General Program FAQs

Are the programs CCNE accredited?
- Yes, our programs are accredited by the CCNE.

What is the completion time for each of the programs?
- The online MSN can be completed in just 28 months for the AGPCNP or PNP. The online MSN with a concentration in FNP or AGACNP can be completed in just 32 months.
- The online DNP can be completed in just 18 months.
- The online BSN to DNP program can be completed in just 36 months for AGPCNP and PNP. The BSN to DNP with a concentration in FNP or AGACNP can be completed in 40 months.
- The online post-master’s certification can be completed in just 20 months for AGPCNP and PNP, and just 24 months for FNP and AGACNP.

How much time can I expect to devote each week to the program?
- Most students budget 20 hours per week for the program. Because you do not have to log in to the program at any specific time, you can arrange those hours as your work and personal schedules permit.

When can I sit for my board exams?
- Students can register for their board exams as early as their last semester as long as the test requirements are met. Contact your enrollment advisor for details on the board examinations.

Do classes fill up?
- No, there are no waiting lists once accepted.

How many start dates are offered for each program?
- The MSN and Post–Master’s Certificate programs have six start dates available and the BSN to DNP and DNP programs have three start dates available. Contact your Enrollment Advisor for the academic calendar.

Do I have to take a statistics course prior to or during the program?
- No, you are not required to take a statistics course. There is no GMAT or GRE requirement either.

Transfer Credits FAQs

Is there a cap to the number of credits that can be transferred?
- Yes, upon review, up to six credit hours can be transferred into the programs.

What are the requirements to transfer credits?
- To transfer credits, they must be from an accredited institution, have earned a grade of “B” or higher, no more than 5 years old and be reviewed by the admissions committee. For more details on transfer credits, contact your enrollment advisor.

Can you review my transcripts prior to me applying or my acceptance?
- No, transcripts and transfer credits are reviewed when the admissions committee reviews an applicant’s file for acceptance.

General Nurse Practitioner FAQs

What kind of training and experience makes a great nurse practitioner?
- A great nurse practitioner is first and foremost well educated. The laws on nurse practitioner certification vary by state. Because you have already earned your master’s degree, Maryville can now prepare you for an adult gerontology or family nurse practitioner certification. Our online learning environment includes small class sizes, which fosters more collaboration among peers and ensures you get the personal attention you deserve from your instructors.

How has the role of a nurse practitioner changed over time?
- Nurse practitioners have been providing care for more than half a century. The profession originated in the 1960s when there was a shortage of physicians. Today’s nurse practitioners are highly specialized leaders. They utilize their advanced skill set and knowledge to steer the nursing profession. Though the actual role and responsibilities haven’t changed much, nurse practitioners have been pushing for more independence for decades — and it is working. Today’s NPs receive unprecedented levels of opportunity and respect.

What qualities make a great nurse practitioner?
- The word nurse comes from the Latin nutricius — “person who nourishes.” This is what great nurse practitioners do. They nourish their patients and peers with knowledge, compassion and skill — and they do it with extreme focus. That’s why national nurse practitioner certifications are offered with specialty areas, such as adult gerontology and family care.

FAQs by Program


Do I find my own preceptors or do you provide them?
- Yes, students are responsible for securing their preceptors.

How many clinical hours am I required to complete?
- AGPCNP 580 hours, FNP 745 hours, AGACNP 830 hours, and PNP 580 hours

When do clinicals begin?
- Clinical courses typically begin in the fifth semester.


Is it a true dual enrollment program?
- Yes, while enrolled in the program students complete both MSN and DNP courses in tandem.

Will I complete both an MSN and DNP program?
- You will complete coursework from the MSN program, but you will graduate with your DNP.

Do I need to be an advanced practice nurse to complete this program?
- Yes, you need to be a current board-certified APRN with at least 1 year of APRN experience. You need to have your MSN from a NLNAC/CCNE accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

What topics or ideas can be used for a capstone project?
- The DNP clinical scholarly project primarily involves mastery of an advanced nursing practice specialty that arises from an identified clinical practice problem or need specific to your practice. For more information on the capstone project and topics, contact your enrollment advisor.

Post-Master’s Certificate:

What courses are involved for the post-master’s certificates?
- See the Post Master’s Certificate page for curriculum details.

If I have a master’s in something other than nursing, can I still enroll?
- No, to be admitted into the program, students must hold an MSN degree from an NLNAC/CCNE accredited program among the other admissions requirements (Link to Post-Master’s Certificate requirements).

How quickly can I complete the program?
- You can complete the AGPCNP or PNP in just 20 months and the FNP or AGACNP in just 24 months.

When do the clinicals begin?
- Clinical courses typically begin in the third semester.

Can I use financial aid?
- Applicants may use financial aid for the program pending that they meet the qualifications and apply. Please see the Financial Aid section for more specifics.

Financial Aid FAQs

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has compiled important financial aid information on its student aid website. Take time to explore this site. For your convenience, direct links to some of the most essential information on the site are listed below. Feel free to contact Maryville’s Financial Aid Office for answers to your questions.

What types of loans are available?
- http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans

Am I eligible for financial aid?
- http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria

How do I apply for financial aid?
- http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa

How much money can I get?
- http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/how-calculated#if-i-meet-the-basic-eligibility-criteria

How do I receive my financial aid?
- Aid will be packaged and made available in the student’s electronic portal, MYMaryville, under Financial Aid/Financial aid award letter. Students will receive notification via their official Maryville email address when their official award is available for review. If revisions occur because of updated or revised data, students will be notified via their Maryville email. Federal loans must be either accepted or rejected for each semester by the student. Outside scholarships, grants, or loans must be reported to the Student Service Center by the student in writing.

What do I need to maintain financial aid?
- To maintain your financial aid, you need to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. (See http://www.maryville.edu/admissions/financial-aid/academic-progress/ for more details).

What are the options for repaying a loan?
- http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans

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