Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
The M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for the registered BSN nurse to complete a degree conveniently and efficiently while continuing a career.
No commuting to campus
Complete the program in as little as 2 years if you attend full-time (five semesters, 44 semester hrs)
Highly qualified faculty members with various nursing backgrounds who facilitate learning
100% Online Asynchronous courses
Clinical hours completed in your own area (765 clinical hrs are required)
The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The FNP degree has been offered cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University. Each institution belongs to the University System of Georgia. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) has a mission to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society and achieve academic excellence in nursing education through learner centered teaching, evidence based practice, creative inquiry and student engagement. Also, the mission is to prepare competent and caring individuals for a life of success and leadership in professional nursing through intellectual, personal and social growth and to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved the dissolution of the Georgia Intercollegiate Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and for both universities in this consortium to have their own master’s of science in nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.
CSU School of Nursing began enrolling new students in the CSU-only program in Spring 2020. The FNP Program will be the same program as offered under GICGNE, including all courses in the degree track. Because the master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE, we will be seeking separate accreditation.
Therefore, the master's degree program in nursing at Columbus State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report with special recognition of its online programs in the College of Education and Health Professions.
The FNP Program is ranked 3rd among the 10 Most Affordable Online Nurse Practitioner Degrees by CollegeChoice.net https://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/cheapest-online-nurse-practitioner-degrees/
The family nurse practitioner role prepares professional nurses to work in an advanced role as a care provider in hospitals, private practices, schools and colleges, hospice centers, community clinics, Veterans’ Administration facilities and private and public health departments. The family nurse practitioner may also choose to work with students in an educational setting.
Program of Study
|NURS 6105||Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 6107||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NURS 6127||Scient Underpin of AP Role||3|
|NURS 6128||Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse||3|
|NURS 6225||Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses||4|
|NURS 6325||Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses Clinical||2|
|NURS 6129||Health Care Delivery Models, Economics and Policy||2|
|NURS 6227||Health Promotion of Women and Children||3|
|NURS 6228||Health Promotion of the Elderly||3|
|NURS 6229||Health Promotion of Adults||3|
|NURS 6327||Health Promotion of Women and Children Clinical||3|
|NURS 6328||Health Promotion of the Elderly Clinical||3|
|NURS 6329||Health Promotion of Adults Clinical||3|
|Specialty Courses Total||20|
|Nurse Practitioner Practicum|
|NURS 6425||Nurse Practitioner Practicum||6|
|Nurse Practitioner Practicum Total||6|
|Total Credit Hours||44|
- Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited university and a nationally accredited nursing program (NLNAC or CCNE)
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
- Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met
- Three (3) professional letters of reference
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) required for admission to the family nurse practitioner program
- Acceptance into the Graduate School at Columbus State University. For more information about graduate programs at CSU go to http://gradschool.columbusstate.edu.
Additional Program Requirements
The MSN degree is awarded on completion of course work with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA), fulfillment of candidacy requirements and successful completion of required course and program requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Implement the selected advanced nurse role-leader, educator, informaticist, or nurse practitioner- within health care.
- Develop and nurture interprofessional collaborations by communicating and consulting with other health care professionals, including administrators, community leaders and regulators.
- Evaluate the influence of ethical principles on personal and organizational decision-making.
- Utilize nursing research for the promotion of quality nursing education, safe client-centered health care, and evidence-based practice.
- Employ critical thinking in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
- Exemplify cultural competence and sensitivity to diversity in dynamic academic and health care environments.
- Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective client-centered health care and the advancement of nursing practice.
- Utilize informatics to improve client outcomes and to promote the health and safety of individuals, groups and communities.