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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 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 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. 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 General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements.

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.

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

Admission criteria

Visit the School of Nursing Graduate General Bulletin for details on admission requirements and application deadlines.


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

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

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