Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Online MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

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Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 40
  • Courses in Program: 26
  • Cost Per Credit: $900
  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Nine
  • Estimated Completion Time: Approximately three years

Step up to new levels of responsibility and autonomy with a versatile, affordable MSN-FNP degree from D’Youville College.

Step up to new levels of responsibility and autonomy with a versatile, affordable MSN-FNP degree from D’Youville College.

Make even more of a difference for patients as a primary care provider: earn your Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) online with D’Youville College. Designed with working nurses in mind, this CCNE-accredited program provides workable course schedules, affordable tuition, and the advanced curriculum you need to succeed as a family nurse practitioner.

Through our interactive online classroom, you’ll dive into the fundamentals of caring for patients throughout the lifespan and become proficient in a variety of advanced medical concepts, including:

  • Nursing theory and development
  • Prescription-writing
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Women’s reproductive health
  • Best practices in pediatrics
  • Adult health in aging populations

With 8- and 15-week courses and the option to complete required clinical hours through your current workplace, the online MSN-FNP allows you to strengthen your skills while balancing your education with your work commitments. Plus, you’ll receive personalized instruction from a clinical faculty of educators who hold national certifications in their fields.

This program meets licensure requirements in the states of New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

YOU WILL:

  • Gain knowledge and skills to provide care services across populations, from birth to the elder years.
  • Assess, diagnose, and prescribe treatments for individuals and families, within appropriate legal and ethical parameters.
  • Learn to provide advising and education to patients about a range of topics, including healthy lifestyle choices, chronic condition management, and more.
  • Prepare for board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

A low-residency program that combines convenient online coursework with meaningful in-person intensives at our Buffalo, New York campus.

Designed for working nurses with full-time schedules, our online MSN-FNP program delivers non-clinical courses through an interactive platform. Clinical courses require periodic meetings with faculty that will take place on campus. The result is a program that offers you a high degree of diversified study plus personal attention.

COURSES AND REQUIREMENTS

This program is for working nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Applicants for the online MSN-FNP program who meet all published admission criteria will be invited to discuss additional program requirements including on-campus immersion experiences and clinical placements prior to receiving final acceptance decisions.

COURSES

Core Courses

  • NUR 631 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NUR 631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1)
  • NUR 634 Health Promotion–Children & Families (3)
  • NUR 635 Health Promotion–Women (3)
  • NUR 637 Health Promotion–Adults/Aging Population (3)
  • NUR 638 FNP Clinical Practicum in Pediatrics (3)
  • NUR 639 FNP Clinical Practicum in Women’s Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 640 FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health I (1)
  • NUR 641 FNP Clinical Practicum in Adult Health II (4)

Research Courses

  • NUR 600 Theory Development in Nursing Research (3)
  • NUR 601 Research Methods in Nursing (3)

Supportive Courses

  • NUR 632 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR 633 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (3)

Clinical Practicum Courses

  • NUR 638 FNP Clinical Practicum in Pediatrics
  • NUR 639 FNP Clinical Practicum in Women’s Healthcare
  • NUR 640 FNP Clinical Practicum I in Adult Health
  • NUR 641 FNP Clinical Practicum II in Adult Health

Preparation Courses

  • NUR 631 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab
  • NUR 634 Health Promotion–Children and Families
  • NUR 635 Health Promotion–Women
  • NUR 637 Health Promotion–Adults/Aging Populations

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville College, applicants for the Master of Science degree in Family Nurse Practitioner must present the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US (or by the CNO in Ontario).
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)/ current resume documenting at least one year of practice as a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended. Non-U.S. students must submit a “course-by-course” evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
  • College transcripts must show completion of baccalaureate-level courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and a three-credit statistics course (or equivalent).
  • An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned more than five years ago whose overall G.P.A. was between 2.70–2.99 may submit an application for consideration if they can demonstrate significant professional advancement and success on their CV. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the student resides (New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania) or in Ontario for Canadian students.
  • A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  • Two references on clinical performance with one reference from an advanced practice nurse (NP) or a physician attesting to clinical knowledge, skills, leadership and the ability to be a good NP candidate. Other acceptable references include supervisors, managers or a former professor.
  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s philosophy of nursing (two pages, double-spaced lines with 12-point font). The statement should speak to the applicant’s past experience, why they chose to pursue this degree, how they see this degree enhancing their career and how they plan to utilize this degree to advance patient care and health care outcomes.
  • A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from their current school of nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed for any reason from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Applicants who work full-time are not eligible to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner track on the planned two-year completion timeline.
  • Canadian Students: Due to the on-campus learning requirements you will need to obtain an F1 Visa

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.

Entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your cost. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

COST Total
Full Program Tuition $900 per credit hour $36,000
Full Program Fees $160 (full time)* $960
Full Program Total $36,960
*This program takes an estimated four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Earning an MSN-FNP degree means earning the credentials to become a trusted leader in healthcare. Among other career possibilities, the position of family nurse practitioner is one of the most advanced careers in healthcare, putting this role in high demand throughout the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the position is projected to expand by 26% through 2028, which is among the fastest-growing occupations nationwide.

Family Nurse Practitioners

Family nurse practitioners provide care to patients throughout the lifespan. They are qualified to facilitate community-based healthcare for aging populations, care for women and treat a wide variety of health issues as a trusted healthcare provider. Many family nurse practitioners work in private practice while others are employed by hospitals, clinics, and government facilities. Family nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $115,800 per year.

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