This program is designed for R.N.s with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees who wish to pursue an Advanced Practice Nursing program and become Family Nurse practitioners.

Advanced practice licensure

Nurse educators will be able to seek certification for teaching from the National League of Nursing (NLN).

This program is made possible through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Grant # 1 D09HP02744-01-00.


Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for the Family Nurse Practitioner includes the following:

  • Graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma-nursing program
  • License to practice as a registered nurse
  • A baccalaureate degree
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or above
  • Present nursing practice position
  • Interviews conducted by MSN faculty
  • Portfolio for post-non-nursing bachelor’s degree showing professional nursing experiences, service, and completion of four undergraduate nursing courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Documented CE completions
  • Current certifications, if applicable
  • Current clinical practice for the last two years. (Include signed letter from present supervisor)
  • Community & professional service



Master of Science in Nursing (R.N.-B.S.-MSN)

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (62-71 semester hours)
Undergraduate Prerequisites (9 semester hours)

Introduction to Statistics (3)
Physical Assessment (3)
Nursing Research (3)

Graduate Core: (16 semester hours)
Advance Practice Nursing: Roles & Issues (4)
Biostatistics & Research (4)
Population Health (4)
Evidence-Based Health Care (4)

Advanced Practice Core: (12 semester hours)
Advanced Pathophysiology (4)
Advanced Pharmacology (4)
Advanced Health Assessment (4)

Practica Courses (19 semester hours)
Family Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Principles and Clinical Management I (5)
Family Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Principles and Clinical Management II (5)
Family Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Principles and Clinical Management III (5)
Clinical Residency (4)

OPTIONAL Support Courses: (9 semester hours)
Teaching in Nursing (3)
Nursing Education Methods and Measurements (3)
Nursing Education Practicum (3)


For more curriculum information, see the USF Catalog.