The Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Family Nurse Practitioner prepares students to provide primary care, with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. Graduates are eligible to take the FNP certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
Coursework is completed primarily online, with three campus visits, and clinical experiences arranged in the student’s geographical area. Nurses in this online nurse practitioner degree program gain advanced skills in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment.
Course topics include studies of:
- Nursing theory for the advanced practice role
- Contemporary health care ethics
- Politics of health care
- Statistical analysis
- Diagnostics and procedures in primary care
% OnlineMostly Online
Program Accreditation & Licensing
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Stephen F. Austin State University is accredited by:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- Students visit campus for an orientation session and two 2-day seminars for skills.
- Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution
- Applicants must have a current valid, unencumbered Registered Nurse license
- Applicants must have one year of full-time practice as a Registered Nurse.