Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S. (Hybrid)

Provide Primary Health Care to Families  

University of Saint Joseph’s Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.)—Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares registered nurses for advanced practice and board certification. Focusing on evidence-based practice and hands-on clinical training, the FNP program increases your competencies in delivering primary health care to families across the lifespan and empowers you to make a positive impact in your community.

Providing weekly courses, USJ’s M.S.—Family Nurse Practitioner degree program enables you to balance your work schedule and your school commitments.

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Program Facts

  • Flexible Program Length – 8 semesters up to six years
  • Part-time hybrid format
  • Advanced Clinical Learning Experience
  • CCNE Accreditation

Master of Science in Nursing—FNP Program Outcomes

Upon completion of USJ’s Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner degree, you gain the confidence and ability to:

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Advantages

Course Schedule

At USJ, we recognize that many of our students are working nurses who have busy work schedules. Our part-time plans of study are designed with two courses per semester and both courses are held on one day per week. Students starting our program in the fall will have classes on Thursdays and students starting our program in the spring will have classes on Tuesdays.

Clinical Practice

During the FNP program, you can acquire hands-on clinical experience and practice assessing, diagnosing, and treating in various health care settings. Through the clinical practicum, you also strengthen your skills in health promotion and illness prevention. Working alongside other experienced health care professionals, you learn to work as an integral part of the health care team and develop your leadership potential.


The master’s degree in nursing family nurse practitioner program at the University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner Program Curriculum

The robust M.S.—Family Nurse Practitioner program provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of key areas in advanced practice nursing such as population health, person-centered care, and informatics and health care technologies.

With 30 credits of core courses and 23 credits of FNP concentration courses, the M.S.-FNP program curriculum enables you to administer, consult, educate, and research as part of the advanced practice role in nursing. You are also prepared for leadership and change-agent roles in health promotion and therapeutic clinical practice.

Emphasizing hands-on clinical training, the FNP program curriculum encompasses 750 direct patient care hours with a variety of health care agencies. Students are prepared for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination upon graduation.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner program curriculum. 

Family Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

By completing a Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner degree, you are well-equipped with the advanced nursing knowledge to elevate your career and increase your earning potential. 

You are ready to provide high-quality primary and specialty health care to patients of all ages with confidence in various health care settings, including primary care practices, long-term care facilities, and community health care clinics.

Graduates of the F.N.P. program are entering a fast-growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Family Nurse Practitioners are highly in-demand. Advanced practice registered nurse roles including family nurse practitioners are projected to grow by 45% through 2030. As an APRN/Family Nurse Practitioner, you can expect a median annual salary of $117,670, which is 56% higher than RNs with a bachelor’s degree.

M.S.—Family Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements

The acceptance to the M.S.N.—Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Saint Joseph is highly selective. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a registered nurse license. 

If you intend to apply to the program, please submit the following materials with your application and admission fee:

  • A current resume
  • A sealed, official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally and nationally accredited Nursing institution, as well as transcripts from all undergraduate coursework
  • A current Registered Nurse license from the state in which clinical work will be completed
  • Essay: Discuss a practice problem in your field that, in your experience has a broad impact on patient care and outcomes; state professional goals for the next 5-10 years and explain how this degree will help you reach your goals
  • Two letters from clinical supervisors or managers, and academic faculty attesting to the candidate’s intellectual, clinical, and leadership abilities.

You are also required to attend an interview with the graduate faculty prior to acceptance into the M.S.N.-F.N.P. program.

Review the detailed admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Applications to the M.S.-FNP program are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please submit your application and required documents to the Graduate Admissions Office by: 

  • November 1st for the following spring term
  • April 1st for the following fall term 

Apply to USJ’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program!

The University of Saint Joseph’s Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for working nurses who are ready to take leadership nursing roles and achieve career advancement. Apply to the M.S.-FNP program today to increase your competencies in diagnosing, assessing, and treating patients across the lifespan. 

Have more questions about the Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner degree? 

Yvonne Joy, DNP, APRN
Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of Graduate Programs
Phone: 860.231.5258

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