours and can be completed in a totally online format. At the completion of the program, students may be eligible to sit for the Nursing Administration certification exam. A curriculum plan can be found in our Graduate Program Requirements catalog.
Every state in the U.S. creates its own specific regulations about online enrollment of students who live within the state. Some states require fees and/or application efforts that entail a considerable investment of college resources. In an effort to maintain a reasonable tuition rate, Research College of Nursing currently accepts students into our Master of Science in Nursing program who live in the following states:
For Executive Practice and Healthcare Leadership track: California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
NOTE: During Nurse Practitioner practicum courses, students must be residents of Missouri or Kansas.
Student apply on-line through the NursingCAS website at https://portal.nursingcas.org.