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Master of Science in Nursing and Beyond

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Practice Greatness

with a Post-Graduate APRN Certificate.

Online Only

Practice Greatness

You bring the motivation; we’ll supply you with the tools, training and knowledge to practice your craft with confidence. Our faculty is made up of leading educators and practitioners, who are ready to help you pursue your goals. 

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Who is this program for?

This course focuses on preparing students to meet the needs of patients, including those in rural, undeserved areas. It is a unique blended program combining guided online study with hands-on, on-campus experiential learning using the latest equipment. Clinical placements are arranged by Averett for all students. 

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE, ACEN, CNEA or NLNAC accredited program.
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where college-level work was performed must be sent from the institution to Averett University.
  • Verification of current unencumbered licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse within the United States. Must be licensed in the state where clinical hours will be obtained. Licensure in another state may be required in order to complete clinical hours (i.e. NC, VA).
  • Submit three academic and/or professional recommendations (ex: supervisor, colleague, professor) who can evaluate your potential for success in a Graduate Program. Recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted.
  • Personal Goals Statement: A personal statement explaining your professional goals for the next 3-5 years and why you want to become a nurse practitioner is required and should not exceed 500 words.  The statement should be more informative than “a desire to help others”.
  • Applicants to the MSN Nurse Practitioner Program must have at least 1000 hours of direct contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission. Applicants who have less than 1000 hours of direct patient care may be admitted by permission from the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs. **RN’s who have earned a BSN from Averett University are exempt from this requirement.
  • Three or more credits in college-level statistics with grade of “C” or better.
  • Current CPR and BLS certification required
  • Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required.
  • Applicants who completed their basic nursing education in another country must provide an official evaluation of transcripts from this evaluation service: World Education Services
  • An onsite interview with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Director of NP Programs and/or Faculty. Applicants who reside more than 100 miles from Averett University may interview via a synchronous, virtual format.

The following criteria may also be considered when making admission decisions: individual grades in relevant undergraduate/graduate college coursework, communication skills, and relevant personal/professional experiences.

  • Graduation from a CCNE, ACEN, CNEA or NLNAC accredited MSN program.
  • Must hold an unencumbered RN and/or APRN license in the state in which clinical hours will be obtained. Licensure in another state may be required in order to complete clinical hours (NC, VA).
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.
  • Three professional references from individuals who can address the applicant’s practice as an RN/APRN (ex. colleague, supervisor, collaborative physician). References from family members or friends will not be accepted.
  • Professional Resume.
  • Personal Goals Statement: A personal statement explaining your professional goals for the next 3-5 years should be submitted and be 500 words or less. The statement should also address how your Post-Graduate Certificate will impact your current practice.
  • Current BLS certifications required
  • An onsite interview with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Director of NP Programs and/or Faculty. Those who reside more than 100 miles from Averett University may interview via a synchronous, virtual format.

The following criteria may also be considered when making admission decisions: individual grades in relevant undergraduate/graduate college coursework, communication skills, and relevant personal/professional experiences.

Progression is monitored by the Assistant Dean and the AUSON faculty.  Students must meet the following requirements to maintain continuous progression/enrollment in the nursing major:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and achieve a B- or better in all Graduate Nursing courses.
  • Students are required to achieve a “P” in the clinical component of courses which require clinical hours.
  • Criminal background check remains satisfactory per relevant State Board regulations.
  • All nursing licenses must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the Graduate Nursing Program.
  • Satisfactorily meet both didactic and clinical elements of each clinical course.
  • If a student fails the clinical component of a course requiring clinical hours, s/he will be administratively removed from that course.
  • Continued health clearance.
  • Continued negative drug screen
  • Current CPR certification. Other certifications such as ACLS, PALS must remain current while in ENP clinical courses.

Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in academic probation or dismissal from the Graduate Program.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screen

The student is required to undergo an annual criminal background check and drug screen. While drug screens are required annually, they will be obtained on a random, rolling schedule.  If the School of Nursing finds the results of the drug screening or criminal background check to be unacceptable, the student’s progression and completion of the nursing program may be impeded.

Students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screenings at any time throughout the duration of the program as requested by the program’s clinical affiliates. The AUSON requires students to perform clinical rotations for hands-on training. It is at the discretion of each medical facility with which the program has a clinical affiliation agreement to implement a standard protocol regarding student admittance for educational purposes.

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  • Plus Any Additional Clinical Fees
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