The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program option is a 55 credit hour program with 630 clinical practicum hours. The program prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to work as primary care practitioners. BSN-prepared registered nurses (RNs) are given access to a high quality graduate education in order to serve the healthcare needs locally and beyond. Emphasis is placed on primary care throughout the lifespan. There is an option for students in this track to take three additional graduate nursing education classes to earn a post-masters certificate in nursing education.
Hybrid Program for Adult Learners
The FNP program is a hybrid program. The most challenging courses, the 3Ps (Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment) are taught face-to-face, while the rest of the classes are online. Face-to-face classes are always on Wednesdays to facilitate planning work schedules.
Program Length and Plans of Study
The MSN/FNP plan of study for full-time students can be completed in two calendar years if started in the Spring (January) term, or slightly longer if started in Fall (August). Students may develop a part-time plan of study with input from their faculty advisor.
Requirements upon Acceptance
Upon acceptance into the MSN/FNP track, learners must provide documentation of the following onto our online documentation system from CastleBranch:
- Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screen
- Annual TB skin test
- Immunizations including Hepatitis B and Varicella
- American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification for healthcare providers
- Malpractice Insurance
- Current, unencumbered nursing license