MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner


The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program will prepare you to provide primary care to patients of all ages in an ambulatory setting such as a clinic or private physician’s office. Your responsibilities will be to gather a history, conduct a physical examination; make a diagnosis, order diagnostic tests, and select appropriate non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments according to the diagnosis. If necessary, you will refer the patient to other health care professionals when needed and consult appropriately.

As an FNP student, you will have a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor and complete clinical hours in primary care and outpatient settings. To take on this role you need to be an experienced registered nurse, an independent thinker with excellent critical thinking and decision making skills. You will have excellent knowledge of pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology. Your practice will be evidenced and theory based, and you will utilize current research from all disciplines to make the decisions that will be in the best interest of your patient. You will practice ethically and with your patient’s safety and health always at mind. You will communicate clearly with the patient and be sensitive to your patient’s needs and cultural perspectives and beliefs.

Graduates of our program qualify for California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) certification as a nurse practitioner, and a furnishing number by applying to the California BRN. Graduates also qualify to sit for a national certification examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Although not currently required by the Calif. BRN, national certification is required by many employers and insurance companies, including Medi-Cal/Medicare.

The FNP program is rigorous and requires course progression as indicated in the Program of Study. Students will need to adjust work and life schedules to accommodate the on-line course work, on-campus instruction days and clinical practice days in ambulatory settings that usually are open Monday to Friday, during normal working hours.  The program is 48 units including summer sessions. Prior to beginning the first clinical practicum, health requirements and a background check must be completed satisfactorily. Clinical site affiliation and preceptor agreements must also be obtained. All clinical sites and preceptors must be approved by the program instructors and fit the requirements for the course.

Admission to FNP Program:  Students must complete the admission to the CSU system as a graduate student and admission to the FNP program. The application to the FNP program requires specific documents and recommendations submitted by the application deadline. Applications for the FNP program are open from October 1 through April 1 annually for the Fall term.

FNP Program Recommendation for Graduate Study in Nursing form

FNP Plans of Study

Cost of Attendance:

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.  Summary information is found here: and more information is available on the Student Financial Services webpage.

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

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FNP Program Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. United States RN licensure  must be unencumbered, unrestricted, with no probation or disciplinary action pending or imposed
  4. Completion of the following prerequisites courses (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: an upper division (BSN level) health assessment course with lab. Must be a separate course and not integrated into other nursing courses..
  •     Pathophysiology: An undergraduate basic pathophysiology course or equivalent coursework. Must be a separate course and not integrated into other nursing 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

  1. Applicants to the FNP program submit two applications: 1) the FNP program application, 2) an application to the university at   Both applications are required and must be complete to be considered for admission. Use the same name for both applications. All transcripts and documents must be received by the April deadline before close of business. Applicants must also meet requirements for admission to the University and School of Nursing graduate program.
  2. Submit transcripts to Admissions and Records before the document deadline.

  3. Completion of the FNP Application Form, include the documents listed on the application form and submit according to the guidelines. Applications that are incomplete will not be accepted.


Application Opens

Application Deadline

Document Deadline

Fall 2019

October 1, 2018

April 1, 2019

April 15, 2019

Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses. Prospective MSN Pathway students must participate in a workshop to have transcripts evaluated.


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