Dec 04, 2021  
Graduate Studies Catalog 2017-2018 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Advanced Practice Nurses, M.S.N.

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The Master of Science in Nursing degree for certified advanced practice nurses provides a course of study that will enable certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The specialization will allow certificate prepared advanced practice nurses to acquire a theoretical perspective important for advanced practice nursing. The curriculum builds on the student’s previous clinically-focused education and work experience.


The post-advanced practice certificate master’s specialization is offered as a 42-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate prepared nurses. The specialization requires 21 credits of course work at the University and will award 21 validation credits for previous advanced practice nursing preparation from an accredited certificate program. All University course work is didactic. There are no additional clinical requirements. The specialization can be completed in one year full time or two years of part-time study.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements previously listed for graduate study in nursing, post-advanced practice certificate master’s students must hold current certification as an advanced practice nurse - either CRNP, CNM, or CRNA - and have practiced at least 1000 hours in the advanced practice role within the previous five years.

An Accelerated MSN option is available for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an ACEN accredited program and advanced practice certification. Applicants should consult the Program Director.

Program Summary

The University of Scranton Credits: 21

Required Specialty Courses (taken at certification program)

Validation Credits (21 credits)

Total credit hours required: 42

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