Are there any residency or clinical requirements with this degree?
Yes. The online M.S.N. requires 700 hours in supervised clinical practicum. The residency is done locally to you. You may create a plan designed to help allow flexibility around your work and family schedules over multiple semesters.

In addition, you will have two opportunities to travel to the Catholic University campus in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate and practice abilities you have gained throughout the program, as well as to meet your classmates, faculty, and the staff. The residencies will generally take place in semesters 5 and 8.

Do I have to take the Family Nurse Practitioner track or get certified as FNP?
As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam which is a requirement for licensure as an F.N.P. in most states and offers many career opportunities.

Is this program accredited?
Yes. The Online Master of Science in Nursing program at The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. In addition, it meets the nurse practitioner curriculum guidelines and requirements of the: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Certification Program (AANPCP). Graduates are eligible for national certification through the ANCC and the AANPCP.

What are the admissions requirements?
Visit the admission information page for the online M.S.N. program for detailed admission requirements.

How do I get started?
If you’re ready to begin, go to the Apply Now page. For answers to more questions or to learn more about the online M.S.N., contact us through the Priority Form on this page.