Academic Information

Academic Information

The purposes of the graduate master’s programs in nursing are: to prepare graduates for specialization as adult-gerontology nurse practitioners and administrators; to develop leaders in the profession who are able to advance standards and create change for quality health care; and to provide a foundation for doctoral study.

Saint Peter’s University offers one option for nursing specialization at the master’s level:

  • Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

A Post-Master’s program is also offered to prepare nurses as adult-gerontology nurse practitioners.

The master’s program builds upon the knowledge acquired in nursing at the baccalaureate level and is based on three essential components for a graduate master’s program in nursing: theoretical foundation to inform practice, utilization of research, and specialty practice. Reflective of the mission of Saint Peter’s University to equip persons for leadership and service through a value-based education, the master’s program prepares nurses for specialization in roles that are increasingly essential for today’s society. Students acquire a breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and values and are prepared to continually further their education.

At A Glance
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing‐ Nurse Practitioner (MSN‐NP)
Concentrations: Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Course Locations: Online
Program Duration: MSN‐NP 39 CR
Calendar: APRN is 16 weeks semesters X2 can be taken part time or full time, must complete in 5.5 years
Course Format: Online; Semester (15 weeks) and in Summer (10 weeks)

Program Availability

The nursing programs are offered online. Courses are offered as follows:

  • MSN Primary Care (Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner). 15 week semester schedule.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete the required number of credits and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.


Saint Peter’s University assigns an academic advisor from within the School of Nursing for every candidate. Nursing students should call 201-761-6272 for assistance with academic advising.

Time Limitation

Students are expected to enroll continuously until their programs are completed. Full-time students should complete the MSN Program in 2 2/3 years. All are expected to complete the program in 5 1/2 years.

CCNE accredited

The baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in nursing at Saint Peter’s University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, ( and the New Jersey Board of Nursing, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark NJ, 07102.