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Master of Science in Nursing - Columbus State University

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Master of Science in Nursing

Program Description

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 Family Nurse Practitioner program has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • 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

Melissa Young or Dorline Nelson
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Career Opportunities

Columbus State University's FNP program is designed for working nurses who want to earn their Master of Science in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 (regular admission) or 2.75 (provisional admission)
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be met
  • Three (3) professional letters of reference
  • Acceptance into the Graduate School at Columbus State University. For more information about graduate programs at CSU go to

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program will:
  • Implement advanced practice roles as practitioners within the nursing profession and the health care system utilizing human caring as foundation for nursing practice
  • Develop and nurture collaborative and interdependent relationships by communicating with other health care professionals
  • Analyze personal and organizational decision making utilizing an understanding of how ethics and values influence health care delivery
  • Utilize nursing research for promotion of high quality nursing education, health care, and evidence based practice
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes
  • Demonstrate cultural competence that reflects sensitivity to human diversity
  • Develop comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address health promotion
  • Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and commitment to professional development

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 of Study

Core Required Hours: 15

NURS 6105 Research for Evidence Based Practice
NURS 6107 Advanced Pathophysiology 
NURS 6127 Scientific Underpinnings of the APN Role
NURS 6128 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
NURS 6225 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses

Specialty Courses Required Hours: 23

NURS 6129 Heath Care Delivery Models, Economics and Policy
NURS 6226 Diagnostic & Clinical Reasoning for Advanced Practice Nurses
NURS 6227 Health Promotion of Women and Children
NURS 6228 Health Promotion of Elderly
NURS 6229 Health Promotion of Adults

Nurse Practitioner Practicum Required Hours: 6

NURS 6425 Nurse Practitioner Practicum

Total Hours Required: 44
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