Take your nursing skills and your career to the next level with our Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to provide nurses with the necessary knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences to assume the role of a primary health care provider in a variety of clinical settings. Didactic and clinical course content focuses on the assessment and management of health promotion and health maintenance strategies, risk reduction, common acute and chronic alterations in health status for individuals and families across the lifespan. The MSN-FNP is a 7-semester program.
Cohorts are established annually in the Fall. Clinical placement is a collaborative process between the student and the faculty. Clinical experiences are scheduled at the convenience of the facility hosting the student. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the national certification exam given by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Hear From a Current Student
Shenandoah University’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program allows you to train to be a Family Nurse Practitioner while still working full time. And, it’s a program taught by nurses still working in the field. Hear what one of our students has to say about the program and about her hopes for her continued development as a nurse.
Nursing at Shenandoah
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing‘s programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from people entering the profession with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and in Fairfax at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus. We’re excited to share our programs with you.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to practice in the primary care role in urban, suburban, rural and underserved areas, choose to teach in nursing schools or continue your higher education.
Family nurse practitioners are critical in meeting the primary care needs of rural and/or underserved populations in this country. Family nurse practitioners typically earn $85,000 – $110,000 annually.
Clinical experiences are in a wide variety of ambulatory and community rural and medically underserved health care settings appropriate to the family nurse practitioner track.
You will learn:
- assessment and management of health promotion and maintenance strategies
- risk reduction
- common acute and chronic alterations in health status for individuals and families across the lifespan
- role development
- research and statistics
- advanced knowledge in pharmacology and pathophysiology
Our small classes combined with a close-knit, caring and compassionate learning environment make the Shenandoah University program special. Our faculty is comprised of respected current practitioners.
You will partner with clinical experts throughout the region, have an opportunity to participate in mission trips and other global travel opportunities plus receive training in disaster preparedness.
Alumni are eligible for a tuition discount.
The degree requirement is 44 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Limit of 2 C’s in core courses. Clinical practicum is approximately 600 clock hours.
MSN - FNP 7-Semester Student Curriculum
MSN-FNP 7-Semester Plan of Study
- Advanced Practice Roles, Ethics & Policy 3
- Advanced Concepts in Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
- Advanced Pharmacology & Therapeutics 3
- Advanced Health Promotion & Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
- Evidenced Based Research 4
- Psychopharmacology for the FNP 2
- Primary Care of Families:Chronic 3
- Primary Care of Families (180 Clinical Hours) 3
- Primary Care of Families: Acute 3
- Primary Care of Families – Practicum- (180 clinical hours) 3
- Primary Care of Women & Children 3
- Data Interpretation & Informatics 3
- Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role Development 2
- Diagnostics & Procedures 1
- Primary Care Advanced Practicum – (240 clinical hours) 4
Total: 44 credits and 600 clinical hours
Pediatrics and Women’s Health competencies are met through clinical experiences in various settings included in the above clinical hour totals.
We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.
- SU graduate application along with $30 non-refundable application fee
- Earned BSN degree from CCNE or ACEN accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Unofficial transcripts for initial admission from all institutions of higher education previously attended
- 3 letters of recommendation (1 from nursing faculty, 2 from direct supervisors)
- Essay answering the following questions:
- How will this degree advance your professional goals?
- What is your research area of interest?
- Documentation of 2,080 RN clinical work hours prior to specialty courses (which may also be obtained during the first year of the MSN program at your place of work)
- Copy of current RN license
- Successful completion of BSN courses with a “C” or better in:
- Physical Assessment
- Introductory Statistics
- Community Nursing
- Interview with graduate nursing faculty may be required.
- TOEFL score at acceptable level for Non-Native English Speakers
- Upon admission – up-to-date immunizations and health records, a criminal background check, a urine drug screen and a BCLS from AHA only will be required.