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Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S.N.

Advance your clinical practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the in-depth knowledge and skills to provide primary care.

Learn to examine patients and recommend treatments to improve and manage health conditions throughout patients’ lives.

Immaculata’s 44-credit Family Nurse Practitioner program within the Master of Science in Nursing is designed for bachelor’s-prepared Registered Nurses seeking to become nurse practitioners. Prepare for the FNP certification exam by expanding your clinical knowledge of primary care for families and individuals, from prenatal and pediatric to adult and elder care.

Take coursework that fulfills the requirements for prescriptive authority for the advanced practice nurse. Participate in four practicum experiences to gain 825 hours of supervised clinical practice.

Already have your M.S.N.? Learn about our post-master’s certificate program to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

At A Glance

Program: Master of Science in Nursing
Audience: B.S.N./Bachelor’s prepared R.N.’s
Format: 14-week hybrid courses
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Cost: $710/credit
Time to Completion About 2.5 years of part-time study

"My experience in the M.S.N. program at Immaculata was a great one. The classes were small and personal, topics chosen related to current health care situations, and the faculty were knowledgeable. The faculty brought their professional experiences to the classroom, making the classes very interesting and easily relatable. The group discussions among the students and faculty were the best part—you learned from everyone’s professional experiences, with each person bringing a different specialty in nursing, creating a well-rounded experience. The practicum experiences along with the classroom experience help me prepare for the position I’m currently in today and positions I will hold in the future."

Colleen Terinoni
Nurse Manager at Bryn Mawr Hospital

Career Outlook

Nurse practitioners are among the top-ranked health care jobs, according to U.S. News and World Report. This role is highly desirable because of job growth, work-life balance and earning potential.

Help meet the growing demand for nurse practitioners in the health care industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for nurse practitioners is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, with a median annual wage of $123,780.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critically seek, evaluate, and develop expanding nursing knowledge.
  • Use leadership abilities, moral and ethical principles, and professional standards to guide practice of self and others.
  • Impact nursing practice through scientific inquiry and the dissemination of research findings.
  • Integrate concepts, models, and theories from nursing science and related disciplines into advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in management of health/illness status of patients in primary care across the life span.
  • Integrate social determinants of health to improve the health outcomes of diverse populations across the life span.
  • Employ current technologies to deliver and coordinate care.
  • Integrate clinical reasoning, critical analysis of literature, evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and quality care in a safe and effective manner.
  • Complete this 44-credit program in 2.5 years of part-time study
  • Courses are offered in a hybrid format, blending online learning with face to face instruction
  • Experience clinical training through our cutting edge simulation labs and clinical sites throughout the region
  • Receive personalized support and superior preparation for your clinical experiences and certification exam
  • Experience a seamless and supported admission process; no GRE required.


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The master’s degree program in nursing at Immaculata University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

  • NURS 622 Role Development of the Nurse Practitioner (3 credits)
  • NURS 625 Health Care Policy and Politics (3 credits)
  • NURS 655 Nursing Research (3 credits)

Nurse Practitioner Foundational Advanced Practice Core

  • NURS 646 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • NURS 647 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NURS 648 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 649 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)

Specialty Courses

  • NURS 701 Primary Care across the Adult Lifespan I (6 credits)
  • NURS 702 Primary Care of Women and Children (6 credits)
  • NURS 703 Primary Care across the Adult Lifespan II (6 credits)
  • NURS 704 Integrative Practice across the Lifespan (5 credits)

To apply for the M.S.N. program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school or its equivalent. You may be eligible to apply if you are a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.

Please submit the required application materials for Immaculata University’s master’s programs, as well as:

  • Current résumé
  • Current R.N. license
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • A one-page essay discussing your professional goals
  • Two recommendations

R.N. to M.S.N. Bridge Program (For R.N.s who hold a non-B.S.N. degree)

If you are an R.N. who graduated from an accredited nursing school with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, you may be admitted to the M.S.N. program. Immaculata’s R.N. to M.S.N. bridge program allows you to complete the B.S.N.-equivalent competencies that demonstrate knowledge foundational for M.S.N. study.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

Already have your M.S.N.? Learn about our post-master’s certificate program to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Ed Walton

Program Coordinator

Associate professor Edward Walton serves as Family Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator.

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