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Columbus State University

Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner

College of Education and Health Professions

School of 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 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 (
  • The FNP degree has been offered solely and cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University, both fully accredited institutions in 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 will begin enrolling new students in the CSU-only program in Spring 2020. The FNP Program will be enrolling new students in Summer 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 (  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

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Career Opportunities

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.

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
  • 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

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.