Skip to main content

Take your nursing career to the next level

Nurses across the state now have access to an online family nurse practitioner program offered by Stephen F. Austin State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing recently approved the Master of Science in Nursing program.

The M.S.N./F.N.P. program requires 46 credit hours and 720 minimum clinical hours to complete. Students will be allowed to utilize preceptors for clinical experiences in their home communities, when possible.

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 BSN 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.

Interested in Applying to the M.S.N./F.N.P. Program?

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.

Learn more about the admission requirements here.

About the Curriculum

Course Title Credits Clinical Hours
NUR 501 Nursing Theory for the Advanced Practice Role 3  
NUR 502 The Politics of Health Care 3  
STA 520 Statistical Analysis I 3  
NUR 511 Contemporary Health Care Ethics 3  
NUR 521 Advanced Practice Roles 2  
NUR 522 Evidence Based Research for the Advanced Practice Role 3  
NUR 531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3  
NUR 532 Advanced Health Assessment 3 60
NUR 541 Advanced Pharmacology 3  
NUR 542 Diagnostics & Procedures 3 120
NUR 551 Primary Care I 5 120
NUR 561 Primary Care II 6 120
NUR 570 Practicum 6 300
  Total 46 720


Outcomes of the Program

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences as the basis for the advanced level of nursing practice
  • Implement and evaluate effective strategies for managing the ethical and legal dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization and research
  • Employ effective communication and collaborative skills in interdisciplinary teams for the purpose of creating change in the global health care arena
  • Synthesize concepts, including psychosocial dimensions and cultural diversity, related to clinical prevention and population health by implementing and evaluating interventions to address global health promotion/disease prevention efforts, improve health status/access patterns and/or address gaps in care of individuals, aggregates or populations
  • Promote and evaluate use of health care information systems and patient care technology, including consumer health information sources
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of institutional, local, state, federal and global health policy
  • Critically appraise existing literature from nursing and other disciplines using advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability to determine and implement the best evidence for practice
  • Advocate for the advanced practice role within the policy and health care communities
  • Demonstrate continuing competence, growth and development in the profession


This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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


M.S.N. Program Contacts

Christell O. Bray, PhD, APRN, FNP
Visiting Faculty
Coordinator - MSN-FNP Program
Phone: 936.468.7753

Erin Bailey, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Co-Coordinator – MSN-FNP Program
Phone: 936.468.7733

Brooklee Grant
Administrative Assistant – MSN-FNP Program
Phone: 936.468.7750


Richard and Lucille Dewitt School of Nursing

5707 North Street
Administration Building
Suite 102

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

Request Information for Future Students

Please fill out the form below to receive information from SFA. If you’re not a future student and want to contact us, click here.

Fields marked with * are required.

Who are you?*

Date of Birth*

Mailing Address (Be sure to add your apt. or unit # or P.O. Box, if applicable)*

When would you like to attend SFA and what will be your major?

Are you any of these types of students?