Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant
Nurse practitioner students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing can simultaneously prepare for both the nurse practitioner and physician assistant professions through the unique Master of Science– Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Dual-Track Program. This dual-track program is the only one in the nation where nurses are prepared to work as both nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Students who wish to enroll in this track must first be accepted into the nurse practitioner program. Once accepted, students work in conjunction with their advisers to determine dual-track eligibility. Students in the dual-track program must complete additional coursework and supervised clinical hours to meet both the nurse practitioner and physician assistant education requirements.
The dual-track program is nine quarters in length. Upon completion of the dual-track program, a graduate earns a Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner Degree in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership as well as a certificate in physician assistant studies. Dual-track students are then eligible to complete the nurse practitioner certification exam and the physician assistant licensing exam.
- All applicants must be current graduate students within the nurse practitioner program who wish to simultaneously pursue a physician assistant license.
- All applicants must consult with their graduate advisers to complete and submit the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Dual-Track Program application form.
- Decisions to enroll in the dual-track program occur early in the first year of the nurse practitioner program. Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Dual-Track Program application forms must be signed by applicants and their graduate advisers upon matriculation into the program.
Along with primary-care rotations for the nurse practitioner program, dual-track students are required to complete the additional supervised clinical experiences for the physician assistant program in the following settings:
- Emergency department rotation
- In-patient rotation
- Surgery rotation
- Mental health rotation