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The nursing program offers an accelerated five-year BS-MSN option for students who wish to become nurse practitioners. The length of the program is shortened by one year by taking summer courses. A highlight of the program is an RN internship for two semesters during which students practice as licensed registered nurses prior to learning the advanced practice role. Five-year BS-MS nursing students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all nursing courses to be eligible. Students without an overall GPA of 3.0 in nursing will be considered on an individual basis on faculty advisement for admission into the graduate sequence. GPA will be calculated at the end of year two. Progression into the nurse practitioner sequence is dependent upon the student attaining RN licensure and a GPA of 3.0 in all nursing courses.