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2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, M.S.N., Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

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The Family Nurse Practitioner MSN concentration prepares students to function in the role as primary care Family Nurse Practitioners. Students who successfully complete the MSN curriculum for the family nurse practitioner meet educational requirements to take the Nurse Practitioner Role: Family Nurse Practitioner national certification examination, and to apply for an advanced practice license.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered through an affiliation with the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN). The curriculum is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners) in Family Health or Psychiatric/Mental Health. The program also offers a Nursing Education concentration that is designed to prepare nurses to teach in undergraduate nursing programs, and a Nursing Executive concentration to prepare nurse managers and administrators.


The master’s degree program in nursing at Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Consortium of McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The program is also fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate program
  • A satisfactory GRE score
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of immunization
  • Completion of a physical assessment (across the lifespan) course or evidence of physical assessment skills (Required only for applicants seeking admission to the Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education concentrations.)
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in introductory statistics
  • Unencumbered Licensure as a registered nurse in Louisiana

The MSN program reserves the right to limit the number of students enrolled in nursing courses to make the most effective use of the educational resources available. In the event that enrollment in these courses must be limited, students will be selected by their academic ranking based upon their cumulative GPA in graduate nursing courses.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, the student must adhere to the following degree plan requirements:

  • earn a minimum of 42-45 credit hours: Family Nurse Practitioner concentration
  • attain a minimum of 600 precepted clinical hours
  • satisfactorily complete a Focused Scholarly Project or Thesis
  • earn no less than a “B” grade in all coursework
    • Note: Students who earn less than a “B” grade in a course will be required to repeat that course. A course may be repeated only once. Courses with a grade of “C” may not be applied toward the degree requirements.

Total: 9 Credits

Total: 9 Credits

Semester 3

Total: 8 Credits

Semester 4

Total: 8 Credits

Semester 5

Total: 8-11 Credits

Total: 42-45 Credits

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