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Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Masters of Science in Nursing


We are no longer offering the Master of Science in Nursing to new students. This information is to help current students plan out their graduation path.

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. The graduating student will receive a diploma that is from both SEMO & MSSU.

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.

Cost Schedule

The per credit hour cost for a course is comprised of “Tuition” and the “General Cost”. Tuition and General Costs are SEMO's required costs per credit hour and assessed for all courses. Depending upon the specific course or program taken, additional costs may apply as follows:

  • Tuition – Assessed for all courses taken
  • General Costs – Assessed for all courses taken
  • Program Costs – Assessed for all courses in select, high-cost programs
  • Special Course Costs – Assessed for specific courses to cover additional costs

Costs 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.

Costs for Missouri Residents:

Graduate Students Tuition $260.80 General Costs $33.70 Total per Credit hour $294.50
For additional information regarding costs, please refer to SEMO's Cost Schedule link:
Cost Schedule
Additional costs may be added throughout the program to be meet specific course or program requirements.  Applicants will also apply to SEMO as a "Non-degree seeking (Graduate)" and pay a $30 non-refundable application cost to SEMO by going to  .

What You Must Do to Get Started

To apply for this program you must complete the following steps:

Mail the above information to Dr. Kay Fauss at:

                  MSSU Department of Nursing
                  3950 E. Newman Road
                  Joplin, MO 64801

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.

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 & Progression Qualifications & Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission: