MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner


Welcome to The Calif. State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program website. Our program prepares experienced Registered Nurses with a bachelor’s degree to work in outpatient, primary care settings. The program includes Didactic Courses that are conducted online. The Clinical Courses include three components:
  • Online meetings
  • Clinical hours with a preceptor in a local outpatient settings in California (144 hours x 4 semesters totaling a minimum of 576 hours)
  • On-campus meetings (between 1-3 each semester)

 The program requires 48 semester units completed over 3-4 years and includes 576 hours of clinical practice in primary care ambulatory settings. This program is designed for the working nurse, however, our students tell us they spend a minimum of 26-40 hours studying and practicing in the clinic setting each week. Full-time employment has proven to be challenging for FNP.

Applications for the FNP program are open from October 1 through April 1 annually for the Fall term.



  1. A minimum of two years of recent experience providing direct clinical care to patients as an RN (acute settings, preferred).
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with a Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or CCNE  accredited upper division major in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent  See below for information on foreign degrees.
  3. Applicants who hold a BSN may apply. Nurses without a BSN but with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may apply to our RN-BSN program. Please see the RN-BSN Admissions page for further information:
  4. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of upper division course work attempted.
  5. California RN licensure  must be unencumbered, unrestricted, with no probation or disciplinary action pending or imposed
  6. An interview with a primary care Nurse Practitioner is required as part of the application process
  7. Completion of the following prerequisites courses with a grade of "C" or better (or equivalent). There is no time limit for currency.
  • Statistics: An undergraduate statistics course, must contain probability and inferential.
  • Nursing Research: An upper division, undergraduate research course.
  • Health Assessment with lab: A stand-alone, upper division, undergraduate basic health assessment course. Not integrated into other courses & equivalent to CSUDH BSN 380 & 381 (minimum of 3 units with skills lab)
  • Pathophysiology: A stand-alone, undergraduate basic pathophysiology course, not integrated into other courses and equivalent to BSN 346
    • IMPORTANT: Pathophysiology and Health Assessment must be separate courses and not integrated into other courses. Pathophysiology is not the same as physiology. If the course is not named as above on transcripts, include a copy of the course description from the college/university catalog. Syllabi may be subsequently requested to verify course content.  There is no time limit for currency for these courses.

Degrees Outside of the United States

If the Baccalaureate degree was completed outside of the United States:

  • Official academic records and diploma/certificate must be sent from the institution attended.
  • If official records are not in English, certified English translations of all documents must also be submitted. Translations must be word-for-word (i.e. literal) translations
  • English Proficiency must be established by exam
  • TOEFL minimum scores: 550 paper, 80 internet, 213 computer
  • IELTS minimum score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic minimum score 53

A waiver may be requested if 3 years full-time equivalent instruction at the secondary level or higher was received at a school where English was the principal language of instruction.

Application Information & Time Frame


Applicants must complete a graduate student online application that addresses both the university and the FNP program. The application requires the upload of specific documents, recommendation requests, and the receipt of all electronic recommendations by the application deadline. We recommend beginning the application early. Applications for the FNP program are open for Fall admission every year from October 1 through April 1. Late applications are not accepted.



Attendance at an Online Information Session is highly recommended. Visit our webpage: and navigate to “Information Sessions and Workshops” look for MSN Info Session and the sign-up link.

  • Visit the and begin the application process
  • Complete all four quadrants of the application, including:
    • Personal information
    • Academic history
    • Supporting Information
    • Program Materials – all materials must be completed for application to be complete, includes unofficial transcripts, additional questions and an interview with an FNP
  • Submit all required documents and recommendations via the application
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended to Admissions & Records (must be received in Admissions & Records by April 1st)
  • After the application is submitted, within 10 days, you will receive a letter via US Mail with your student ID number and instructions for activating your MyCSUDH portal. Check your Student Portal to verify that all documents & transcripts have been received. Contact CSUDH University Admissions office to resolve any issues noted in your portal, including name conflicts on transcripts.
  • Applicants are only considered for admission after all required documents have been received, including recommendations and official transcripts.
  • Incomplete or late submissions, documents that that do not meet the criteria stated above, or those that are not readable, will not be considered for admission.
  • Admission is granted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.



  • Admission decisions and notification of acceptance will occur in late May or early June. Occasionally unexpected circumstances may cause a delay.
  • If accepted, applicants are required to accept or decline the offer of admission by the deadline stated on the offer letter.
  • Applicants admitted in our program, will need to be computer literate and competent in word processing, on-line searches & email.
  • If admitted into the FNP program, there will be a mandatory on-campus orientation meeting the week before instruction begins. Applicants who are accepted will be notified of this date. Reserve the week prior to the first week of instruction for MSN/FNP orientation; make no vacation plans, schedule the day off from work as soon as you are notified of the date. See the Academic calendar: Search: academic calendar.
SemesterApplication OpensApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
Fall  October 1April 1April 1


Actual costs depend on the Plan of Study selected. Graduate fees vary based on 0-6 units or more than 6 units taken in a semester and if the courses are taken during the regular year or in summer. Summer tuition is calculated on a per-unit charge. See "FNP Plans of Study" link under the Plans of Study section and the university financial aid page:


The FNP program requires 48 graduate units and includes 576 clinical hours completed in outpatient ambulatory care settings. Graduates earn the Masters of Science of Nursing (MSN) degree.  The program is rigorous and progresses according to one of three Plans of study:

  • Three year plan
  • Three year with summers plan
  • Four year plan

Applicants should carefully consider how work and life schedules would be adjusted to accommodate the on-line course work, on-campus instruction, and clinical practice days. It is important to note that ambulatory clinical settings are typically open Monday through Friday, during daytime business hours. 

FNP Plans of Study


FNP students work with an approved preceptor who may be a Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Nurse Midwife with a graduate degree, or a physician. Clinical hours are completed in approved primary care and outpatient settings.  The program will locate a preceptor within 100 miles of the students home but students may request approval of additional local preceptors and clinical sites.

Additional clinical requirements include:

  • Clear, unencumbered California RN license
  • Health requirements (e.g. immunizations, titers, screenings)
  • Clinical site & Preceptor approval
  • Note: Some clinical sites also require background check & drug screen 


Core MSN Courses (15 units):

  • MSN 502 Advanced Nursing Roles
  • MSN 513 Healthcare Policy and Economics
  • MSN 514 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • MSN 530 Research Utilization in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • MSN 531 Nursing Ethics

Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 units):

  • MSN 521/522 Advanced Health Assessment and Lab
  • MSN 526 Pharmacology
  • MSN 528 Advanced Pathophysiology

Note: MSN 522 requires two, 2-day sessions for teaching and testing of assessment skills in the on campus Skills Lab.

FNP Courses (24 units):

  • MSN 556 Primary Care of the Family I
  • MSN 558 Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance I
  • MSN 561 Primary Care of the Family II: Pediatric Health
  • MSN 562 Primary Care of the Family II: Women’s/Gender Health
  • MSN 568 Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance II
  • MSN 576 Primary Care of the Family III
  • MSN 578 Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance III
  • MSN 588 Family Nurse Practitioner: Role Performance IV


Our program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) & Approved by California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Graduates qualify to apply to the Calif. BRN for nurse practitioner certification and furnishing number.

Our graduates qualify to apply for the national certification examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  See:


What are the responsibilities of an FNP in Primary Care Settings?

  • The FNP in outpatient, primary care settings gather patient histories, conduct physical examinations, make diagnoses, order diagnostic tests, and select appropriate non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments according to the diagnosis. If necessary, consultations and referrals are made to other health care professionals as needed.


Can I do my clinical hours in the hospital?

  • This is not possible because our FNP program prepares Nurse Practitioners to work in outpatient, ambulatory care settings. All clinical hours are completed in outpatient settings. Students who wish to work as an acute care nurse practitioner can find additional programs by visiting the CCNE website and searching for Accredited Programs.


What if I have already earned an MSN Degree?

  • Applicants who have already earned an MS degree in nursing should plan to enroll in a post-masters certificate FNP program. Unfortunately, our program does not offer this certificate at this time.  Visit the CCNE website and search for Accredited Programs.


Are classes held online?

  • The core and didactic courses are 100% online and are conducted over the Internet, using a Learning Management System (Blackboard). Clinical courses require online assignments, on-campus meetings, and the completion of clinical hours with a preceptor.


How often do clinical classes meet on campus?

  • The clinical courses include Health Assessment Lab (MSN 522) and FNP Role Performance courses (MSN 558, 568, 578, & 588). These labs meet on campus between 1-3 times per semester.

Can Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree apply?

  • Nurses with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field who would like to prepare for admission into an MSN program will have the opportunity to receive their BSN by completing the RN-BSN program.
  • Please see the RN-BSN Admissions page for further information:

For questions: Please email the FNP Program interim Director, Dr. Linda Goldman at

For more information, please email