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Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree (M.S.N.)

Our Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for baccalaureate nurses who want to develop expertise in an advanced practice role.

This program is offered online through Blackboard, a course delivery system. On-campus attendance requirements are kept to a minimum.

Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors and clinical sites are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

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Master of Science in Nursing


Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who provide primary care for patients across the lifespan. FNPs provide holistic care emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and families.

Program Highlights

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked ASU 34th in Best Online Nursing Programs 2014. 

  • Currently, our program maintains a 100 percent pass rate for FNP certification.

  • We are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship*
  • Three references who can address your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative). This will be completed through the application process.
  • An essay of 500 words or less that addresses the following points:
    • Program to which you are you applying
    • Objectives for your graduate education
    • Summary of your nursing experience
    • Your license and certifications (i.e. ACLS, PALS)
    • A summary of volunteer work and/or community service
    • Potential clinical sites and/or affiliations that will assist you in meeting your goals

Note: All of these materials must be submitted using NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service). Prior to setting up a NursingCAS account, you need to Apply to ASU’s College of Graduate Studies using the ApplyTexas application. Once you have been assigned a Campus ID (CID), enter the number in the “Additional Information” section within NursingCAS application.

Prior to your first clinical course, you must have the following on file in the nursing office:

  • Current CPR (professional level) certification
  • Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
  • Proof of current health insurance

Clinical sites may require background checks and drug screens before allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.

*Following College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, applicants from foreign countries who do not speak English as a first language must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), taken within the last two years.


  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN -formerly NLNAC) or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Undergraduate statistics course (3 semester credit hours) completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Junior- or senior-level statistics within 5 years is recommended but not required.)
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas.**

*When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

**All faculty-supervised clinical practica must be completed in Texas.

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1

Degree Plan

  • Required M.S.N. Core (27 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6312 Evidenced-Based Practice & Theory for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6316 Informatics & Healthcare Technology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy & Ethics 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6323 Research Foundations for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (50 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health  Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
    Family Nurse Practitioner Program Track (22 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6201 Advanced Skills for APNs (50 clock hours) 2
    NUR 6325 Family Primary Care I 3
    NUR 6327 Family Primary Care I Practicum (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6326 Family Primary Care II 3
    NUR 6336 Family Primary Care II Practicum (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6537 Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP (250 clock hours) 5
    NUR 6351 Mental Health Concepts for Advanced Practice Nurses 3

    Total semester credit hours required: 49

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships  are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

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