If you are already an RN, Saint Louis University’s online Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse
Practitioner program can prepare you to become a nurse practitioner. You will balance
patient care needs with the demands of today's health care providers, or choose to
educate future nurses.
About the Program
SLU’s School of Nursing’s online M.S.N.-N.P. program offers the flexibility and support
that working RNs require and can be specialized to your interest. Once accepted into
this program, our students meet with their faculty adviser to create an individualized
full- or part-time curriculum plan suitable to their personal and professional schedules.
If you plan to teach, you can take three additional courses focusing on theory and
practicum experience in nursing education. If you’d like to also apply for the National
League for Nursing Nurse Educator certificate, you will take an additional three-credit
education course. Post-master's certificate programs are available in all specialty areas.
MSN-NP Program Options
Adult/Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
If you choose this program, you will learn to use complex monitoring and invasive
therapies, high intensity interventions, and continuous vigilance within the range
of high acuity care to help meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs
of adults of all ages, including the frail elderly. Adult/gerontological acute care
nurse practitioners work in emergency departments, tertiary care settings, intensive
care units, trauma centers and specialty medicine areas treating patients with acute,
critical and chronic illness, as well as those with disabilities or injuries. Graduates
are eligible for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing
Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Graduates of this program are prepared to provide advanced nursing care for adolescents
and adults of ages. You will work with patients who require diagnosis, treatment and
management of episodic or chronic conditions that are best treated on an outpatient
basis. These include people with diabetes, hypertension, respiratory conditions as
well as sprains/strains. You will also conduct wellness examinations. Adult-Gero nurse
practitioners work in hospital-based clinics, within the VA medical system, and in
internal medicine or specialty private practice offices. Graduates are eligible for
national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American
Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
Family Nurse Practitioner
SLU’s family nurse practitioner program prepares you to provide primary health care
to patients of all ages. You will help prevent disease, assess and manage acute and
chronic health problems, and consult and refer patients within the health care system.
SLU’s program emphasizes quality relationships with patients, families and communities,
as well as education and coordination of services aimed at specific health outcomes.
FNPs work in a variety of settings and are also well-suited to rural populations,
where specialty care may not always be available. Graduates are eligible for national
certification from theAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
If you choose this program, you will be prepared to provide care to patients from
birth through the age of 21. PNPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and
management of acute and chronic conditions in pediatric offices as well as school,
community, urgent care and specialty settings. Graduates are eligible for national
certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
If you pursue this track, you will work with children, adolescents and adults of all
ages with acute or complex mental health needs, or psychiatric diagnoses. SLU’s family
psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program encourages evidence-based, culturally
sensitive, recovery-oriented and holistic care. You will be prepared to apply the
nursing process and medical/medication management to promote optimal mental health
while engaging in active, ongoing collaboration with clients, their families, significant
others, and the interprofessional team. Graduates are eligible for national certification
through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
All program specialties and options in SLU’s M.S.N.-N.P. program are offered completely
online. You will complete 36 to 41 credit hours of coursework, depending on the specialty you
choose. Individualized full- and part-time curriculum plans are possible.
Two campus visits are required. The first visit is a two-day orientation immediately
before the program begins. The second visit occurs during one of the clinical management
courses. This visit is to evaluate your progress and to teach skills not acquired
through online learning, such as suturing.
Graduates from SLU’s M.S.N.-N.P. program apply for the appropriate certification for
their program option, are well-prepared and are ready to work as nurse practitioners.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary of nurse practitioners
The School of Nursing provides some tuition assistance scholarships to eligible graduate students. Most students get some funding, often from their employers.
Traineeships are also an option. These typically cover the total tuition. Find more
information on graduate scholarships at SLU.
Saint Louis University accepts applications to its nurse practitioner programs from
students living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West
We also require:
A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized
A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
Supporting recommendations from three people (preferably master's or doctorally prepared
nurses not related to you) who can speak to your potential for success in a master's-level
nursing program of study.
A statement of your short- and long-term goals in becoming a certified NP. This should
be one or two pages, typewritten and double spaced.
CV/résumé documenting your education, clinical nursing experience, and service to
nursing profession/community volunteer experiences, as appropriate.
An unencumbered registered nurse license in the state in which clinical experience
will be done. You must have a registered nurse license at the time of application.
Current CPR certification from the American Heart Association is required after acceptance
into the MSN program.
Completion of an undergraduate-level descriptive and inferential statistics course
prior to enrollment in “General Research Methods.”
Completion of a beginning-level health assessment course or the equivalent thereof
prior to enrollment in “Advanced Health Assessment.”
You’ll need the following items to apply:
Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
Résumé or curriculum vitae
Professional goal statement
Requirements for International Students
International students on F1 or J1 Student visas are not eligible for admission to
this program due to the fact that this M.S.N. program is totally online. For additional
information, contact SLU’s International Services office at 314-977-2318.
Students should apply by Aug. 1 for the spring semester and March 1 for the fall semester.
Students are accepted into the M.S.N.-N.P. program for the fall and spring semesters.