Advance Your Care With Interprofessional Experience

Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Provide evidence-based primary care to communities across health services settings with George Mason University's Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. You'll build interprofessional experience across health care disciplines, work directly with actively practicing faculty with decades of experience, explore a cutting-edge curriculum emphasizing community, and develop a discerning eye for medical science research and evidence-based practice.

Study at the first and only College of Public Health in Virginia. The College of Public Health at George Mason University is the first and only College of Public Health in Virginia and a national leader in inclusive, interprofessional, public health research, education, and practice.

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Why Choose Mason's MSN-FNP?

  • 75% of our faculty are actively practicing professionals who provide direct support during your studies.
  • Our School of Nursing has an international reputation for excellence going back more than 40 years.
  • Mason graduates pass nursing certification exams at a rate above the national average.
  • A curriculum featuring hands-on experience in your chosen community and collaboration with holistic practitioners.
  • Our MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is approved by Virginia's state boards of nursing and medicine.
  • Prepare to sit for exams from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
  • Benefit from the prestige and rigorous education of an acclaimed institution ranked the nation's No. 28 Most Innovative School and No. 67 Top Public School in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report.

MSN–FNP Curriculum

Through 49 credits and 15 courses, gain the knowledge and skills to provide lifelong holistic care to people of all ages. Complete this program ready to:

  • Alumni Success LogoCollaborate Across Health Care Disciplines
  • Alumni Success LogoAssess Your Patients Across their Lifespan
  • Alumni Success LogoFormulate Diagnoses Using Patient and Clinical Data
  • Alumni Success LogoIdentify Evidence-Based, Patient-Centered Plan of Care

Modern practitioners need to collaborate with a variety of health care providers, from nutritionists and social workers to psychologists and health informaticists. Mason weaves interprofessional experiences throughout your curriculum, so working across disciplines becomes second nature.

Through a core focus on population and public health, you'll learn to practice in any community. Gain a practical understanding of your patients, their needs and background, so you can provide a treatment plan that fits their lives and leads to better health outcomes.

Our curriculum is responsive to the latest medical science research. You'll discover how to identify credible sources, review the latest medical journals and reports, and understand current medical findings with support from George Mason, an R1 (Research 1) university and Virginia's largest research university.


Meeting the Demand for Primary Care Providers

Health care facilities nationwide are experiencing a shortage of primary care providers and other critical medical staff. Rural areas are especially underserved, with a ratio of just one physician for every 2,500 people1.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner**, you can step in to serve your community while providing a compassionate, holistic perspective on health services. Work closely with your patients to prevent disease, promote good health, and treat illness, and enter a field with a median annual salary of $110,930.2

Plus, career opportunities for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nursing positions are projected to grow 31 percent by 20262 — almost four times the national average.

*The FNP online graduate program is approved to confer a degree in most states in the U.S., but is still awaiting full approval from a few select states. Please check with your individual state on approval status.
**Licensing requirements differ by state.

1Slabach, B. (2018 June 20). Fixing the medical staff shortage problem in rural areas. Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved on April 12, 2019, from
2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved on April 12, 2019, from

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Professional Licensure Disclosure. This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool ( for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.

George Mason University currently considers applicants to the MSN-FNP program from the following states and territories*:

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Guam.

*This is updated as we get approval from the states board of nursing, please check this site often.