Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP)

Health Sciences
> Nursing
North Atlanta
Graduate, Master's Degree

Continue your nursing journey: Become a primary care provider.

Take your nursing practice to new levels as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Brenau University’s Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing offers you two great options to earn your Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree: Earn your MSN FNP in our full-time online 20-month program or in our part-time, hybrid three-year program.

With this degree, you can advance your clinical knowledge, learn about caring for patients across their lifespans and deepen your leadership and research skills. The program includes online coursework, practicum experiences and Saturday classes at our Norcross campus

After graduation, you will be prepared to take one of the national licensure exams from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and become an FNP. In practice, you’ll be equipped to provide preventive and primary care, including developing treatment plans, ordering tests, prescribing medications and more, depending on the state in which you work.


Brenau University’s MSN FNP program offers you:

  • Comprehensive preparation for primary care practice and patient advocacy.
  • Advanced coursework in pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment and diagnostic reasoning.
  • Small classes led by passionate and experienced nursing educators.
  • Convenient online learning combined with Saturday classes.
  • Clinical practicum experiences.


Curriculum for the Brenau MSN FNP consists of 49 credit-hours. This is divided among the MSN core and FNP specialization courses. Current course listings include:

Master of Science in Nursing Core

  • NG 701 – Theoretical Foundations
  • NG 707 – Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • NG 731 – Advanced Nursing Research
  • HS 771 – Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NG 711 – Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
  • NG 760 – Principles and Practice of Nursing Leadership and Manage

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

  • NG 734 – Research Utilization Project
  • NG 739 – Professional Seminar
  • NG 740 – Clinical Practicum
  • NG 742 – Population Health for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NG 743 – Clinical Practicum – Skills and Advanced Role I
  • NG 744 – Health Care of the Adult
  • NG 745 – Health Care of the Older Adult
  • NG 746 – Clinical Practicum of the Adult
  • NG 747 – Health Care of Women
  • NG 748 – Health Care of the Child
  • NG 749 – Clinical Practicum with Women and Children
  • NG 780 – Clinical Practicum

Apply now

Start your journey towards a career in primary care practice – contact Brenau University to start your application to our MSN FNP today!

Admissions Documents Requirements

You must submit the following documents along with your application:

  • Official college transcripts from all institutions attended that show:
    • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale of all attempted collegiate work.
    • Successful completion of undergraduate courses in physical assessment and research methods.
  • Current resume and personal statement.
  • Two professional references.
  • Complete an interview, if requested by the admissions committee.

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English by providing current iBT (formerly TOEFL) scores.

Additional Admissions Requirements

To apply to our MSN FNP program, you must be a Registered Nurse (RN) with an active, unrestricted license at the start of the program. If not an active RN when applying, then you must demonstrate at least one year of full-time work experience within the past five years. You must also hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution (or foreign equivalent).

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