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Admission Requirements

Where can I find more information about applying to Rockhurst University’s ABSN program?

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

Where can I find more information about applying to Rockhurst University’s Online Post-Master's FNP (Second Degree MSN) and the AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program?

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 Post-Master's FNP and AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate programs?

The admission requirements for the Online Post-Master's FNP and the Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate are as follows:

  • MSN degree from an accredited institution
  • Active RN license
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
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)
What are the admission requirements to apply for the ABSN program?
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • 2.7 GPA or higher
  • Resume
  • Completion of prerequisites:
    • Must complete 2 of 4 science prerequisites for your application to be reviewed
    • Science credits must be no older than 7 years; older credits trigger an ATI TEAS admission exam
    • Cannot repeat science courses more than once
    • Minimum of grade C in all prerequisite coursework
Are there prerequisites for the ABSN program?

Yes, students must have completed these courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Life Span/Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

Program Details

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

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

Are the Online Post-Master's FNP classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online. Students participate in one clinical immersion on the Rockhurst University campus and one virtual immersion.

How long will it take for me to complete the online MSN-Leadership program?

This program can be completed on a full-time basis in 4 semesters or part-time in 6 semesters.

How many start dates does the Online MSN-FNP program have per year?

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

How many credit hours are required for the Online Post-Master's FNP program?

This online degree requires 20 credit hours of online coursework and 600 clinical hours to graduate.

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

There are 2 intakes per year: fall and spring.

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

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

How many start dates does the Online Post-Master's FNP program have per year?

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

How many credit hours are required for the online MSN-Leadership program?

This online degree requires 37 credit hours of online coursework and 200 practicum hours to graduate.

Can I apply for the ABSN if I live outside of Missouri?

Students from Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Vermont are welcome to apply to the online ABSN program.

How long will it take for me to complete the online Post-Master's FNP program?

This program can be completed in just 4 semesters.

Are the MSN-Leadership classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online, and practicum hours are also required.

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.

Can I apply for the Online MSN Dual Track 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.

Can I apply for the online MSN-Leadership 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 ABSN classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online, and the 10-day clinical immersion takes place on the Rockhurst University campus.

Are the Online MSN Dual Track classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online, and 2 three-day clinical immersions take place on the Rockhurst University campus.

Is the ABSN program faculty experienced?

You will learn from active clinicians who bring real-world experience into the online classroom. As trusted Rockhurst faculty members, they are committed to your success as a new nurse.

How many credit hours are required for the Online MSN Dual Track program?

This online degree requires 62 credit hours of online coursework and 1,000 clinical hours to graduate.

How many start dates does the Online MSN Dual Track 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 Dual Track program?

This program can be completed in 8 semesters if you study full-time or 10 semesters on a part-time basis.

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, and 2 three-day clinical immersions take place on the Rockhurst University campus.

Can I apply for the Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate 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.

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.

Are the AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online, and 2 three-day clinical immersions take place on the Rockhurst University campus.

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

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

How many credit hours are required for the Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program?

This online degree requires 20 credit hours of online coursework and 600 clinical hours to graduate.

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.

How many start dates does the Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program have per year?

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

How long will it take for me to complete the ABSN program?

This rigorous program is intended for full-time study and takes 16 months to complete. Students should not expect to work while enrolled in this program.

Can I apply for the Online MSN-FNP 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.

How long will it take for me to complete the Online AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate program?

This program can be completed in just 4 semesters.

How many start dates does the ABSN program have per year?

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

Are the MSN-FNP classes 100% online?

Yes. The didactic coursework is delivered 100% online. Students participate in one clinical immersion on the Rockhurst University campus and one virtual immersion.

Can I apply for the Online Post-Master's FNP 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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much do Rockhurst University’s online nursing programs cost?

The online ABSN program is $783.33 per credit hour, for a total flat-rate tuition of $47,000. The online master’s degrees, dual track, and post-master's certificate programs each cost $734.69 per credit hour. The total tuition costs vary by program as follows:

  • $36,000 MSN-FNP (plus $3,000 fee)
  • $36,000 MSN-AGACNP (plus $3,000 fee)
  • $27,183.53 MSN-Leadership
  • $45,500 MSN Dual Track 
  • $14,693 Post-Master's FNP (Second Degree MSN)
  • $14,693 AGACNP Post-Master's Certificate 

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 (HLC). Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.

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 baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and post-master's 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

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.

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.