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Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The College of Nursing is an integral part of the Medical University of South Carolina which is the only academic Health Science Center in the state. We are widely recognized for providing a supportive learning environment that has a low student to faculty ratio, expert faculty and preceptors as well as highly successful complex clinical settings. Students are encouraged to personalize their program of study in the context of our multi-focal Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) MSN program.

Program Benefits

This online graduate program prepares advanced practice nurses to function collaboratively with physicians and other health care disciplines in providing primary health care in a variety of ambulatory settings. Graduates of this program will be prepared to serve as health care providers for children and adults with common acute and chronic health conditions. Health promotion and disease prevention as well as teaching and counseling of individuals, families and groups are emphasized.

Graduates are eligible to obtain national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Career Oportunities

Nurse Practitioners have the opportunity to be employed in a wide variety of settings such as: community health clinics, rural health clinics, physician offices, public health departments, hospitals, home health agencies, urgent care/emergency rooms, specialty areas, Armed Forces and Veterans’ Administration facilities and schools of nursing.

Admission Options

Registered nurses (RN) with a BSN degree are admitted to the Masters Program and graduate with a MSN.

Plans of Study

Current Plans of Study

Full-time or Part-time

Plans of study prior to Fall 2012

Full-time or Part-time

Course Descriptions

Graduate nursing course descriptions can be found here.

Clinical Experiences

Precepted clinical experieces are individually arranged.  Family Nurse Practitioner students complete a minimum of 810 hours with an assigned clinical preceptor. Students may complete a selected number of hours in a specialty area if desired.  Students may complete clinical in approved local sites. If a local preceptor is not available, students may have to travel to a clinical site.