Earn Your Master of Science in Nursing

The YSN has an established curricular strength in preparing bachelor’s level students for excellence in nursing. Implementation of an online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program builds on the university’s impressive foundational strength in baccalaureate nursing education and is a strategic expansion of the YSN. The program will better prepare effective APRN’s for their role in the complex health care system of the future while filling the growing void of primary care providers on a regional and national level. Upon completion of the MSN program, graduates are eligible to take the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Examination for Family Nurse Practitioners and/or the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Because the coursework is fully online, you have the freedom to complete it on your schedule.  This program is perfect for the working registered nurse who desires to take his or her career to the next level.  Our highly qualified and experienced faculty understand the complexity of incorporating school into your already busy life.  We strive to serve the unique needs of each student ONE. CLASS. AT. A. TIME.

Program Highlights 

  • Course work is fully online and designed to immerse students in an interactive, supportive learning environment
  • Learn from experienced, well-qualified faculty
  • Small cohorts foster individualized educational experience
  • Complete clinical components in home community
  • Integrate Christian faith into roles within nursing profession
  • Cultivate skills to propel into leadership positions
  • Seamlessly transition into graduate level courses
  • Prepare to provide primary care to underserved populations in local community
  • Transition easily into a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
  • Spring and Fall start available.

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Click HERE to View Catalog Course Descriptions

Clinical Rotation

Clinical rotations will allow the students to apply newly-developed skills and knowledge to real world practice situations in preparation for the family practice role.  Students will gain experience in various clinical settings including primary care, women’s health, pediatrics and specialty care.  A minimum of 528 clinical hours will be completed within close proximity to where you live or work.  Two practicum courses included at the end of the program allow students to apply a full knowledge base in the clinical setting.  A combination of 240 clinical hours during the summer semester and 288 hours during the fall semester will complete the clinical rotation.  Working nurses may need to employ some thoughtful time management during the practicum courses in order to accomplish the required hours.

Application Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a nationally accredited program

2. Scholastic achievement as evidenced by college GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

3. Valid, non-restricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in a United States jurisdiction

4. Applicants that enter the program without RN experience must provide evidence of a minimum of 800 hours of RN clinical practice prior to progressing to NUR 617: Advanced Nursing Internship I.

5. Provide curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

6. Provide official transcripts from high school and all colleges and universities attended.

7. Provide two satisfactory letters of reference; one from immediate supervisor and one other professional reference.

8. Provide a writing sample describing applicant’s educational and professional goals along with rationale for desiring to enroll in the Yancey School of Nursing program.

9. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional; however, taking the GRE may strengthen an application.

10. Personal interview may be required.

Information for applicants who are non-native speakers of English:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores when English is a second language.  An internet-based score (iBT) of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 is required.  Must be taken in the last 5 years unless entire baccalaureate program was completed in the United States

Application Deadlines

Fall Start
Priority: March 1
Final Application: July 1 Names the MSN-FNP at the Yancey School of Nursing a Best Value Nursing Program for 2019-20 did a deep dive into the tuition rates of every CCNE-accredited MSN-FNP program in the country to find top quality nursing schools in each state offering future family NPs the best value. The online MSN-FNP at the KCU Yancey School of Nursing came out as a clear winner in Kentucky, earning a spot on the list of Best Value Family Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2019-20!


If you have questions about our MSN Program, feel free to contact our Program Coordinator at

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