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Application to the MSN degree, MSN certificates, and FNP Program should be made through the university office of Graduate Admissions

This site is only for additional information regarding the consortium (GICGNE) between Georgia Southwestern and Columbus State University and how it is related to the curriculum and requirements of the degree.

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 The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) consists of three degree tracks, two certificate tracks, and one program – all on-line programs of study.  The 36-44 hour programs prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing roles as culturally competent educations, leaders, informaticists, or family nurse practitioners. The Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) is a consortium between Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University offering the master’s programs in nursing.  The master's degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate at Georgia Southwestern State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing.

The consortium allows students to enjoy resources from both schools by use of faculty for instruction and university resources each semester.  A student who applies and is accepted to Georgia Southwestern will receive their degree from Southwestern; and vice versa for CSU. 

All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GOVIEW online platform.  The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online.  Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible.  The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.

  •   Nursing Educator
  •   Nursing Leadership/Management
  •   Nursing  Informatics
  •   Certificate in Nursing Education
  •   Certificate in Nursing Informatics
Application deadlines for the MSN degree tracks and certificates (excludes FNP):
Spring Admission Fall Admission
Preferred: October 15 Final: November 15 Preferred: March 15 Final: April 15
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Program 

    FNP - Fall admission only: Preferred deadline- MARCH 15  Final deadline - APRIL 15

Progression for MSN Tracks and Progression for FNP Program
The MSN tracks can be completed in two academic years, or four semesters of full-time study (9 credit hours per semester).  Students are expected to complete the program of study within a seven (7) year period, but are encouraged to complete all courses in their selected track as quickly as their schedule allows.  All requirements including course work at GSW and CSU, transfer credit and transient credit course work, must be completed within 7 calendar years from the date of initial enrollment in course work without regard to the initial admission status and without regard to credit hours earned.  To remain in good academic standing, degree candidates must maintain a "B" (3.0) average.  Only two courses with a "C" or better will count toward the degree.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Program focus is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and management of common acute and chronic. illnesses.  The program consists of 44 semester hours, all online.  It also requires 765 clinical hours, which will be completed in facilities and preceptors that have been approved by the FNP Program Coordinators.  Through the consortium, FNP full time students can complete the program in 5 semesters.  

If you would like to know more about any of the MSN tracks or FNP program please contact: 

Dr. Bonnie Simmons at or call 229-931-2281.

GICGNE Mission

MSN and FNP Program Outcomes

FNP Handbook Fall 2015  

MSN Education Full Time Schema
MSN Education Part-time Schema
MSN Education Post Masters Certificate
FNP Full Time Schema
FNP Part-time Schema
MSN Informatics Full Time Schema
MSN Informatics Part-time Schema
MSN Health Care Informatics Certificate Schema
MSN Leadership Full Time Schema
MSN Leadership Part-time Schema

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