Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization prepares registered nurses to assess, diagnose, and treat common episodic and chronic disorders, and to provide health-promotion and disease-prevention interventions and counseling. The use of clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning skills is emphasized. The graduate will be prepared to provide direct patient care to individuals across the life span in primary care settings.
The Family Nurse Practitioner program has undergone a credit reduction from 46 to 36 credits for degree! The program can now be completed in just 21 months as full-time status or 3 years if done as part-time status. Generally, classes are 1 day/week with 2 days of clinical.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
An applicant to the FNP program must possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program, have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 or other evidence of ability to successfully complete a graduate program such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from national graduate school entrance examinations, or a record of progressively higher work experiences; and be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania.
The applicant should have satisfactorily completed undergraduate or equivalent approved courses in basic physical assessment and statistics. The applicant must submit three professional references and a 300-word personal statement identifying career goals, demonstrating communication and writing skills. A personal interview with the program director or a faculty member to clarify goals and objectives is required.
Students may begin course work in either the fall or spring semester.
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The FNP specialization is offered as a 36-credit master’s degree for baccalaureate-prepared-nurses, and as a 27-credit post-master’s certificate for nurses already holding a nursing master’s degree in advanced practice. Transcripts of students with an entry level master’s in nursing degree will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit.
Each student is required to complete a clinical practicum. The practicum (NURS 542, NURS 552, NURS 562, and NURS 572) is taken over four semesters. Students are expected to obtain a practitioner(s) who will serve as preceptor(s) for the clinical practicum in the FNP program. The preceptor must be a certified registered nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife or a licensed physician. Additional clinical preceptorships may be arranged to meet the needs of the individual student. Each credit of clinical equals 125 clock hours per semester so total clinical practicum time is 875 hours for the FNP program.
For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Graduate Course Catalog.