Earn your online nursing MSN degree from Southern Miss!
In the 21st century, knowledge, competence, and clinical information technology are the indicators of a successful, professional nurse. Our online Nursing MSN degree can make a difference for Family Nurse Practitioner students. This online degree provides a scientific and research-based curriculum. All faculty members provide a high quality education to our students, and are ready and willing to help you take the next step in your career.
This convenient and affordable online Nursing MSN degree program is designed to prepare graduate nurses to provide primary health care in rural and urban community health settings. Get certified as a nurse practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners without ever having to step foot inside of a classroom. Your life, plus college.
Alternately, we offer a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner online degree (MSN).
The generic Master of Science in Nursing degree requires a minimum of 92 undergraduate credit hours that include 30 hours of credit for lower-division nursing courses. The student must complete 22 hours of upper division nursing courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students declare their emphasis area at the time of admission to the program. All candidates for the degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework leading to the Master of Science in Nursing Degree. Students seeking admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program must meet the additional requirements for admission and complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of coursework. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students must complete a minimum of 46 semester hours of coursework. Academic progression policies are the same for all master’s degree students. A comprehensive exam is required. The students must complete the entire program of study and have a 3.0 GPA in order to receive a degree.
If a student has a felony conviction, the student may not be able to complete the degree because the student may not be able to perform the clinical experience.
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program only have to come to campus for orientation during the first semester. After that, they are required to come to campus one day each semester for a intensive clinical experience.
Clinical work can be completed at an approved state of Mississippi facility.
Courses can be completed fully online, but two campus visits in your first semester are required.
The College of Nursing offers two online programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
The program length varies with each program.
- Family- 45 semester hours
- Psych- 48 semester hours
- Gerontological- 42 semester hours
Yes, however upon completion, students in this particular program do not receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Again, the number of students accepted varies with each program, the number of applications received, and the overall standing of those applicants. Each year the numbers can be different, but for the standard we allow 40-50 students into the Master’s Program each fall.
The online Nursing MSN degree program only offers admission in the fall, and the application deadline to apply is March 1st for all Master’s programs.
Applicants should apply to each: the University of Southern Mississippi, the Graduate School, and the Program of their choice here at the College of Nursing.
For more information on each please use the following links:
- Graduated from a baccalaureate program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate nursing courses.
- Submission of scores on the verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Admission to the Graduate School at USM.
- Completion of an introductory course in statistics.
- Submission of three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.
- Proof of current unrestricted Mississippi RN license.
- Proof of Current CPR certification, Criminal Background Check and/or affidavit, hepatitis immunization, TB skin test, Tdap.
*NO medical records should be sent to Student Services in the College of Nursing until they have been notified of acceptance.
Yes, the Department of Advanced Practice allows part-time plans of study to better serve the nursing community and help balance work with furthering one’s education. Each program allows for a part-time track.
Students who have earned a master’s degree in nursing are able to enroll in post-master’s coursework to complete requirements needed for nurse practitioner certification.
All students entering the nurse practitioner tracks must complete a graduate level course in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and advanced health assessment for nurse practitioners.
Family Nurse Practitioner
All students admitted to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program take courses from the graduate core as well as FNP courses.
The core courses are designed to enable the student to study the problems and concerns of a specialized area of nursing from a theoretical perspective. Core courses may be completed on a part-time basis prior to admission to the FNP program. All students also take a designated number of courses from their area of study. These courses provide students with the opportunity to develop competence and expertise as a family nurse practitioner. Additional support courses provide students with the opportunity to individualize the program requirements.
Didactic coursework involves critical thinking and theory development in regards to the certain program. Core courses in the graduate programs are considered didactic. Clinical coursework is taught in conjuncture with an already established Nurse Practitioner usually in the student’s home area. This nurse practitioner is referred to as a “preceptor.” Each program requires an established amount of hours to be logged with a preceptor in order to sufficiently pass the clinical courses.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your online Nursing MSN degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
No, online students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.
Additional course fees may apply to your online Nursing MSN degree. Fees range between $20-$60.
All students admitted to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program take courses from the graduate core as well as FNP courses. The core courses are designed to enable the student to study the problems and concerns of a specialized area of nursing from a theoretical perspective.
Core courses may be completed on a part-time basis prior to admission to the FNP program. All students also take a designated number of courses from their area of study. These courses provide students with the opportunity to develop competence and expertise as a family nurse practitioner. Additional support courses provide students with the opportunity to individualize the program requirements.
Graduation from a baccalaureate program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate nursing courses
- Proof of current CPR certification
- Proof of current unrestricted RN license in Mississippi
- Proof of Hepatitis B immunization, current physical exam and TB skin test
- Submission of scores on the verbal and analytical sections of the GRE
- Admission to the Graduate School
- Completion of an introductory course in statistics
- Submission of three letters of reference