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A doctor holding a tablet: Explore the MSN-APRN degree program at Regent University.


Master of Science in Nursing in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

Lead the Way in Patient-Focused Nursing THROUGH REGENT’S MSN in APRN DEGREE PROGRAM

Are you ready to advance in your career while improving the health outcomes of your patients? Regent’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) provides cutting-edge integrated multidisciplinary training and is available online with some face-to-face requirements. Choose between two concentrations:

  • MSN in APRN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) 
  • MSN in APRN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – COMING SPRING 2023!

These concentrations offer a pathway that leads to APRN preparation and prepares students to function as change agents by bringing evidence to practice. Upon successful completion of the program, you’re eligible to apply for the APRN certification examination. Learn more about the benefits of pursuing an advanced nursing degree.

Online w/ Residency
August 22, 2022


Gain the proficiency necessary to teach confidently and engage with clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders. 


Anchor your knowledge and skill in Christian principles and values. 


Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field. Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for three years (2019, 2020 and 2022). We are also both military and transfer friendly. Experience the Regent difference through our online Master of Science in Nursing – Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (MSN-APRN) degree program. 


The United States Bureau for Labor Statistics predicted that openings for nurse practitioners in the U.S. will increase 45% between 2020 and 2030, and that between 2014 and 2024, every state in the U.S. will see an increase in jobs for nurse practitioners.

Accreditation is the mark of excellence

CCNE accredited

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at Regent University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Nursing and other relevant theories that apply to advanced nursing practice. Applies biblical worldview to ethical decision-making.

Advanced practice nurse’s role in the use and management of information in the healthcare industry. Major topics related to nursing informatics and technology.

System-focused content addresses the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serve as the foundation for advanced clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. Developmental physiology, normal etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of commonly found/observed altered health states and responses to illness and treatment modalities.

Expands the advanced practice student’s knowledge of the evidenced-based practice of Pharmacotherapeutic management. A practical advanced practice approach in applying pharmacological principles across the lifespan for both acute and outpatient care.

Comprehensive physical assessment and the obtainment of an in-depth health history across the lifespan; risk reduction, health promotion and prevention, early detection of physical and common emotional illnesses, and clinical decision making.

Nursing and healthcare delivery systems including organization and financing, and the economic, legal and political factors that influence health care. The role of nursing and healthcare delivery systems in the delivery of safe high quality care to patients.

Expands the research knowledge gained at the baccalaureate level. Application of nursing research to nursing practice along with the role of biostatistics in nursing research.

Continued application of nursing research and biostatistics in nursing practice; research project will validate the student’s skills in data collection and analysis methods, interpretation and reporting of statistical results. Prerequisite: NURS 633.

On completing the MSN – APRN degree, you will be able to:

  • Lead at the forefront of providing preventive care services to the public. 
  • Promote policies and initiatives that support patient safety. 
  • Integrate evidence-based principles and strategies that improve patient outcomes.  
  • Evaluate and identify a patient’s need for care and advise on a treatment plan. 

Career Opportunities

  • Psychiatry (Adult, Addiction, Pediatric)
  • Mental & Behavioral Health Units
  • ​Geriatric Nurse Specialist
  • Hospital-Based Practices
  • Independent Practices

2022-23 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

Application Process – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Step 1: Application

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to using the subject line: MSN Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a nursing or non-nursing bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

The MSN requires a candidate to have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution and a 3.0GPA in previously completed nursing courses.

Report no more than two previous documented failures in MSN courses.

Step 3: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objectives with our programs. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 4: Submit Your Nursing License

In order to be admitted to the MSN program, you must submit an active unencumbered/unrestricted Registered Nurse license from your state of practice. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Nursing License.

Step 5: Submit Your Resume

In order to be admitted to the MSN program, you must submit a resume showing one year of full-time clinical RN experience before entering the degree. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Resume.

Step 6: Submit a Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.


DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

What does APRN stand for?

APRN stands for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) are essentially the same. They are responsible for the same duties though they are identified differently from state to state.

What is an APRN?

An APRN, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, is a primary care provider and has been educated at a master’s or post-master’s level. APRNs typically go through specialized training for a specific patient population. Their certification through higher education allows APRNs to “assess, diagnose, and manage patient problems, order tests, and prescribe medications.” [1]

How to become an APRN
To become an APRN, an individual must complete an advanced nursing degree, complete clinical hours, pass a national certification exam, and apply for licensure in their state of practice. [2] The individual must already have a registered nurse (RN) license before pursuing an advanced practice nurse license.

  1. Get a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    A bachelor’s degree is necessary before pursuing a master’s degree in nursing to become an APRN. You can transfer your experience as an RN to a bachelor’s degree with Regent’s fully online RN to B.S. in Nursing program.

  2. Achieve an advanced nursing degree.

    The advanced nursing degree is the basis for RNs moving into APRN positions. Regent’s Master of Science in Nursing – APRN degree will prepare you to specialize for Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Both areas are expected to grow substantially in the coming years.

  3. Complete there required clinical practice experience hours.

    According to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), “Students must have the opportunity to practice and develop clinical/practice competencies that are appropriate for the degree level and for the role, population focus, and/or area for which they are being prepared.” [3] The amount of hours expected varies based on specialization.

  4. Pass a national APRN certification exam.

    The exam that you will need to take depends on which specialization you seek to master. Several organizations offer the exams necessary to meet this requirement. The exams require a thorough knowledge of the subject matter studied during the degree program and insight gained from the clinical practice hours.

  5. Apply for licensure in your state of practice.

    After passing the APRN certification exam, you can apply for licensure in the state you would like to practice in. Every state requires completion of the APRN certification exam, but some states have extra requirements. Your state of practice will also determine whether you can have an individual practice.

APRN salary

The median APRN salary was $117,670 or $56.67 per hour in 2020. The APRN career field is also growing nearly 6 times as fast as other occupations. [4]

Is a nurse practitioner as good as a doctor?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is as good as a doctor for treating general ailments. However, a doctor tends to have more comprehensive specialization training for less common and more complex health issues.  A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced training. Nurse practitioners receive less training than doctors but have many of the same abilities, knowledge and responsibilities. Both NPs and doctors can diagnose and conditions, order and interpret diagnostic tests, create treatment plans, and manage general patient care. In some states, NPs can practice without the supervision of a doctor which allows more people to receive faster care.
The Association of American Medical Colleges estimated that the United States could see an approximate shortage between 37,800 and 124,000 in both primary and specialized care by 2034. [5] In the next decade, nurse practitioners are just as important as doctors to fill the growing need for care.


  1. National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (2009, February 19). APRNS in the U.S. NCSBN.
  2. 2U Incorporated. (2020, December 15). Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) career guide. Nursing License Map. 
  3. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (2016, October). CCNE clinical practice experiences FAQs. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021, June 2). Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  5. American Association of Medical Colleges. (2021, June 11). AAMC report reinforces mounting physician shortage. AAMC.