Nurse Practitioner Concentration,
Nursing, MSN

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The Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care

The College of Health and Human Services offers an innovative MSN track to prepare nurse practitioners in primary care. Graduates provide primary care to clients in a variety of settings, including health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and home care settings, family practice settings, and neighborhood and community clinics for the medically underserved.

Options are offered in the following specialties:

  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduates are eligible for certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Students in N643

MSN and DNP students in NURS 643 complete a project at Little River Glen Senior Center. From left: Kimberly Soutoya, Prithvi Ghimire, and Christian Lavenia.

Degree Requirements

The master's program in nursing, nurse practitioner concentration requires 49 graduate credits. Of these, a 15-credit core consists of course work in the theoretical and ethical foundations of nursing, nursing research and biostatistics, nursing informatics, and the organization of nursing and health care delivery systems. The remaining credits are satisfied by completing one of the concentrations. The nurse practitioner concentration requires an additional 34 credits.

The curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study, or three years of part-time study, depending on the number of credits taken each semester. The program entails both didactic and clinical experiences. The clinical component is a minimum of 600 hours.

View the degree requirements for Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Concentration, MSN.

Employment and Certification of Program Graduates

George Mason's nurse practitioner program is a competency-based curriculum; graduates are highly regarded and have historically readily found employment upon graduation. The program is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. Our graduates pass their respective certification exams through the ANCC (FNP, AGNP) well above the national mean. George Mason's School of Nursing is listed among the top graduate and nurse practitioner programs in the country in U.S. News and World Report's Special Fall Edition.

Tuition Support

Tuition may vary from year to year. Liability insurance for nurse practitioner students is included in the cost of tuition.

Full-time students may apply for Division of Nursing Professional Nurse Traineeships and teaching assistant ships that may be available. Contact 703-993-1947 for information. The U.S. Public Health Service offers the National Health Service Corps Scholarship program. The Mary Marshall Scholarship is available to Virginia residents who currently live in and plan to practice in an underserved area of Virginia after graduation. Information packets for both these scholarships are available through the master's program office. 

General Information for all MSN programs

There are a number of tracks and specialties available within the CHHS Graduate School. Applicants to the graduate [rograms can apply directly to the program in which they choose to major, OR they may apply as an undeclared major in order to take the core courses prior to application and admission to one of the specific tracks. Questions about these options for application should go directly to the assistant dean, master's division. Completion of the master's core courses does not guarantee admission to the nurse practitioner track.

Student Requirements

Student health exams, immunization records, and criminal background checks are part of the final admission process. Graduate students are required to have up-to-date annual health exams, current immunizations and CPR certification. Students must be in the process of completing a hepatitis B immunization series when they enroll for their first practicum course. Criminal background checks are required of all School of Nursing students. No student may attend practicum courses unless all these requirements are met.

All students enrolled in the School of Nursing are required to maintain health insurance at all times.

All students are required to use an active Mason email account.

Questions?

For questions about the program and admissions process, contact:

Janice Lee Beverly
703-993-1947
Email: jLeebev1@gmu.edu

Cherl Oetjen

Coordinator

Dr. Cheryl Oetjen
Term Assistant Professor
Coordinator for Nurse Practitioner Programs
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