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Master of Science in Nursing Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Track

The Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track is designed for the working registered nurse who is seeking education and clinical skills as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a program that is a mix of asynchronous online education, in-person residency days, and on-site clinical experiences.

    • About the MSN FNP Program
    • State Authorization and Licensure
    • Admission Criteria
    • Costs & Financial Aid
    About the MSN FNP Program

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)- Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) – Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner  (FNP) tracks were developed in accordance with the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education (2016), the APRN Consensus Model (2008), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Masters’ Education in Nursing (2011); the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (2013), and according to the Pennsylvania State Board* of Nursing Rules and Regulations for Nurse Practitioner Licensure and Practice (Pennsylvania Code 21.369).

    *Out of state students will need to visit their state’s Board of Nursing for Rules and Regulations for Nurse Practitioner Licensure and Practice.

    The MSN-FNP and PMC-FNP tracks are designed to prepare students in the advanced practice role of the family nurse practitioner caring for families and individuals across the lifespan in a primary care setting. Graduates of the MSN-FNP program and post master’s students who complete program requirements of the PMC-FNP tracks are qualified to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination in order to apply for licensure as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Links to the two organizations that offer national certification for FNPs and the Certification Requirements Link- can be found at: http://www.nursecredentialing.org/certification.aspx  and http://www.aanpcert.org/

    Courses vary in length from 7 to 15 weeks and will be offered in an online format.

    Residency Requirements*

    The Department of Nursing faculty members are committed to quality and excellence in all Nursing programs. While the coursework is offered online, in order to maintain quality in our programs, residency requirements are essential to student success.

    There are four residency requirements (a total of 11 days) for the students admitted to both of the FNP tracks. Attendance is mandatory for all four residencies in order to meet the program requirements. Students admitted to the MSN-FNP and PMC-FNP tracks are required to attend (in addition to the required two-day orientation upon admission to the MSN-FNP and PMC-FNP tracks), two three-day on campus residencies that are practice simulation labs. The first campus lab requirement will be three consecutive days during the Advanced Physical Assessment course prior to the required clinical experience with an assigned preceptor. The second three-day campus lab requirement will be three consecutive days during the next to the last clinical management course.  The dates of these required residencies will be posted a year to 6 months in advance. These dates will fall approximately mid-semester in the first clinical course and the next one approximately mid-semester the next to the last clinical management course. The last required residency will be a three-day, face-to-face Live Review Course (off-campus) during the last clinical management course. The date and location of this course will be depend on when and where this review course is offered in this semester.

    *Costs of travel and lodging related to residency requirements and clinical requirements to complete the program are in addition to the fees and the responsibility of the student.

    Course Catalog Major Requirements

    State Authorization and Licensure

    The programs meet licensure requirements in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, who can be contacted at:

    P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA, 17105; (717) 783-7142; https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Nursing/Pages/Board-Approved-Nursing-Education-Programs.aspx

    Following successful completion of the master’s or post-master’s certificate program, students may be eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner national certification examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).   

    Students may be eligible for certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing or in any state in which the program is available for enrollment. We are working hard to expand the number of states in which each program is authorized. Refer to the University’s State Authorization web page for additional information and program availability. 

    Since this program leads to a professional license or certification, authorization may or may not be required of the University from the state professional licensing board prior to the student beginning a clinical or field experience in a state other than Pennsylvania. Check with your program clinical coordinator with questions about state professional licensure board requirements prior to enrollment. Any changes in state of residence after enrollment could affect eligibility to complete the program. 

    The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing requires that the Pharmacy course must be taken within 5 years of intended completion of the MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner program for the applicant for CRNP licensure to be eligible for prescriptive licensure. Students living outside of Pennsylvania should investigate the requirements of the State Boards of Nursing in their respective home state.

    Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing website [https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm] provides contact information for each state Board of Nursing.

    For more information regarding authorization and licensure, visit the University’s State Authorization web page [https://www.francis.edu/State-Authorization/]. 

    Admission Criteria
    • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or local where student will complete clinical requirements. Licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is required for clinical coursework completed in Pennsylvania.

    • Official transcripts verifying the conferral of a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in nursing from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program

    • BSN GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

    • Evidence of qualification and capacity for graduate study as reflected in the following:

      • Application essay that includes career goals

      • Two professional references (These letters should be completed by two people who can attest to your aptitude for graduate work and leadership in the profession.)

      • Experience/employment history/professional activity (e.g. community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments)

       

    • Minimum of one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse is required prior to registration in clinical or specialty courses

    • Interview with program faculty (in person, online, or by phone)

    • Ability to attend the required program residencies (and review course for FNP students).

    • Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission

    • Proficiency in English

      • All applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, http://www.toefl.org)  

      • The minimum overall TOEFL score is 84 (Internet-based test); 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the writing section minimum score 

    Applicants must meet the following prerequisites:  

    • Completion of an introductory college-level course in statistics (200 level preferred)

    • Completion of an undergraduate physical assessment course  

    • Demonstrated computer literacy (including the ability to send and download attachments) or completed courses in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics

    Advanced Standing

    A maximum of six (6) graduate-level credits from a regionally accredited university and approved program may be transferred toward completion of the requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Transfer credit will only be accepted for courses in which a grade of “B” (GPA = 3.0 on 4.0 scale) or its equivalent has been received. These credits cannot have been applied to a previous degree. Courses taken over five years prior to admission will not be accepted. Official transcripts certifying graduate-level courses completed at another institution prior to admission to Saint Francis University are to be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated for transfer of credits.

    Procedure for Requesting Transfer Credits

    Contact MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Program Director for transfer credit evaluation.

    Admission deadline June 1, 2019

    Please note: All submitted materials become the property of Saint Francis University

     

    Costs & Financial Aid

    Tuition: 

    • 48 credits of course work @ $625/credit (subject to change)
    • One time graduation fee
    • Estimated fees for clinical coursework supplementary resources are approximately $300 per semester while in FNP specialty courses ($300 x 7 semesters =$2100).  These fees are subject to change based on vendor rates over time.

    Students will also be required to purchase course text books.

    These estimated costs do not include any costs associated with travel/lodging to and from residency days and clinical experiences, required clinical clearances and background checks.

    Financial Aid

    Please contact Financial Aid for student loan options at FinAid@francis.edu or (814) 472-3010.

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