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Master of Science (MS) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

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All in For Becoming A Family Nurse Practitioner

You already have the calling to help treat the whole family – now you just need the degree. It’s time to become an FNP.

Increase your impact and earning potential. We’ll grow your competence and knowledge of topics such as Nursing Science, Leadership, Technology, Policy, Health Delivery Systems, and independent clinical practice.

Families need you. Are you ready to go all in?

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Program Details

8-week semesters

36 months

20 students

54 credits

Online or Hybrid

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program at Roberts Wesleyan University, students must meet the following criteria:

  • A BS degree with a nursing major from an accredited program.
  • Unencumbered licensure to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00.
  • A grade of B- or higher in an undergraduate statistics course.
  • Two years of hands-on nursing experience. In certain cases, the Graduate Curriculum Committee may consider other relevant health care experience.
  • Two professional references. One should be a former academic educator to testify about your capability to handle graduate-level work. The other reference should be from a current or recent health care supervisor.
  • A 500-word admissions essay outlining your career objectives and why you chose Roberts Wesleyan University.
  • You will need to review and acknowledge the technical standards published on the Roberts Wesleyan University Nursing School website.

Admission to this master's degree program is open to all qualified individuals, and the program will consider young adults and adult students who identify with the program's mission.

If English is not your primary language, or you attended a non-English speaking college, you will need to complete the internet-based TOEFL with minimum scores of Reading 22, Writing 24, Listening 22, and Speaking 26. You must send the scores directly from the assessing agency.

If you have enrolled in other a Nurse Practitioner graduate programs, (such as a Master of Science or Doctor of Nursing Practice) program at another school, but have not completed your degree, you will need to include in your essay your reasons an essay explaining your reasons for leaving the other program. Additionally, one of your references should your professional reference must be from the program director at that school.

Students who need financial aid can get it through unsubsidized federal direct loans and federal graduate PLUS loans.

Earn Your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) While You Work

Online programs are the only option for most registered American nurses to further their nursing education while keeping their full-time or part-time jobs. The flexibility of the Roberts Wesleyan University’s MS Family Nurse Practitioner degree makes it ideal for working healthcare professionals who may have a family or other responsibilities. With the exception of one 1-week class, courses are 100% online. Gain hands-on experience through 600 clinical hours within the program.

Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum satisfies the national board certification, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and APRN licensure standards.

Once you graduate, you qualify for the national certification exam to get a family nurse practitioner license through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

This 54-credit MS Family Nurse Practitioner program encompasses 18 courses as outlined below:

Core Courses

  • Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Advanced Practice Nursing - 5 credits
  • Nursing Science and Theory for Advanced Nursing Practice- 5 credits
  • Health Care Delivery Systems and Information Technology - 3 credits
  • Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credits
  • Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credits

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses

  • Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - 3 credits
  • Diagnostic Skills and Procedures lab - 1 credit
  • Primary Care I for Advanced Practice Nursing - Adult - 3 credits
  • Primary Care I for Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult with Clinical Practice Experience - 3 credits
  • Primary Care II for Advanced Practice Nursing: Older Adult -3 credits
  • Primary Care II for Advanced Practice Nursing: Older Adult with Clinical - Geriatric - 3 credits
  • Primary Care III for Advanced Practice Nursing - Women's Health and Childbearing -3 credits
  • Primary Care III Women's Health and Childbearing with Clinical - 3 credits
  • Primary Care IV for Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics - 3 credits
  • Primary Care IV for Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics with Clinical - 3 credits
  • Health Policy, Advocacy, and Leadership for the Advanced Practice Nurse - 3 credits
  • Graduate Project Course - 3 credits
  • Graduate Project II - 1 credit

Some of these courses will require up to 150 clinical hours to complete.

Prepare to Be a Confident Family Nurse Practitioner

Reach your potential and take your nursing career to the next level with Roberts Wesleyan University’s MS Family Nurse Practitioner degree. With an aging American population and increasing emphasis on clinical prevention, the demand for family nurse practitioners is rising. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts nurse practitioner jobs to increase by 52% through 2029 - a rate much higher than the average for all health professions.

This nursing program will give you the clinical experiences, skills, and confidence necessary to deliver holistic, evidence-based care through all stages of life, from birth to death. You will have all that it takes to promote improved patient outcomes in any clinical setting.

This master's degree program will give you the clinical experiences, training, and knowledge to expand your career options. As a well-trained and confident family nurse practitioner with valid national certification, you can work in clinical settings such as:

  • Family practice
  • Pediatric primary care
  • Women's health clinics
  • Internal medicine
  • Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Urgent care clinics
  • School health
  • Public health departments

MS Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this nursing program, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop therapeutic relationships and employ a holistic, culturally acceptable, evidence-based approach to examine, diagnose, and prescribe treatments for individual patients, families, and clinical populations.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of health promotion interventions for individuals, families, and population health.
  • Analyze healthcare policies and their impact on clinical practice and healthcare delivery to champion improved public healthcare outcomes.
  • Integrate health sciences theory, nursing research, clinical judgment, and interprofessional perspective to promote patient populations' health outcomes.
  • Employ interprofessional collaborative techniques that utilize technology in the design, coordination, and evaluation of patient-centered care.
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