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SFU Now Offering FNP Options

April 12, 2019 Tags: Health Sciences and Education , University News

Members of the University and the School of Health Sciences and Education announce the new FNP optionsBeginning in July, the Saint Francis University (SFU) Department of Nursing will be offering two new tracks to the Masters of Science in Nursing  Program, the Master of Science Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track and the Post-Master’s Certificate Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (PMC-FNP) track.

With the significant shortage of primary care physicians in the country, the Family Nurse Practitioner scope of practice includes blending nursing and medical services for individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan. Family Nurse Practitioners are prepared with a primary care focus to diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions with an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion.

Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences & Education, and Nursing Department Chair noted that, “We are very proud to announce the start of these new nursing graduate programs. Our community of interest has advised us on what programs are needed in the area.”

As our nation and region faces the challenges of an aging population, increases in chronic disease conditions, and rising costs of healthcare, Nurse Practitioners bring strength to the healthcare workforce and maximize their potential to address these challenges.

The Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Track is designed for the working registered nurse who is seeking education and clinical skills as a FNP in a program that provides a mix of in-person and online education.

Additionally, Saint Francis University is offering a Post-Master’s Certificate FNP Track. The Post-Master’s Certificate FNP Track is designed for the nurse who already has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is seeking to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

In 2016, Saint Francis launched a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Education Track. This track was specifically designed to prepare registered nurses to develop their leadership and educational skills in teaching future nursing students or managing the administration of healthcare.

Enrollment is open now. Nurses interested in the Graduate and Post-Master’s offerings should visit


These tracks are being offered at Saint Francis through the highly respected Department of Nursing. The undergraduate BSN program was ranked the best Nursing program in Pennsylvania by for two consecutive years. The Department prides itself for graduating caring, ethical nurses who consistently excel in their chosen profession.

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at Saint Francis are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, and are approved by the PA State Board of Nursing.

Masters of Science in Nursing, Online MSN


Photo Left to Right

Row 1: 

Dr. Lenore K. Resick, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN; Program Director, MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN; Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences and Education, Nursing Department Chair

Dr. Camille Wendekier, PhD, CNE, RN; Program Director, MSN Leadership Education

Row 2.

Dr. Donald Walkovich, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education

Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D.; President of Saint Francis University

Dr. Karan Powell; Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs