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Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner


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The Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) offered at the University of North Georgia (UNG) is a 46-semester-hour program of study that prepares experienced registered nurses to sit for national certification as a family nurse practitioner and to qualify for advanced practice authorization in the State of Georgia. The program builds on the foundation of professional nursing practice to prepare advanced practice nurses to function in collaborative practice roles in primary care settings.

The curriculum is designed so that a student may progress full-time through two years of study, or at an individualized, part-time pace, to complete 46 semester hours. Classes will be offered one day per week. Clinical courses will require 120 clinical hours each semester (an average of eight hours per week) and 240 clinical hours during the practicum semester.

Students will spend clinical hours in the primary care nursing courses with primary care preceptors. Preceptors will include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physicians, and physicians’ assistants in a variety of primary care settings. The program provides a minimum of 720 clinical contact hours during the clinical nursing sequence.

A new cohort begins each summer session upon meeting the posted application deadline. Enrollment in clinical courses is restricted to students who are admitted to the degree program. After the posted application deadline, complete application files for candidates will be reviewed, and the available student slots in the program will be filled. Individuals will be notified whether or not they are accepted in the MS degree program. Non-degree students may request permission to enroll in the core courses during an earlier term on a space-available basis and with approval of the program coordinator.

For additional program information, call the Department of Nursing, 706-864-1489, or write to the Department of Nursing, MS Program, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001.

Graduate Studies’ Admission Procedures

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Application materials may be obtained from Graduate Studies or from UNG’s website www.ung.edu/graduate/FNP. Applicants must pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee. When all application materials have been received by Graduate Studies, notification will be sent to the applicant and a copy of all materials will be forwarded to the program.  After the posted application deadline and upon review, a letter from the MS degree program will be sent to the application verifying acceptance or denial. In some instances, the applicant may be requested to come to Dahlonega for an interview or testing.

Students who are admitted to UNG but do not enroll within one year of acceptance must reapply through Graduate Studies. Students who were previously enrolled but have not been in attendance within the last three semesters must also reapply. All documents and materials submitted to fulfill the application requirements for entry to a program at UNG become the property of the university and will not be returned. These materials are kept for one year for incomplete application files and for three years for completed and accepted applicants who did not enroll.

FNP General Admission Eligibility

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In order to be eligible to apply, a candidate must have:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited school of nursing.
  2. One year post-licensure clinical work experience in the United States.
  3. Current unencumbered Georgia Registered Nurse license.
  4. For the Professional Transitions Sequence, current unencumbered Georgia Registered Nurse license and bachelor’s or master’s degree in another field of study.

FNP Professional Transitions Sequence: RN with a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

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An individual who holds an associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing and either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a non-nursing field of study may apply for the nursing professional transitions sequence for entry into the Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Nursing Professional Transitions Sequence is composed of two online courses:

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Each course is five credit hours (four credit hours of didactic instruction, one hour of clinical instruction). Courses must be taken sequentially beginning fall semester of each year, and students must successfully complete courses (receive a grade of B or better) prior to beginning any additional courses in the FNP program. In accordance with departmental policy, students may repeat a course in which they have been unsuccessful one time.

FNP Admission Requirements

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The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. Graduate Studies Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Transcripts must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution and state a calculated cumulative grade point average.
  4. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or evidence of a master’s degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution. Only those scores that are less than six years old will be considered.
  5. Three UNG recommendation forms validating ability to successfully complete graduate study; at least one must be from a supervisor, others may be from faculty or someone else who can address graduate study potential.
  6. If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the United States.

In accordance with Board of Regents’ policy, the following documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of the term:

  1. UNG Certificate of Immunization. Former North Georgia and Gainesville State students are required to submit documentation for any new immunization requirements since last attended.

The following documents must be received prior to the first day of the initial term for which the student is enrolled:

  1. Copy of Georgia Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  2. Proof of FNP Student liability.
  3. Completed Accident/Illness Waiver form.
  4. Evidence of current CPR certification.
  5. Criminal background check.
  6. Completed Department of Nursing Medical form. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all requirements are up to date.

    Students who have not submitted all of the above documentation prior to the first day of the term will not be allowed to attend until all documentation has been received. Students are responsible for all course material and for all announcements and assignments. The decision to permit students to make up work that is required in any missed class resides with the instructor.

Regular Admission

To qualify for regular admission, individuals must:

  1. Hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four-year institution with at least a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 calculated in accordance with UNG’s Graduate Studies’ admission procedures.
  2. Earn a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 391 or above or a combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) taken before August 1, 2011, or a combined score of 285 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE taken on or after August 1, 2011, or evidence of a master’s degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Meet all other program admission requirements.

Provisional Admission

To qualify for provisional admission, individuals must:

  1. Hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with at least a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 calculated in accordance with UNG’s Graduate Studies’ admission procedures.
  2. Earn a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score no lower than 378 or a combined score of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) if taken before August 1, 2011, or a combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or evidence of a master’s degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Meet all other program admission requirements.

Students admitted provisionally may register for no more than a total of six-eight hours of graduate credit. Provisionally admitted students should schedule an appointment with the program coordinator for individual advisement. Student status will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following the first term of enrollment or following the completion of six hours, whichever is first. Provisionally admitted students who earn a grade less than a B in any graduate nursing course taken during the provisional period will not be allowed to continue in the MS degree program.

Non-Degree Admission

Individuals interested in taking graduate nursing courses, but who do not want to pursue a graduate degree, may apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student. Individuals must receive pre-approval from the program coordinator before enrolling in courses and may register for no more than a total of nine hours of graduate credit.

The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. Graduate Studies Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended documenting completion of a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four-year institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 calculated in accordance with UNG’s Graduate Studies’ admission procedures. Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Transcripts must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
  4. Three UNG recommendation forms validating ability to successfully complete graduate study.
  5. If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the United States.

In accordance with Board of Regents’ policy, the following documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of the term:

  1. UNG Certificate of Immunization. Former North Georgia and Gainesville State students are required to submit documentation for any new immunization requirements since last attended. 

Students enrolled in clinical courses will be required to submit additional documentation prior to the first day of the term.

Non-degree students wishing to apply for admission to the MS degree program must notify the program coordinator, submit a new application, through Graduate Studies, and meet all program admission requirements. No more than nine hours of graduate credit earned while holding a non-degree status may subsequently be applied toward meeting the requirements of the MS degree program. All credit to be applied toward a degree must be approved by the program coordinator. 

Transient Student Admission

An individual currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student. Individuals must receive pre-approval from the program coordinator before enrolling in courses. Requests will be considered on a space available basis.
The following documents must be received prior to admission:

  1. Graduate Studies Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Letter of good standing or Transient Permission Form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his or her home institution. The letter or form should state that the student is in good standing and should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG. The program coordinator may require the applicant to submit a transcript of his or her previous college work in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.
  4. If applying for in-state tuition, proof of lawful presence in the United States.

In accordance with Board of Regents’ policy, the following documents must be received two weeks prior to the first day of the term:

  1. UNG Certificate of Immunization. Former North Georgia and Gainesville State students are required to submit documentation for any new immunization requirements since last attended.

Transient admission is for one semester term only. Individuals who wish to return to UNG as a transient student for a subsequent term must re-apply to the University of North Georgia.

Transfer Residency Requirement

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To be awarded a Master of Science degree with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner, students must earn a minimum of 24 hours of graduate degree requirements in residence. The program coordinator and the Dean of the College of Health Sciences & Professions must approve all transfer credit. Transfer credit will not be given for any course in which a grade of less than a B was earned.

FNP Academic Policies

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Academic Progression

For purposes of retention and progression in the MS degree program, graduate nursing students progress through the program of study as long as a minimum of a B is earned in each graduate course. Course grades are comprised of the theory or didactic component, the lab component, and the clinical or preceptorship component. A satisfactory (S) in clinical or preceptorship must be achieved for the student to earn a grade of B or higher. Also, exams must average a minimum of 75 prior to other grades being added or averaged into the course grade. If less than a 75 average on exams is earned, the student will receive a C or less for the course and must repeat the course, if eligible to do so.

Academic Standing Policy

Graduate nursing students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:

  1. Probation – A student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:
    a. Student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0.
    b. Student earns a U or any other grade below B.

    No student may be a candidate for the degree or sit for the comprehensive examination while on probation due to a grade point average below a 3.0. Probation will be removed when the student’s grade point average reaches 3.0 or higher. In cases where the student is placed on probation due to grade(s), probation will be removed when the course(s) is/are repeated and the grade is S or B or greater, and the overall grade point average is 3.0 or greater. Students who are on probation may not register until advised.
     
  2. Suspension – A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons:
    a. Student earns two grades below B (including U’s).
    b. Student has already served three consecutive terms on academic probation.

    Those students who believe that their academic progress was affected by extenuating circumstances may appeal the suspension to the Nursing Progression and Retention Committee. No student may enroll in graduate courses at UNG while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will not be recognized for transfer credit. If suspended, a student must apply to Graduate Studies for readmission. Students seeking to reapply who have been suspended must submit a new application and a letter written to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences & Professions presenting a rationale for their readmission. They will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean and the program coordinator. 

Academic and Professional Integrity Policy

At the end of each semester, the program faculty or the program coordinator may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the program whose competency is in question for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan should be signed by the student and the program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the College of Health Sciences & and Professions.

Academic Integrity

The University of North Georgia recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic functioning of the university. UNG graduate students are expected to uphold the university regulations addressed in the Student Code of Conduct, Article 3, Rule 2.

Professional Integrity

The Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner program adheres to the university’s definition of professional integrity as described in the Academics portion of the Graduate Catalog.

FNP Degree Requirements

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Graduation requirements for the Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner include:

  1. Completion of 46 designated semester hours of study with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, with no grade of less than a B.
  2. Satisfactory clinical performance in each clinical course.
  3. Completion of the clinical primary care thesis/research project.
  4. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination.
  5. Completion of at least 24 semester hours of graduate degree requirements in residence.
  6. Completion of all degree-related course requirements, including any transfer credits, within a six-year period. 

 

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