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  • Flexible full- or part-time online
  • Program includes week long on-campus experiences  2 for  Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Family, and Pediatric Primary Care specialties.  3 for Dual Primary and Acute Pediatric Care specialty includes 3 week long on-campus experiences
  • Provides access to world-class clinical sites
  • Application fee waived for online learners (a $60 value.)

The Catholic University MSN program prepares BSN nurses for the nurse practitioners role. All specialty program are carefully designed to prepare students to sit for population-specific national certification examinations. Full-time (2-year) and part-time (3-year) plans of students are available

Nurse Practitioner Program Options 

The Conway School of Nursing offers flexible online  programs tailored to working nurses.


Post-graduate certificate programs in these specializations. 

Curriculum Structure

The MSN program is based upon a tiered curriculum. The tiered approach provides quality educational experiences, while ensuring adherence to certification requirements for the various areas of specialization. First tier (core) coursework is mandatory for all MSN students. Second tier (population-specific) coursework consists of clinically focused courses required for population and specialty practice. Given the changing nature of certification requirements and required content, the curriculum and associated plans are subject to modification by the Conway School of Nursing as determined within the academic year.

Graduate students wishing to academically qualify for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator certification may do so within any MSN specialty program provided they obtain 9 or more credit hours in selected graduate education courses. Students interested in teaching nursing may wish to consider this academic preparation which, together with teaching experience, will meet the qualifications for the certification examination (9 credit option added to any MSN degree). 


The aim of the Master of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare students as advanced practice registered nurses in the role of nurse practitioner. The purposes of the program are: to prepare individuals capable of moral and intellectual leadership to provide advanced practice nursing to individuals and populations across the lifespan, and to develop and extend advanced practice nursing knowledge and skill through the utilization of evidenced-based practice models. The curriculum at the master's level is also directed toward developing interest and skill in research, commitment to continual personal and professional growth, and to providing leadership in the development of advanced practice nursing.


The Master of Science in Nursing builds upon baccalaureate education in nursing and prepares students for leadership roles in fields of advanced practice nursing as nurse practitioners.

Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the MSN program, the graduate will have:

  1. Acquired advanced knowledge from the sciences and the humanities to support evidence-based advanced practice nursing;
  2. Integrated nursing theory as the foundation for advanced practice nursing;
  3. Demonstrated expertise in a selected role within a specialized area of advanced practice nursing;
  4. Acquired advanced knowledge and skills to use and disseminate the findings of nursing research,
  5. Acquired advanced knowledge and skills to effect optimum delivery of health care services;
  6. Demonstrated ethical behavior and respect for Judeo-Christian values and;
  7. Acquired a foundation for doctoral study.

From Accredited Curriculum to Licensure

Catholic University’s CCNE-accredited School of Nursing is among the top nursing schools in the U.S., and the online M.S.N. degree is designed to meet the standards required for nurse practitioner programs nationwide. The nurse practitioner tracks meet the curriculum guidelines and recommendations of the:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Program (AANP)

After passing the national certification exam, you will be eligible for licensure. You will need to pass the appropriate exam and apply for state certification before you can practice as a nurse practitioner. Members of Catholic University’s online M.S.N. program will guide you through the process and provide post-graduation support services to assist you in becoming a nurse practitioner.