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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, hospital inpatient settings, physician’s offices, women’s health, schools and specialty care practices.

Projected Curriculum

The MSN FNP program is a total of 45 credits and takes 9 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 fort 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 708 - Conceptual Basis for Family and Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities 
6th semester
  • EPID 700 - Introduction to Epidemiology
  • NURS 706 - Primary Care Nursing of Children+ 
7th semester
  • NURS 705 - Acute Problems of Adults/Gerontology and Women’s Health in Primary Care*
8th semester
  • NURS 722 - Advanced Practice Nursing Management of Chronic Disease in Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Health Care Continuum*+
9th semester
  • NURS 793 - Advanced Practice Practicum for Emphasis Area: Primary Care (FNP)*

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

Admission Criteria
  • 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
  • Must have a minimum of 600 hours of experience as a Registered Nurse within the past 2 years
  •  Submit a personal statement
  • Current CV or Resume
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Copy of unencumbered RN license
  • Current BLS certification
  • GRE not required
Application Information

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 www.sc.edu/gradschool.

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