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College of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner Student

Master's Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner

The primary care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares the nurse to provide primary health care across the lifespan. FNPs place a strong emphasis on wellness and prevention, but also provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner exam administered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.  Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings ranging from outpatient care settings, NP practices, clinics, physician’s offices, women’s health, schools and specialty care practices.

The MSN FNP program is a total of 47 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete and all didactic coursework is online, distance format.

1st semester 
  • NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing
  • NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
2nd semester
  • NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
  • NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis
3rd semester
  • NUNRS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing 
4th semester
  • NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
  • NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research 
5th semester
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities 
  • NURS 756 - Advanced Primary Care of Children for the FNP
  • NURS 757 - Advanced Primary Care of Women for the FNP+
6th semester
  • NURS 758  - Acute Problems in Primary Care for the FNP*
7th semester
  • NURS 759 - Management of Common Chronic Health Problems for the FNP+*
8th semester
  • NURS 760 - Family Nurse Practitioner Legal, Ethical and Role Transition
  • NURS 760A - Family Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum*

+On campus immersion
*Course requires clinical hours (672 total clinical hours)

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Science grades will be strongly considered
  • Minimum of 1-year full time equivalent nursing experience (1800 hours) within the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience includes critical care, ICU, medical/surgical or emergency department.
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Current CV or Resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license
  • Current BLS certification
  • GRE not required

The MSN FNP program accepts students for Summer and Fall entry.  Applications are accepted August 1 – November 1 for Summer entry and November 1 - March 1 for Fall entry.  Our online application is available at

Contact the Nursing Graduate Studies Office

Have additional questions about the MSN FNP program?  
Call us at 803-777-7412, email or stop by our office:
Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene Street
Columbia, SC  29208