Master of Science in Nursing overview

Our graduate programs prepare nurses to work at advanced levels of practice in rural areas. We offer an MS in Nursing in two specialty tracks, and one post-graduate certificate.

The graduate nursing program is open to qualified applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor’s degree in another field. Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • clinical experience in relevant areas of professional nursing
  • a minimum of three to five years of nursing experience (FNP program only)
  • life experience may also be considered

The GRE is not required for admission to the School of Nursing graduate program.

Admissions

View the admission requirements for this graduate program.  We can not accept applications from Oregon residents for our MS-Generalist track.

Study tracks

Read the overview of each track below and view their corresponding plans of study.

Family Nurse Practitioner track

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This track is designed for nurses with a BSN degree and a broad base of experience who want to expand their skills to provide family primary care in rural settings.

The advanced practice nursing role as a primary care family nurse practitioner includes the components of knowledge and management of client and family care, professional relationships, and health care delivery systems. Upon completion of the MS-FNP track or the Post-Master’s FNP Certificate, the graduate qualifies for seeking both national and state certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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). 

Application deadlines:

Fall 2013 and beyond – July 1

Summer 2014 and beyond – March 15

Spring 2014 and beyond – October 15

Contact: School of Nursing, Graduate Program, graduatenursing@nau.edu, 928-523-6770

Nurse Generalist track

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This track was designed for the RN who desires to build a professional clinical foundation of practice exploring a selected emphasis relevant to his or her advancement goals. While not a specialty focus, this plan allows the RN with a prior baccalaureate degree to continue to develop expertise within a desired emphasis. 

Currently, there is no Certification available for the MS-Generalist graduate.

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).

Application deadlines:

Fall 2013 and beyond – July 1

Summer 2014 and beyond – March 15

Spring 2014 and beyond – October 15

Contact: School of Nursing, Graduate Program, graduatenursing@nau.edu, 928-523-6770