Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.)

M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner

Students learn to provide primary care for all ages with emphasis in health promotion, disease management, and integrative therapies.

Program Overview

Texas State's nationally recognized MSN-FNP program is designed for registered nurses who want to advance their nursing role to provide evidence-based, high-quality primary care. Hallmarks of our program includes small class size and On-Campus Intensives (OCIs).OCIs are immersive learning experiences for students to participate in simulation and engage with peers, faculty, and expert guest lecturers.

Course Work

The non-thesis MSN-FNP program is a combination of online course work and clinical practicum hours. Students complete practicum hours one-on-one with a preceptor in the state of Texas, in addition to on-campus simulation and labs. Students engage in the application of evidence-based practice in their focus area in their capstone course. Some coursework includes:

  • Diagnostic Reasoning and Procedures
  • Young and Middle Adult Primary Care
  • Integrative Family Primary Care and Practicum
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health

*Due to variation in the laws of states and regulations of state boards of nursing, the ability to offer admission to non-Texas residents may be limited.

DegreeHoursThesis OptionMinor Option
Thesis Option
Minor Option
No Minor

Online Availability

The majority of this program may be offered online with required on-campus learning experiences two weekends per semester at the St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock, Texas. Due to variation in the laws of states and regulations of state Boards of Nursing, admission for non-Texas residents may be limited at this time. Additional information for international applicants is available below.

What Our Alumni Say

“Texas State University offers on-campus intensives every semester that helped me gain confidence in assessing, diagnosing, treating and evaluating patients. Additionally, the continued support and feedback from faculty throughout the FNP program allowed me to be fully prepared to practice as a family nurse practitioner.”

— Heena Ali, FNP Graduate 2022

Program Details

The MSN-FNP program is offered full-time and part-time to allow students to choose the track that works best for them while still being able to work as an RN.

Program Mission

Preparing the next generation of nurses to improve health care.
The St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University educates and prepares graduates using innovative teaching strategies and state-of-the-art technology. Graduates provide ethical, safe, and effective patient-centered care and contribute to present and emerging research and health management practices. Graduates demonstrate competence in clinical judgment, collaborate as members and leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams, and utilize scientifically-based interventions. As caring professional nurses, graduates manage illness; promote, maintain, and restore health; and provide end-of-life care for diverse individuals, families, populations, and global communities across the lifespan.

Career Options

Family nurse practitioner graduates are employed in a wide variety of clinical settings. Settings can include primary care, specialty clinics, and even their own private practice. Graduates are qualified to take one of the FNP national certification examinations, which is a requirement for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Gradates are well-prepared to pursue doctoral study as a new graduate or later in their career.

Program Faculty

St. David’s School of Nursing faculty are expert advanced nursing leaders and clinicians who bring diverse knowledge and skills into their teaching. In addition to maintaining currency in clinical practice, faculty engage in service and scholarly pursuits. Faculty are highly active in research, service, and clinical practice and frequently present at local, national, and international conferences. Recognition and publication of faculty scholarship are evident in publications in professional journals, engagement in interprofessional scholarship and grantsmanship. Faculty scholarship extends to student engagement in translational science capstone projects that often result in faculty-student presentations and publications, providing graduates with scholarly recognition prior to graduation.

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kathy Smith
Nursing Building (NURS), Room 320


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Application Deadlines

DeadlinesU.S. CitizenInternational
U.S. Citizen
January 25 (*Flexible)
January 25 (*Flexible through June 1)

*A flexible deadline means applications received after the standard deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

  • Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

    Review important information about application fees.

    • bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body. The student's B.S.N. degree must be reflected on the transcript at the time of application.
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses) (Effective Fall 2024: a 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, plus any completed graduate courses)
    • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your nursing course work
    • grade of C or better in an upper-division statistics course. The course must be completed at the time of application and reflected on submitted transcripts.

    Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

  • GRE

    • GRE not required

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo Scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

    This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

    Review important information about official test scores.

    • current, valid, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in Texas with date issued from the Board of Nursing and Nursys uploaded into the application system. Multistate licenses are accepted as long as Texas is declared the home state.
    • professional essay and goals statements
    • resume/CV showing a minimum of one year full-time equivalent experience as a Registered Nurse prior to the application deadline. Employment will be verified.
    • three professional forms of recommendation from persons competent to assess the applicant’s academic capability, clinical expertise, and interest in pursuing a career for this program. This is a form completed by your identified reference as part of the application system.
    • interview

    *Please note once a student has been offered admission, additional criteria must be completed and met prior to admission and the required due dates as listed by the School of Nursing.

    Review important information about documents.

  • If you are an international applicant, you can apply to this program; however, please be aware that you must:

    • be available to complete certain degree requirements in the state of Texas
    • have a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from a regionally accredited institution and from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body. Your B.S.N. degree must be reflected on your transcript when you apply.

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