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Admission Process for the FNP Program 

§  Admission Process 

o   FHSU Department of Nursing requires two (2) applications as well as other requirements before you can be admitted to the Masters of Science in Nursing Program. The first application is from the Graduate School. The second is from the Nursing Department. Both of these applications should be submitted before February 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester.

o   University Graduate School Requirements

§  Make application to the Fort Hays State University Graduate School.  A Graduate School application can be requested by calling (785) 628-4236, by going to Picken Hall 306 or online at  Submit all required documents to the FHSU Graduate School by the application deadline.  These deadlines are February 1st for the fall semester and September 1st for the spring semester

§  Students may take up to 6 credits of graduate nursing courses prior to completing the application or being admitted to the nursing program.  The recommended pre-admittance courses include: NURS 808, NURS 810, NURS 811, and NURS 814. Completing graduate courses does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate nursing program.

o   Graduate Nursing School Requirements

§  Request the graduate nursing application form by calling (785) 628-4256 or submit online at  To be considered for admission, the student must:

1. Submit the nursing department application to the nursing department by the application deadline; February 1st for the fall semester and September 1st for the spring semester for review.  Files that are incomplete will not be considered for admission.

  2.  Apply to a specific MSN track:  Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, or Family Nurse Practitioner.  Changing to another track after admission to the nursing program will require a new application for review and approval. 

§ Program Requirements

3.     Complete baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting authority (CCNE or NLNAC).

a.      Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the baccalaureate nursing degree.

Undergraduate course requirements:

§  Statistics, 3 credit hour course, with a grade of “B” or better.

§  Health assessment, 3 credit hour course, with a grade of "B" or better.

§  Pathophysiology, minimum 3 credit hour course, with a grade of “B” or better.

d.     Have a current RN license in good standing to practice professional nursing in the United States.

e.      Provide documentation of current, *annual, or **bi-annual possession of:

                                                                                                                  I.        Clear background check by the FHSU approved agency, updated by request.

                                                                                                                II.        Hepatitis Vaccination Series. If a student does not obtain the hepatitis vaccination he/she must sign a waiver form releasing Fort Hays State University from any claims or damages which may arise from the decision not to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine.  A release form may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Nursing Administrative Assistant.

                                                                                                              III.        * Negative TB skin test or Chest X-ray.  If positive, the student must follow protocols recommended by the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment

                                                                                                            IV.        *Other immunizations as required.

                                                                                                               V.        *United States RN license in good standing.

                                                                                                             VI.        *Professional liability insurance coverage.

                                                                                                           VII.        *Personal health insurance coverage.

                                                                                                         VIII.        ** Certification from American Heart Healthcare provider.

 4.     Students not accepted/admitted must reapply to the Department of Nursing to be considered again. 

§  Additional Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner Track:

1.           The equivalent of one year or 2080 hours of clinical experience as a practicing    registered nurse. New graduates may be asked to submit proof of employment.

2.            Licensure in the state of Kansas that is current and in good standing.

 3.           Current and continuing ACLS certification.

4.          Graduate courses, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Drug Therapy, and Advanced Health Assessment, must be taken within two years prior to the FNP practicum track courses.

5.     Students are required to find their own clinical placements as directed and   approved by course instructors.  FHSU cannot guarantee clinical placement.

o   Transfer of Courses

·       Graduate students may apply to transfer up to six graduate credits from other accredited and approved universities.  Course description and syllabi are reviewed and approved for transfer by the Graduate Nursing Committee.  Any course being requested for transfer credit must be submitted to the advisor within six weeks of the admission date. Courses not submitted within the six week timeframe will not be accepted. Courses in Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment must be taken at FHSU.  Courses from the FNP consortium may transfer as determined on an individual basis.

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