MSN: Nurse Practitioner Program
Choose a program track.
Family Nurse Practitioner: Become qualified to serve as a general primary health care provider. (54 credit hours)
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the ANCC and AANP.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Care for individuals across the lifespan with psychiatric mental health conditions and diseases. (52 credit hours)
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the ANCC.
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Practice primary health care in multiple settings, particularly while caring for an aging population. (51 credit hours)
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.
Join a tradition of nursing excellence.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All BCU nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and meet the state educational requirements for licensure in the state of Iowa*.
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.
How does the program work?
- Less red tape. You won’t need the GRE for admission 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 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 600-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!
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*BCU has not made a determination that its MSN and Post-Graduate APRN certificate curricula meet the educational requirements for any other states. Students from other states are encouraged to contact their state licensing boards to determine if the program meets the educational requirements for licensure in that state. A link to each state’s licensing board and their contact information is located at www.ncsbn.org.