Program Description

Provide holistic care to families across the health care continuum in our online, CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (MSN-FNP)*.

Benefit from a responsive curriculum based on the most up-to-date scientific medical research. Plus, learn from active practitioners who understand the demand of modern health care and can pass their real-world knowledge on to you.

The curriculum includes 500+ hours of learning in clinical settings, with placement support from George Mason University’s clinical coordinator. Equip yourself with the skills to build an evidence-based practice and integrate your learning into your everyday work.

Ranked a Top-50 Best Nursing School Master’s Program by U.S. News & World Report, 2019

Program Outcomes

When you complete our 49-credit MSN-FNP, you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients
  • Perform a focused assessment of a patient across the lifespan
  • Use patient and clinical data to formulate health care diagnoses
  • Provide an evidence-based, patient-centered plan of care appropriate for individual patients
  • Identify and evaluate appropriate therapeutic interventions for the management of individual patients
  • Collaborate across health care disciplines with a foundation of interprofessional experience
  • Address the social determinants of health in the care of patients and populations

In addition, this program prepares you to sit for certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Mason graduates pass these exams at a rate above the national average.

Community-Focused, Evidence-Based

Population and public health are a core focus of this program. You’ll learn to work within any community and gain a full understanding of your patients’ needs and background, so you can provide the best possible treatment plan and care.

Plus, as an R1 (Research 1) university, we help you develop an evidence-based practice informed by modern research. Learn to identify credible sources, review the latest medical journals and reports, and understand current medical research.

Combined with micro-level clinical skills, you’ll graduate with the comprehensive, responsive knowledge you need to ensure exceptional outcomes for your patients.

Direct Contact With Practicing Faculty

Seventy-five percent of our faculty are active practitioners who will give you individual attention and support throughout this program. Learn directly from health care providers who have directed clinics, served diverse, low-income populations, and conducted research in models of service for underserved communities and chronic diseases.

Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines

To provide holistic care, modern practitioners need to collaborate with a variety of health care providers, from nutritionists and social workers to psychologists and health informaticists. Mason weaves interprofessional experiences throughout your curriculum, so working across disciplines becomes second nature.

Our MSN curriculum is founded on IPEC (Interprofessional Educational Collaborative) Core Competencies, including putting patients’ needs first, respecting patients’ dignity and privacy, and cooperating with other care providers to create a climate of mutual respect.

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This program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. Apply here or request more information if you have any questions. The Fall 2020 application fee has been waived.

Virtual Open House

The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who want to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

*The MSN-FNP online graduate program is approved to confer a degree in most states in the U.S., but is still awaiting full approval from a few select states. Please check with your individual state on approval status.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Degree: MSN-FNP

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 49 total

Who should apply?

The MSN-FNP is designed for nurses who want to provide top-quality, holistic care in a health care setting serving families and communities.

Applicants should have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate (BSN) program in nursing and have an active state-based/U.S. license as a registered nurse (RN), a current CPR card, and documented experience as an RN.

Why choose Mason?

Students choose Mason’s online MSN-FNP because of its:

  • Ranking among the Top 50 MSN programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Financial aid programs and lifetime access to Mason’s Career Services
  • Flexible online format designed to accommodate busy working students
  • Actively practicing faculty with decades of experience and a curriculum informed by the latest research
  • CCNE accreditation and approval by Virginia’s state boards of nursing and medicine

Program requirements for the online MSN–FNP are subject to change.

Requirements: 49 total credit hours

  • 15 credits MSN core courses
  • 34 credits FNP concentration courses

Courses for George Mason University’s online MSN–FNP are offered in a convenient, part-time, online format that’s asynchronous so you can study whenever and wherever works best for you.

Students will also complete a hands-on residency offering real-world practice in family nursing. The online curriculum mirrors George Mason’s on-campus program.

Certification

By completing this program, you may be eligible to sit for one of these national licensing exams*:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

MSN Core Courses

  • NURS 665 – Theoretical and Ethical Foundations Related to Nursing | 3 credits
  • NURS 715 – Nursing Informatics Inquiry | 3 credits
  • NURS 757 – Nursing Research and Biostatistics I | 3 credits
  • NURS 758 – Nursing Research and Biostatistics II | 3 credits
  • NURS 688 – Organization of Nursing and Health Care Delivery Systems | 3 credits

Level II Core Courses

  • NURS 643 – Community-Oriented Primary Care | 3 credits
  • NURS 713 – Decision Making and Pharmacologic Management in Practice | 3 credits
  • NURS 714 – Health Assessment in Clinical Practice | 2 credits
  • NURS 724 – Health Assessment Practicum | 2 credits
  • NURS 761 – Pharmacotherapeutics | 3 credits
  • NURS 769 – Physiology and Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice | 3 credits

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses

  • NURS 739 – Family Primary Care II | 4 credits
  • NURS 744 – Family Primary Care Practicum II | 5 credits
  • NURS 741 – Family Primary Care III | 4 credits
  • NURS 749 – Family Primary Care Practicum III | 5 credits

*Licensing requirements differ by state.

Tuition & Fees (2019–2020):

Tuition is $850 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning fee.

Financial Aid:

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Opportunities

Driven by the health services demands of an aging population—including baby boomers living longer, more active lives—18-percent growth in healthcare occupations is projected by 2026.1 Advanced practice nursing positions are growing even faster, with a 31-percent increase projected.2

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are in demand, as healthcare facilities across the nation lack primary care providers and other critical medical staff. Rural areas are particularly underserved, with a ratio of just one primary care provider for every 2,500 people.3 That amounts to 60 million people affected by this shortage.

Meet the Primary Care Demand

As an FNP with an MSN from George Mason University, you can step in to fill this demand while joining a field with a median annual salary of $110,930.2 Work collaboratively with other primary care providers, and independently, to help patients young and old, prevent disease, promote good health, and treat acute and chronic illnesses.

Create your own practice in your community or work in an established facility, such as a home health organization, urgent care center, hospital, or residential treatment center.

Our Family Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares you to meet the needs of any community in a variety of settings. Graduate with a mix of clinical skills, research-informed insights on community and public health, and interprofessional experience so you can give your patients compassionate and holistic care.

SOURCES:

1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Healthcare Occupations. Retrieved on April 12, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm.
2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved on April 12, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm.
3Slabach, B. (June 20, 2018). Fixing the medical staff shortage problem in rural areas. Becker’s Hospital Review. Retrieved on April 12, 2019, from https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/population-health/fixing-the-medical-staff-shortage-problem-in-rural-areas.html.

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request For Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.

Phone: 703-348-5006
Email: online2@gmu.edu

All applicants should review the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Standards. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.

Prerequisites

  • Have a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Hold an active U.S. Registered Nursing license with documented work experience
  • Have a current CPR card

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Admission FAQs

How long does it take to complete the program?

The part-time, online MSN–FNP is 49 credit hours and can be completed in 2–3 years.

Can I transfer credits from another University?

Students may transfer up to nine semester hours in courses that directly correspond to those in the online MSN–FNP from another accredited college or university. Transfer credit policies are included in the University Catalog.

When are classes held?

MSN–FNP classes for part-time online students are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning they can be viewed interactively at your convenience. However, there may be opportunities for synchronous participation in some courses.

Where can I find course descriptions?

See all department course descriptions and course syllabi for the MSN–FNP.

What accreditations do George Mason University and the MSN program hold?

The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the FNP primary care concentration carrying approval from the state boards of nursing and medicine in Virginia.

George Mason is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

How much does the program cost?

$850 per credit hour, with a $35 Distance Learning fee per credit hour, for a full tuition cost of $43,365.

What tuition assistance is available?

Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides information on potential scholarships and aid packages for the online MSN–FNP program.

How much does it cost to apply?

While there is a $75 application fee, there are multiple times throughout the year when the fee may be waived.

How do I receive additional information?

For answers to any additional questions, complete a request for information form or call us directly at 703-348-5006.

What are the admissions recommendations?

  • Completed online application
  • $75 application fee
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose essay
  • Undergrad GPA-minimum 3.0 (submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts)
  • GPA Addendum essay if undergrad GPA below 3.0
  • BSN degree, active RN license, CPR certification, required course Statistics