BSN Track

The BSN Track is for registered nurses who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Students who enter the program with a BSN will complete the following core curriculum and then advance to the courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.

If you hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN), see the RN Track.

Admission Requirements

  • The Technical Standards Policy & Clinical Site Acknowledgement Form with:
    • A statement of understanding of the MSN NP practicum requirements.
    • Identification of potential clinical sites in your local area for each of the four practicum requirements.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an enrollment specialist for more details.

Completion Requirements

  • 58 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (23 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (35 cr. includes the required 640 practicum hours)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6050 Course Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6051 Course Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6052 Course Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6053 Course Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6501 Course Advanced Pathophysiology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6521 Course Advanced Pharmacology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6512 Course Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NRNP 6531/PRAC 6531 Course Advanced Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan Credits 5 cr. (3 didactic, 2 practicum)
Course Code NRNP 6541/PRAC 6541 Course Primary Care of Adolescents and Children Credits 5 cr. (3 didactic, 2 practicum)
Course Code NRNP 6551/PRAC 6551 Course Primary Care of Women Credits 5 cr. (3 didactic, 2 practicum)
Course Code NRNP 6565/PRAC 6565 Course Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice Care of Patients in Primary Care Settings Credits 5 cr. (3 didactic, 2 practicum)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into any nurse practitioner specializations: Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah.

Note on licensure: Walden’s MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to academically prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice in the U.S. as nurse practitioners. However, each state has its own academic preparation and authority to practice requirements and issues its own license for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Learn more about professional licensure.

No graduate program can guarantee that graduates will obtain licensure to practice as a nurse practitioner. We encourage students to consult the appropriate board of nursing or regulatory authority in the states or jurisdictions in which they reside or intend to seek licensure to determine specific requirements. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to licensure; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensure for the state in which they intend to practice, as requirements vary widely.

Note on certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.

Note on Field Experience and Relocating
Students who are considering relocating are advised to contact their Student Success Advisor prior to any decision to relocate in order to determine how relocation may impact progress in their program. Advisors can provide information and guidance on how relocating may result in possible changes, restrictions, and/or additional requirements affecting field experience. Each Board of Nursing and Higher Education Authority governs the field experience rules and regulations in their respective states, and students may be unable to complete field experience in the state in which they plan to relocate. While Walden is committed to working collaboratively with students to secure field sites across the United States, it is imperative that students contact their Student Success Advisor immediately when considering relocating.

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