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 Integrating Evidence into Practice3
N626 Theoretical Foundations for APNs3
N670 Family Centered Advanced Practice Nsng2
N672 Professional Role Development for APNs2
Total units10
Semester II
N619 Advanced Pathophysiology3
N671 Advanced Physical Assessment2
N671L Advanced Physical Assessment Lab1
N674 Health Protection, Promotion & Screening3
Total units9
Semester III
N602 Analysis of Health Policy Issues3
N677 Advanced Pharmacology3
N678L Clinical Practicum (210 hours)2
Total units8
Semester IV
N675 Care of Acute & Episodic Conditions3
N675L Care of Acute & Episodic Conditions Lab1
N679L Clinical Practicum (210 hours)6
Total units10
Semester V
N606 The Directed Synthesis3
N676 Care of Chronic & Complex Conditions3
N680 Internship (210 hrs)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.