RN to MSN Programs in Georgia

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Georgia

There are 26 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Georgia in our online directory, with 20 programs being CCNE accredited, and 4 programs being ACEN accredited. 77% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

Albany State University, Middle Georgia State University, Thomas University, and the University of North Georgia all offer online MSN degrees accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Most of the online programs in the state are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

This includes programs at Augusta University, Clayton State University, Georgia College, the Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, South University, the University of West Georgia, and Valdosta State University.

Both ACEN and CCNE accreditations ensure that the program has been certified as offering an effective and high quality education that reflects current professional standards.

Online MSN Programs in Georgia

Albany State University

Albany State University offers multiple online MSN degrees. Two of these degrees are designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners. The Online Masters in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for students who wish to attend on a part-time basis and may be completed entirely online. The 44 credit program may be completed within 3 years. Albany State also offers an online version of the program designed for full-time students, which has the same credit requirements and may be completed within 2 years. The Online Masters in Nursing, Nurse Educator program is a 36 credit hour degree offered fully online. The program may be completed within 2 years.

Georgia College

Georgia College, based in Milledgeville, offers multiple Online Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Students may select from concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator. All programs are offered fully online with the exception of Lab Immersion Week, a 45-hour intensive clinical instruction unit that provides the advanced assessment skills necessary for most MSN programs. All required clinical hours must be completed in Georgia. Students must complete the degree within 7 years.

- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Thomas University

Thomas University, based in Thomasville, offers an Online Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing administration or nursing education. The 36 credit program is designed for working professionals. Courses are offered on a hybrid model, with some instruction online and some instruction on-campus one half-day per month. Internships are arranged at times and locations convenient for both the student and the preceptor.

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing Degree

Typical curriculum for MSN programs vary based on the specialization and track selected. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NP programs should provide theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge that prepare students for national certification in their anticipated area of population-focused practice.

Clinical nurse leader programs may include courses in health care ethics, health policy and theory, and research principles, in addition to advanced coursework in pathophysiology, health assessment, pharmacology, and disease management.

Several programs based in Georgia prepare nurse educators. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurse educators must have a solid clinical background, strong communication skills, and a high level of cultural competence. Typical courses include curriculum development, theoretical foundations and instructional strategies, experiential learning, and strategies for assessment and evaluation.

Licensure in Georgia

Nurses who graduate from programs that prepare Nurse Practitioners are licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) by the Board of Nursing. Requirements for initial licensure in the state include an active RN license, verification employment document 500 hours of APRN practice within 4 years immediately preceding the date of application or proof of graduation from an approved education program within the preceding 4 years, and verification of national certification.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NPs in Georgia have a restricted practice environment. This means that state laws and rules prohibit NPs from fully practicing to the extent of their education and training, and that there is a legal requirement for physician supervision, delegation, or team management by another health care provider in order for an NP to provide patient care.

Nurse educators and nurse leaders may be licensed as either an APRN or RN, depending on their individual training and educational background. The Georgia Board of Nursing licenses RNs by examination, endorsement, and reinstatement. Each licensure path has different requirements.

MSN and FNP Salaries in Georgia

According to data published in May 2018 by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
, the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Georgia was $106,750. This is significantly higher than the average RN salary of $68,950.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Georgia

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Albany State University
Albany
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner - Nursing and Health & Human Performance
  • The Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed to prepare students who are highly knowledgeable in advanced clinical nursing and whose education will enable them to make significant contributions to health care. The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and is comprised of 44 credit hours.
  • MSN Nurse Educator - Nursing and Health & Human Performance
  • The Master of Science in Nursing degree is designed to prepare students who are highly knowledgeable in advanced clinical nursing and whose education will enable them to make significant contributions to health care. The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and is comprised of 36 credit hours.
Armstrong State University
Savannah
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Armstrong State offers nurses a Master of Science in Nursing program in order to meet the vital healthcare needs of populations. This program offers a choice of four majors and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Brenau University
Gainesville
CCNE
  • Family Nurse Practioner (M.S.N.)
  • The  Family Nurse Practioner (M.S.N.)program at Brenau University prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE and meets once per week for schedule flexibility.
  • Nursing Leadership and Management (M.S.N.)
  • Bradley University offers students a Nursing Leadership and Management (M.S.N.) program for those interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles.
  • Nursing Education (M.S.N.)
  • The Nursing Education (M.S.N.) program at Brenau University prepares students for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education.
Clayton State University
Morrow
CCNE
  • Master of Science (MSN) in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Clayton State University MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. Course and clinical work emphasizes the care of adult, pediatric and geriatric patients and their families.
Columbus State University
Columbus
CCNE
  • M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner program at Columbus State University prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. The program can be completed entirely online in two years.
Emory University
Atlanta
CCNE
  • MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Emory University’s FNP program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage health and illness problems of patients of all ages in rural communities. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN in Nurse-Midwifery - School of Nursing
  • The MSN in Nurse-Midwifery program at Emory offers nurses the skills they need to provide primary care of healthy women across their lifespan, along with the care of normal newborns.
Georgia College and State University
Milledgeville
ACEN
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • Georgia College’s Family Nurse Practitioner program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Nursing program at Georgia College helps develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Areas of specialization include Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and more.
Georgia Regents University
Augusta
NA
  • MSN Post Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Augusta University’s Post Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader program at Augusta University graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Georgia Southern University teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
Georgia Southwestern State University
Americus
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Nursing program at Georgia Southwestern helps develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Areas of specialization include Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and more.
Georgia State University
Atlanta
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Georgia State’s Nursing program offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. Specializations are offered in Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, leadership with Healthcare Systems Administration and Informatics.
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw
CCNE
  • MSN Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - College of Nursing
  • The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Kennesaw State University teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN in Advanced Care Management and Leadership
  • The Advanced Care Management and Leadership program at Kennesaw State University graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system.
Mercer University
Macon
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Mercer University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
South University-Savannah
Savannah
CCNE
  • RN-MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • South University, Savannah’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed on campus.
South University–Savannah Online
Savannah
CCNE
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • South University, Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed online.
Thomas University
Thomasville
ACEN
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Master of Science in Nursing Program at Thomas University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers a combination of a traditional classroom environment and online instruction. 
University of North Georgia
Dahlonega
ACEN
  • Master of Science with a Major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of North Georgia offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the ACEN.
University of West Georgia
Carrollton
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of West Georgia prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Valdosta State University
Valdosta
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN program at the Valdosta State University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.