Graduate Programs

Welcome to the graduate program webpage for Brenau University Nursing. The graduate program at Brenau University prepares students for the complexities of health care for the 21st century. The MSN programs seek to educate students in a caring environment providing opportunities for collaboration, communication, role competency, advocacy, leadership, and presence. The graduate program prepares graduate students in three major tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader/Manager. As a graduate of the program the student will: develop role competency, demonstrate scholarly communication and apply evidence-based decision making.

Brenau University offers a unique experience in small cohorts, which provide students opportunity to collaborate with faculty and fellow graduate students. The program is structured in a hybrid format.

If you would like information on the graduate program please contact Dr. Troy Heidesch at 770-534-6154 or

Outcomes for the Nursing Master’s Program

Upon completion of the nursing master’s program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scholarly communication.
  • Apply evidence-based decision making.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the global community.

Outcomes for the Post-Master’s AGACNP Certificate Program

Upon completion of the post-master’s AGACNP certification program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate role competency as a practitioner; reflective of the AGACNP Core Competencies (2016).
  • Demonstrate scholarly communication as a nurse practitioner to include: effective and inter-professional communication with all constituents.
  • Apply evidence-based decision making to include: demonstration of critical thinking, use of research findings, and knowledge of legal and ethical components.

Gap Analysis

If you are admitted, we will generate a DRAFT plan of study. Upon acceptance of our offer of admission, you must submit a $200 fee so we can conduct a formal gap analysis to determine your actual plan of study. You will need to submit syllabi and course calendars for each of the courses preliminarily considered transferable. We will conduct a thorough curriculum review to develop a final plan of study and formal gap analysis. In order to complete the AGACNP Post-Master’s Certificate program, Brenau requires a minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience in adult/gerontology and acute care direct patient supervised hours. Part of your Gap analysis will include an analysis of applicable supervised direct care adult/gerontology and/or acute care clinical hours. This draft plan of study will likely be different for every student entering the program.


Please be aware that Brenau will need an affiliation agreement with the clinical site where you will be doing your clinical hours. If the clinical site will not enter into a clinical affiliation agreement with Brenau University, or, if you are unable to secure a clinical placement where a clinical affiliation agreement is already in place, you may not be able to start the program. Upon acceptance to the program and completion of the Gap Analysis, Brenau’s Graduate Clinical Coordinator will work with you to help you secure clinical sites and affiliation agreements.

Outcomes for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Upon completion of the doctor of nursing practice program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize scientific inquiry to produce improved practice outcomes.
  • Produce advanced practice nursing scholarship through application of research.
  • Demonstrate leadership in advanced practice.


To apply to any of the graduate nursing programs please go to Brenau Admissions

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For more information click on the degree level of your interest

Master of Science Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice