Congratulations on your admission and welcome to the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University! We at NKU look forward to an intense, yet enjoyable academic career with you and are eager to integrate you into our program. This website highlights the essentials on how to navigate course registration, academic advising, and walks you through other details that establish you as a student at Northern Kentucky University.
Please peruse the links below, which provide you the needed information to be successful as you begin your academic journey in our MSN program.
Our faculty and staff are passionate about student success and dedicated to a philosophy of enhancing human health and preserving a good quality of life.
If you have further questions, your next step is to speak with an academic advisor. The information to follow will give you specific instructions on how to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Dale Stephenson
Dean of the College of Health & Human Services
Congratulations on your acceptance into the Master of Science in Nursing Practice (MSN) Program within the College of Health and Human Services. This is an exciting time as you begin to advance your role and responsibilities in providing care to all people in a variety of settings. We are honored and look forward to working with you as you continue to impact health care in a variety of settings; while, at the same time making contributions to our nursing profession.
As we face challenges in healthcare systems the leadership, knowledge and expertise of you as masters prepared nurses is critical for the care of individuals, families, groups, and society. Your time in the MSN program will be challenging yet extremely rewarding. You will find the curriculum to be accelerated, engaging and will well prepare you to provide leadership in all healthcare settings. Faculty and I look forward to meeting you.
Welcome to the NKU Norse family!
Teresa Huber, DNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program
In order to know which classes to enroll in for your first term, please view the section of this website “Concentration Specific Information (including course sequences)”. Here you will find academic plans for each MSN concentration area and based off your start date in the program.
In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education Concentration online, students must complete 11 courses (33 credit hours), which includes four core courses (12 credit hours), and seven concentration courses (21 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long. 200 clinical hours are required to complete the program.
Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration
In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Executive Leadership Concentration online, students must complete 11 courses (33 credit hours), which includes four core courses (12 credit hours), and seven concentration courses (21 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long. 100 clinical hours are required to complete this program.
Family Nurse Practitioner
In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner online,
students must complete 19 courses (47 credit hours), which includes eight core courses (24 credit hours), five clinical courses (5 credit hours) with a total of 600 clinical hours, and six family nurse practitioner specialty courses (18 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long.
Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner
In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner online, students must complete 17 courses (43 credit hours), which includes eight core
courses (24 credit hours), 4 clinical courses (4 credit hours) with a total of 500 clinical hours, four specialty courses (12 credit hours), and one capstone (3 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long.
Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
In order to earn the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner online, students must complete 18 courses (46 credit hours), which includes eight core courses (24 credit hours), four clinical residency courses (4 credit hours) with a total of 500 clinical hours, five specialty courses (15 credit hours), and one capstone (3 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long.
Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Students in the Master of Science in Nursing – Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
online program must complete 18 courses (46 credit hours) comprised of eight
core courses (24 credit hours), five concentration courses (15 credit hours),
four clinicals (4 credit hours) with a total of 500 clinical hours, and a
capstone course (3 credit hours). Each course is seven weeks long.
RN to MSN students have been offered provisional admission based on completion of undergraduate courses. These courses require permits in order to enroll. Please find below information to assist you in this process:
The School of Nursing advisors are dedicated to your academic success. Understanding your program of study and course sequencing are critical components of successful program progression and completion.
While an advising appointment is not required, we are happy to provide guidance and answer your questions at any time. Information regarding your advisor can be found in MyNKU , Student Self Service, My Records and My Advisor.
Therefore, to schedule a face-to-face or phone appointment with MSN Advisor please use the following link: https://nkuchhsadvising.as.me/schedule.php
Appointments may be made prior to or after your initial enrollment. Likewise, an advising appointment may be made at any time throughout your program, as needed. We are happy to work with you!
Canvas is used for all School of Nursing courses. Navigation of Canvas will need to be mastered for successful course management. Here is a training to use Canvas as a student through NKU: https://inside.nku.edu/cite/technologyresources/Canvas_student.html
It is at the discretion of the faculty member when the course opens in canvas, not Information Technology. Faculty are not required to open the course until the 1st day of class. If you do not see your course showing, it is most likely that the faculty has not opened it.
To log onto Canvas, visit canvas.nku.edu and enter your username and password. The courses for which you have registered should be listed. You can access the course(s) by clicking on the course title once the course has been made available by the instructor as noted above. Once you access the course(s), you will find an announcement with an introduction and directions for the course.
In addition to your registered classes, you will be required to self-enroll in your individual concentration shell within Canvas.
Each site provides a vast amount of information relevant to your individual concentration. Of significant importance is the student handbook. This should be located on the first module of the Canvas “course”. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the Canvas site and what it contains. We have made every effort to provide important information and forms as well as address your questions and concerns on this site. You should check for announcements daily as these can be time sensitive.
Once you have registered for classes, follow these links to self-enroll in your specific concentration shell:
FNP students: URL: https://nku.instructure.com/enroll/98RKWM
AGNP students: URL: https://nku.instructure.com/enroll/D7877P
AGACNP students: URL: https://nku.instructure.com/enroll/HWL3Y6
PMHNP students: URL: https://nku.instructure.com/enroll/XGLAGF
NED students: URL: https://nku.instructure.com/enroll/FXAWMT
NEL students: URL: https://nku.instructure.com/enroll/H7LC8N
Once there, click on the “Enroll in Course” button which will give you access to this course.
Questions should be directed to the Office of Graduate Education at 859.572.6364
Students should check the NKU Academic Calendar for questions related to Campus wide deadlines, i.e. last day to drop a class, holidays, last day to register, etc. The Academic calendar can be found in the "Quick Links" drop down menu on the upper right corner of any NKU webpage.
**Please reference the 7 week sections for each academic session**
All accelerated online program tuition and fees are due at the beginning of the FIRST SESSION for all courses registered for that semester. Full payment must be received by the first day of class or your classes will be dropped for non-payment. Due to the short nature of each session, no payment plan is available.
Please be aware that each course section you are enrolled in may be in a different SESSION and therefore have separate drop dates for tuition adjustments. Please access the Academic Calendar and review the dates that impact YOU!
Please contact Student Account Services for any further questions.
Location: Lucas Administration Building Second Floor, Room 235
Northern Kentucky University
Attn: Student Account Services
Nunn Drive, LAC 235
Highland Heights, KY 41099