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Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (Online) DeWitt School of Nursing

Take your nursing career to the next level

Nurses across the state now have access to an online family nurse practitioner program offered by SFA. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing recently approved the Master of Science in Nursing program for candidacy status.

As a student in the M.S.N.-F.N.P program, you’ll complete a rigorous combination of graduate-level coursework and work alongside nurse practitioners and primary care physicians in clinical settings in Nacogdoches and the surrounding communities. 

About the program

The Master of Science in Nursing with a focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner is designed to prepare B.S.N. prepared nurses to provide care in a variety of primary care sites. The program emphasizes care for communities, families and individuals who live and work in medically underserved areas, especially those in East Texas. The curriculum is delivered online on a part-time basis and consists of 46 hours of coursework and 720 minimum hours of practicum experience. Candidates will visit SFA's campus three times, once for an orientation session, and two other times for courses in different semesters.

Because courses are delivered entirely online, candidates can remain in the communities where they live and work (when possible) while completing the program requirements. Students in the program and the School of Nursing's graduate faculty members work together to locate primary care preceptors in the candidate's local community. This complements the program's online delivery and allows students to continue the practicum in their local or home communities.

*See the Graduate Bulletin for course listing details.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. synthesize nursing science with knowledge from other disciplines as the basis for the advanced level of nursing practice
  2. evaluate effective strategies for managing the ethical and legal dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research
  3. employ effective communication and collaborative skills in interdisciplinary teams for creating change in health care
  4. analyze concepts of health promotion and culturally competent care across the lifespan
  5. assume responsibility for the use of health care information systems and patient care technology to improve patient outcomes
  6. demonstrate leadership and accountability in the development and implementation of health care policy
  7. critically appraise existing literature from nursing and other disciplines to determine and implement the best evidence for practice
  8. advocate for the advanced practice role within the policy related to access and health care communities
  9. and value continuing competence, growth and development in the profession.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission are:

  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, including all nursing courses taken
  • complete the NursingCAS admission application
  • complete admission requirements for SFA’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (The School of Nursing does not require the GRE.)
  • request official transcripts be sent to both the NursingCAS system and the SFA Office of Research and Graduate Studies from every college or university attended
  • submit to the NursingCAS system a one-page essay describing the applicant’s philosophy of advanced-practice nursing and personal/professional goals
  • submit to the NursingCAS system a current professional résumé presenting professional and work experiences, contributions and accomplishments
  • three professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your professional ability and potential for success in a graduate program uploaded to the NursingCAS system
  • a current valid, unencumbered Texas Registered Nurse license
  • and the equivalent of one year of full-time practice as a registered nurse.

How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the M.S.N.-F.N.P. program, you must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program and the equivalent of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse.

In addition, all applicants must:

  1. Apply, pay necessary application fee and be accepted into SFA's Graduate School (Prospective students must apply to SFA via
  2. Complete an application to NursingCAS M.S.N.-F.N.P.Track (the application fee is $50)

Please ensure that the application is completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions? Visit our Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner FAQ page or use the contact information below.


The M.S.N.-F.N.P. program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The initial accreditation visit will occur in fall 2019, and the final accreditation decision will be available in spring 2020.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000


M.S.N. Program Contacts

Erin Bailey, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Coordinator – M.S.N.-F.N.P. Program
Phone: 936.468.7733

Christell O. Bray, PhD, APRN, FNP
Visiting Faculty
Consultant - M.S.N.-F.N.P. Program
Phone: 936.468.7753

Brooklee Grant
Administrative Assistant – M.S.N.-F.N.P. Program
Phone: 936.468.7750


DeWitt School of Nursing

5707 North Street
Administration Building
Suite 102

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6156, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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