Nurse Practitioner – Master of Science in Nursing

The Nurse Practitioner specialization allows you to choose one of two tracks:

The purpose of the MSN nurse practitioner specializations program is to prepare registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees for advanced nursing roles. The program offers two clinical specialization tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The technology–enhanced program is full-time allowing students to engage in professional nursing practice and graduate studies

Program Overview

The Nurse Practitioner specialization is a two and a half year MSN program completed in eight continuous semesters. The part-time program allows students to engage in professional nursing practice and graduate studies. Nurse practitioner students will complete a minimum of 500 hours of clinical instruction in the FNP or AGACNP specialization tracks. Classes are offered on campus one day a week to fit the busy schedules of working registered nurses. Cohorts for the MSN program begin every fall semester. If you are interested in our Post-Baccalaureate DNP program, you can complete that within four years. The MSN and Post-Baccalaureate DNP program have the same course plan for the first year. Barry University also offers a Post Baccalaureate DNP program for nurse practitioners. You can consider moving to the Post Baccalaureate DNP after the first year of courses or chose to complete a Post Master’s DNP after your graduation and certification.

Becoming a Nurse Practitioner

When you graduate, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to engage as an exceptional nurse practitioner. You will graduate with the ability to:

  1. Integrate evidence-based principles from advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment and health promotion/ disease prevention into clinical decision making related to management of patient health/illness status.
  2. Incorporate principles of leadership to develop and implement the nurse Practitioner role in health care delivery, and to generate professional, collaborative, and productive health care teams.
  3. Synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, nursing experience, and the best available evidence as the basis for the delivery of safe, competent, and quality advanced nursing practice.
  4. Select appropriate patient-care technologies and information systems to assess health status and to manage, enhance, integrate, and coordinate health care delivery.
  5. Operationalize quality, cost effective nursing practice principles and function in a leadership role as an advocate for health care policy and health care delivery systems that are equitable, accessible and affordable for all populations across the lifespan.
  6. Establish a caring partnership with patients and/or caregivers based on mutual trust. Collaborate with members of the health care team to resolve resistant patient care problems and to establish a safe, high quality health care environment.
  7. Apply the best available evidence to provide culturally competent health care services to patients, families, and populations that focus on a framework of holistic illness treatment, as well as disease prevention, risk management, and health promotion.
  8. Incorporates evidence -based standards of care, patient preferences, concern for patient safety and appropriate teaching/learning principles to devise and implement an individualized patient management plan.