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School of Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

FNP Program Overview

The M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed for the registered BSN nurse to complete a degree conveniently and efficiently while continuing a career.

  • No commuting to campus
  • Complete the program in as little as 2 years if you attend full-time (five semesters, 44 semester hours)
  • Highly qualified faculty members with various nursing backgrounds who facilitate learning
  • 100% Online Asynchronous courses
  • Clinical hours completed in your own area (765 clinical hours are required)

Columbus State University is ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report with special recognition of its online programs in the College of Education and Health Professions.

The FNP Program is ranked 4th among the 10 Most Affordable Online Nurse Practitioner Degrees by

The Master's degree program in Nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The FNP degree has been offered solely and cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University, both fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and Columbus State University SON Graduate Program have a mission to prepare safe and competent professional nurses, who in collaboration with others, provide or facilitate high quality patient-centered care in a global society and achieve academic excellence in nursing education through learner centered teaching, evidence based practice, creative inquiry and student engagement. Also, the mission is to prepare competent and caring individuals for a life of success and leadership in professional nursing through intellectual, personal and social growth and to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved the dissolution of the Georgia Intercollegiate Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and for both universities in this consortium to have their own Master of Science in Nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.

CSU School of Nursing will begin enrolling new students in the CSU-only program in Spring 2020. The FNP Program will be enrolling new students in Summer 2020. The FNP Program will be the same program as offered under GICGNE, including all courses in the degree track. Because the Master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE, we will be seeking separate accreditation.

Therefore, the Master's degree program in Nursing at Columbus State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Contact Information

Dorline Nelson
Graduate Student Services Specialist
Office: 706-507-8585

CSU, School of Nursing - CCNE Virtual Accreditation Visit

The Master of Science in Nursing Program at Columbus State University will host a virtual accreditation visit from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), on February 3-5, 2021.

In accordance with CCNE's procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning our programs' qualifications for accreditation. Written third party comments can be sent and received to CCNE by January 13, 2021.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third Party Comments
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Or you may submit comments online to

Thank you,

Janet Alexander, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Director, School of Nursing
Columbus State University