Florida A&M University Online MSN Programs: AGPCNP and WHNP

Florida A&M University (FAMU) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with two tracks: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). The MSN program offers online courses with two campus residencies and practicums at approved sites local to the student. The competencies for these program tracks follow the nurse practitioner competencies of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). In addition, the AGPCNP track follows the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner competencies of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners serve adolescents (13 and up) through adulthood and later adulthood. Working with other healthcare professionals, AGPCNPs assess, diagnose and treat acute and chronic health issues. Typical work locations include assisted living centers, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, primary care clinics, hospitals, and home health care situations.

Women’s health nurse practitioners care for women throughout their lifespan. This includes care for adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, after-pregnancy care, and care throughout menopause and beyond. WHNPs may assess, diagnose and treat women’s health issues including acute and chronic problems. They also typically perform well-visit exams, provide contraceptive care, work with fertility issues, and perform Pap tests. WHNPs may work in primary care clinics, women’s health clinics, OB-GYN clinics, hospitals, prenatal clinics, and private practice.

The online MSN program is offered both part-time and full-time and can be completed in five to seven semesters. The GRE is required along with a BSN and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Graduates of the AGPCNP MSN track will be eligible to take the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). Graduates of the WHNP MSN program will be eligible to sit for certification exams through the AANPCB or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The School of Nursing seeks to foster an environment centered on students who are trained and educated to serve in leadership positions in the healthcare community with caring, knowledge, and innovation. The core values of the School of Nursing include:

  • Excellence
  • Scholarship
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Diversity
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Service
  • Respect
  • Freedom
  • Courage
  • Fairness
  • Collegiality
  • Shared governance

Florida A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The online MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Florida A&M University is located in Tallahassee, Florida.

What to Expect from the Florida A&M University Online MSN – AGPCNP and WHNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR), and then are eligible to apply to the School of Nursing. Admission requirements include a BSN degree from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program, an unencumbered RN license in the state of Florida or approved state of residence, a minimum GPA of 3.0, an acceptable score on the GRE, completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and health assessment, three professional letters of reference, official transcripts, and a statement of professional goals. Applicants must also identify a clinical preceptor. Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency through the TOEFL. An applicant must also include documentation of the required physical exam and labs, immunization records, background check, drug screening, CPR certification, and proof of liability insurance.

State Restrictions: While Florida A&M University accepts students from most states into their AGPCNP program, applicants outside of Florida should check with their state Board of Nursing to be aware of the practicum requirements in their state while attending an out-of-state university and to make sure they are eligible to study with Florida A&M University. At this time students from the following states are not accepted into the AGPCNP and WHNP MSN programs: Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington DC.

Study Plan: The Florida A&M University online MSN – AGPCNP and WHNP programs can be completed in five semesters of full-time study or seven semesters of part-time study. Start dates land in the Fall and Spring, however, full-time students are only admitted in the fall.

MSN Curriculum: The online AGPCNP and WHNP programs comprise 42 credits plus at least 675 required clinical hours. The core curriculum for both tracks includes Professional Role Development; Theories in Nursing; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice; Health Policy and Nursing; Advanced Health Assessment Theory; Advanced Health Assessment Practicum; Role of APN in Health Promotion Disease Prevention; Special Issues Across the Adult Lifespan; and Clinical Management of Older Adults.

AGPCNP specialty courses include Primary Care for Adults Across the Lifespan I-II; Primary Care for Adults Across the Lifespan Practicum I-II; and APRN Synthesis Seminar.

WHNP specialty courses include Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span I; Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span Practicum I; Advanced Women’s Health Theory; Advanced Women’s Health Practicum; and APRN Synthesis Seminar.

Online Experience: Florida A&M University delivers courses through the Blackboard online Learning Management System (LMS). Students participate in discussion boards, online chat, web-conferencing, and email correspondence. Courses may include recorded video lectures, readings, assignments, and assessments. Tests are administered through the LockDown Browser. Graduate nursing students have access to services such as academic advising, faculty office hours, technical support, an online bookstore and library, and career services.

On-Site Requirements: MSN students are required to come to the Tallahassee, FL campus for two residencies throughout the program. All other coursework is online and practicums are completed locally.

Paying for the Florida A&M University Online AGPCNP and WHNP Programs

Florida A&M University charges $732 per credit plus fees for the online MSN program. Prospective students should contact the School of Nursing through FAMU for up-to-date tuition information as tuition costs generally change from year to year.

Graduate nursing students may be eligible for federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. RNs are encouraged to inquire with their employers to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discounts. Florida A&M University students may also seek unique opportunities to fund their MSN degree including outside scholarships and grants.

Florida A&M University

The AGPCNP MSN program through Florida A&M University includes two campus residencies and local clinicals, and seeks to prepare nurses to serve in leadership positions with knowledge, caring, and innovation.

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AG-PCNP)
MSN – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

334 W. Palmer Avenue, 103 Ware Raney Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Florida A&M University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AG-PCNP)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

42

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes, GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AK, DC, HI, IL, MA, MI, MN, NV, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, VT, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

42

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$732.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,744.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$732.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,744.00

Florida A&M University – MSN – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

WHNP – Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

42

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes, GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AK, DC, HI, IL, MA, MI, MN, NV, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, VT, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

42

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$732

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,744

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$732

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,744

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.