MSc in Nursing

Azusa Pacific University

Program Description

MSc in Nursing

Azusa Pacific University

Nationally accredited, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares students in advanced theory and practice in a specialized clinical area of nursing. Graduate students are equipped to assume functional, advanced practice roles as clinical nurse specialists, family nurse practitioners, adult-gerontology nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners, or school nurses, and may elect a secondary specialty in administration or education. The combination of theory, research, and professional development also readies MSN program graduates for doctoral study in nursing.

Graduates are eligible to apply for state advanced practice certification or credential in their specialties. They may also write national certification examinations where these are offered through specialty boards.

MSN Program Specialties

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing also complete coursework for a specialized clinical area of nursing:

  • MSN in Healthcare Administration and Leadership
  • MSN in Nursing Education
  • MSN with CNS Specialties
  • MSN with NP Specialties
  • MSN with School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC)
  • MSN with SNSC and FNP Specialty
  • MSN with SNSC and PNP Specialty

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may enroll in our entry-level master’s program. Nurses who already have an MSN from other institution may enroll in a post-master’s certificate program.

International opportunities

United States-educated nurses’ high skill level and in-depth knowledge open doors to a myriad of possibilities for working and serving abroad. As health care organizations in both developed and developing nations face a debilitating nursing-shortage crisis, APU nurses stand uniquely qualified to bridge the gap and elevate health care worldwide.

Azusa Pacific mobilizes nursing students to address global health issues, facilitate cultural sensitivity, and enrich the academic experience.

The APU School of Nursing, known for preparing compassionate and morally reflective health care leaders and scholars who seek to improve the health and lives of all people, promotes, supports, and develops a variety of international and intercultural programs for nursing students with a global mindset.

Whether a short-term mission or a semester abroad, the international exchange allows students to observe foreign health care organizations and thereby identify and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their personal and professional philosophy toward health care. Back in the classroom, these experiences provide tangible applications to theoretical discussions on the cultural, social, and political factors that impact the development of health care systems and the limited resources of all nations’ health care reform efforts.

Additional Requirements

Background Check

In light of recent statements from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and contracted facilities, the School of Nursing now requires that all undergraduate and graduate students undergo a background check prior to their involvement at clinical sites. The cost for the background check is the responsibility of the student and due prior to enrollment in UNRS 105, or at the first clinical course if entering the program out of sequence.

Blood-borne Pathogen Training

Nursing students admitted to the nursing program must complete the blood-borne pathogen training prior to the first day of clinical practicum. Returning students must renew annually prior to the first day of clinical practicum.


Students in the baccalaureate program are required to follow the School of Nursing uniform and dress code at all times during clinical practicum. The nursing uniform with the School of Nursing patch and name tag are standard attire.

Fees and Other Costs

Nursing students are charged a laboratory fee for each course with a laboratory or practicum. Worker’s compensation, Kaplan testing, and nursing liability insurance (which covers only the clinical practicum associated with the School of Nursing clinical courses) are included in the lab fee.


Certain clinical experiences in the nursing program may require that the student have a valid driver’s license, an automobile for personal use, and evidence of public liability insurance. Nursing students must provide their own transportation to and from clinical facilities or activities.


Copies of the course requirements and schedule for nursing majors are available from the School of Nursing. All nursing courses are offered sequentially and have prerequisites, so it is important for students to follow this schedule when registering for classes. Any questions regarding the schedule should be directed to the School of Nursing.

GPA Requirement

All undergraduate nursing majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in classes required for the major.

The School of Nursing reserves the right to change the curriculum and degree requirements as deemed necessary to maintain a high quality program.


Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students. The resources range from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships. For details about the financial aid programs available, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services at (626) 815-4570.

Program-Specific Aid

While most APU nursing students fund their graduate education via federal loans, grant money may be available. Please contact the School of Nursing for more information at (626) 815-5386.

  • Outside Scholarships for Nursing
  • GIVA Outstanding Nursing Student Scholarship
  • Nurse Faculty Loan Program
  • APU Administered Nursing Resources

School of Nursing Alumni Tuition Discounts

APU’s School of Nursing offers a 15 percent alumni tuition discount for APU alumni starting in one of the following graduate programs during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic year:

  • MSN in Healthcare Administration and Leadership
  • MSN in Nursing Education
  • PhD in Nursing
  • DNP in Nursing

To qualify for this discount, students must begin their program in the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic year and maintain continuous enrollment full time (two courses per term) for fall, spring, and summer terms. Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each year until graduation. This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change.

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Last updated August 10, 2017
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