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RN to Master of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner

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At South University, the RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner online program can offer you a path to earning an MSN and prepare you to deliver community-based care for patients across their lifespan. In our RN to MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn best practices for providing preventive care, promoting positive health behaviors, and diagnosing and managing common health problems at all developmental stages. This program is also built to strengthen your clinical judgment, critical thinking, communication, and leadership abilities. Occasionally, students in our adult nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner programs will share courses, exposing you to a greater variety of expert specialty faculty and encouraging cross-specialty collaborative relationships.

South University’s RN to MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program meet the Core Competencies for Family Nurse Practitioners outlined by the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and include key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials. After successfully completing the program, you may be eligible to sit for the certification* examinations available through national certifying bodies (ANCC; AANP).

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

2020 Exam Year

88%

South University's 2020 pass rate on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.

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Clinical Hours

650 hrs

Required clinical hours to complete this degree program.

Per credit hour

$600

for the MSN degree program.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the RN to Master of Science in Nursing Degree Program

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states.   Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The criteria to determine admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • An associate's degree in nursing from an accredited collegiate institution, or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution.
  • A cumulative CGPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended within 5*/10 weeks after the initial start date. *Effective March 22, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Montgomery campus or High Point Off Campus Instructional Site will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. ​*Effective April 1, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Richmond and West Palm Beach campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.  *Effective May 31, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Tampa and Orlando campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective July 12, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Austin and Columbia campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation. *Effective August 16, 2022 - Students beginning classes at the Savannah and Virginia Beach campuses will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.
  • A valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure).

Note: In order to progress into Graduate level nursing courses, a student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 may transition to the RN to BSN program to complete their BSN and then apply for the MSN program.

Course Requirements

RN to Master of Science in Nursing


Area I: General Education: 76 Credits


A transcript evaluation is completed for each student to transfer in up to 90 general education credits. For students to receive block transfer credit for General Education courses, they must meet the standard outlined in the General Education Transfer Credit policy.

Professional Development

Basic Communications

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Sciences


Arts and Humanities (chose two)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

General Education Elective (Choose Two)

Area II Foundation Requirements: 14 Credits


Undergraduate Nursing (45 transfer credits + 36 credits from South University)

Graduate Nursing (Students must complete core credits and one specialization)


MSN Core: 20 Credits

Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner: 42 Credits for Specialization, 233 Total Credits for Program


For the most up to date information on course requirements, please visit the academic catalog.

Outcomes

Offered at Savannah, Online Programs, Orlando, Tampa and Virginia Beach.

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The RN to Master of Science in Nursing program allows students with strong academic backgrounds to reduce the number of courses required in the undergraduate component of the program. Students substitute certain graduate courses for undergraduate nursing courses. The program includes integrated practica experience, didactic instruction, and a summative project to assess individual student learning outcomes.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of RN to Master of Science in Nursing program will be awarded the Master of Science in Nursing degree.*

* Note: Students interested in a BSN should confer with their Academic Counselor or Program Director.

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success stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our nursing graduates have to say.

Charrita Ernewein
Charrita Ernewein Grad Alumni
Class of ‘12 and ‘15
Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

“Being a military wife, I had the opportunity to work all over as a nurse in many specialties. Now that my children are older, I am focused on helping others, training the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners, fighting human trafficking and influencing the policies that affect my profession. Read more

Michela Mazard
Michela Lambert Mazard Grad Alumni
Class of ‘11 and ‘16
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing

“I wanted an education that would prepare me to build relationships and treat patients and families throughout their lifespan with interaction among their physical, emotional, and mental systems. I chose South University because I was confident that I would receive a well-rounded education that ensures I am armed with the skill set I need to provide the best care possible. Read more

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Sergio Ocampo 2010
Sergio Ocampo Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“[I] considered myself a competent nurse, but after I received my BSN from South University, my confidence [went] through the roof, making me a valuable asset to my hospital [and] earning high respect from my colleagues and hospital administration.”

Lisa Godwin 2009
Lisa Godwin Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“When I graduated, I passed the NCLEX and quickly got a great job as an RN. I felt very prepared for my new role and within less than five months, I was a charge nurse for a 36-bed med-surg unit. I'm very glad I chose South University for the start of my nursing career. My education gave me a great foundation and has made me a better nurse and practitioner.”

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