Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Science in Nursing

MSN/FNP Program Graduate Online Porgam

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.

Dates & Registration
For the 2017-2018 year, the application deadline is July 1st.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are completed and received by the Graduate School of Stephen F Austin State University, the DeWitt School of Nursing, and the Nursing CAS system before the deadline. If material are not completed, the application will not be accepted.

Costs & Financial Aid

Estimated Semester Costs *
(Based on Spring 2017 Tuition Costs)

Hours taken in one semester

In-State Online

Tuition & Fees

Out-of -State

Tuition & Fees

3 hours

$1096.50 $2320.50
6 hours $2116.00 $4564.00

*These costs do not include all fees (course fees, lab fees, books, etc.)

Please visit the SFA Tuition Calculator for more information regarding tuition costs. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. The priority FAFSA deadline is April 1st. The SFA Financial Aid Office will begin mailing award letters by mid-April to students who have met the April 1 deadline. For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office (9360 468-2403).

Admission Requirements and Process

Below are the requirement for admission


• A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution.
• A GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate course work.
• Complete the NursingCAS admission application
• Complete the Admission SFASU Graduate School (The School of Nursing does NOT require the GRE)
• Request official transcripts be sent to both the NursingCAS system and the SFASU Graduate School from every College or University you have attended.
• Submit a one-page essay describing the applicant's philosophy of advanced practice nursing and personal/professional goals.
• Submit a current professional resume presenting profession 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.
• A current valid Texas Registered Nurse license.
• Equivalent of 1 year full-time practice as a Registered Nurse

Transfer of Graduate Courses

Under certain circumstances, a graduate student may transfer from six to 12 semester hours of graduate coursework taken at other accredited institutions. The student pursuing a master's degree with thesis may transfer a maximum of six semester hours; a student pursuing a master's degree without thesis may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours. Coursework used to satisfy requirements for a previous master's degree (at SFA or elsewhere) may not be used to satisfy requirements for a second master's degree at SFA.
To transfer any credit from other institutions, however, the student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean. The work must have been taken not earlier than six years prior to the student's first graduate enrollment at SFA. Moreover, if the student fails to complete work on the graduate degree at SFA before the expiration of the six years, the transfer credit will not be applicable toward a degree here.
Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade-point value. Moreover, to transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of B or better on the course.


How to Apply


To be considered for admission to the online MSN/FNP program a student must:
1. Apply, pay necessary application fee, and be accepted into Stephen F. Austin State University Graduate School. (Prospective students must apply to SFA via the ApplyTexas.org.)
2. Create a profile in NursingCAS and apply to Stephen F. Austin State University's online MSN/FNP program. * (The application fee is $50.00)


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

MSN/FNP Online Program: Program of Study and Course Descriptions

The MSN program at SFA is designed to provide students with a solid educational foundation in preparation for entry into practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This 46 credit hour online part-time program prepares nurses to provide quality primary care in a variety of setting. This program prepares BSN graduates to provide care for individuals, families, groups and communities who live and work in medically underserved areas. Except for two occasions, orientation and an immersion seminar at the beginning of clinical courses, students can remain in the communities where they live and work while completing the program requirement.

Suggested Program of Study

Fall (6 hours)
NUR 501: Nursing Theory for the Advanced Practice Role (3cr)
NUR 502: The Politics of Health Care (3cr)

Spring (6 hours)
STA 520: Statistical Analysis I (3cr)
NUR 511: Contemporary Health Care Ethics (3cr)

Summer (5 Hours)
NUR 521: Advanced Practice Roles (2cr)
NUR 522: Evidence Based Research for the Advanced Practice Role (3cr)

Fall (6 Hours)
NUR 531: Advanced Pathophysiology (3cr)
NUR 532: Advanced Health Assessment (3cr, 60 clinical hrs)

Spring (6 hours)
NUR 541: Advanced Pharmacology (3cr)
NUR 542: Diagnostics and Procedures (3cr, 120 clinical hrs)

Summer (5 hours)
NUR 551: Primary Care I (5cr, 120 clinical hrs)

Fall (6 hours)
NUR 561: Primary Care II (6 cr, 120 clinical hrs)

Spring (6 hours)
NUR 570: Practicum (6 cr, 300 clinical hrs)

Total: 46 semester credit hours; 720 clinical hours

MSN/FNP Course Descriptions

NUR 501: Nursing Theory for the Advanced Practice Role - This course provides students with the knowledge of nursing philosophies, theories and conceptual models. Nursing theory and theories from other relevant disciplines will be analyzed as a foundation for nursing practice, research, and professional development.

NUR 502: The Politics of Healthcare - This course examines the politics and issues related to healthcare. The student will develop understanding of issues that confront the healthcare culture including regulation, economics, and other social issues.

STA 520: Statistical Analysis I - Probability, statistical inference, rank tests, chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, analysis of variance, multiple regression.

NUR 511: Contemporary Healthcare Ethics - This course is designed to introduce students to ethical theories and principles used in decision making in Healthcare settings. Legal precedents, statutory guidelines and philosophical underpinnings are presented to provide a variety of frameworks for ethical decision-making and policy analysis.

NUR 521: Advanced Practice Roles - This course provides students the knowledge of Advance Practice Nursing roles in the United States and internationally. It includes a history of nurse practitioner role development, ongoing topics relevant to APRN nursing, and issues related to health promotion and prevention worldwide. Students will analyze competencies, rules and APRN regulation, professional responsibilities, and health policy as it relates to APRN practice.

NUR 522: Evidence Based Research for the Advanced Practice Role - This course provides the student with the tools and knowledge to critically appraise the existing research literature and utilize findings in practice. The course builds on research concepts and processes learned in the student's baccalaureate program. This course explores theoretical foundations, ethical principles, cultural considerations, and principles of research in order to enhance the student's ability to develop an evidence-based practice.

NUR 531: Advanced Pathophysiology - This course provides students with the understanding of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serves as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management.


NUR 532: Advanced Health Assessment - This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to complete a comprehensive history, physical, and psychosocial assessment. Particular attention will be placed on assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of the patient.

NUR: 541Advanced Pharmacology - This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and manage a patient's pharmacological regimen in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner. This course includes information on prescription and non-prescription pharmacological agents.

NUR 542: Diagnostics and Procedures - This course provides students with the knowledge and skill necessary for performance and interpretation of diagnostic testing and invasive procedures needed for the clinical management of patients.

NUR 551: Primary Care I - This course provides students with the basis to assess, diagnose, and manage the care of the female patient, pediatric patient, and patient with psychosocial issues. The student will emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, as well as diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. Culturally competent, holistic, ethical, age and gender specific care, as well as risk stratification will be discussed. Non-pharmacologic aspects of care will be addressed as well as the pharmacologic management designed to help clients achieve desired outcomes. Current evidence based practice as the basis for care management decision making is emphasized.

NUR 561: Primary Care II - This course provides students with the basis to assess, diagnose, and manage the care of the adult patient across the lifespan. The student will emphasize health promotion and disease prevention, as well as diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. Culturally competent, holistic, ethical, age and gender specific care, as well as risk stratification will be discussed. Non-pharmacologic aspects of care will be addressed as well as the pharmacologic management designed to help clients achieve desired outcomes. Current evidence based practice as the basis for care management decision making is emphasized.

NUR 570: Practicum - This course focuses on the synthesis of previously gained knowledge and skills in the provision of advanced nursing care to individuals, families and communities. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and clinical management of clients with acute and chronic illness.