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Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the master’s program and get your questions answered related to coursework, admissions and financial aid.

The Clayton State MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is for the Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and has a desire to further their career interests with this advanced clinical degree. Work experience as a registered nurse is preferred but not required.

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program at Clayton State is accessible with flexible pathways to accommodate competing demands for your time.  It is designed for the practicing BSN to complete graduate degree conveniently and efficiently while continuing a career.

Classes are offered completely online in an asynchronous/synchronous format, allowing work to be completed at times that fit around your work and family commitments. All clinical rotations/preceptorships must be completed in the state of Georgia.

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program can be completed full-time in two academic years/five semesters  or part-time in three academic years/nine semesters. Students are expected to graduate within five years.

Admission to the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and current, unrestricted RN Georgia licensure. All students entering the FNP program must have already taken a baccalaureate level pharmacology course and passed the course with a grade of B or better. Students who completed a combined pathophysiology/pharmacology course with a grade of B or better may submit course syllabus to determine if content is appropriate to meet this prerequisite.

Monies may be available from a variety of local, state and federal sources. Federal nurse traineeships are available through the U.S. Division of Nursing. Contact the Department of Nursing for more specific information about traineeships and other financial aid.

GTA opportunities are available for qualified MSN FNP students to work as tutors, aid faculty members in research projects, supervise laboratories, and assist faculty who teach undergraduate courses. GTAs work between 10 to 20 hours per week throughout the academic program and may receive tuition assistance and/or a monthly stipend. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.