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Earn your MSN Degree (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Online at Southern Miss!

Nursing MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner)
Program Overview

In the 21st century, knowledge, competence, and clinical information technology are the indicators of a successful, professional nurse. Our online Master of Science in 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 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).

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Qualifications

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

Degree Requirements

Thirty-four (34) to forty-three (43) credit hours are required to complete the program: 10 hours in the core and 24 to 33 hours in the area of emphasis, including clinical courses, and support courses at the 600 level. A comprehensive exam and a 3.0 GPA are required to graduate.

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 required clinical experience.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.

Core Courses (7 hours)

  • NSG 600 – Policy, Organization and Financing of Health Care 3 hrs.
  • NSG 605 – Research in Evidence Based Nursing 4 hrs.

Required courses:

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examinations.

  • NSG 608 – Advanced Practice Nurse Role I 2 hrs.
  • NSG 609 – Advanced Practice Nurse Role II 2 hrs.
  • NSG 646 – Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 hrs.
  • NSG 647 – Advanced Pathophysiology 3 hrs.
  • NSG 664L – Family Nurse Practitioner Internship 6 hrs.
  • NSG 667 – Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis, Management I 3 hrs. AND
  • NSG 667L – Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I 4 hrs.
  • NSG 668 – FNP Diagnosis, Management Women, Children 2 hrs.
  • NSG 669 – Family Nurse Practitioner Diagnosis, Management II 3 hrs. AND
  • NSG 669L – Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 4 hrs.
  • NSG 803 – Advanced Health Assessment Advance Practice Nurses 3 hrs

Frequently Asked Questions


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 three online programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontological 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.



When is the deadline to apply?

The program only offers admission in the fall, and the application deadline to apply is March 1st for all Master’s programs.


Where do I apply?

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:
http://www.usm.edu/admissions
http://www.usm.edu/graduate-school
http://www.usm.edu/nursing


What are the admission requirements? (Specific to the College of Nursing programs)

  • 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.


Do we offer a part-time plan of study?

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.


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Do we offer Post-Master Certificates?

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.


What are the descriptions of the three programs?

Family Nurse Practitioner
The online program of study is designed to prepare graduate nurses to provide primary health care in rural and urban community health settings. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is qualified to apply for certification as a nurse practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Students continue the full-time program of study for four semesters.

 

Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
The online program of study is designed to prepare graduate nurses to provide health care and address the specialized needs of the adult population in rural and urban community health settings.

 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The online program of study is designed to prepare graduate nurses to provide adult mental health care in diverse community health settings. Study is focused on individual group and family interventions. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is qualified to apply for the certification examination as a nurse practitioner. The Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program of study may be taken full-time or part-time. Students may complete the full-time program of study in six semesters.


What is the curriculum?

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.

 

Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
The AGNP track requires six graduate courses offered over three semesters (summer, fall, spring) with one didactic and one practicum course each semester. The courses are sequential and co-requisites. The AGNP track may be completed for the MSN degree or as a Postmaster’s Certificate option.
Didactic courses are taken online with distance learning activities completed independently via both synchronous and asynchronous computer technologies.

  • Clinical practicum courses may be completed in the student’s home area with a total of 600 hours:

*First semester—180 hrs.
*Second semester—180 hrs.
*Third semester—240 hrs.
Each practicum course requires licensed preceptors for direct care at clinical sites and at least one clinical evaluation on site by faculty.

 

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
All students admitted to the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program take courses from the graduate core as well as PMHNP 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 PMHNP 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 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

 


What is the difference between didactic and clinical coursework?

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.


What are the costs?

For pricing information, click here.  For financial aid information, click here.  For detailed tuition information, click here.


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What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/


Will other classes besides the ones listed in degree requirements count towards my degree?

Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.


Do online students pay out-of-state tuition?

No, online students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.


Are there additional fees?

Additional course fees may apply.  Fees range between $20-$60.


Are you a military veteran or service member?

If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions, and course enrollment.


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