Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner specialization
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization of our Master of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses to assess, diagnose, and treat common acute and chronic disorders, and to provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions and counseling in primary care settings.How to Apply
The FNP program is composed of 36 credit hours. Full-time students can complete the program in 21 months.
The program is offered in a hybrid format with some of the core graduate courses offered online. The nurse practitioner specialty courses are offered face to face on campus one day per week.
With this mixture of online and on campus courses, students have the best of both worlds – the ability to meet weekly with experienced practitioner faculty and classmates to discuss clinical cases in a face-to-face setting, as well the flexibility of some online courses.
Clinical experiences are required, and students spend 2 days per week over 4 semesters in a primary care setting. Faculty secure clinical placements for students, which can be completed close to your home.
Our graduates have a 100% first-time pass rate on the FNP certification examination since 1997 and greater than a 90% job placement rate within 6 months of graduation. They are employed in settings like:
- Medical Offices
- Urgent Care Settings
- Health care Clinics
- Business/Industry - Employee Health
- Home Health Care
- School and College Student Health
- Nursing Homes and Hospices
Nurse practitioners earn a national average annual wage of $115,800 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which places their income at more than double the average annual salary for all other occupations.
In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner #5 out of all occupations in its Best 100 Job Rankings list.
Meet the Program Director
Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, RN, FNP-BC, ACNS-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is the director of our master's and doctoral programs. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College and earned her MSN and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University since 1996.
Her current teaching responsibilities include family nurse practitioner theory and practice courses, advanced pharmacology, and systems leadership, all at the graduate level.
She also has more than 25 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and maintains a current part-time family nurse practitioner practice, as well as an active research agenda.