Master of Science in Nursing: Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner - FNP

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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program offers three tracks of concentrated study: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to these three tracks of study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual degree and the RN to MSN option.

The MSN-FNP degree program is in the process of being converted to a DNP-FNP program.

Graduate Admissions

A Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration will prepare you as an advanced practice nurse professional to provide primary healthcare to individuals and families across the lifespan, including the provision of preventative care, as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses for individuals and families. This program requires the completion of 51 credit hours of hybrid coursework and will prepare you to sit for the national certification examination. The program is designed with both on-campus and online components allowing flexibility for the employed Registered Nurse. Clinical Practicums can be arranged in your home region with assistance of our Clinical Site Specialist.

Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: 404-975-5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website.

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program, you will:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings;
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective;
  • Apply the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and quality principles within an organization to promote high quality and safe patient care;
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results;
  • Integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care;
  • Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare;
  • Function as a professional member and leader of inter-professional teams through communication, collaboration, and consultation with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care;
  • Synthesize broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations; and
  • Articulate the understanding that master’s level nursing practice integrates advanced level understanding and approach to nursing intervention (including both direct and indirect care components) that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Required Common Core
Courses Credit Hours
NFNP 500 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice 3
NFNP 501 Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues 3
NFNP 502 Methods of Advanced Research 3
NFNP 504 Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research 3
NFNP 506 Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice 3

Required Courses by Concentration
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
Courses Credit Hours
NFNP 520 Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NFNP 521 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
NFNP 522 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NFNP 620 Primary Health Care of Adults 3
NFNP 621 Primary Health Care of Adults Practicum 4
NFNP 622 Primary Health Care of Women in Families 3
NFNP 623 Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum 4
NFNP 624 Primary Health Care of Children in Families 3
NFNP 625 Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum 4

Capstone Experience
Courses Credit Hours
NFNP 626 Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition 3
NFNP 630 Project 3

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Applications are due February 1st for Fall (August) entry. The following items are required for admission:

  • Graduate School application
  • Three Graduate Study Reference Forms
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Two years of full-time active RN practice (a minimum of 1,800 hours per year) over the past three years with a Statement of Description of Work Experience
  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
  • GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work OR GPA of 3.0 for last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • Transcripts of all previous college studies to:
    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

    Or official electronic transcripts to

  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past 10 years, package code GA98
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

  • Satisfactory completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course, which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics
  • RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements prior to admission. The requirements include completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course, nursing health assessment course, and community health course. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course in order to meet requirements.