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Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree offered by Pacific College prepares nurses with the knowledge and experience to manage the healthcare needs of individuals and their families across the lifespan on a transitional healthcare system.

Program Description

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is focused on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver nursing care to persons of all ages across primary care settings, including those in rural and under-served areas. FNP graduates are prepared for advanced clinical practice that involves individuals and families throughout the lifespan and across the health continuum. The program is designed for working professionals seeking advanced skills in nursing that have already earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing and have worked as an RN. Coursework is completed online and clinical experiences are completed in your local facilities.

 

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements listed below have been established for students entering the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Pacific College:

 

1.  Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited college or university

 

2. Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)

 

3. A statement of professional goals. The Statement is your opportunity to tell faculty what you are planning to do with your career after you finish your master’s degree. Your Goal Statement should indicate your understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse and your impact on the healthcare system and patient population you serve.

 

4. Resume

 

5. Three letters of professional reference. References should be from faculty members, professional colleagues, or work supervisors who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family, friends, other students or co-workers are NOT appropriate.

 

6. Active (unrestricted) RN license

 

7. Current CPR (BLS) certification

 

8. A $50 application fee

 

9. Telephone Interview

 

Both the writing style (i.e., grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of your responses will be used in the overall evaluation of your application to the program. After a preliminary review of your application, you will be contacted to schedule the phone interview.

 

Career Opportunities

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are an advanced practice registered nurses who work autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to deliver family-focused care. FNPs offer a wide range of healthcare services that revolve around the family unit; from health promotion and disease prevention to direct care and counseling across the lifespan. FNPs are qualified to diagnose and treat complex health conditions of the body and mind. Their advanced training and education also often qualify FNPs to serve as a hospital and clinic administrators and policymakers.

 

 

FNPs perform duties that include:

  • Developing treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases
  • Educating and guiding patients on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle habits
  • Understanding the changes in health promotion throughout the aging process
  • Conducting exams
  • Performing diagnostic tests and screening evaluations
  • Managing overall patient care regarding lifestyle and development issues
  • Emphasizing preventative care and disease management
  • Prescribing medications

 

FNPs work in doctor’s offices, clinics, private homes, schools, hospitals, and other institutions. Family nurse practitioners place a strong emphasis on wellness and prevention, but also provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions affecting any member of the family.

Nurses holding masters degrees are in higher demand compared to the 59% of BSN students who were offered jobs at the time of graduation.

All occupations are projected to grow by 7% by 2024, leaving APRN’s at exponentially higher than the average growth rates.

As a nurse with a Master’s degree, your salary depends on the occupation you choose. Nurse anesthetists earn the most with an average salary of $157,140 and the lowest is nurse midwives at $92,510.

Nurses holding masters degrees are in higher demand compared to the 59% of BSN students who were offered jobs at the time of graduation.

All occupations are projected to grow 7% by 2024, leaving APRN’s at exponentially higher than the average growth rates.

As a nurse with a Master’s degree your salary depends on the occupation you choose. Nurse anesthetists earn the most with an average salary of $157,140 and the lowest is nurse midwives at $92,510.
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Family Nurse Practitioner Program Courses

Program Length

The Family Nurse Practitioner degree program contains 42-semester units and includes 570 clinical hours. The program is delivered over a period of 96 weeks.

Course Number Course Title Semester Credits
NUR 511 Theoretical Perspectives of Nursing Practice 3
NUR 512 Scholarly Inquiry I 3
NUR 521 Ethics, Leadership, Policy & Finance in the Healthcare System
NUR 522 Scholarly Inquiry II 3
NUR 523 Advanced Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 3
NUR 524 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR 526 Advanced Pharmacology and Clinical Decision Making 3
NUR 531 Healthcare Quality and Safety 3
NUR 532 Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process 3
Specialty Courses 15 credit hours and 540 Practicum Hours
NUR 552 Advanced Health Care and Health Promotion of Women and Children 3
NUR 553 Advanced Health Care and Health Promotion of Adults and Elderly 3
NUR 554 Principles of Advanced Practice Nursing 1
NUR 555 Advanced Health Care and Health Promotion of Vulnerable Populations 3
NUR 556 Families in Rural and Urban Communities 1
NUR 559 Integrated Primary Care Practicum 4
FNP Core Courses Total Units 42

 

Nurses holding masters degrees are in higher demand compared to the 59% of BSN students who were offered jobs at the time of graduation.

All occupations are projected to grow by 7% by 2024, leaving APRN’s at exponentially higher than the average growth rates.

As a nurse with a Master’s degree, your salary depends on the occupation you choose. Nurse anesthetists earn the most with an average salary of $157,140 and the lowest is nurse midwives at $92,510.

Nurses holding masters degrees are in higher demand compared to the 59% of BSN students who were offered jobs at the time of graduation.

All occupations are projected to grow 7% by 2024, leaving APRN’s at exponentially higher than the average growth rates.

As a nurse with a Master’s degree your salary depends on the occupation you choose.
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Pacific College

 

Master’s degree Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner
Program Length: 24 months

 

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Students graduating on time

 

NA* of Title IV students complete the program within 24 months

 

The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (18 months).

Program Costs

 

$38,850 for tuition and fees
$1,600 for books and supplies

 

 

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

 

 

The typical graduate leaves with
NA* in debt

The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

 

 

The typical monthly loan payment
NA* per month in student loans with an interest rate of 4.45%.

The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a 4.45% interest rate.

Graduates who got jobs

 

NA* of program graduates got jobs according to the:  The future of Nursing

 

 

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Licensure Requirements

 

 

The program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California

 

Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

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Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

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Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) through May 10, 2022

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