Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

For newly licensed registered nurse (RN) graduates as well as experienced RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing, the registered nurse to master of science in nursing, family nurse practitioner program prepares RNs for growth in advanced nursing practice. The program is designed to move RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing seamlessly through the BSN program and into MSN coursework, allowing students to complete both degree programs in three years on a part-time basis.

Students complete coursework via online learning and faculty-precepted clinical practicum rotations in their local community. This format allows professional nurses to advance their education with access to GW’s resources and expert faculty while continuing to work.

In addition, students are required to attend three on campus events:

  • NURS 6222 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning—All nurse practitioner 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 also provided utilizing GW teaching assistants. Seminars are presented that strengthen diagnostic reasoning skills. This on-campus experience typically takes place over a several day period toward the end of April.
  • NURS 6231 Family Nurse Practitioner II: Lifespan Primary Care/Diagnosis/Management–All nurse practitioner students are expected to come to campus towards the end of the FNP 2 course 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 several day period in November or December. 
  •  NURS 6232 Family Nurse Practitioner 3, Professional Issues/Diagnosis/Management—All nurse practitioner students are required to pass final skills assessment with standardized patients in the simulation center.
  • Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to sit for the nationally recognized AANP or ANCC certification examination for the Family Nurse Practitioner role and population focus.

Please note that students are responsible for all travel costs. See the University's Visiting Campus website.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Required for BSN
NURS 4119Patient Safety and Health Care Quality
NURS 4417Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 4121Nursing Advancement Portfolio
NURS 6202Concepts in Population Health
NURS 6203Nursing Leadership
NURS 6205Health Policy, Quality, and Political Process
NURS 6207Evidence-Based Practice for Health Care Researchers
NURS 6233Genetics for Health Care Providers
Required for MSN
NURS 6220Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
NURS 6222Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS 6234Advanced Pharmacology for Nursing
NURS 6208Biostatistics for Health Care Research
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