Master of Science in Nursing in the Field of Family Nurse Practitioner

Application to the MSN program

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing programs must have an earned Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a current license as a registered nurse with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is preferred. RNs with a Bachelor's degree in another field may apply and, if accepted, will be required to take a bridge course the summer prior to the start of their studies.

Students may apply for admission if they will receive their Bachelor's degree before the first day of classes at GW. Applicants must complete the required applications before the deadline and notify the Admissions Office of their current student status. Admitted students will be required to submit a final transcript reflecting degree conferral before the first day of classes at GW. Satisfactory completion of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is required in order to continue in the Masters programs. It is recommended that applicants without relevant nursing work experience attend part time while working as a registered nurse.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all coursework, though the admission committee reserves the right to interview applicants who have less than a 3.0 GPA for either undergraduate or graduate studies. The GRE is not required for this program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general admission requirements, applicants to Master of Science in Nursing programs must have a BSN from an accredited institution, normally with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a current RN license. Applicants that are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a related field may be admitted with the condition that they complete a Nursing bridge course prior to the start of their academic program.

Depending upon the program chosen, MSN credit requirements vary from 36 to 48 credit hours. All MSN programs require 9 credits of professional core courses (NURS 6202 Concepts in Population Health,NURS 6203 Nursing LeadershipNURS 6205 HealthPolicy,Quality,Political) and 6 credits of research courses (NURS 6270 NURS 6271 ). Field-specific course requirements follow, with credit indicated in parentheses in the case of courses offered for variable credit.

The master of science in nursing in the field of family nurse practitioner (FNP) degree program prepares registered nurses for leadership in primary care to families and individuals of all ages.

This specialty stresses the integration of research and nursing practice with a strong emphasis on solving real-world problems. The curriculum provides the theoretical and practical foundations for nurses to expand their scope of practice. Simultaneous clinical experiences ensure that students meet all criteria to sit for the nationally recognized AANP or ANCC certification examination for the Family Nurse Practitioner role and population focus. Students may choose to enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis. 

Students in the FNP option are required to complete four on-campus components:

  • New Student Orientation: To assist in the transition to GW, the School of Nursing hosts a mandatory orientation for all new students. Designed to empower students with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful in the School of Nursing, the orientation program is a vital first step toward academic success. Students become familiar with various campus academic resources, program requirements, course registration, online technology, and student expectations. They also have the opportunity to meet fellow students and faculty members, consult with advisors, become familiar with the campus, and tour local attractions. Orientation typically takes place the second or third week in August.
  • NURS 6222 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning: All students are expected to come to campus towards the end of the health assessment course to be tested on their history and physical examination skills in the simulation center. On-campus training is provided using GW teaching assistants, and seminars that strengthen diagnostic reasoning skills are presented. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a four- to five-day period towards the end of April.
  • NURS 6225 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 2, Adolescent & Adult and NURS 6231 Family Nurse Practitioner II: Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management: All students are expected to come to campus towards the end of the AGPCNP II/FNP two courses to be tested on their clinical reasoning skills in the simulation center. On-campus seminars include reading 12 lead EKGs, ​radiological Interpretation, and a ​hands on suturing/wound care workshop. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a four- to five-day period in early November.   
  •  NURS 6229 Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner III: Adult, Older/Frail or NURS 6232 Family Nurse Practitioner 3, Professional Issues/Diagnosis/Management: All students are required to pass final skills assessment with standardized patients in the simulation center. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a two- to three day-period in April prior to graduation in May. 

Please note that students are responsible for all travel-related expenses. See the Visiting Campus website for more information about visiting GW.

Visit the Program website for additional information.

The School of Nursing also offers a Family Nurse Practitioner program for professionals holding a master’s degree in nursing. Visit the certificate program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits including, 6 credits in professional core courses, 9 credits in research courses, 33 credits in field-specific courses, and completion of 700 clinical hours.

Program Requirements

Professional core
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6230Family Nurse Practitioner I: Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management
NURS 6231Family Nurse Practitioner II: Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management
NURS 6232Family Nurse Practitioner III: Professional Issues/Diagnosis/Management
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing