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 M.S. – Nurse Practitioner program. Once accepted, the student works in conjunction with his or her adviser 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, students earn a Master of Science — Nurse Practitioner Track Degree in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership and are then eligible to complete the certification exam for the nurse practitioner and the licensing exam for the physician assistant.
- 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 adviser to complete and submit the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Dual-Track Program application form.
- Decisions to enroll in the dual-track program must be made prior to the fifth quarter of the nurse practitioner program. This allows students to complete the necessary courses as offered to meet graduate requirements. Typically, students apply by the end of their first academic year.
- Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Dual-Track Program application forms must be signed by the applicant, graduate adviser and the associate dean of academics.
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