Through the Nursing Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis program, you are prepared for advanced clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The FNP emphasis teaches primary care health promotion and disease management for patients with episodic or chronic illnesses across the life span.
This part-time hybrid program is designed to fit the schedules of practicing BSN RNs. Some courses incorporate online activities to supplement your learning and reduce the amount of time you must meet for class. It is a three-year, part-time program with the coursework delivered on campus one day per week (Thursdays) or online, plus the required clinical hours starting in the sixth semester.
The program has been designed with advanced practice clinical simulations in addition to didactic coursework in order to prepare each student for the live clinical setting. A minimum of 540 clinical hours are completed while enrolled in the clinical/practicum courses (NURS 675, 676, 677, and 689). Students will obtain their own clinical placements and qualified preceptors (licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or physical assistant) with faculty guidance. At least 140 of the total 540 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner and part of these hours can be with a nurse midwife.
Post-Master's Certificate Option: If you already have a Nursing master's degree you can obtain a post-master's certificate to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Please see the Courses and Requirements page for information about taking this as a certificate-only FNP program, and contact the Program Coordinator for more details.
The median salary for a Registered Nurse in 2016 was $68,450.
However, the median salary for a Nurse Practitioner (a role supported by this program) was $100,910.
Through this convenient MSN program, you'll be prepared to engage in advanced clinical practice. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and for state licensure as an advanced practice nurse in the primary care of families.
Michaela Romero, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC