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Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs refer to the Master's Degree track for students admitted prior to fall 2018. For information about the DNP program, visit FNP-DNP.
How many years RN experience are required?
At least one year of RN experience is required.
What is the deadline for admission?
January 15th is the deadline for completed applications to be submitted to the Graduate School for consideration for fall admission. Priority will be given to those who apply by the deadline.
Can I apply online?
Yes. Please create your account in My GradSpace to complete the application online. This application can be used for degree, non-degree, and certificate programs. The Graduate School does not accept paper applications.
How much is the application fee? Can it be waived?
The application fee is $35. No, the application fee cannot be waived.
How many clinical practicum hours are required?
A minimum of 680 clinical practicum hours are required. Students are encouraged to be spend as much time as possible in their clinical practicum. The first practicum focuses on interviewing and health assessment skills. This is a seven-week practicum of approximately 32 clinical hours per week (180 total hour's minimum). The second and third practicums focus on acute, emergent, and chronic conditions, interviewing, health assessment, diagnosis, pharmacologic intervention, and patient education with each practicum lasting approximately 13 weeks (225 clinical hours minimum). Students participate in one intense week on campus each semester.
Where do students complete their clinical component?
Students may identify a preceptor within their community. There is no guarantee that students will be placed with a preceptor in their community therefore, students must be willing to travel if needed for clinical practicum. The preceptorship must be in a successful practice, highly respected by the health care profession. The preceptorship must provide the student with a variety of clients across the lifespan. If the clinical practice of the preceptor is limited in a particular area or the preceptor "needs a break" from the intense teacher-student role, the preceptor should recommend and/or assist the student in arranging specialty rotations. Scheduling specialty rotations should be done as early as possible in the semester by approval of the faculty.
How do I select a preceptor?
Professionally, the preceptor must exhibit interest and involvement in the advanced nurse practitioner role. The preceptor serves as host, sponsor, teacher, and role model for the student at the clinical site. Professional qualities that are needed to preceptor the FNP student are: interest in professional growth and continued learning; involvement in the agency and community; secure in role; confident, knowledgeable, and competent; has respect of peers; and is able to deal with conflict. Students may contact a potential preceptor via phone, set up an interview time and go prepared with a CV.
Helpfulness, caring, flexibility, and enthusiasm are personal qualities that students value. Enjoyment of teaching, commitment to students, and willingness to work with beginners are important characteristics in the development of a positive student/preceptor relationship.
What are the qualifications of a preceptor?
The preceptor should be a Masters or Doctoral prepared NP, MD or DO. They have at least two years' experience in their profession. The preceptor cannot be friend or relative to the student.
What criteria should I look for in an agency for clinical practicum?
The agency should be interested in the education of Nurse Practitioners and value the role of the nurse practitioner. Staff should be friendly and welcoming to the student. The clinical site should be a successful clinic and respected by the health care profession. The clinic and preceptor should have a patient population through the lifespan.
How many credits are required?
I took a course at another university. How do I get it assessed for transfer credit?
In order to determine if transfer credit can be awarded for a course from another university, a copy of the syllabus from that course must be submitted for review to the CON Graduate Office. UND does not accept transfer credit which were completed by challenge examinations.
Are there any campus visit requirements?
Yes, students are required to come to campus one week per semester. During that time they will participate in traditional lectures, hands on lab, simulation and follow faculty in a clinical practice setting.
If I have a GPA below 3.0 should I apply?
A minimum of 3.0 GPA for the last two years of baccalaureate study is required. Some students may take a graduate level course to attempt to raise their GPA.
Does UND offer a DNP program?
Yes, we have a post-masters DNP program. http://nursing.UND.edu/dnp
Are references or letters of recommendation required?
Three references are required and these are submitted via e mail to the Graduate School during the application process. Applicants are encouraged to get their references from professors, supervisors, and applicable colleagues. References from friends and family are usually not acceptable.
What is the cost to attend UND NP program?
Does UND offer an accredited program?
The Master of Science (M.S.) Program in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) until 2021 and approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing through 2015.
Do I have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
All non-native speakers of English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), or for the Internet based TOEFL the minimum scores for each category: Speaking 21/30, Listening 19/30, Reading 19/30 and writing 17/30 to be considered for admission. UND recognizes the IELTS test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 or successful completion of English Language Service (ELS) level 112 as equivalent to TOEFL. This test must be sent directly from ETS—photocopies are not acceptable. The TOEFL requirement will not be waived for any reason, and test scores older than two years are no longer valid. Applicants who have received a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, please see the following:
What is your RAIN program for American Indian students?
The UND CON has a program, Recruitment/Retention of American Indians Into Nursing (RAIN) which provides support services for American Indian students pursuing a nursing degree. http://www.nursing.UND.edu/rain/