Prospective Graduate Students

Dear Prospective Graduate Student:

Thank you for your interest in Fort Hays State University’s graduate program in nursing. Our nationally accredited program by the Committee on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) prepares post-BSN nurses in the advanced specialty roles of nurse administrator, nurse educator or family nurse practitioner (FNP). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Master’s curriculum options are available in FNP, Nursing Administration and Nursing Education tracks.

The Nursing Administration (NA) track courses include administrative management in health organizations, nursing administration in complex organizations, and experience working with expert nurse administrators. The Nursing Education (NE) track courses include curriculum planning and evaluation, teaching strategies in nursing, and experience working with expert teachers in various nursing education programs. The Department of Nursing offers the MSN degree and Post-Master’s credential in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education via the Internet with supplemental audio conferencing. This means that you can take these on-line courses from the comfort of your own home, plus have opportunities for live interaction among faculty and other students. The administration and education experiences needed for the NA and NE tracks can be taken near your place of residence to aid in the convenience of balancing your education with family and job responsibilities.

The Family Nurse Practitioner track includes advanced didactic and practicum courses. Advantages to the FNP program includes its focus on acute and chronic health problems, drug therapy, family functioning, women’s health and child health, as well as adult and aging health problems. As part of the Kansas Collaborative Primary Health Care Program, selected didactic courses are shared with other state universities to enhance learning opportunities and prepare Family Nurse Practitioner students to be licensed as Advanced Practice RNs (APRN). Through this collaborative approach, students at FHSU learn from experts in clinical areas from different parts of Kansas. FNP courses are scheduled to minimize travel time to campus while maximizing close contact with faculty as you learn advanced clinical skills and knowledge. Students typically come to campus one day a week or less. The practicum part of the program provides 750 hours of preceptorship experience to enhance students learning with the advanced practitioner role. FNP students are prepared to provide primary healthcare to the rural and underserved or urban populations. Many of the clinical hours for the FNP preceptorship courses can be completed at approved Kansas clinical facilities closer to your home.

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. See the following URL for information: One application is the Graduate School form - - which is submitted to the Graduate School, and the second is the Nursing Department application form which goes directly to the Nursing Department. Both of these applications should be submitted before February 1 for the summer and fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester. Please browse this site for information regarding the curriculum for each of the tracks we offer, scholarships that are available and other pertinent information.

If you have any questions, please call me at 785-628-4256.  I look forward to receiving your application and communicating with you in the future.

Joyce Dechant, Administrative Assistant

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