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2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner

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About the Program

This program prepares advanced-practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients, families and communities. All students take core courses covering theoretical foundations for nursing practice, health systems and models, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, nursing research and advanced health assessment. Clinical courses emphasize the care of adult, pediatric and geriatric patients and their families.

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduates are eligible for national board certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

For more information, call 706-721- 3676, or visit

Program Goals

The goals of the Nurse Practitioner Programs are to prepare graduates to:

  • evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced practice of nursing.
  • collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies to influence the nature and outcomes of health care services.
  • engage in advanced practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice.
  • assume a leadership role in identifying and resolving issues that have an actual or potential impact on nursing and health care.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills of an advanced practice nurse in a variety of client care situations.
  • continue to acquire knowledge and skills requisite to maintaining and enhancing advanced practice expertise

Career Opportunities

  • Primary care settings such as health clinics, medical offices and managed care settings
  • Specialty settings such as cardiology, emergency medicine, occupational health, women’s health, psych-mental health and acute care
  • Other areas such as clinical research, education and public health

Admission Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs

Application Fee: $30

Application Deadlines:  February 1 ‐ FALL entry

Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and/or Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course‐by‐course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet”. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission directly from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) .

References: References/recommendations from three individuals are required using the Admissions Reference Form for Graduate Programs at the Medical College of Georgia. References should be individuals qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience, qualifications and potential, as applicable.

GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required).
All official GRE scores must be submitted to MCG’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to MCG is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Millers Analogy Test (MAT) exam scores with a minimum score of 400 will be accepted in place of GRE exam scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based or 79 internet based.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to MCG is 5406.  Please do not select a department code. 

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Pre‐requisite course work:

  • Undergraduate or graduate statistics

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Minimum of 1 year RN experience is required before beginning clinical courses.

Proof of current Georgia RN Nursing license is required prior to enrollment.

Admission Recommendations

No additional recommendations

* Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

* While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with MCG’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

* Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred .

How to Apply

Apply online at by May 1 for Fall Semester and October 1 for Spring Semester. Successful applicants generally have at least a year of R.N. experience and most have at least two years of nursing experience. For more information on this program, visit

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

Estimated Full-Time Academic Expenses

  For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog. 

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