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Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Applications being accepted now!

The St. David's School of Nursing at Texas State University is accepting applications for the Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP). Applications are accepted throughout the year for Fall and Spring admissions. The MSN-FNP program has a flexible deadline for applications, meaning applications received after the posted deadlines may be reviewed but with no guarantees for admission. Full-time and part-time options are available. BSN prepared RNs can apply through the Graduate College.


For MSN-FNP Fall Admission:

Completed Application Priority* Deadline is February 1.

The Completed Standard Application Fall Deadline is June 15.

*Applications must be complete by the priority deadline*to be considered for certain types of funding.


For MSN-FNP Spring Admission:

Completed Application Deadline is September 15.

Full-Time MSN-FNP Program Information

The full-time MSN program is a 5 semester, 48 credit hour lockstep program in which registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree advance their skills to the entry level for certification as a Nurse Practitioner and licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Instruction will be an online format with required on campus learning experiences two weekends per semester at the St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock. The on-campus learning experiences will augment the online course work and allow assessment of students to ensure that advanced level competencies have been met. Of the 48 semester hours required, 10 hours are allotted to practicum courses.

Faculty facilitate practicum course work on line and during the on campus experiences; however, required clinical hours will be spent with individual preceptors in a clinical setting. The curriculum requires students to log 660 clinical clock hours with preceptors over the course of the 5 semesters.

The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner program is primary care of families and individuals across the lifespan. As a result, graduates will be prepared to treat diverse populations, with knowledge to promote health and to assess patients of all ages.

In addition to acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduates of the program will have developed competence in the theory and techniques of integrative health. MSN graduates are required to meet professional competencies related to their focus area of study. The graduates are qualified to sit for one or more of the following certification examinations:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Exam (FNP)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Exam (FNP).


Part-Time MSN-FNP Program Information

The online FNP program is now offered part-time.

You can balance your personal and professional obligations with your education. The online FNP program is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, allowing you to determine how you want to manage your time and lifestyle. The part-time track can be completed in 8 semesters. It is a 48 hour credit degree program.  If you pursue the part-time option you must be advised before each semester by your graduate advisor.

For additional information about the full-time or part-time program options, admissions, or general information, contact: