Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Nursing Graduate Program

Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.)


M.S.N. in Nurse Practitioner

Program Director
  Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., CRNP | nchikota@bloomu.edu

Department of Nursing
3211 McCormick Center
Phone: (570) 389-4609
Fax: (570) 389-5008


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Nurse practitioner (MSN) options include Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. The core concept of role development focuses on the progressive development of competence in the multifaceted roles of advanced nursing practice as practitioner, researcher, leader/manager, consultant and educator.

The program enables student nurse practitioners to articulate a theoretical base for practice and recognize competencies necessary for the provision of health care to individuals, families, and communities.

Graduate preparation expands the comprehensiveness of the nurse practitioner role to include participation and use of research development, implementation of health policy, leadership, education, case management, and consultation.

In addition a rural community focus enables students to develop competence in assessing a community, identifying health needs, and implementing programs. Thus, students are keenly aware of the effect of the community on individuals and families seen in practice.

The program emphasizes the role of the advanced practitioner as provider of independent and collaborative health care to individuals and families. Students also engage in social, ethical, and political actions to influence and initiate change in health care policy and its effect on health care delivery.

Finally, students are encouraged to continue their professional growth and aid the professional development of others by serving as role models and mentors.

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The patient population focus for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) includes adolescents (above 12 years of age), young to middle age adults and older adults. Our AGPCNP graduates will have the capabilities to practice in community and hospital based primary care clinics, in patients homes, in sub-acute/skilled nursing facilities, and in long term care settings. The AGPCNP works interprofessionally with other members of the health care team.

A full time, part time, and RN-MSN is offered for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The full time program is completed in two years (5 semesters). The Graduate Core Curriculum, which is fully on-line, provides students from any specialty area advanced knowledge in nursing theory and research, community health, epidemiology, evidenced- based practice and socio-cultural issues. Programs with advanced practice role preparation include physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

The advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology are also on-line courses where the advanced physical assessment course is offered as an on campus course with an extensive laboratory experience in the assessment of the client. The core clinical courses provide the student with the skill set and knowledge to provide health promotion, disease prevention and assessment, diagnosis, and management of adolescence, adults, older adults, and frail elderly who present with both acute and multiple chronic conditions. Practice based learning experiences provide the student with opportunities to apply the theory and skills learned in the classroom setting in their role as a primary care provider.

Adult gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner graduates will be eligible for national certification through examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible for certification as a Nurse Practitioner through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing upon completion of an accredited program and passing of a national certification examination.

Family Nurse Practitioner

The patient populations focus for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) includes children, adolescence, adults, and older and frail older adults. Our program prepares the graduate to value collaborative, family-centered care as well as the interaction among the physical, emotional, mental, and sociocultural systems of patients to meet the individual health care needs as well as those of the family. In addition, the program has a strong emphasis on meeting the needs of the community, underserved, high-risk, and multi-cultural populations. Graduates of the program can provide primary health care in a variety of primary care settings. The FNP works interprofessionally with other members of the health care team.

A full time, part time, and RN-MSN is offered for the Family Nurse Practitioner. The full time program is completed in two and half years (6 semesters). The Graduate Core Curriculum, which is fully on-line, provides students from any specialty area advanced knowledge in nursing theory and research, community health, epidemiology, evidenced- based practice and socio-cultural issues. Programs with advanced practice role preparation include physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

The advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology are also on-line courses where the advanced physical assessment course is offered as an on campus course with an extensive laboratory experience in the assessment of the client. The core clinical courses provide the student with the skill set and knowledge to provide health promotion, disease prevention and assessment, diagnosis, and management across the lifespan to patients and families who present with both acute and multiple chronic conditions. Practice based learning experiences provide the student with opportunities to apply the theory and skills learned in the classroom setting in their role as a primary care provider. Family Nurse Practitioner graduates will be eligible for national certification through examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Family Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible for certification as a Nurse Practitioner through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing upon completion of an accredited program and passing of a national certification examination.

Getting Started: Nurse Practitioner Admission

Completed applications are due in the graduate office by either Jan. 1 or Aug. 1. Completed application packets consist of the following information:

  • Graduate school application and fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Copy of current, encumbered Pennsylvania professional nursing license
  • Resume which includes description of professional nursing and clinical experience
  • Career Goals
  • Three completed recommendation forms

One year of current acute care experience. Interviews with the Graduate Nursing Department Admissions Committee will be conducted during the months of September and February. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Noreen Chikotas, D.Ed., CRNP, Director of the Nurse Practitioner Programs, at nchikota@bloomu.edu or (570)-389-4609.

PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners

PCNP is the state organization that promotes and protects the practice of more than 7,500 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) in Pennsylvania. Formed in the 1980's by only 3 forward thinking NPs, PCNP now has 18 Regional groups and over 1,350 members! Each regional group offers networking opportunities and has a representative on the PCNP Executive Board that meets quarterly to discuss issues and set organizational goals. Member dues are used to support our central office, executive staff and maintain a Government Relations Specialist who represents us in Harrisburg.