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Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Whether you choose to specialize in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care or Family Primary Care, earning your Nurse Practitioner MSN degree from Bloomsburg University's nationally recognized nursing program will prepare you to be a leader in healthcare across the lifespan of your patients.

Degrees & Offerings
  • MSN
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  • Hybrid (Online + In Person)
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Breiner Family Endowed Professorship of Nursing; Associate Professor; Graduate Program Coordinator; Director of Nurse Practitioner and DNP Programs
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Nurse Practitioner Program Options

Nurse Practitioner (MSN) options include Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Both programs are hybrid programs; core courses are all held asynchronous or synchronous. Courses for the Nurse Practitioner program are also offered in Harrisburg, PA at the Dixon University Center.

Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP

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 patient’s homes, in sub-acute/skilled nursing facilities, and in long-term care settings. The AGPCNP works inter-professionally with other members of the health care team.

A full-time, part-time, and RN-BSN-MSN are offered for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The full time program is completed in two years (5 semesters). The Graduate Core Curriculum 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 lifespan physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC’s) certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC national certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification. Graduates of the program are also eligible for national certification through examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner that is Practitioner, or the American Nursing Credentialing Center.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner graduates are eligible for licensure 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 inter-professionally with other members of the health care team.

A full-time, part-time, and RN-BSN-MSN are offered for the Family Nurse Practitioner. The full time program is completed in two and half years (six semesters). The Graduate Core Curriculum 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 lifespan 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.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC’s) certification eligibility educational requirements. Students who complete this program have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC national certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification. Graduates of the program are also eligible for national certification through examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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 licensure examination.

Admission Requirements

The Nurse Practitioner program admits students on a rolling basis. Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of Graduate at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which a student is applying.

Completed application packets consist of the following information (all application materials should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 161 Arts & Administration Building, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or electronically to gradadmissions@bloomu.edu).

  • Graduate school application and fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Copy of current, unencumbered 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 via a rolling admission process. For more information contact Kimberly Olszewski, DNP CRNP, Director of the Nurse Practitioner Programs, at kolszews@bloomu.edu or 570-389-4613.

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The master's degree program in nursing at Bloomsburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K St. NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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