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Master of Science in Nursing



Female nurse practitioner giving a young boy a check up.

Why This Program? 

Join a tradition of nursing excellence. 

From our founding as a women's college in 1930 to the evolution of our highly sought online and graduate nursing degrees, at Briar Cliff University we've been educating the region's most committed nurses for generations. Advance care in your community by choosing a track:

Family Nurse Practitioner

Become qualified to serve as a general primary health care provider. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the ANCC and AANP. (54 credit hours)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Care for individuals across the lifespan with psychiatric mental health conditions and diseases. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the ANCC. (52 credit hours)

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Practice primary health care in multiple settings, particularly while caring for an aging population. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the ANCC and AANP.  (51 credit hours)

What you can count on.

  • Less red tape: The GRE isn't required to be admitted to this program, and no thesis is required to obtain your master's degree.
  • Convenient, online courses: The Master of Science in Nursing is a three-year part-time program where all course work, outside of our summer health assessment course and clinical, take place online. FNP & AGNP students are expected to attend 6 mandatory on-site days on the BCU campus (3 days in Summer Year 1 during Advanced Health Assessment and 3 days in Summer Year 2 during Advanced Skills Lab).
  • Clinicals with impact: We'll work with you to find clinical preceptors close to home, at places where you can truly make a difference. The 750-hour clinical component also includes an experience in a rural, underserved or multicultural setting where you'll help provide primary care to those who need it most.
  • Caring, veteran faculty mentors: Who says an online program can't be personal? Our instructors have decades of teaching and professional experience, and they'll be with you at every step never more than an email, phone call or video chat away

Already have a Master of Science in Nursing? Check out our post-graduate APRN certificate program and obtain your Nurse Practitioner education.