Registered Nurse (RN) Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs are designed to provide RNs with the formal education and hands-on clinical experience required to become a nurse practitioner. These programs are sometimes known as Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or RN-MSN programs. In the United States, nurses are first required to obtain a basic nursing degree (usually a bachelor's degree) and obtain state nursing board licensure before they are eligible to train as nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioner programs are offered only at universities, not at community colleges or vocational nursing schools.

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Master of Science in Nursing

The University of South Carolina (USC) offers programs in nurse practitioner specialties such as adult health, family and pediatric nursing. These graduate nursing courses are offered as either seminars or practicums and include the following courses: Guided Research in Nursing, Advanced Care Management, Advanced Clinical Assessment and Reasoning, Biostatistics: Clinical Applications, Informatics in Health Care Delivery and Behavioral Health Therapeutics. Arrangements are made for each student to complete precepted clinical attachments. This may range from approximately 500 to 800 hours with a clinical preceptor and can be in a particular nursing specialty. All programs are approved by the relevant certification boards. Graduates are eligible to take certification examinations and can apply for the legal authority to prescribe medications in the state in which they practice.

Medical University of South Carolina 171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 843-792-1414

Emory University: RN-MSN Bridge

Registered nurses who do not have a nursing bachelor's degree, but have either an associate degree or diploma can take the RN-MSN option offered by Emory University. Emory accepts RNs who have graduated from an accredited program and have completed at least 60 semester hours of general education courses. In addition, 17 semester hours of coursework must be completed before the student can be enrolled into the NP specialty section of the course. These specialties include Acute Care Pediatric NP, Primary Care Pediatric NP, Adult NP, Emergency NP, Family NP, Women's Health NP or Gerontological NP. Courses taken include Health Assessment, Community Health, and specific subjects appropriate to the chosen specialty, such as Women's Health Issues and Genetics and Embryology for Advanced Clinical Practice, for Women's Health NP specialty students. All applicants to the RN-MSN bridge program must have at least one year of RN work experience, preferably in the desired NP specialty.

Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing 1520 Clifton Road NE. Atlanta, Georgia 30322 404-727-7980

University of Central Florida

Students in the University of Central Florida (UCF) program are expected to complete at least 49 credit hours of courses in addition to an independent research project in evidence-based nursing. Specialties offered include adult, family and pediatric NP, and a prerequisite for entry to the MSN program is a basic undergraduate statistics course. In addition, RNs who do not hold a bachelor's degree must complete further courses such as Community Health Nursing, Nursing Research, and Public Health Nursing. Core courses that are part of the NP specialty education include Health Care Systems, Policy and Health Professionals and Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing. Students will also complete coursework and practicums specific to their chosen specialty. For example, pediatric NPs will complete pediatrics courses while adult NPs will also take adult and women's health nursing courses. Preceptored clinical experience will be arranged with a selected experienced clinician mentor in the NP specialty.

University of Central Florida, College of Nursing P.O. Box 162210 Orlando, FL 32816-2210 407-823-2744