The primary care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares you to provide primary
health care across the patient lifespan.
Applications are accepted July 1 – February 1 for summer entry and November 1 – May
1 for fall entry. You are encouraged to submit your application and all required items
before the deadline.
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As an FNP student, online coursework and hands-on training will provide you with a
strong foundation in patient wellness and prevention as well as the knowledge and
skills to provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions.
Upon program completion, you will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner
exam administered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American
Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Our graduates are employed in
a variety of settings ranging from outpatient care settings, NP practices, clinics,
physician’s offices, women’s health centers, schools, and specialty care practices.
The MSN-FNP program is a total of 47 credits and takes 8 semesters to complete and
all didactic coursework is online, in distance format.
NURS 700 - Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing A
NURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service Management
NURS 707 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
NURS 720 - Clinical Application of Population Analysis A
NURS 702 - Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients
Across the Lifespan
NURS 790 - Research Methods for Nursing A
NURS 704 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning +
NURS 791 - Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research B
NURS 718 - Diagnostic Interpretation and Therapeutic Modalities
NURS 756 - Advanced Primary Care of Children for the FNP
NURS 757 - Advanced Primary Care of women for the FNP +
NURS 758 - Acute Problems in Primary Care for the FNP*
NURS 759 - Management of Common Chronic Health Problems for the FNP+*
NURS 760 - Family Nurse Practitioner Legal, Ethical and Role Transition
NURS 760A - Family Nurse Practitioner Role Practicum*
Total 47 credits / 672 direct clinical hours +on campus immersion *course requires clinical hours Aindicates A term, B indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcripts from all colleges
and universities attended must be submitted, whether you received a degree or not.
Applicants who attended a BSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes
will not be considered a competitive applicant.
Minimum of one year of full-time equivalent nursing experience (2,400 hours) within
the past 24 months. Preferred clinical experience includes critical care, ICU, medical/surgical,
or emergency department.
Submit a personal statement
Current CV or Resume
Three professional references - The professional recommendation form should come from
individuals with a master’s or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your
potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be
used in lieu of our recommendation form). Recommendations from family members are
The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may
be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate
admission, so be sure to review the requirements before you apply.
The MSN FNP program accepts students for summer and fall entry. We recommend applying
early for the best chance for admission and scholarship eligibility.
Admission cycle for summer entry: Application opens - July 1 Early decision deadline - September 1 Priority decision deadline - November 1 Final decision deadline - February 1
Admission cycle for fall entry: Application opens - November 1 Early decision deadline - January 15 Priority decision deadline – March 1 Final decision deadline - May 1