Family Nurse Practitioner
In the Community-based Family Nurse Practitioner Education Program (CFNP), students complete an on-line course of study with either a full-time or part-time option. The classroom is the community in which the student lives. During the clinical practicum, CFNP students work closely with family nurse practitioners in their community. The FNU has agreements with preceptor sites across the United States with more added on a regular basis.
The CFNP curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. In addition, the CFNP curriculum is unique in that it educates students not only to be family nurse practitioners, but also to be entrepreneurs and leaders in primary health care.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) + Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Frontier Nursing University will begin offering a new program to all students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) family nurse practitioner program (CFNP) after January 1, 2014. This new program will allow students to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus as a family nurse practitioner and have the opportunity to seamlessly progress to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Students can choose to complete the MSN only or complete both MSN+DNP.
The MSN+DNP program allows students with a baccalaureate or associate degree in nursing to enter directly into a program designed to allow students to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and opt to continue seamlessly into a companion Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The new MSN+DNP program begins with the MSN which prepares nurse practitioners with a strong foundation in evidence-based practice. The MSN program offers three tracks: nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner and women’s health care nurse practitioner. The DNP is appropriate for all three roles. Students who complete the CFNP MSN+DNP become family nurse practitioners and leaders in the health care system as well as change agents who influence the system to provide high-quality health care with a focus on families in rural and underserved areas.
Our MSN+DNP program offers students the benefit of being able to attain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree completing all the requirements for certification as a family nurse practitioner and then seamlessly progress to completing the DNP degree if desired. Once the MSN is conferred, the student is prepared to sit for the national certification exam and begin their work as a family nurse practitioner. FNU has a highly qualified and experienced faculty that guides students and helps them attain their goals.
MSN+DNP Program Description
All students will be admitted to the MSN+DNP. When students receive the MSN they may choose to either continue in the DNP program or stop with the MSN. Completing the DNP is highly recommended.
Upon successful completion of the MSN, students are eligible to immediately continue their education to complete the DNP with no further admission process. Students will have the opportunity to stop with the MSN, or continue to complete the DNP.
MSN+DNP Total Credits
This is the ideal curriculum for nurses who want either a MSN or DNP degree or both and furthers the FNU tradition of leadership in the education of family nurse practitioners.
Associate Degree Entry Option
The ADN to MSN+DNP (Bridge) Entry Option consists of seven courses (20 credits) designed to "bridge" the differences between the educational preparation of the associate degree nurse and the baccalaureate nurse.
For registered nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing, learn more about our Post-Masters Certificate plus Doctor of Nursing Practice program by clicking here.
For students planning MSN only or MSN+DNP
- Registered Nurse with BSN - apply to the MSN+DNP
- Registered Nurse with bachelor’s degree in another field - apply to the MSN+DNP (will include portfolio with application)
- Registered Nurse with ADN - apply through the ADN to MSN+DNP (Bridge) Entry Option
Registered Nurse with MSN or master’s in nursing – apply to the PMC+DNP
MSN+DNP Required Clinical Experiences
MSN Clinical Requirements
After completing the didactic portion of the studies, students will attend Clinical Bound, an eight-day skills-intensive on-campus experience where they will develop and validate beginning clinical skills. Students will then begin their MSN clinical practicum with 675 required clinical hours. Students provide family nurse practitioner services in their community under the guidance of a master clinician preceptor. The FNU Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) will provide guidance and support during this time to the student and the preceptor. The MSN clinical experience will prepare the student to master the clinical skills necessary to become a safe beginning level family nurse practitioner.
DNP Clinical Requirements
Students who continue in the DNP will complete will complete an additional 360 hours of clinical experience. The goals of this experience include:
- Provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and improve the practice/system.
- Continue to develop expertise in an area of practice.
- Seek experiences to improve skills to practice autonomously.
For more information about the MSN+DNP program click here for our Frequently Asked Questions.