Spring Arbor University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, AGPCNP

Spring Arbor University’s Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with two specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). In addition, there are two entry points: BSN to MSN or RN to MSN (ADN bridge). Students complete coursework online as a cohort and come to campus for one 3-day residency for the health assessment course. Practicums are also completed at approved facilities local to the student.

Spring Arbor University integrates a Christian perspective into the curriculum with a foundation of integrity and faith. Seeking to help nurses continue to work full-time while earning a graduate degree, courses are taken one at a time in a 7-week format with one week of break before the next course. To make sure students have a seamless experience and all the support they need, each student is assigned a personal Student Success Coach.

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) serves patients across the lifespan in clinical, hospital, long-term care, and home health care situations. FNPs collaborate with care teams, patients, and their families to improve patient health care. FNPs typically assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat acute and chronic health conditions. The FNP focuses on a holistic approach to healthcare focusing on preventive medicine and healthcare education.

The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP) assesses, evaluates, diagnoses and treats adult patients from young adulthood to geriatrics. Working with healthcare teams, AGPCNPs provide treatment plans for patients suffering from acute and chronic illnesses as well as routine health issues. As a nurse practitioner, patient quality of care is of the utmost importance, and healthcare education and prevention plans are key to this specialization.

Graduates of the MSN program will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Note that RN to MSN students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree before entering the MSN portion of the program. Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Spring Arbor University is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

What to Expect from the Spring Arbor University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Admissions Requirements: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent 60 credits of coursework and hold a current, unencumbered RN license. For the MSN program, applicants must hold a BSN from a regionally accredited institution. For the RN to MSN program applicants must have completed an associate’s degree or a diploma from a regionally accredited institution. Application materials include an application, application fee when applicable, official transcripts, a 2-3 page personal goal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants may be asked to participate in a conference call interview. No GMAT or GRE is required. Prerequisite courses include nursing research and statistics.

In addition, before beginning clinicals, students must show proof of nursing liability insurance coverage, have a criminal background check at the federal or international level, and be CPR/BCLS certified. The following must also be completed: Tuberculosis testing, required immunizations, HIPPA training, and vaccinations.

State Restrictions: While Spring Arbor University accepts students from most states into their MSN programs, applicants outside of Michigan should check with their state Board of Nursing to make sure they are eligible to study with Spring Arbor University. Students should also check on the practicum requirements in their state while attending an out-of-state university. Students from the following states are not accepted at this time: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, New York, and South Dakota.

Study Plan: The Spring Arbor University online MSN courses are delivered one course at a time, except clinical and residency coursework, allowing nurses to continue working full-time while earning their MSN degree. Students should expect to spend 15-20 hours a week on coursework and courses include 20 to 25 students each. Courses are delivered in 7-week intervals with one week breaks in between. Start dates are offered in August, October, November, February, April, and June. The MSN – FNP specialization can be completed in as little as 30 months and the MSN – AGPCNP in as little as 24 months. The RN to MSN degree takes approximately 4 years to complete. Students must earn a grade of “B-” or higher in nursing courses for credit toward the MSN degree.

MSN Foundation Curriculum: Both specializations complete the following courses: Moral and Ethical Decision Making; Role Development and Leadership; Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice; Applied Research Methods; Advanced pharmacology; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; Health Policy; and Population Health.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 55 credits plus a minimum of 625 clinical hours. Courses may include Health Promotion Across the Lifespan; Advanced Practice in Primary Care I-III; Family Systems and Clinical Management of the Child Bearing Family; Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice; and Clinical Practicums I-III.

MSN – AGPCNP Curriculum: The online MSN – AGPCNP program comprises a minimum of 50 credits plus a minimum of 500 clinical hours. Courses may include Adult Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Advanced Practice in Primary Care I-II; Integration of Evidence for Advanced Practice; Chronic Disease and Complex Problems in Older Adults; and Clinical Practicums I-III.

RN to MSN Curriculum: Students must complete a total of 90 credits for the RN to MSN – FNP program and 85 credits for the RN to MSN – AGPCNP program. In order to complete the BSN portion of the RN to MSN degree students must complete the following courses: Biblical Perspectives; Adult Development, Life Planning and Research Writing; Values: Personal and Social; Professionalism/Professional Values; Patient-Centered Care I-II; Clinical Prevention/Population Health; Spiritual Dimension of Health Care; Information Management/Patient Care Technologies; Quality Leadership; Evidence-Based Practice I; and Senior Nursing Project.

The Bridge Courses that count toward the BSN and MSN portion include Moral and Ethical Decision Making and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice. Students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA at this point before entering the MSN portion of the program.

Online Experience: The Spring Arbor University MSN begins with a Graduate Online Orientation course. Students are assigned a personal Student Success Coach who helps online students with career, personal, and professional goals, as well as managing work, family, and schooling. Spring Arbor utilizes Blackboard Learn as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Coursework is asynchronous and 100% online with a 3-day residency required for the health assessment course. Spring Arbor University seeks to allow nurses to continue working full-time while earning an advanced degree. As such, students take one course at a time. Coursework includes audio and video material, hands-on assignments, readings, and assessments. Students have access to the online library, online bookstore, faculty support, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: Spring Arbor nursing students are required to come to the Spring Arbor, Michigan campus for a 3-day residency for the health assessment course. Students may also take part in graduation on campus. All other coursework is online and clinicals are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Spring Arbor University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Spring Arbor University charges $712 per credit hour plus fees for the online MSN. RN to MSN students pay $587 per credit hour plus fees for undergraduate coursework, and $712 per credit hour plus fees for the MSN portion. Prospective students should contact Spring Arbor’s Department of Nursing for current tuition costs as tuition may rise from year to year.

Spring Arbor University offers federal Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Nursing students should check with their employers to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program. Spring Arbor University students may also seek other opportunities for funding including community scholarships and grants.

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The Spring Arbor University online FNP and AGPCNP programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals with a one course at a time model of 7 weeks each with a one week break in between.

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (ADN bridge)
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)

Campus Address

106 East Main Street
Spring Arbor, Michigan 49283

Spring Arbor University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Aug, Oct, Nov, Feb, Apr, Jun

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

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, AZ, LA, NY, SD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

50

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$712.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$35,600.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$712.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$35,600.00

Spring Arbor University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Aug, Oct, Nov, Feb, Apr, Jun

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

85

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AZ, LA, NY, SD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

85

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$709.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$60,265.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$709.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$60,265.00

Spring Arbor University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Aug, Oct, Nov, Feb, Apr, Jun

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

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…)

AL, AZ, LA, NY, SD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

55

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$712.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$39,160.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$712.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$39,160.00

Spring Arbor University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Aug, Oct, Nov, Feb, Apr, Jun

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

90

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AZ, LA, NY, SD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

90

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$709.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$63,810.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$709.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$63,810.00

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.