Take your nursing career to the next level
Nurses across the state now have access to an accredited online Master of Science in Nursing program offered by SFA.
As a student in the MSN program, you’ll complete a rigorous combination of graduate-level coursework and work alongside alongside other nurses with advanced degrees in your desired field in your community.
About the online programs
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 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.
Cost of Attendance
Visit the additional information section of SFA's Tuition and Fee Plans page for current tuition and fees for online students.
Ready to apply?
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 Texas residency prior to beginning coursework for the Family Nurse Practitioner track
- a current valid, unencumbered RN license to practice in the state of Texas for the Family Nurse Practitioner track or a current valid, unencumbered RN license to practice in the state of residence for the Nurse Educator track
- and the equivalent of one year of full-time practice as a registered nurse.
How to Apply
To be considered for admission to the MSN programs, 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:
- Apply to SFA, pay necessary application fee and be accepted into SFA's Graduate School (Learn more about applying to graduate school at SFA.)
- Complete an application to NursingCAS MSN Track (the application fee is $50)
Please ensure that the application is completed in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- synthesize nursing science with knowledge from other disciplines as the basis for the advanced level of nursing practice
- 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 creating change in health care
- analyze concepts of health promotion and culturally competent care across the lifespan
- assume responsibility for the use of health care information systems and patient care technology to improve patient outcomes
- demonstrate leadership and accountability in the development and implementation of health care policy
- critically appraise existing literature from nursing and other disciplines to determine and implement the best evidence for practice
- advocate for the advanced practice role within the policy related to access and health care communities
- and value continuing competence, growth and development in the profession.