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MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner

Take your nursing skills and your career to the next level with our Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner.

What Our Program Offers You

What Our Students Learn/Skills you will acquire

Our program is for registered nurses who have an associate’s degree in nursing. It includes Bachelor of Science in Nursing content in selected courses that bridge to the Master of Science in Nursing curriculum. Our program provides you 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 through both didactic and clinical courses.

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

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.

What makes our program unique?

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.

Career/Earning Potential

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 $75,000 and up to six figures annually.

Course Requirements

The degree requirement is 48 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Limit of 2 C’s in core courses. Clinical practicum is approximately 690 clock hours.

Core Courses:

Course Title Hrs.
N 506 Applied Data Analysis 3
N 512 Theory & Research I 3
N 521 Theory & Research II 3
N 532 Issues in Health Care 3
N 550 Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
N 560 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
N 580 Advanced Health Promotion Assessment Across the Lifespan 4*
  Nursing Elective 3

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

Specialty Courses:

Minimum grade of B required in all specialty courses.

Course Title Hrs.
NP 570 Applied Pharmacology 2*
NP 580 Advanced Health Assessment Clinical Lab 1*
NP 610 Primary Care of Families I 3
NP 620 Primary Care of Families II 3
NP 630 Primary Care of Women and Children 3
NP 650 Primary Care Practicum I 3*
NP 670 Primary Care Practicum II 3*
NP 680 Primary Care Advanced Practicum 4*
NP 690 Advanced NP Role Development 1

* denotes clinical course 1 credit hour = 4 clock hours

 

Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Application Packet 

Admission Requirements: 
 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended or from which credit was received
  • Copy of your current nursing license
  • Three letters of recommendation – forms included in application packet
  • Documentation of 2080 hours of clinical experience – form included in application packet
  • Resume form – form included in application packet
  • Essay – see page 12 of supplemental application for requirements
  • Interview required 

Effective January 2013, Shenandoah University Division of Nursing requires evidence of proficiency of English for applicants whose native language is not English. All applicants from outside the United States and whose first language is not English must submit official copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants should request official scores be sent to the Shenandoah University (SU) Graduate Admissions office; the SU code is 5613.

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