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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 FNP degree has been offered cooperatively by Columbus State University and Georgia Southwestern University. Each institution belongs to 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 began enrolling new students in the CSU-only program in Spring 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 are 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.

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