Post-MSN Certificate Application and Requirements

Your next step to achieving your goals in nursing are within reach. This page outlines what we need from you in order to be considered for the graduate program.

Touro Nevada is here for you, wherever you are.

Touro Nevada is focused on educating the best and brightest to join the courageous healthcare providers that are seeing us through these unique and challenging times.  We are ready to start your new class this summer -- online or in-person -- as dictated by the healthcare needs of our communities and world.

Communication with the School 

We are working remotely but you can now communicate with us through Zoom Video conferencing.  

You are encouraged to email your Program Manager if you’d like to schedule a Zoom appointment. The Program Manager will schedule the Zoom meeting during regular office hours and provide you a password. To schedule, please contact Shannon at  

Admission Requirements

View the specific educational standards and personal qualifications you'll need for consideration of your application.

You must reside in the following states:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Arizona or Nevada.
  • Hold a MSN degree from a program of nursing accredited by national or regional accreditation body that is recognized by CHEA and by a nursing accreditor, including CCNE, NLNAC, CNEA, or ACEN.
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • If you have a GPA of 2.5 – 2.99, you will need to maintain a 3.0 in the first trimester of the program.

  • Unencumbered active licensure as a registered nurse in U.S. state or territory.
    • Note: The license needs to be in your state of residence/clinical rotations and that state must be one of the four states listed under residence requisites.  
  • Hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
  • Possess basic computer skills to complete Internet searches and use Microsoft Office.
  • You must comply with TUN’s required Nursing Technical Standards and Good Moral Character Behavior policy which includes the physical, emotional, and mental abilities necessary to perform as a nurse.
  • Be eligible for and obtain a registered nurse license in Nevada.
    • Note: You must submit a receipt from the Nevada State Board of Nursing for the license application with the online program application. If the Nevada State Board of Nursing will not grant a Nevada license for any reason, your admission may be denied/revoked.

Clinical Trimester Expectations

This rigorous program includes the knowledge and skills necessary for providing primary care to patients across the lifespan as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

During the last 3 trimesters of the program (total of 1 year) you will learn in the classroom and in the clinical setting alongside a preceptor. During these trimesters the clinical work equates to 2 business days per week. Since this is a program with a primary care foundation, most clinical sites are only available Monday – Friday.

Along with 2 full days of clinical work you will have academic courses to advance your knowledge. The student’s responsibility for academic coursework, including viewing lectures, studying with online study tools, reading, preparing clinical notes, and other assignments, is estimated to be equivalent to 3 hours of time per 1 credit course per week. This equates to a minimum of 15-21 hours per week.


Touro Nevada recognizes this may be a stressful time for prospective students. You may be facing challenges such as not being able to take courses in-person or taking standardized tests as scheduled, which makes it hard to meet admission requirements. We are closely monitoring these issues and have addressed your concerns by making temporary revisions to admission requirements for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Please review the COVID-19 FAQs below and contact your program manager, Shannon McDowell, if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your continued interest. Stay safe!

Yes, Pass/Fail grades will be accepted. Passing grades will be given the weight of a 3.0 GPA received for that course(s).


All final transcripts and conferred degree must be received to meet admission requirements. All incoming students who do not have final transcripts and conferred degree submitted prior to acceptance, will be closely monitored and will maintain their conditional acceptance status until the document(s) is received.



Important deadlines in your application process.

May 23
Summer 2022 Application Due
Sept. 19
Fall 2022 Application Due
Jan. 18
Spring 2022 Application Due

How to Apply

If you meet the minimum program requirements, you are welcome to apply by following these steps.

You must submit a completed Touro Nevada application and a non-refundable application fee of $75 as well as the following items. 

    • Indicate which cohort you wish to apply to: Spring, Summer, or Fall.
    • A resume or curriculum vitae.
    • FNP Personal Statement Instructions: A personal statement of education and career goals in relation to the program.
    • One letter of reference from a nursing or healthcare supervisor/professional.
      1. Provide proof an active, unencumbered United States RN license.
      2. All official transcripts from institutions of higher education attended, including undergraduate, graduate, and foreign.
        • However, at the time of application, those that are over ten years old AND do not reflect courses relative to the admission requirements are not required. Present evidence that a nursing degree has been conferred prior to acceptance into the program. This includes foreign transcripts professionally evaluated by an agency, such as World Education Services ( or an agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( 
        • All foreign transcripts must be professionally evaluated by an agency such as World Education Services or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
      3. A current CPR-American Heart Association certification at the healthcare provider level prior to entry into clinical courses (Family Nurse Practitioners only).
      4. A signed copy of the Nursing Technical Standards.

    Mail supporting documents to:

    Touro University Nevada
    Office of Admissions
    Attn: Post-MSN Program
    874 American Pacific Drive
    Henderson, NV 89014

    Applicants can email the Office of Admissions or call (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.

    Additional Information & Next Steps

    Upon receipt of all admissions documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine which candidates will be accepted into the program. If you're successful in joining the Touro Nevada family, you will be contacted by telephone and/or email are required to:

    1. Submit the $500 deposit by the required date.
    2. Submit immunization records of vaccination against Hepatitis A and B, Varicella, MMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria booster (TD) and 2-step TB screen.
    3. Submit health and physical clearance completed by a physician or PCP.
    4. Pass a Level I criminal background check and drug screen.
      • Applicants to the School of Nursing should be aware that any felony convictions may impact the graduate’s eligibility for certification and credentialing.
    5. Provide proof of health insurance coverage.

    Failure to comply with the above requirements by the date stated in your admissions invitation letter will result in revocation of the admission invitation.

    Post-MSN Common Questions

    You will find answers to some of the most common questions about the program. For answers to common questions on the general application process, please visit Admissions & Aid.

    Priority deadlines are: 

    • September 21 for Fall 2019
    • January 17 for Spring 2020
    • May 15 for Summer 2020

    The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner is required to complete 585 directly supervised clinical hours. Please see the MSN Curriculum for a breakdown of the required number of hours per term.

    The FNP Coordinator will assist with clinical placement; however, the student is encouraged to seek clinical placements and work with the Clinical Coordinator to ensure the site is suitable. All preceptors and clinical sites must be approved by the FNP Coordinator prior to beginning the clinical course.

    This differs depending on the track you are completing. The Post MSN Graduate certificate- Nurse Educator has NO on-campus requirement; the coursework is completely online. The Post MSN Graduate certificate FNP is mostly online; of the 4 trimesters of the program, students are required to be on campus 1 week in each of trimester 3, 4, and 5, for clinical skills practice and competency assessment.

    If a student is residing in another state, it is possible to complete the clinical expectation in the residential state. The student must communicate with the FNP Coordinator to understand proper procedures for out of state clinical practice. All clinical sites and preceptors must be approved by the FNP Coordinator prior to beginning clinical courses. Clinical rotations must be completed one of the two states in which we are authorized to have MSN-FNP students (AZ & NV).

    This program was developed with the working RN in mind.


    If you haven’t experienced online learning before you are in for a treat! Online courses are available through Touro University Nevada’s Learning Management System (fancy way of saying “website for school”) 24/7. This means if you work nights and arrive home at 8 am you can log on and complete some work. If you work days and get an early out at 2 pm log on and get some coursework done. If you have a night off and want to do schoolwork at 1 am, go ahead! Course assignments will have specific due dates and times that are included with each course syllabus. As long as you submit your assignment by the due date and time you are good! Your instructor will grade and make comments on your assignments and then attach those assignments back to you in the course grade book. Online courses also allow the instructor to give you video feedback. Sometimes your instructor will have a conference call or an on-campus lecture you can participate in. And if you can’t be there- you can listen to the recorded call or watch the video afterward. Online technology is a fantastic tool for learning.

    The program will prepare you to meet educational eligibility requirements to sit for national nurse practitioner certification examinations for both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

    The School of Nursing faculty will consider up to 6 transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. Please notify your admission counselor prior to enrolling if you have completed credits that you would like to be considered for transfer.

    Rolling admissions signifies that applications are reviewed as they arrive through the Touro University Nevada admissions application. The committee review selection begins after applications and documents are complete and submitted fully, and will continue until all the accepted seats are filled. This may take place well before the stated deadline(s) due to the volume of applications.

    Questions? Contact Us

    Elsa Macias

    Elsa Macias


    Admissions and Recruitment Program Manager
    (702) 777-4800

    Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.