Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner
Prepare to do more for patient and community health as a primary care practitioner. Gwynedd Mercy University’s Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree program teaches you the advanced clinical skills you need to provide diagnoses, treatments, and referrals for adult and pediatric patients without the supervision of a physician.
This 43-credit master’s degree program gives you the option to specialize in one of the following population areas:
- Adult Gerontology—for patients from adolescence to the elder years
- Pediatrics—for patients from birth to age 21
The MSN-NP includes 600 hours of precepted clinical and role specialty practice. After graduation, you should be prepared to pass the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care or Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Primary Care examination. You will also be academically prepared to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing.
This program is currently available at our main campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, and can be completed in two years.
Career Opportunities for Family Nurse Practitioner Graduates
As an FNP, you can provide primary care services in private practice, as part of a physician’s practice, or in hospital or clinical settings (depending upon practice regulations in your state).
Roles and Salary Potential*
- Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) – Median salary $88,274[i]
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) – Median salary $83,850[ii]
- Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) – Median salary $98,190[iii]
- Nursing Manager (BSN or MSN programs) – Median salary $82,361[iv]
- Nursing Administrator (MSN or DNP) – Median salary $80,451[v]
Curriculum and Course Topics
The goal of the MSN-FNP program is to produce nurses with the clinical capacities to perform as independent primary care practitioners.
Graduates of this program should also be prepared to act as patient and community health advocates, providing individuals and families with the information they need to take control of their own health and manage conditions effectively.
Course topics include a 19-credit core of courses:
- Pharmacotherapeutics for APN Across the Lifespan
- Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing
- Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
- Advanced Assessment Practicum for APN
- Advanced Physical Assessment APN Across the Lifespan
- Research Methodology
- Research Seminar
The remaining 24 credits include:
- A specialty elective (3 credits)
- Nurse Practitioner Role Seminar (3 credits)
- 18 credits in the Adult-Gerontology or Pediatric population specialty
Completing Your Clinical Requirements
The MSN-FNP program requires 600 hours of precepted clinical practice in a setting other than your place of employment. Gwynedd Mercy University has hundreds of partnerships with health care providers that you can take advantage of in order to find your clinical site.
Faculty members will be able to assist you in locating a site, designating a preceptor, and completing all necessary documentation.
This nursing master’s degree program is for current, licensed Registered Nurses. Admissions requirements include:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in above program.
- Official university transcripts.
- A basic statistics course equivalent to three semester hours.
- A physical assessment course equivalent to two semester hours.
- Current RN licensure with clinical practice experienceApplicants for the pediatric program must demonstrate pediatric nursing experience.
- Official results of the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination taken within the past five years**
- Two letters of reference from professional nurses.
- A personal interview with a graduate faculty member from the appropriate area of specialization.
- Statement of professional goals prior to scheduling an interview with graduate faculty.
- Evidence of current professional liability insurance and a completed health form must be submitted prior to beginning clinical courses.
- Foreign applicants must provide evidence that they have received a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL examination.
*Nurses with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing will be considered on an individual basis.
**This requirement will be waived for applicants who earned a cumulative average of 3.6 or better in their undergraduate nursing program.
Applicants who earned a 3.0 or higher GPA may apply for non-matriculated status. This allows you to take up to two courses or six credits while compiling your documentation for formal acceptance. These courses are applied toward your degree requirements.
Discover the next in Your Nursing Career
Do more for patients, their families, and your community as an advanced practice nurse. Contact Gwynedd-Mercy University today to learn more about our master’s degree programs in nursing.
* Please note that salary estimates are based on survey data. Actual salaries may vary widely depending upon your location, the employer, and your experience and certification.