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Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Online MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are in high demand, not only because of the nursing shortage, but also because of their approach to medicine. The medical field has been evolving and focusing on promoting health and wellness which is exactly the direction nurse practitioners have taken. They devote their time to preventative care, counseling patients on self-management and generally taking a holistic approach. As more patients seek out personalized care, nurse practitioners have become even more necessary.

The philosophy behind a NP role is to focus on holistic, preventative care with personalized treatment for each patient. Because NPs do their clinical training in a specific area, such as family care, they are also able to offer patients with specialized expertise. On the job, nurse practitioners roles can vary depending on their specialty, but general tasks include:

  • Diagnosing patient illness and other conditions
  • Treating illnesses and conditions
  • Educating and counseling patients
  • Prescribing medication


Program Curriculum


Program Details

The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The family nurse practitioner program consists of a total of 44 semester hours, completely online. It also requires 1000 clinical hours, which will be completed in facilities and with preceptors that have been approved by the FNP Program Coordinators. The clinical sites will be located as close to the student’s geographic residence or local community as possible. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.

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Graduate Major

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

Health & Human Science Complex
Carter I

Ramona Mulleins-Foreman, R.N., D.N.P., F.N.P.-C.

Faculty & Staff

Nursing Students

The School of Nursing offers two admissions cycles for FNP students: Fall Admission - February 1st    Spring Admission - October 15th

Program Highlights

The Online MSN-FNP program is frequently ranked one of the best online and most affordable programs. Most recently, the program was rated the Best Online MSN-FNP in the nation by

GSW's current pass rate for the FNP Certification exam is 100%!

For a complete list of rankings and awards for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, view our Points of Pride. 

Points of Pride

Course Delivery
Student Resources

The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This CCNE approval for the MSN program extends from February 1, 2021 to December 31, 2026.


All courses in the MSN program are offered fully online through the Georgia On My Line (GOML) learning management system. A separate sign-on is required for GOML from that of the email system used by the home institution. The GOML Common Academic Calendar details specific deadlines for each semester. 

All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GoVIEW online platform. The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.

Admission Requirements

Graduate students can submit required documents through the document portal after completing the admissions application process. Students must complete the following items in order to be considered for the MSN program:

  • Graduate application for admission & $25 application fee
  • Applicant must have their BSN at time of application
  • Three completed recommendation forms from professional or clinical associates
  • Current professional resume
  • Current active, unencumbered RN license
    (An unencumbered license means a license that is not currently on probation, monitoring, suspension, and/or does not have any other type of limitation including current participation in an alternative to discipline program.)
  • Immunization Form - MSN students should check the exemption option for the online program

I was impressed with the level of academia, connections, and lifestyle that GSW offered.

Beau Millwood BSN Graduate, FNP Student
Flowery Branch, Georgia