Nursing (M.S.N.-N.P.)

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.

The M.S.N.-N.P. program is highly respected across academic and professional institutions.  In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked our MSN-NP program number 35 in its Best Online Master’s in Nursing survey.

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.

M.S.N.-N.P. 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 Center.

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 the  American 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.

Program Highlights

SLU’s M.S.N.-N.P. program is  accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and offers:

  • Full- and part-time curriculum plans
  • Variety of specialty areas and role options
  • Option to emphasize research in any specialty area
  • Responsive faculty who are nationally recognized for teaching excellence, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship
  • Faculty advisers are individually assigned to mentor each student throughout the program
  • Online library
  • Online writing center
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities
Curriculum and Program Details

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. 

M.S.N.-N.P. Curriculum Plan

All students complete 20 credits of core courses that include:

  • HCE 5500, Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (2)
  • NURS 5040, Role Acquisition (1)
  • NURS 5080, Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NURS 5110, Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Decision Making (3)
  • NURS 5140, Health Promotion (3)
  • NURS 5160, Principles of Practice Management (2)
  • NURS 5170, Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NURS 5200, General Research Methods (3)
  • NURS 5900, Residency (0)
Adult/Gerontological Acute Care NP Curriculum - 36 credit hours
  • Cognate: NURS 5310, Critical Appraisal of Technology: Acute Care (3)
  • NURS 5260, Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Care Setting I (4)
  • NURS 5270, Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Care Setting II (5)
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (1 credit summer semester, 3 credits fall semester) (4)
  • NURS 5950, Special Study for Exams (0)
Adult/Gerontological Primary Care NP Curriculum - 37 credit hours
  • Cognate: NURS 5750, Care of the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health (3)
  • NURS 5240, Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adolescents and Adults (4)
  • NURS 5250, Advanced Clinical Studies II: Adults and Older Adults (5)
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (2 credits summer semester, 3 credits fall semester) (5)
  • NURS 5950, Special Study for Exams (0)
Family NP Curriculum - 41 credit hours
  • Cognate: NURS 5630, Dynamics of Family Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 5280, Advanced Clinical Studies I: Adults, and Older Adults (5)
  • NURS 5290, Advanced Clinical Studies II: Women and Children (5)
  • NURS 5510, Mental Health of the Family in the Primary Care Setting (2)
  • Elective (Not required for Educator Option) (2)
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (2 credits summer semester, 2 credits fall semester) (4)
  • NURS 5950, Special Study for Exams (0)
 Pediatric Primary Care NP Curriculum - 38 credit hours
  • Cognate: NURS 5550, Family and Child Development (3)
  • NURS 5320, Advanced Clinical Studies I in Nursing of Children (4)
  • NURS 5330, Advanced Clinical Studies II in Nursing of Children (4)
  • Elective (Not required for Educator Option) (2)
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (2 credits summer semester, 3 credits fall semester) (5)
  • NURS 5950, Special Study for Exams (0)
 Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP Curriculum - 41 credit hours
  • Cognate: NURS 5400, Ecological Approach to Human Behavior (3)
  • Cognate: NURS 5550, Family & Child Development (3)
  • NURS 5340, Advanced Clinical Studies I : P/MH Nursing (4)
  • NURS 5350, Advanced Clinical Studies II : P/MH Nursing (5)
  • NURS 5430, Psychopharmacology (2)
  • NURS 5810, Nursing Practicum (2 credits summer semester, 2 credits fall semester) (4)
  • NURS 5950, Special Study for Exams (0)

Educator Option

The Nurse Educator courses provide an opportunity for course work and practicum experience in nursing education.

  • NURS 5570, Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (2)
  • NURS 5580, Instructional Strategies and Evaluation for Nurse Educators (2‐3)
  • NURS 5590, Practicum in Nursing Education (2)

An additional 3 credit education course (NURS 5560 Evidence Based Teaching Approaches) may be added so that the student may apply for the Nurse Educator Certificate.


Saint Louis University's nursing faculty is nationally recognized for its teaching expertise, nursing leadership, scholarly research and student mentorship. Faculty members from the School of Nursing have won numerous prestigious awards, honors and fellowships. 

Students learn from faculty who are expert teachers and clinicians who excel in their nursing specialty areas and in nursing education. For six out of the last seven years, a Saint Louis University faculty member has been named the top nursing educator in the region in St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing awards.

All nursing faculty are master's-prepared; the majority are doctorally prepared.


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 is $101,260.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

The School of Nursing offers scholarship and graduate research assistantship opportunities to eligible graduate students.  Additionally, most students will participate in a tuition assistance program provided through their employer.

Find more information on graduate scholarships at SLU.

Applicant Criteria

Saint Louis University School of Nursing accepts applications to its M.S.N.-N.P. program from students living in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, 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, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

We also require: 

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • 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.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • 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 Requirements
Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
Résumé or curriculum vitae
Professional goal statement
Interview (possible)

*Please mail transcripts to:

Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
1 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

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.

Application Deadlines

Students should apply by August 1 for the spring semester and March 1 for the fall semester.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed shortly after the submission deadline. Applicants will have a decision six to eight weeks after that time.