Family Nurse Practitioner (MS)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

Nurse Practitioners have become the primary care providers for millions of Americans and are poised to meet the challenge of improving the health care of many more millions of people in the changing healthcare market. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are master's prepared, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) with expertise in the diagnosis and management of common and complex health conditions across the lifespan. FNPs focus on preventative care and health management. Drawing upon specialized knowledge and clinical competencies as health educators, counselors, researchers, and clinicians, FNPs provide comprehensive care to individuals and families and promote high quality, cost effective health care. FNPs work autonomously as well as in collaboration with other primary care providers and healthcare professionals in the community with the ultimate goal of improving clinical outcomes.

The FNP program provides the student with the academic knowledge and advanced clinical training needed to begin practice as a novice FNP. The program focuses on the development of strong assessment and diagnostic skills sets that, as students advance through clinical courses, are tested at increasingly complex levels. Emphasis is also directed toward the use of research and evidence-based practice to understand and evaluate current prevention strategies, disease management recommendations, and best practice outcomes that are necessary for providing comprehensive health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Successful graduates will hold a FNP Certificate in New York State and will be eligible to sit for the National Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The FNP program is designed to concur with the criteria and standards for master’s education as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in its Essentials of Master’s Education document as well as the guidelines enacted by the Nursing Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) in its Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies. The program consists of two parts: graduate level core content (9 credits) and a specialty focus of FNP role (35 credits) for a total of 44 credits. Completion of this FNP curriculum leads to a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing.

The 44-credit FNP curriculum is designed as a two-year program of study for full-time students and as a three and one-half-year program of study for part-time students.1 Application for admission as a matriculated full-time or part-time student is for the Fall semester only. Also, a Post-Master’s Certificate is offered to eligible candidates who have a master’s degree in nursing with another specialty focus. The sequencing of the courses in the curriculum reflects a logical flow of content and consists of a combination of theory, laboratory, and clinical coursework. At the graduate level, the ratio of credits to contact hours is as follows:

  • 1 credit of theory = 1 hour of class time;
  • 1 credit of lab = 2 hours of lab time;
  • 1 credit of clinical = 6 hours of practice experience.

A minimum of nine credits of coursework at the graduate level constitutes full-time study and eight credits or less is considered part-time study.

The student must complete a minimum of 810 hours of clinical practice beginning in the second semester of the full-time program of study and beginning in the fourth semester of the part-time program of study, as outlined in the curriculum plans respectively. Clinical hours must be completed in the semester or summer session in which a clinical course is taken. Clinical sites encompass a variety of community-based and acute care practice settings. The clinical hours are allocated based on age/developmental stage requirements of each population group. The following outline indicates the approximate hours required for practice experience with each specific group:

  • 22 – 64 years (adult) = 300 hours;
  • 65 + years (older adult) = 110 hours;
  • 0 – 21 years (child and adolescent) = 200 hours;
  • Women’s Health = 100 hours;
  • Specialty = 100 hours.
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The part-time program of study will not be offered unless a sufficient number of full-time students have been enrolled.

Typical Program for Family Nurse Practitioner (Full-time)

Plan of Study Grid
Year I
First SemesterCredit Hour
NSG 660 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NSG 663 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NSG 665 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NSG 667 Advanced Practice Nursing Role 2
 Credit Hours11
Second Semester
NSG 615 Advanced Research 3
NSG 625 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
NSG 671 FNP Clinical I (135 hrs.) 1.5
NSG 666 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
 Credit Hours10.5
Intersession
NSG 672 FNP Clinical II (135 hrs.) 1.5
 Credit Hours1.5
Year II
First Semester
NSG 697 Health Information Systems 3
NSG 681 Health & Illness Management I 3
NSG 616 Research Application 2
NSG 673 FNP Clinical III (270 hrs.) 3
NSG 710 Scholarly Project I 1
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
NSG 682 Health & Illness Management II 3
NSG 674 FNP Clinical IV (270 hrs.) 3
NSG 709 Adv. Practice Nursing Capstone 1
NSG 711 Scholarly Project II 2
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours44

Typical Program for Family Nurse Practitioner (Part-time)

Plan of Study Grid
Year I
First SemesterCredit Hour
NSG 615 Advanced Research 3
NSG 697 Health Information Systems 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Semester
NSG 660 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NSG 663 Advanced Pharmacology 3
 Credit Hours6
Intersession
NSG 625 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
 Credit Hours3
Year II
First Semester
NSG 665 Advanced Health Assessment I 3
NSG 667 Advanced Practice Nursing Role 2
 Credit Hours5
Second Semester
NSG 671 FNP Clinical I (135 hrs.) 1.5
NSG 666 Advanced Health Assessment II 3
 Credit Hours4.5
Intersession
NSG 672 FNP Clinical II (135 hrs.) 1.5
NSG 616 Research Application 2
 Credit Hours3.5
Year III
First Semester
NSG 681 Health & Illness Management I 3
NSG 673 FNP Clinical III (270 hrs.) 3
 Credit Hours6
Second Semester
NSG 682 Health & Illness Management II 3
NSG 674 FNP Clinical IV (270 hrs.) 3
 Credit Hours6
Intersession
NSG 710 Scholarly Project I 1
 Credit Hours1
Year IV
First Semester
NSG 709 Adv. Practice Nursing Capstone 1
NSG 711 Scholarly Project II 2
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours44

Post-Master's FNP Certificate

Program of study is tailor-made dependent on transcript review.