McNeese State University Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at McNeese State University offers a 100% online MSN program with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations. In addition, a PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate is offered. No campus visits are required and practicums are completed at approved facilities local to the student in either Texas or Louisiana.

The graduate nursing degrees are offered through an Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN) that includes McNeese State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Nicholls State University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As such, students may apply through any of these institutions and will participate in the same online courses throughout the programs.

According to the consortium home page, “The mission of the ICMSN is to prepare a diverse group of nurse practitioners, educators, and leaders by fostering a culture of nursing excellence for improving health-related outcomes.” Core values of the consortium include caring, diversity, accountability, collaboration, leadership, practice, and lifelong learning.

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) MSN prepares graduates to serve populations across the lifespan in preventive health care, disease management, and healthcare education. Graduates are eligible to take the FNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Family nurse practitioners may work in primary care clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, government institutions, long-term health care facilities, home health care, urgent care facilities, and research entities.

The PMHNP MSN and certificate programs prepare graduates to provide mental health care to patients across the lifespan. PMHNPs may work with patients one on one, in families, or in groups. In addition, PMHNPs may work in treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals and clinics, counseling centers, rehabilitation centers, schools, and government facilities. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner ANCC certification exam.

McNeese State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

What to Expect from McNeese State University Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN program at McNeese State University must hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program with a minimum GPA of 2.8 or higher. An undergraduate statistics course is a prerequisite with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants to the PMHNP Post-Master’s Certificate program must hold an MSN degree from an accredited nursing school and have an unencumbered RN license in Louisiana or Texas.

Application materials include an application, application fee, official transcripts, two professional letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay, and a current resume or CV. Students must have an unencumbered RN license in the state of Louisiana or Texas or be eligible for said license since all clinicals must be completed within these states. Upon admission, students must provide documentation of a successful background check and drug screen. The GRE or GMAT is not required.

Requirements for clinicals include proof of CPR certification, health insurance, proof of OSHA training, preceptor forms, malpractice insurance, site agreements, and possible additional immunizations.

State Restrictions: McNeese State University accepts students from most states and is an NC-SARA participant. However, since clinicals must be completed in Louisiana or Texas, all other states are considered ineligible for the FNP and PMHNP programs. Students must have or be eligible to acquire RN licensure in LA or TX.

Study Plan: The MSN – FNP program can be completed in five semesters on a full-time basis. The MSN – PMHNP can be completed in six semesters on a full-time basis and the PMHNP certificate can be completed in four to five semesters. Start dates land in the Fall and Spring. Students in the MSN program can choose a scholarly project or thesis option. The thesis option adds three credits to the whole of the degree. In order to graduate, students in all graduate nursing programs must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program.

MSN Core Curriculum: Core courses for the MSN program include Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing; Generating Evidence for Nursing Practice; Applied Statistics for the Health Sciences; Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice Nursing; Population-Based Primary Care; Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice; Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice; and Business, Leadership, and Health Policy for Nurse Practitioners.

  • FNP Specialty Curriculum: The FNP specialization comprises 42 credits plus the requiredclinical practicum hours. Courses for this track include Advanced Practice Nursing: Family Health I-III. Students also choose a Focused Scholarly Project or a Thesis option. The Thesis option adds three credits for a total of 45 credits to complete the degree.
  • PMHNP Specialty Curriculum: The PMHNP specialization comprises 48 credits plus the requiredclinical hours. Courses include Diagnostic Considerations and Psychopharmacology for Psychiatric Disorders; Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse; and Advanced Practice Nursing: Psychiatric/Mental Health I-III. Students also choose a Focused Scholarly Project or a Thesis option. The Thesis option adds three credits for a total of 51 credits to complete the degree.

Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s PMHNP Certificate program consists of 20 credits, depending on the number of transferable credits from the earned MSN degree. Courses include Diagnostic Considerations and Psychopharmacology for Psychiatric Disorders; Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse; Advanced Practice Nursing: Psychiatric-Mental Health I-II; and Advanced Practice Nursing: Psychiatric-Mental Health (PMH) For PMC Students. Students complete the required clinical hours in practice courses.

Online Experience: McNeese State University utilizes Moodle as its online delivery system. Students must have access to high-speed internet and use MS Word for written work. Additional programs include MS PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader. New online students must complete the eLearning Orientation course modules. A reliable, up-to-date computer and operating system are recommended as well as backup computer access in the event of technical issues. Communication with faculty and peers may take place through email, discussion forums, and phone.

Courses are typically asynchronous and clinicals are completed in LA or TX. Clinical experiences are monitored through the Typhon Nurse Practitioner Student Tracking System (NPST). Students are required to purchase a subscription throughout the duration of their clinical experiences. Online students have access to academic advising, an online library, an online bookstore, admissions counseling, faculty office hours, career counseling, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements as the MSN and certificate programs are 100% online. All coursework is online while clinical preceptorships are completed at locations near the student in LA or TX.

Paying for McNeese State University Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

The online graduate nursing programs cost approximately $532.12 per credit plus fees. This also depends on how many credits are taken each term. Interested students should speak with the College of Nursing and Health Professions at McNeese State University for complete tuition information.

McNeese State University graduate students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans through the FAFSA. In addition, employers may offer tuition reimbursement programs or tuition discounts to students. Finally, graduate nursing students may wish to explore outside funding such as organizational, religious, or community scholarships and grants.

McNeese State University

McNeese State University offers FNP and PMHNP MSN and certificate programs to nurses in Texas or Louisiana with no campus visits, local practicums, and core values of collaboration, diversity, caring, accountability, leadership, and practice.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Certificate

Campus Address

4205 Ryan Street, Hardtner Hall
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70609

McNeese State University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

42

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (Revised GRE Score >282)

GPA Required?

2.8 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

42

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$340.90

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$22,349.04

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$549.23

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$22,349.04

McNeese State University – MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes (Revised GRE Score >282)

GPA Required?

2.8 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$340.90

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$25,541.76

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$549.23

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$25,541.76

McNeese State University – Post-Master's Psychiatric-Mental Health NP Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

20

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

Yes, GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

20

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$340.90

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$6,818.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$549.23

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$10,984.60

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.