Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) courses begin?
Core courses for the FNP track began on May 17, 2011. 

How many students will be selected for the FNP track?
Approximately 30-35 students are selected to each full-time FNP cohort. Additional part-time students may be accepted.

What certification examination will I take when I complete the program?
Students may sit for either certification exam upon graduation: AACN or AANP.  Graduates completing the FNP Track yielded the following certification examination results*:

*NOTE:  Completion dates vary for cohorts due to adjustments made in the overall FNP curriculum plan.  The current curriculum plan provides for completion in December of each year.  AANCP refers to American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

Will any of the courses be offered online?
The MSN program is a hybrid online program.  Hybrid online courses hold some classes on campus and some classes held via a synchronous or asynchronous teaching method online.  Some testing is online and some testing is on site. 

Where will I complete my clinical coursework for the FNP?
Students may complete precepted clinical experiences in the area where they live; we may provide/schedule preceptors, but late applicants for students who do not notify the specialty coordinator by deadline dates will be responsible for locating a preceptor who must be approved by the College.

What funding is available to support me through my coursework?
Tuition for the FNP specialty can be found on the College of Nursing web site tuition page.  A FNP student will pay the MSN tuition rate.  At this time, minimal financial/scholarship support is offered by the College of Nursing for the FNP specialty.  Students are strongly encouraged to seek financial support prior to enrolling in the program.

Will the coursework in the FNP Track prepare me for further education, such as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)?
Upon completion of the FNP specialty and the MSN degree, graduates should meet the requirements associated with most DNP or PhD programs.  Graduate statistics and research are included in the curriculum plan for the FNP.  An epidemiology course may be necessary for some DNP programs who do not include the coursework in the DNP curriculum plan.  FNP student coursework includes writing papers and utilizing APA as a reference for writing. 

Why is an applicant required to have one year of work experience in order to start the FNP Track full-time?
The advanced practice skills expected of an FNP require a nurse to have practiced independently for a period of time to gain confidence in assessment techniques and provision of care.  The College chose a minimum of one year experience to satisfy this expectation by preceptors, as well as to facilitate overall success in the program.  Students without one year of work experience may enter the program part-time.

What work environment does the FNP prepare me for upon graduation and certification?
A certified FNP graduate will serve as a health care providers and will be eligible to work in a primary care setting caring for the adult, pediatric, and/or family client.  The work environment may be in a private practice setting, clinic, emergency department or any setting where primary care is delivered.

Updated May 23, 2016