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Admission Requirements

Where can I find more information about applying to Rockhurst University’s Online MSN degree programs?

You can find more information on this page or schedule an appointment with your Rockhurst University enrollment adviser.

What are the admission requirements to apply for the Online MSN degree programs?

The admission requirements for the MSN-FNP, MSN-AGACNP, MSN-Leadership, and MSN Dual Track programs are as follows:

  • BSN from CHEA recognized school and nursing accreditation from CCNE or ACEN
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Minimum BSN GPA: 3.0
  • Active unencumbered registered nurse license
  • 2 LORs (professional or academic)
  • Graduate Statistics
  • Personal Statement (400-800 words)

Program Details

What are the MSN Immersions?

MSN-FNP and AGACNP students will complete two immersion experiences, one virtual and one on-campus. The on-campus immersions are multi-day experiences based on the program for students to receive clinical instruction and to further hone their skills.

Are the MSN Immersions required?

Yes, the on-campus and virtual immersion sessions for the different MSN programs are required. Learn more about the MSN Immersion experiences.

Can I apply for the Online MSN-AGACNP if I live outside of Missouri?

Yes. We are currently accepting applications from a number of states. Please visit our state authorization page to find out whether your state is included.

Are the MSN-AGACNP classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online, along with one virtual immersion. One three-day clinical immersion will take place on the Rockhurst University campus.

How many credit hours are required for the Online MSN-AGACNP program?

This degree requires 49 credit hours of online coursework and 600 clinical hours to graduate.

How many start dates does the online MSN-AGACNP program have per year?

There are 3 intakes per year: fall, spring and summer.

How long will it take for me to complete the Online MSN-AGACNP program?

This program can be completed on a full-time basis in 6 semesters or part-time in 8 semesters.

Are clinical placement services provided?

Yes. A dedicated Rockhurst placement coordinator will work with you to secure a site and preceptor near you. Learn more about our clinical placement services.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much do Rockhurst University’s online programs cost?

The online ABSN program is $783 per credit hour (including all fees), for a total program cost of $46,980.

The online master’s degrees, dual track, and post-master's certificate programs each cost $734.69 per credit hour. The total total tuition costs vary by program as follows:

  • $35,999.81 MSN-FNP (plus $61/credit hour fee)
  • $35.999.81 MSN-AGACNP (plus $61/credit hour fee)
  • $27,183.53 MSN-Leadership (plus $61/credit hour fee)
  • $45,550.78 MSN Dual Track (plus $61/credit hour fee)
  • $14,693.80 Post-Master's FNP (Second Degree MSN) (plus $61/credit hour fee)
  • $14,693.80 AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate (plus $61/credit hour fee)

The online Ed.D. in Education and Leadership program costs $800 per credit hour for a total program cost of $36,000.

Financial aid may be available to our online students.

Accreditation

Are Rockhurst University’s online programs accredited?

Rockhurst University and Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Nursing programs and courses are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*.

Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is approved by the State of Missouri to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As a participating institution, Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences may offer online programs to students in other SARA member states without seeking authorization in that state. 

The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Business courses are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

* The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Rockhurst University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Clinical Placement Services

What can I expect during my nursing clinicals?

All clinical nursing experiences are slightly different because student nurses work in a variety of health care facility environments. You will begin your clinical rotations after the required background checks and physical examinations have been successfully completed. During your clinical rotation, you will be under the close supervision of your preceptor and the indirect supervision of a Rockhurst clinical faculty supervisor. You will be given specific instructions to follow while keeping the clinical practice guidelines in mind.

How does the clinical placement process work?

You’ll work with a dedicated Rockhurst placement coordinator who will walk you through the process and be your primary point of contact. Based on your goals and where you live, your placement coordinator will identify an appropriate site and preceptor for you within a reasonable driving distance.

What are nursing clinicals?

Hands-on patient care in clinical settings is a requisite component of a nursing degree. During your clinicals, with the supervision of a licensed nurse practitioner (NP), you’ll practice what you learned in the online classroom on real patients. (ABSN students will practice under the supervision of a licensed registered nurse.)

Clinicals are very similar to an internship or being an apprentice; you provide care for real patients while benefiting from the supervision and guidance of your preceptor and indirect supervision and support from the Rockhurst faculty.  

How do I prepare for nursing clinicals?

You will be in close communication with your placement coordinator all the way through to graduation. He or she will ensure you complete all requirements and meet deadlines, will answer your questions, verify your clearance requirements, and walk you through the nursing clinicals checklist. The checklist details the dress code, clinical tools, and professional expectations to ensure your success in each rotation.