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


Graduate Major

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

Health & Human Science Complex
Carter I

Ramona Mulleins-Foreman

Faculty & Staff

Nursing Students

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

Curriculum Information

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 765 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. 

Plan of Study & Models

Course Delivery
Student Resources

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.

The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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 of Science in nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.

Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing will begin enrolling new students in the GSW-only M.S.N. program in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. This will include students in all tracks of Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics, Education, and Leadership. Because the master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE,  GSW will be seeking separate accreditation.

Therefore, the master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationApplying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.