Master of Science in Nursing: Admissions
Thank you for your interest in our Graduate Nursing Program. If you have not already done so, please take a look at our Nursing Homepage at http://nau.edu/CHHS/Nursing/Degrees-Programs/Graduate-Studies/ where you can find helpful information about our graduate program options.
For the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, our application deadlines are July 1 for a fall start, October 15 for a spring start, and March 15 for a summer start. Applications are completed online through the Graduate College and your application is then sent to the School of Nursing. You may access the application and other important information regarding admission, tuition, and fees through the Graduate College at www.nau.edu/gradcol. There is also a $40.00 per credit hour program fee.
All admission requirements can be found at http://nau.edu/CHHS/Nursing/Degrees-Programs/Graduate-Studies/Admissions/
Before you apply for admission into the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, you should have:
- Applied to the Graduate College of the University.
degree in nursing from an accredited program; or an associate’s degree in
nursing from an accredited program and with a baccalaureate degree in
minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all nursing course work of the
baccalaureate program or the associate’s degree in nursing program. If the
applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, we recommend taking two graduate nursing
courses. If the applicant’s grades are “B” or better, he or she could then
apply to the graduate program.
- RN Licensure:
- MS-Generalist students: A current RN license, in good standing. Graduate students living in Arizona during their enrollment at Northern Arizona University must have an RN license to practice nursing in Arizona.
- MS-FNP students: A current RN license, in good standing, to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure.
of an undergraduate introduction to statistics course from a college or
university with a grade of “C” or better, or a Pass. Another option is
completion of a graduate course in statistics, passed with a grade of “B” or better, and completed prior to enrollment in NUR 530 (EBP).
of an undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of “B” or
- For applicants with an associate’s degree in nursing and a baccalaureate degree in another field, completion of undergraduate public health nursing (theory and clinical) course(s) passed with a grade of “B” or better is required.
from three professional persons knowledgeable about your potential to work
effectively in advanced professional and scholarly roles.
comprehensive statement about your experiences, interests and goals.
- If applying to the
MS-FNP track, we recommend 3-5 years of general nursing practice before
applying. However, students may begin their core courses sooner and will be
considered on an individual basis.
structured interview with faculty may be required.
Once admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program, documentation
of the following is required:
- Current RN License:
All graduate students are required to have a RN license in good standing. All
graduate students are required to have documentation of a current RN license,
in good standing, to practice as a registered nurse
in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona
Board of Nursing regulations regarding multistate licensure. Graduate students living in Arizona during their enrollment at Northern Arizona University must have an RN license to practice nursing in Arizona.
of Health Insurance: It is the responsibility of each
student to provide his/her own health
insurance. Students, for their own
protection, are required by the clinical agencies to carry health insurance throughout the program. Students will not be allowed into the
clinical unless they show evidence of health insurance. University students may
obtain health insurance through the Campus Health Services on the NAU campus if
they do not have a private policy. No
waivers are accepted.
Heart BLS HCP: Students must maintain a current American Heart
Association CPR card (level C).
- Physical Exam: Prior to entering the program, a health
history and physical exam are required (current within six months) and
documentation of current immunization is required. The completed form must be
in the School of Nursing prior to the semester of enrollment. This data is used
to confirm that a student is in good physical and mental health for
participation in the program.
- Tuberculin Skin Test: Required annually. If positive, proof of
follow-up medical care is required. (If diagnosis of active tuberculosis is
made, clearance from the Public Health Department is required before admission
or for continuation in the nursing program.). In cases where a positive
tuberculin test result is present due to previous exposure or vaccination, a
chest x-ray or guantiferon gold will be required. An annual signed symptom checklist will be required following a negative diagnosis of a positive test. http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/default.htm
- Hepatitis B Vaccine: The Hepatitis B vaccine or titers are
required for all students. It may be obtained through your private physician or
Campus Health Services on the NAU campus.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Td/Tdap) vaccination require
one-time dose of Tdap to adults younger than age 65 years who have not received
Tdap previously or for whom vaccine status is unknown to replace one of the
10-year Td boosters.
Evidence of immunity to varicella in adults includes any of the following:
Reference: MMWR (2007). Prevention of Varicella: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); 56(RR04); 1-40.
- Documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
- Laboratory confirmation of immunity through lgG antibody detection.
Immunizations Records: Documentation is required. Some
agencies will also require documentation of PPD, MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis
B immunizations or titers.
Clearance Card: All students are required to have a current fingerprint
clearance card on file in Student Services. Some agencies will require
documentation of finger print clearance or background check of students prior
to the clinical experience. Students will assume the costs and responsibility
of getting the fingerprints completed as necessary prior to the clinical
experience. A valid fingerprint
clearance card issued from the Department of Public Safety in Arizona is
ID (e.g., NAU ID, driver’s license, passport)
personal, health, and immunization records are maintained in the School of
Nursing Student Services. Students
are required to keep the above information current and updated annually in
their student files in the School of Nursing Student Services.
diagnostic tests may be required to meet contractual obligations with the
clinical agency. These tests are at the expense of the student.
Recommendations for Malpractice
(Liability) Insurance: Professional liability insurance
is provided by the State of Arizona in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes
§46-621 and §46-622. However, FNP Student Professional Liability Insurance
(MS-FNP graduate students) or MS Student Professional RN Liability Insurance
(MS-Generalist graduate students) is
Contact: School of Nursing, Graduate Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-523-6770