Online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Course Curriculum

The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) program aims to produce graduates who provide family-oriented, evidence-based primary healthcare to a high standard within multicultural contexts.

Our graduates can:

  • Consult and make referrals within interdisciplinary practices.
  • Develop thorough, accurate medical histories with their patients through examinations, performance and/or interpretation of diagnostic tests, and recording of data.
  • Establish and implement care plans based on patient needs and monitor ongoing effectiveness.
  • Promote healthy living habits and provide advice about preventive care.
  • Produce graduate-level research of superior quality that can withstand peer review.
  • Act as a professional leader and patient advocate at the local, regional, national, or global level.

Semester I
N619 ONL Advanced Pathophysiology3
N671 ONL Advanced Physical Assessment2
N671L Advanced Physical Assessment Lab (with 3-day on-campus intensive)1
N677 ONL Advanced Pharmacology3
Total units9
Semester II
N672 ONL Professional Role Development for APNs2
N676 ONL Care of Chronic & Complex Conditions3
N674 ONL Health Protection, Promotion & Screening3
Total units8
Semester III
N670 ONL Family Centered Advanced Practice Nsng2
N675 ONL Care of Acute & Episodic Conditions3
N675L ONL Care of Acute & Episodic Conditions Lab1
N678L Clinical Practicum (210 hours)4
Total units10
Semester IV
N626 ONL Theoretical Foundations for APNs3
N601 ONL Research Methods3
N679L Clinical Practicum (210 hours)4
Total units10
Semester V
N606 ONL Synthesis Project3
N602 ONL Analysis of Health Policy Issues3
N680L ONL Internship (210 hours) (with 3-day on-campus intensive)6
Total units12
Total Program Units49 Units

Samuel Merritt University FNP students in the online program are required to attend two on-campus intensives at the Sacramento campus: Session 1 in semester when N671/671L Advanced Physical Assessment is taught; Session 2 in semester when N680L Internship is taught. For those attending full-time, these occur in Semester 2 and Semester 5, respectively. For those attending part-time, they occur in Semester 3 and Semester 6, respectively. Each session meets Friday to Sunday for a total of 24 hours.