Prepare to become an FNP

CCNE and BRN-Accredited program

Full-time or part-time tracks


The Online Master of Science in Nursing program from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is designed to prepare registered nurses interested in becoming Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs). A master’s degree is the minimal requirement for FNPs, who also must seek certification and licensure in the states where they wish to practice.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward your professional success, we’re here to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process.

Information about our upcoming start term, application deadlines and information sessions can be found on this page under “Important Dates & Upcoming Events.” Please contact us if you are interested in applying for our next start, or have questions about a future term.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program, you must meet these requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited college or university
  • At least a 3.0 grade point average in your BSN program
  • Must be a U.S.-licensed registered nurse (RN) and reside within the United States upon application and throughout the duration of the program
  • One year of clinical experience
  • If English is not your native language, you are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

Application Materials

Complete and submit your Graduate Admissions Application online. Within the application, you will need to provide the following application materials:

  • Resume: Up-to-date professional resume  highlighting your educational, professional and leadership experience and achievements, as well as your capacity to work effectively with a variety of populations. 
  • Recommendation: Three (3) recommendations from academic instructors or professionals who have supervised you in a nursing or health-related position or capacity (paid, internship or volunteer). Personal recommendations are not considered.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from each postsecondary institution (undergraduate and graduate) you have attended. Additional information on transcript submission can be found here.
  • USC MSN-FNP Program Questions: Short answer questions specific to admission to the MSN Program. Responses should demonstrate your commitment to advancing your nursing practice, particularly in family health care, your problem-solving abilities in clinical settings, and your capacity to communicate effectively and professionally in writing. 
  • Application fee: Applications must be submitted with a $90 application fee. Fee waiver eligibility information is located here.

How to Apply

Ready to start your application? Additional information on how to complete your application can be found here.

Applicants should note that USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is currently not accepting applications to the Online Master of Science in Nursing program from Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming. If you live in a state or territory from which we are not currently accepting students, please reach out to the Admissions Office. Their contact information is below.

The Online Master of Science in Nursing program does not qualify to issue Form I-20 to international students.

After You Apply

Check your email regularly, as you may receive important communications from the Admissions Office regarding your application.

Contact our Admissions Office with any questions at 1-855-783-9-MSN or email us.

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

Online Information Session: July 11, 2024
Virtual Application Workshop: October 4, 2024
Final Application Deadline: July 16, 2024
The next start date: August 26, 2024