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Master of Science in Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The School of Nursing master’s program is designed to provide students pursuing a career in nursing the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the safe, effective and efficient advanced practice of nursing.

The master’s program is offered online using a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage our students in their studies. To enhance the connections of students with their peers and the nursing faculty, on-campus three-day intensive sessions are held at the beginning of each fall semester.

The family nurse practitioner track in the Master of Nursing Science program prepares the graduate to work:

  • as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings
  • perform health histories and physical examinations
  • order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • diagnose and manage acute and chronic diseases
  • prescribe medication and treatments
  • provide patient and family counseling and education regarding lifestyle behaviors

Students may enroll in a part-time or full-time option. To further connect you to our campus, professors, and peers, you are invited to an orientation held during the first fall semester of program matriculation. Some clinical courses require three on-campus sessions during the semester; these sessions can vary from 1-3 days in length. On-campus sessions are at the discretion of the individual instructor.

The MSN curriculum is being revised to meet the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The revision will be implemented during fall 2014 and applies to students who matriculate during and after that semester.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the principles, personal values, and beliefs that influence ethical decision making, which provides a framework for nursing practice.
  • Communicate effectively as a health care professional, creating collaborative interdependent relationships and act as advocates for the nursing profession and client population.
  • Incorporate nursing theory and evidence based practice in advanced nursing roles.
  • Understand the influences of human diversity and social issues in providing culturally sensitive health promotion and disease prevention strategies in a global society.
  • Assume a leadership role in the management of human, fiscal and physical health care resources to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  • Competently assess, diagnose, prescribe, evaluate and create a holistic plan of treatment.
  • Articulate the professional role, which includes the ethical code of conduct and scope of advanced practice.
  • Develop and monitor comprehensive, holistic plans of care that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of diverse client populations.
  • Assess and monitor teaching/learning needs in a diverse client population.

Career Possibilities

The master’s degree program builds on the education of a clinical practice generalist and prepares an advanced practice Nurse. The educational experience facilitates the student to validate and expand research findings through application of theory and scientific inquiry.


Graduates of the master’s degree program FNP are expected to function collaboratively and independently in an advanced practice role with various populations and primary care settings.

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