CHHS Student Success Center

FAQs: Family Nurse Practitioner & Post Master Certificate

General

1) Am I a competitive student?
  • Admission decisions are based on several factors, including a strong overall undergraduate academic record; however, other indicators of success may be considered for admission.

2) Can I start the MSN program in the Spring Semester?

  • No. Students are admitted during the fall semester only.

3) Is a part-time MSN program available?

  • Yes. Each student must complete an approved course of study within five years of the date of the first registration for graduate study to be eligible for graduation.

4) Can I take MSN courses in the summer?

  • Elective courses may be offered in the summer.

5) The MSN program is primarily online. How many times would I be expected to come to the UNCW campus?

  • During most semesters, students are required to come to campus 4-5 times. These dates are usually established prior to the beginning of each semester.

6) Is there a final presentation/exam?

  • The final course will be a research project/presentation. It is a 15 page synthesis. Students will come to campus on final day to present.

7) Can I take MSN courses out of sequence?

  • No, courses may not be taken out of sequence.

8) How many clinical hours must I complete during the program?

  • Students are required to complete a total of 600 clinical hours during the program. These are divided as follows: 120 pediatrics, 120 women’s health, 120 adult health, and 240 complex family health.
  • For Post-Master’s students, the total amount of clinical hours will vary based upon previous clinical experience.

9) Where can I do my clinical practicum?

  • Students in the program will find their own clinical sites and work with the Clinical Coordinator to confirm placement. Clinical hours must be completed in North Carolina.

10) What is the average time spent on course work?

  • 30 hours per week for full time students. Once students start the clinical sequence, the time involved is the same for both full time and part time students.

11) What is the attrition rate, job placement rate, and pass rate for FNP Boards?

  • Attrition rate: 5%
  • Job Placement Rate: 92% (as of July 2016)
  • FNP Boards: 96% (as of July 2016)
    • The national average is 80% pass rate

12) What is the cost of the program?

  • Tuition rates can be found at Student Accounts. The estimated in-state tuition cost for the program is $16,300. This does not include books and other fees. 

 

Application/Admissions

1) How do I apply to the MSN program?

  • The application is completed online through the UNCW Graduate School. The online application will walk you through the process and provide you an opportunity to list email addresses for potential references, upload your resume or CV, and upload your writing sample. The only document submitted to the School of Nursing is the demographic data form which can be accessed on the web site. Everything else is submitted to the graduate school. The online application is the only way to submit an application—NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

2) What are the minimum admission requirements?

MSN-FNP:

  • A completed Graduate School application.
  • Official transcripts of all college work.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination, general test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) completed within the last five years. Applicants are not required to submit GRE or MAT for Fall 2018 application.
  • Three recommendations (one each from a former nurse faculty member and a current or former employer, preferred).
  • Current unrestricted North Carolina registered nurse license or registered nurse license from one of the affiliated compact states.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • One year of professional experience as a registered nurse.  
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or greater.
  • Academic credits in health and physical assessment, community health, statistics, and nursing research.
  • Computer competency.
  • Six semester hours of graduate level transferred credit may be accepted upon approval.
  • A comprehensive interview may be requested.
  • Additional items as needed.

MSN-FNP Post Master Certification:

  • A completed Graduate School application.
  • Official transcripts of all college work.
  • Three recommendations (one each from a former nurse faculty member and a current or former employer, preferred).
  • Current unrestricted North Carolina registered nurse license or registered nurse license from one of the affiliated compact states.
  • Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • One year of professional experience as a registered nurse.
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or greater.
  • Computer competency.
  • A comprehensive interview may be requested.
  • Additional items as needed.

3) Can I transfer into UNCW’s MSN program from another institution’s MSN program?

  • Yes, but only six hours of transfer credit can be accepted into the UNCW MSN program.

4) Must I have an undergraduate degree in nursing to apply to the MSN program?

  • Yes. A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BS or BSN) must be earned by July of the admission year. If accepted, student’s admission would be contingent upon successful completion of BSN degree.

5) Is there a time limit on previous courses taken, and how do I know which courses I have taken are accepted?

  • There is no time limit on previous courses taken. We assume practicing nursing have been out in the work force for some time and are using some of those skills learned in those courses. We make the assumption that if the student has gone to a school that is accredited, those courses will be accepted.

6) Does ADN experience count in the admissions requirements?

  • Yes. Any experience as a professional registered nurse will fulfill the admissions requirement.

7) When is the deadline to apply?

  • February 1 is the application deadline for Fall admission. All completed applications received by the graduate school by the February 1 deadline will be reviewed first. Applications that are incomplete on February 1 may not be reviewed by the School of Nursing graduate admission committee. Admission decisions will be finalized and students will be notified of admission no later than the end of May.

8) Must I take the GRE or MAT?

  • No. Applicants are not required to submit GRE or MAT for Fall 2018 application.

9) Does work or volunteer experience influence admissions?

  • Admission decisions are based on the entire application so work experience, volunteer experience or community/professional service, leadership experience, and scholarly works (research, publications, or grants) will be considered as part of the entire application.

10) Will I receive credit for my previous coursework?

  • A bachelor‘s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign institution (as evaluated by WES.org) is required prior to the first day of classes. Graduate and undergraduate programs may not be pursued simultaneously. Seven Regional Accrediting Bodies:
  • Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association (NH) 
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (M)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (EH)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NW)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WJ)Reapplying to the Program

Reapplying to the Program

1) If a student did not get accepted, can they resubmit their application to the program for another cohort?

  • They will need to resubmit their application to reapply. Due to huge volume of applications that we receive, it is impossible to review them all to provide individual feedback regarding how to improve a student’s chances of being accepted. We simply do not have enough spaces for all applicants.

2) What are the re-application instructions?

  1. Please contact Kimberly Harris at harrisk@uncw.edu if you have additional questions.
  2. Create a new account/application https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=UNCW-GRAD
  3. Click ‘CONTINUE’ if you wish to start a new application.
  4. Complete the graduate application.
  5. Upload a Word document outlining which documents you wish to recycle from your previous application.
  6. Submit prior to the published program deadline & pay the application fee (UNCW faculty/staff/dependent submit waiver through HR).