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Mar 13 2018

Family Nurse Practitioner

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Family Nurse Practitioner

Ranked No. 8 in the nation by US News and World Report, our Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty prepares graduates to assess and manage a broad range of health needs of individuals and families across the life span. The program has a strong community-based primary care focus. Students may complete the program s required 49 credit hours in four semesters or pursue the program part time.

Graduates are prepared to sit for the certification exam of the American Nurse Credentialing Center or the certification exam of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Unique Highlights
The FNP program offers multidisciplinary experiences in both the classroom and in clinical settings. Students have the opportunity to work with rural and migrant populations and in urban private practice settings. Nationally certified faculty members in the program engage in both clinical practice and research.

Clinical Experience
Graduates have more than 600 hours of directly supervised clinical practice. Emphasis is on the management of acute episodic problems and long term management of stable chronic diseases. More than 40 community-based sites and private practices provide students with a rich variety of primary health care experiences with clients of all ages. Students have the opportunity to do rotations in specialty areas such as endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, orthopedics, and palliative care. Clinical sites include public health department clinics, hospital outpatient and satellite clinics, HMO clinics, community primary health care centers, Veteran s Administration outpatient clinics, and health clinics for the homeless as well as private practice.

Career Opportunities
FNP graduates have an opportunity to work in either primary care or specialty areas. Recent graduates have found positions in family practice/internal medicine clinics, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, women s health, and pediatrics.

Student Enrollment

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has a long-standing history of educating women and men to be leaders on the forefront of the health care community.

  • Total students: 665
    • Females: 602 (91%)
    • Males: 63 (9%)
    • Minorities: 298 (45%)
    • Total BSN students: 374
    • Total MSN students: 236
    • Total DNP students: 21
    • Total PhD students: 34

Post Graduation Placement Information

2015-2016 BSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 73 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 88 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $53,000.

2015-2016 MSN Student Cohort

  • Of the respondents to the post graduation survey, 52 percent were employed immediately after graduation, and 87 percent were employed within three months of graduation.
  • Of the student respondents immediately employed, the average starting salary was $96,000.

Academic Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduate nursing education by US News World Report
  • Leader in service learning and global health
  • Internationally recognized faculty researchers
  • 24 faculty members are American Academy of Nursing Fellows
  • Students work in 500+ diverse clinical sites nationwide
  • Located in Atlanta, a leading health care center in the US

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for MSN admission include

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia
  • GRE Test Scores
  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org ) for previous nursing coursework
    • Students with international transcripts must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org ) for previous non-nursing coursework
  • Official GRE score report
    • The GRE must be retaken if scores are older than 5 years
    • TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language
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The average GPA for admitted students is 3.5. Students are encouraged to submit GRE test scores that fall within the 50 th -99 th percentile of all test takers

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants meeting at least ONE of the following criteria**:

  • GPA greater than or equal to a 3.5 from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • Previous master s degree (or higher) completed from an accredited college or university+

**It is at the discretion of the Admission Committee to request test scores despite meeting GRE waiver.

* Tuition is based on 2017-2018 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance budget is considered sufficient to support a basic lifestyle for a single student. It does not include expenses for dependents, travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles, household furniture, or appliances. The estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018 for a full time (12+ semester hours) MSN student enrolled for fall, spring and summer semesters is $100,552. This is not the amount you will owe. The cost of attendance is not the amount you will pay for the year. The cost of attendance is the budget used to determine the financial aid amount offered each year and is more than a student’s full time tuition and fees to provide assistance for living expenses if needed.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is accepting applications to its academic programs for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018. Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness as well as space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation. Application deadlines are below.

  • January 15, 2018

    *Priority deadline to be considered for merit-based aid

    ** Final priority deadline for admission

    For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing’s Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980


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