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Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing

Description

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and leadership in the contemporary health care system. Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

Curriculum

The majority of core and support courses are offered online (internet) with periodic on campus class meetings during each semester.

The FNP program of study  must be completed within six years. Click here for Plan of Study prior to 2017 and for Plan of Study starting Fall 2018.  All FNP students must complete a professional paper in NURS 6754 FNP Synthesis Seminar or may choose to complete a supervised research experience in NURS 6893 Thesis Option.

Students must meet all graduate school requirements including passing a comprehensive exam.

Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN prepares nurses with the complex practice skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for roles in advanced nursing and leadership in the contemporary health care system. Graduate study in nursing is the basis for professional growth in advanced practice roles and the foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements

    In order to be considered for admission into the MSN program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program of nursing from a regionally accredited college or university. 
    • Hold a current unencumbered licenses to practice nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of course work
    • Be CPR certified (professional level)
    • Have completed a course in health assessment or demonstrative proficiency in health assessment which includes physical examination and history taking (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Option)
    • Provide verification documentation of 1,500 RN practice hours prior to admission to the FNP option.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The School of Nursing requires a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. All foreign born students and Registered Nurses must take one of the following tests: 

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test (iBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test. 
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5 and a spoken band score of 7. 
    3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a score of 56. 

    The TOEFL is available at the ASU Testing Center.  When taking the exam off campus, the report code for ASU is 6011.   

    Who does this apply to?

    The term foreign born refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent immigrants, refugees and asylees, legal non-immigrants (including those on student, work, or other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization. In contrast, the term native born refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: 1) born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; 2) born in United States Insular areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; 3) born abroad to at least one U. S. citizen parent. 

    Exemption

    You may be exempt for the English proficiency testing if you are foreign born but attended school in the United States since kindergarten.  For the exemption you must provide official school records showing continuous enrollment in U. S. schools since kindergarten.  

    English as a Second Language

    Students who do not meet the required English language proficiency may enroll in ASU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the International Center for English. Potential nursing students enrolled in the ESL program must maintain an average of 85 or higher in levels 0 through 4. In the final or 5th level of the ESL program an average of 90 or higher must be maintained. On completion of the ESL program, the potential nursing student must take the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Upon successfully meeting the proficiency requirement, potential students are eligible to apply to the School of Nursing. 

    For questions or equivalencies with other tests of English language proficiency please contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.

    Unconditional Admission

    To establish unconditional admission at the master's degree level, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 overall or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. All courses attempted, including any repeated courses, are considered in the computation of the grade point average.

    Admission to the Graduate School and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to all majors.

    Professional Liability Insurance

    Prior to taking the first clinical course, the student must have an unencumbered Arkansas RN license and present evidence of professional liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000/$6,000,000 coverage), current CPR (professional level) certification and acceptable immunization status.

  • Admission Process

    How to Apply

    Applying to the Graduate School

    All applicants for any MSN program must first be accepted by the Graduate School. Apply online here.

    • Send official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted) to: ASU Graduate Admissions, PO Box 1570, State University, AR 72467
    • Designated, non-refundable application fee
    • Written documentation of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunization
    • US citizens must be registered or exempt with Selective Service. Affirmation Action information can be found here.

    For questions, contact the Graduate School at (870) 972-3029.

    Applying to the MSN Program

    After applying to the Graduate School, candidates must also apply to the MSN program:

    1. Be accepted by the Graduate School for admission.
    2. Complete the MSN application
    3. Meet the Application Deadlines:
      - Family Nurse Practitioner - Fall Term Admission Only, Application Deadline is February 1st
    4. Pre-Clinical Requirements
    • One year experience as an RN
    • CPR Certification
    • TB Skin Test
    • Evidence of Hepatitis B Immunization
    • Professional Liability
    • Valid, Unencumbered RN License in the State of Practice
  • FNP Program Statistics

    Program Statistics:  Arkansas State University Family Nurse Practitioner Program graduated its first class in 1996.  The most recent class graduated in May of 2020 whose attrition rate was 8%.  The 2019 National Certification Examination first time pass rate was 82%, with 100% on the second attempt.  One Hundred percent of the 2019 graduates received offers of employment.


Additional Information

Policies and other information are available in a guide for graduating nursing students, entitled "Graduate Information Guide (GIG)". Knowledge of the policies and information in the GIG, A-State Student Handbook and A-State Graduate Bulletin are required following admission.

Questions

If you have questions, you may email the Family Nurse Practitioner Coordinator, Dr Mark Foster. at smfoster@astate.edu or Megan Reynolds, Admin Specialist II at mreynolds@astate.edu.  Or contact the School of Nursing at 870-972-3074.

Accredited by ACEN

ACEN LogoThe most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master's/Post-Master's Certificate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.  

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite #850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000. http://acenursing.org/.

The MSN program is also approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.