MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner

This MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses for leadership in providing primary care for children and adults alike in any number of clinical settings. With a focus on delivering high-quality, patient-centered primary care, we offer didactic and clinical experiences to prepare you to care for the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health of patients, families and communities.

Who Should Apply

If you’re already working as a nurse and are interested in advancing your education to provide care for children and adults of all ages, you should consider our MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner program.

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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Active and unencumbered nursing licensure



  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.


The MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner program consists of 48 (54 for RN to MSN) credit hours and 700 clinical hours. Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director, Carol Braungart.


Programs of Study

MSN options

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (fall entry, full-time)

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (fall entry, part-time)

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (spring entry, part-time)


RN to MSN options

RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (spring entry, part-time)

RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program of study (fall entry, part-time)



For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.


On-Campus Requirements

You must complete two on-campus components, for which you will be responsible for all travel-related expenses.

Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI)

You will come to campus the during the semester you are enrolled in NURS 6222: Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning to participate in CLASI, which prepares you to perform a complete history and physical examination.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

Near the end of your final semester, you will return to campus to work through a series of exams. Using standardized patients in faculty-constructed case scenarios, you are afforded a safe learning environment to demonstrate critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning. Following OSCEs, you will be required to complete a final skills assessment.

Program Test Outs

All nurse practitioner students are required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills.


Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the MSN program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use.

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You must record a minimum of 700 hours of clinical experience with an approved preceptor. You are encouraged to find your own preceptor, but we can provide information on local clinical sites if needed.  A clinical site visit will be conducted, usually during your second or final clinical course, by a faculty member.

The following clinical courses are required

  • FNP I (150 clinical hours) – Adult (Internal Medicine or Primary Care Clinics; Family Practice site is recommended)

  • FNP II (300* clinical hours) – Pediatric (Outpatient Pediatric Clinics) & Women’s Health (Women’s Health Clinic; Students MUST be able to deliver routine prenatal and postpartum care to women)

  • FNP III (250 clinical hours) – Family Practice Outpatient Clinical Setting

*Pediatrics (150 hours) & Women’s Health (150 hours)

Required Documentation

  • Current CPR certificate
  • Immunization records including vaccination or immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicella, diphtheria, polio and tetanus
  • Documentation of negative test results for tuberculosis (PPD and/or chest x-ray)

Questions about clinical placement requirements should be directed to [email protected].

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

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I chose GW Nursing to get my MSN because I read online reviews about their commitment to student success, multiple in-person opportunities despite being an online distance-learning program and their master's portfolio requirements.

Shelley Arndt

Family Nurse Practitioner MSN Student