Misericordia University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, AGPCNP

Misericordia University offers three online nurse practitioner programs through the College of Health Sciences and Education: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice with NP specialization (BSN to DNP – NP), and a Post-Master’s Certificate. Each path offers two specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). These online options require two campus visits and provide 100% online coursework. Practicums are completed at approved facilities local to the student.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are prepared to serve patients across the lifespan in a variety of settings which may include urgent care facilities, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, private practice, government facilities, schools, emergency departments, and community health centers. FNPs may diagnose injuries and diseases, develop treatment plans for acute and chronic illnesses, perform routine physical exams, prescribe medications, recommend therapies including physical, speech, and occupational therapy, and educate patients, families, and communities on health care prevention strategies.

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNPs) may work with teens to older adult patients in primary care settings, geriatric nursing settings, women’s health, long-term care facilities, outpatient care, urgent care, in hospitals, and home health care situations. Like FNPs, AGPCNPs are able to diagnose, treat, and develop treatment plans for acute and chronic illnesses, conduct routine health care exams, and educate their patients, families, and communities in preventive health care.

The BSN to DNP program is designed to move nurses seamlessly through the MSN with NP specialization and on to the DNP portion. Students earn both an MSN and DNP by the end of the program. Note that students applying to the certificate program may transfer in credits depending on prior education, especially if they already hold a nurse practitioner certificate.

Graduates of the nursing programs will be eligible to sit for the national certification exams for their chosen specialization through the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Misericordia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Misericordia University is located in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

What to Expect from the Misericordia University Online FNP and AGPCNP Programs

Admission Requirements: All nursing students must have an unencumbered RN license in their state of residence. Application materials include an application, application fee if applicable, three letters of reference, and official transcripts. Students whose primary language is not English must also provide proof of English language proficiency. No entrance exams are required.

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • MSN: Hold a BSN degree from an accredited US institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • BSN-to-DNP: Hold a BSN degree from an accredited US institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Post-Master’s NP Certificate: Hold a MSN degree from an accredited US institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0

State Restrictions: Misericordia University accepts students from a limited number of states, so applicants outside of Pennsylvania should check with the College of Health Sciences and Education to make sure they are eligible for the nursing programs. 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. For a list of restricted states, see the tables below.

Study Plan: Misericordia University offers start dates three times per year in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Students can complete the MSN and certificate programs in two years and the BSN to DNP in three years. Most students attend part-time, and all must complete courses online, come to campus for two intensives, and complete clinicals and practice hours at a location near them.

FNP and AGPCNP MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The MSN – FNP degree and Post-Master’s Certificate comprise 50 credits and include at least 630 hours of clinicals. The MSN – AGPCNP degree and Post-Master’s Certificate comprise 45 credits and include at least 540 hours of clinicals. Note that post-master’s certificate students who already hold a nurse practitioner specialization may be eligible for course transfers as applicable which will reduce the credit load.

Core courses for both specialties include Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology; Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning; Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role; Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care; Advanced Biomedical Ethics and Healthcare Policy; Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing.

Second-year courses include Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults; Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults; Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults; Evidence-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing; Women’s Health; and Clinical Management of Women’s Health. In addition, FNP and AGPCNP tracks come to campus for Primary Care OCI I-II intensives.

  • FNP Specialty Courses: Health of Children; Clinical Management of Children’s Health; Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis; and Evidence-Based Practice Synthesis 3 for APRN (Capstone).
  • AGPCNP Specialty Courses: Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis; and Evidence-Based Practice Synthesis 3 for APRN (Capstone).

BSN to DNP – FNP and AGPCNP Curriculum: The BSN to DNP – FNP comprises 68 credits and includes at least 630 hours of clinicals plus 500 practice hours for a total of 1,130 hours. The BSN to DNP – AGPCNP comprises 63 credits and includes at least 540 hours of clinicals plus 500 practice hours for a total of 1,040 hours.

Core courses follow the MSN and certificate programs and include Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology; Advanced Physical Ex and Dx Reasoning; Evidence-Based Practice Theory and Role; Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care; Advanced Biomedical Ethics and Healthcare Policy; Introduction to Clinical Management of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Advanced Practice Nursing.

Second-year courses include Acute Episodic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults; Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults; Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Health Needs of Adults and Older Adults; Evidence-Based Research Utilization for Advanced Practice Nursing; Women’s Health; and Clinical Management of Women’s Health. In addition, FNP and AGPCNP tracks come to campus for Primary Care OCI I-II intensives.

Third-year courses include Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis; Analytical Methods and Scholarship of Inquiry; Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Synthesis; Financial Management and Grant Writing; Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone I; Leadership, System Management, and Collaboration Practice; and Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone II.

FNP students also take Health of Children and Clinical Management of Children’s Health.

Online Experience: Misericordia University utilizes Blackboard as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Blackboard offers an online whiteboard, discussion boards, online chat, assessments, Web links, multimedia tools, and email access. Classes may also be presented through live recording although most courses are asynchronous and can be accessed at any time. Assessments take place in Respondus Monitor which is a LockDown Browser that prevents cheating during online assessments. Many courses also utilize the Google Drive suite including Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Online students have access to the online library system, admissions counseling, academic advising, faculty office hours, career counseling, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: Online students in the NP programs must come to the Dallas, PA campus for two campus intensives. The first takes place in year one and the second in year two. All other coursework is 100% online with clinicals local to the student.

Paying for the Misericordia University Online FNP and AGPCNP Programs

Misericordia University charges $775 per credit plus fees for the online MSN, BSN to DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificates. Future students should inquire with the College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University for complete and current costs.

Misericordia University offers unsubsidized federal student loans to graduate students according to the FAFSA. A tuition reimbursement program may also be available through nursing employers. In addition, Misericordia University nursing students may seek unique opportunities for funding including organizational and community grants and scholarships.

Misericordia University

Misericordia University's online AGPCNP and FNP programs boasts a progressive, flexible online learning environment, small class sizes, advanced simulations, clinical workshops, and six DNP credits built into the MSN curriculum.

APRN Programs

BSN to DNP – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP)
BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP)
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP)
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Campus Address

301 Lake Street
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612

Misericordia University – BSN to DNP – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

63

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?

3.25 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

63

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$48,825.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$48,825.00

Misericordia University – BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

68

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?

3.25 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

68

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$52,700.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$52,700.00

Misericordia University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

45

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…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

45

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$34,875.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$34,875.00

Misericordia University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

50

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…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

50

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$38,750.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$38,750.00

Misericordia University – Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

45

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…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

45

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$34,875.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$34,875.00

Misericordia University – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

50

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…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

50

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$38,750.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$38,750.00