About The Degree
Welcome to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, offered through the Department of Nursing at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). The University’s graduate nursing program focuses on the assessment, management, and delivery of health care services to individuals and families across the lifespan. This unique program is the product of a partnership between Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) and MSSU. Participating students will enroll in classes at MSSU with some courses being team taught by faculty at both institutions.
The MSN-FNP curricula is offered in blended formats which include online and face-to-face components. The five-semester program starts in the fall semester and includes one summer semester, with total semester course load varying from 7-10 credit hours per semester. Students complete the degree as a full-time student.
A total of 43 credit hours, plus successful completion of a capstone experience, is required. Of the 8.5 clinical credit hours (included in the total 43 hours) for the FNP program, students complete 765 clock hours of clinical experience.
What You Will Learn
The MSN-FNP program prepares the student for the delivery of advanced nursing care as well as for critical investigation, integration, and synthesis of scientific knowledge in primary health care. MSN-FNP preparation also provides a foundation for doctoral study. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to register for a national certification examination for the Family Nurse Practitioner.
Why This Degree is Right for You
The MSN-FNP program is designed to allow you the opportunity to obtain your MSN, in only 5 semesters, while still addressing life's other demands. The program is designed to meet on campus one day per week for in-class instruction. This degree helps to prepare the student meeting the health care provider shortage throughout the nation.
The per credit hour cost for a course is comprised of “Tuition” and the “General Fee”. Tuition and General Fees are SEMO's required costs per credit hour and assessed for all courses. Depending upon the specific course or program taken, additional fees may apply as follows:
- Tuition – Assessed for all courses taken
- General Fees – Assessed for all courses taken
- Program Fees – Assessed for all courses in select, high-cost programs
- Special Course Fees – Assessed for specific courses to cover additional costs
Fees are set annually by SEMO's Board of Regents to cover educational and other expenses not funded by the State of Missouri, as recommended by Student Government, approved by the Board of Regents and are subject to change without prior written notice.
Fees for Missouri Residents:
|Graduate Students||Tuition $260.80||General Fees $33.70||Total per Credit hour $294.50|
What You Must Do to Get Started
To apply for this program you must complete the following steps:
- Complete application for admission to MSSU’s Graduate Program. There is a non-refundable application fee. The deadline for submission of all application materials is April 1 of each year.
- Submission of a current resume reflecting all experience as a Registered Nurse.
- Submit official copies of transcripts from all previously attended institutions to MSSU Department of Admissions.
- MSSU Office of Admissions
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
- MSSU Office of Admissions
- Complete application for MSSU’s Department of Nursing’s MSN program. Submit the completed application and evidence of the following to the Department of Nursing:
- Current Missouri licensure as registered professional nurse.
- Appropriate liability insurance.
- Current BLS certification for healthcare professionals.
- An introductory course in statistics as evidenced on transcript.
- Client assessment skills as demonstrated by transcript or verification by Department of Nursing.
Mail the above information to Dr. Kay Fauss at:
MSSU Department of Nursing
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Continuation into the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty courses (NS638 and NS649) requires grades of B or higher in NS625, NS636, NS628, and NS629.
The MSSU Department of Nursing admission committee will determine your admission status to the Cooperative Master of Science in Nursing program at the Joplin site. The MSSU Coordinator of MSN Studies, Dr. Kay Fauss, will notify you of acceptance or non-acceptance to the program.
Student policies for this Cooperative Program will become available as they are documented. You are responsible for reviewing and adhering to these policies. If you have questions about records and transcripts contact Cheryl Dobson at 417-625-9389 or visit the Registrar’s Office in Hearnes Hall 100 to request a transcript.
For additional questions, please email Dr. Kay Fauss at firstname.lastname@example.org
MSN - FNP Plan of Study
|Course Number and Course Title||Credit Hours|
|NS601 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Roles||3|
|NS602 Quality and Safety in Advanced Nursing Roles||3|
|NS604 Evidence-Based Practice: Synthesis and Translation||3|
|NS610 Policy, Politics, and Advocacy in Advanced Nursing Roles||3|
|NS625 Advanced Pharmacology||4|
|NS628 Health Assessment||3.5|
|NS603 Organizational & System Leadership for Advanced Nursing Roles||3|
|NS629 Advanced Health Assessment Practicum||0.5|
|NS636 Advanced Pathophysiology||4|
|NS642 Advanced Roles Seminar||2|
|NS638 Primary Care I||3|
|NS648 Primary Care II||3|
|NS649 Primary Care II Practicum||4|
|NS659 Primary Care III Clinical Role Practicum||4|
Admission Qualifications and Requirements
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:
- Baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by the Accredited Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
- Current and unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse in the state of Missouri as well as in the state which the student completes clinical requirements.
- Evidence of professional liability insurance of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) professional level certification for healthcare professionals.
- Introductory course in statistics (graduate or undergraduate) with a grade of B or higher.
- Course in health assessment (which includes physical examination and history taking) with a minimum grade of B.
- Clinical experience as a Registered Nurse, prior to admission, is strongly recommended.
- Statement of academic goals and objectives for graduate study/advanced practice.
- Continuation into the family nurse practitioner specialty courses (NS638 and NS649) requires grades of “B” or better in NS625, NS636, NS628, and NS629 and seat availability.
- Should a student drop from the program for any reason, readmission or continuation will be based upon seat availability and faculty review.