Briar Cliff University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP

The Department of Nursing through Briar Cliff University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and Post-Master’s Certificates with three specializations: Family NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP. Coursework is delivered mostly online with six campus immersion days the first summer. In addition, students complete clinical practicums at approved sites local to the student.

Learning outcomes for the MSN and certificate programs include creating and maintaining caring relationships with patients in a holistic manner; health prevention promotion; applying nursing theory to nursing practice; implementing communication skills in interactions with patients and colleagues; applying evidence-based decision-making to all dimensions of the patient relationship; carrying out care in an ethical manner; and continuously improving the quality of patient care.

Briar Cliff University seeks to prepare graduates capable of executing competent, caring, ethical roles as leaders, collaborators, educators, clinicians, and researchers. Graduates of the Briar Cliff NP programs will be eligible to take the national certification exams for their FNP, AGPCNP, or PMHNP specialization.

Briar Cliff University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Briar Cliff University is located in Sioux City, Iowa.

What to Expect from the Briar Cliff University Online NP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the Department of Nursing at Briar Cliff University must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework. Online applications require a CV or resume, a goal statement, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. All nursing applicants must show proof of a current, unencumbered RN license and have a YouseeU interview. International students must also provide proof of English language proficiency. Accepted students will pay a matriculation fee to hold their place in a cohort, which will be applied to first semester tuition.

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • MSN: Hold a BSN degree from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program; documentation of completion of Physical Assessment, Nursing Research, Ethics, and Statistics; documentation of 2,000 or more hours of clinical work experience as an RN within the past two years with verification by employer
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Hold an MSN degree from a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program; documentation of completion of Physical Assessment, Nursing Research, Ethics, and Statistics; documentation of 2,000 or more hours of clinical work experience as an RN within the past two years with verification by employer

State Restrictions: Briar Cliff University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a compact in which states agree to accept online students from other member states. Briar Cliff does not currently admit students from the following states: Utah, Wisconsin, Kentucky, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware. When in doubt, students should contact the Briar Cliff Department of Nursing to determine state eligibility. In addition, prospective students should contact the licensing board of their specific state of residence to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: Briar Cliff University admits MSN students in the Fall only. The MSN program is a 3-year program of study. Post-Master’s Certificate students may enter at varying points depending on the specialization and prior education. The program takes about three semesters to complete. Students are expected to complete their degree within six years of the start date. Online nursing program coursework is delivered 100% online and practicums are completed local to the student. All NP students are required to attend six lab days on campus in the first summer of their program.

MSN Curriculum: The MSN program comprises 49-55 credits and includes at least 600 clinical hours. FNP students complete 51 credits while the AGPCNP specialization is 49 credits and the PMHNP specialization is 55 credits. Core courses include Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice; Healthcare Systems: Paradigms, Policy, and Ethics; Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice; Nursing Research; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Practice Skills Lab; Evidence-Based Practice I-III; Cultural Competence in Healthcare; and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across The Lifespan.

  • MSN-FNP specialization courses include Primary Care in Pediatrics, Primary Care of Adult/Gerontology Client I-II, and FNP Practicum I-II.
  • MSN-AGPCNP specialization courses include Primary Care of Adult/Gerontology Client I-II’ AGNP Practicum I-II; and Gerontology Practicum.
  • MSN-PMHNP specialization courses include Therapeutic Modalities for APNs; Neuroscience of Psychopharmacology for APNs; Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing with Adult; Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing with Children, Adolescents, and Older Adults; and Practicum in Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing.

In addition, students take an oral comprehensive exam to graduate.

Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s Certificates consist of core courses if necessary and specific courses for each specialization. The FNP certificate consists of 21 credits, the AGPCNP certificate consists of 19 credits, and the PMHNP certificate consists of 25 credits. Students also complete 600 hours of clinicals. If necessary, core courses include Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing; Advanced Health Assessment; and Advanced Practice Skills Lab. All other courses follow the specialty courses listed for the MSN degree.

Online Experience: Briar Cliff University uses Brightspace as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Courses are asynchronous with assignments, projects, and discussion forums. Online chat, web conferencing, discussion boards, email, and other forms of communication are available. Students have access to several services including academic advising, admissions counseling, online tutoring, library and career services, and technical support.

On-Site Requirements: Students in all degree paths are required to attend six on-campus lab days the first summer of their program. These take place on campus in Sioux City, Iowa. All other coursework is completely online with practicums completed local to the student.

Paying for the Briar Cliff University Online NP Programs

The online MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs cost $525 per credit plus fees. Travel expenses for the on-campus lab days are not included, and there may be other fees associated with the nursing degrees. Since tuition generally changes from year to year, interested students should contact the Department of Nursing through Briar Cliff University for more details.

Briar Cliff University may offer grants, scholarships, and loans to online graduate students, including graduate loans determined through the FAFSA. Graduate nursing students should also inquire with their employers as to the possibility of a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discount. Additionally, Briar Cliff students may seek outside opportunities such as organizational or community scholarships.

Briar Cliff University

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

3303 Rebecca St.
Sioux City, Iowa 51104

Briar Cliff University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

UT, WI, KY, NY, CT, MA, DE

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$25,725.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$25,725.00

Briar Cliff University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

51

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

UT, WI, KY, NY, CT, MA, DE

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

51

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$26,775.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$26,775.00

Briar Cliff University – MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

55

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

UT, WI, KY, NY, CT, MA, DE

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

55

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$28,875.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$28,875.00

Briar Cliff University – Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

19

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

UT, WI, KY, NY, CT, MA, DE

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

19

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$9,975.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$9,975.00

Briar Cliff University – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

21

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

UT, WI, KY, NY, CT, MA, DE

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

21

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$11,025.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$11,025.00

Briar Cliff University – Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

6

Credits Needed to Graduate

25

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

UT, WI, KY, NY, CT, MA, DE

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

25

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$13,125.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$525.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$13,125.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.