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Master's Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner

The primary care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares you to provide primary health care across the patient lifespan.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted July 1 – October 31 for summer entry and November 1 – March 1 for fall entry.

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As an FNP student, online coursework and hands-on training will provide you with a strong foundation in patient wellness and prevention as well as the knowledge and skills to provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions.

Upon program completion, you will be 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 centers, 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
  • Science grades will be strongly considered
  • Minimum of one year of full-time equivalent nursing experience (2,400 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 November 1 – March 1 for fall 2021 entry and July 1 – October 31 for summer 2022 entry. 

Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.

MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view Graduate Program Cost Estimates 2020-2021. For the most up-to-date cost information, visit the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees website.

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.


The Master of Science in Nursing Degree programs at the University of South Carolina are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education through 2021. Our programs also meet the standards for American Nurses Association Credentialing Center, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

State Authorization

Although the University of South Carolina is a member of SARA, some state Boards of Nursing or state higher education commissions have recently started imposing restrictions for offering distance education courses within their state. Check to see if our online programs are open to residents in your state.

Contact Us

Phone: 803-777-9173

Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208




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