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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 program at Clayton State allows for the flexibility of an online program, but the real-time contact with faculty and fellow students.  You can study at home, but not alone.

All courses are 100% online. Each class will have at least one to multiple synchronous class meetings online via WebEx. All the students enrolled in the class and the faculty member will be online at the same time for discussions and presentations. They will be able to see each other utilizing web cams and speak to each other via headsets. The number of synchronous sessions is determined by the faculty of each course. Faculty members can be contacted via SKYPE, email or office phone.

The MSN program can be completed in two academic years or four semesters of full-time study of 9 credit hours per term. While part-time and full-time progressions are available, students are expected to graduate within six years and must take a minimum of four classes per academic year.

You will work closely with faculty advisors within your area of concentration when designing your program progression. Required courses for each concentration are identified on the course progression.

All admissions requirements are presented in the applications link on our MSN website. All applicants are required to take the GRE which includes an analytical writing assessment. Changes to the GRE exam require the applicant to have taken the exam within the past five years. Enrollment in the MSN program is limited.

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.