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
N601 Research Methods 3
N626 Theoretical Foundations for APRNs 3
N672 Professional Role Development for APRNs 1
N670 Family Centered Advanced Practice Nsng 2
Total units 9.0


Semester II
N671 Advanced Health Assessment 2
N671L Advanced Physical Assessment Lab 1
N619 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N674 Health Protection, Promotion & Screening 3
Total units 9.0


Semester III
N602 Analysis of Health Policy Issues 3
N677 Advanced Pharmacology 3
N678L Clinical Practicum (210 hours) 2
Total units 8.0


Semester IV
N673 Professional Advocacy for Entry to Adv Pract Role 1
N675 Care of Acute & Episodic Conditions 3
N675L Care of Acute & Episodic Conditions Lab 1
N679L Clinical Practicum (210 hours) 6
Total units 11.0


Semester V
N606 Synthesis Project 3
N676 Care of Chronic & Complex Conditions 3
N680L Internship (210 hrs) 6
Total units 12.0
Total Program Units 49 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.