MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner


The program prepares nurses in the advanced practice role of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with competencies in family health promotion and the clinical management of common health conditions across the lifespan.

Certificate Option: A Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program also is available to students who have earned an MS degree in nursing. This option requires 43 semester hours of study.

Family Nurse Practitioner admits once a year: February 15 for the Fall semester

About the MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The full-time hybrid program is designed so students are only required to be on the Biltmore Park campus one day a week (Tuesdays). All other coursework is taught online. The course load ranges from eight to ten hours per semester. See the FNP Program of Curriculum below for more details. Clinical placements are available in a variety of settings in or near the students' communities.

Degree Requirements: The FNP Program requires 52 semester hours of coursework, and 640 total clinical hours. Students have the choice of completing a project or thesis.

Admissions Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • BSN from a regionally accredited college or university and nationally accredited nursing program Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Statistics course, undergraduate or graduate level
  • Nursing Research course, undergraduate
  • Registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice 
  • Minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse within the last five years
  • Three professional references
  • The GRE or MAT is not required
  • Submit a resume and professional statement with the online Graduate School application
  • Family Nurse Practitioner admits once a year: February 15 for the Fall semester

Application process

Application to the MS(N) Program requires application to the Graduate School. Only complete applications will be eligible for review. As part of the online application, the applicant needs to prepare the following:

  1. Request official college transcript from all secondary schools attended—to be sent to the WCU Graduate School. 
  2. As part of your online application, be prepared to submit:
    a. Names of (and contact info for) three professional references who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate study; one must be from a current or recent employer. 
    b. Professional Statement and Resume
    c. $65 application fee

curriculum and schedule

NSG-517 Advanced Pathophysiology (3) NSG- 675 Primary Care of Adults (3) NSG-673 Primary Care of Female Adolescents & Women's Health (3)
NSG-690 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment & Diagnostics (3) NSG-685 FNP Clinical Management: Adult Focus (3) 120 clinical hrs NSG-683 FNP Clinical Management: Women's Health Focus (2) 120 clinical hrs
NSG-691 FNP Applied Advanced Physical Assessment & Diagnostics (3) NSG-622 Advanced Pharmacology (3) NSG-814* Foundations & Applications of Evidence Based Practice (3)
Total Hrs 9 Total Hrs 9 Total Hrs 8
NSG-692 Primary Care of Geriatric Clients (3) NSG-674 Primary Care of Children & Adolescents (3) NSG-686 FNP Clinical Management: Internship (3) 160 clinical hrs
NSG-784 FNP Clinical Management: Geriatric Focus (3) 120 clinical hours NSG-684 FNP Clinical Management: Pediatric Focus  (3) 120 clinical hrs NSG-823* Econ/Fin Healthcare (3)
NSG-671 Social & Behavioral Health Problems (3) NSG-694 FNP Primary Care Seminar (3)  
NSG-679/699* (1) NSG-679/699* (1)  
Total Hrs 9 Total Hrs 10 Total Hrs 6
*Not required for Post-Masters Certificate Option students.  

Program costs

FNP students will now be eligible for full financial aid due to the program's full-time status. Visit the WCU Financial Aid Office website for more information. Click here for current graduate tuition and fees rates. Information on additional loan and scholarship opportunities can be found on the WCU School of Nursing's Nursing Scholarships webpage

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program Option


Admission requirements are the same as for the applicants for the MS(N) Program except for the following criteria:

  • The candidate must have graduated from a nationally accredited master's program in nursing (MSN).
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