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Where can I work after I finish earning my MSN-FNP degree?

Graduates from the program are employed in places across the state, including Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Longview, Tyler, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Lubbock, San Antonio and Temple. They work as family nurse practitioners in clinics, emergency rooms and specialty areas.

Where can I work after I earn my MSN with a focus as a nurse educator?

With the nursing education option, graduates teach nursing at community colleges, universities and high school health occupation programs. Nurse educators also work in hospitals or other large corporations throughout the U.S.

What is a degree plan? And when do I need to file one?

A degree plan is a formal statement of requirements a student must complete in order to graduate. To be official, a degree plan must be certified by the college of the student's major. Nursing students will receive a degree plan the semester they are admitted to the SFA School of Nursing. Students finalize their degree plan during the on-campus orientation before beginning the program.

What are the application deadlines?

Applications may be submitted at any time, but they must be submitted by April 1 to enroll in the fall semester.

The application process is conducted through the NursingCAS system, and you are encouraged to begin the process at least two months before the deadline date. All applications must be verified by NursingCAS before the application deadline. This process can take between 4 - 6 weeks.

Are the application deadlines ever extended?

No. We recommend that all applications are submitted four to six weeks in advance. Applications are completed through NursingCAS. Once NursingCAS has verified your application, it will be sent to SFA Nursing. If your application has not been received by SFA by the deadline, your application will not be viewed for admission.

Do I need to submit official transcripts to both the Graduate School and the School of Nursing?

All transcripts must be submitted via NursingCAS for the School of Nursing application and must also be submitted to the Graduate School for the university application.

What do I include in my NursingCAS application packet?

The following items are loaded into the NursingCAS application system for each applicant:

  • Biographical information
  • Personal data
  • Parent and family information
  • Background information
  • Colleges attended
  • Coursework
  • Personal statement
  • Privacy statement

Test of Essential Academic Skills scores are not required for admission to the program.

What is a petition, and when do I need one?

A student may file a petition with the School of Nursing for many reasons. The petitions are then viewed by the Student Affairs Committee and a decision is made regarding the request. The Student Affairs Committee consists of multiple faculty from the School of Nursing. Once a decision is made, the student will be notified by the Student Affairs Committee Chair.

Petition requests can include the following:

  • Substitution of a course taken at a another college or university
  • Forgiveness of a grade
  • Repeat of a nursing course
  • Makeup of a clinical day
  • Grievances and other concerns


See the petition instructions and form (Form 4.1) on the Nursing Policies and Handbook page.

If I apply and am denied, can I reapply?

Absolutely. Make sure all your coursework is complete and all criteria is met. You’ll upload any new work completed in NursingCAS. Make sure to send your updated transcripts.

What is academic probation?

A student is placed on academic probation after the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.

What is academic suspension?

A student in the master’s program remains on academic probation until the student’s cumulative GPA is above 3.0 or until the student makes less than a B on a second course. At this time, the student will be dismissed from the program.

How – and when – do I file for graduation?

You should apply for graduation approximately eight months before you expect to finish the coursework required for your degree. Talk to your faculty advisor to learn more. 

MSN Program Contacts

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

MSN program


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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