Program Description

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program option is a 55 credit hour program with over 500 clinical practicum hours. The program prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to work as primary care practitioners. BSN-prepared registered nurses (RNs) are given access to a high quality graduate education in order to serve the healthcare needs locally and beyond. Emphasis is placed on primary care throughout the lifespan. Classes are conducted online or face-to-face. Face-to-face classes are always on Wednesdays. The MSN/FNP plan of study can be completed in two calendar years if started in the Spring (January) term. The MSN/FNP curriculum takes slightly longer than two calendar years if started in Fall (August), or Summer I (May-June). There is an option for students in this track to take three additional graduate nursing education classes to earn a post-masters certificate in nursing education.

Student Notification of Substantive Program Change

November 9, 2015

Dear Francis Marion University Family Nurse Practitioner Students,

The Nursing Program anticipates that in-class Family Nurse Practitioner courses will be taught at the School of Health Sciences in downtown Florence at the corners of Irby and Evans Street beginning the Fall semester of 2016 (August, 2016). All other nursing program options (BSN, RN to BSN, MSN/Nurse Educator, and Post-masters Nurse Educator Certificate) will remain in the Lee Nursing Building on main campus. Thank you.

Application Process

  1. Apply to FMU Graduate Program
  2. Submit the following items with your application:
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs you attended
    • Three (3) letters of reference – one must be from a current employer
    • Resume or CV
    • A 300-500 word essay about your career goals

Please note: The GRE is no longer required for the MSN programs.

Application deadlines

Application deadline is one week before classes start. However, it is highly recommended that the application process be completed well in advance in order for all paperwork and documents to be processed in a timely and accurate manner. Please allow a generous amount of time to process transcripts and financial aid.

Requirements upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance into the MSN/FNP track, learners must provide documentation of the following onto our online documentation system, CastleBranch:

  • Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screen
  • Annual TB skin test
  • Immunizations including Hepatitis B and Varicella
  • American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification for healthcare providers
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Current, unencumbered nursing license

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