MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
Pursue your master’s degree online and prepare for advanced roles working with both children and adults.
- Earn your degree in as little as 36 months with our streamlined curriculum designed for working nurses
- Dynamic face-to-face onsite intensives (OSIs) for hands-on experience and 650 hours of precepted clinical experience
- Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
- One-on-one faculty mentoring with MSN-FNP faculty members
- Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation
- Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 45% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than average.1
West Coast University’s MSN-FNP program helps you prepare to take on these new nursing opportunities as a family nurse practitioner.
Today, nurse practitioners are gaining more responsibility and autonomy as primary healthcare providers. Our program helps prepare graduates with enhanced nursing knowledge and skills to address the evolving needs of the healthcare system. Nurse practitioners can work in a wide range of facilities, such as:
- Outpatient clinics
- Emergency departments
- Urgent care
- Private physician or NP offices
- Nursing homes
- Home health agencies
- Hospice and palliative care
- Schools and colleges
- Public health departments
The MSN-FNP program prepares graduates for jobs in the following fields:
- Primary and Preventative Health
- Care Coordination
- Community Health
- Nursing Leadership / Management
- Nursing Research
- Academic Faculty Positions
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm
*Program requirements include two (2) 3-day On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends and precepted hours in order to graduate. Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California and students enrolled through the Dallas campus must complete their OSI’s in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation. Graduates will be able to apply for certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) through "Method One", for more information about certification application requirements, please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing at, https://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/np-app.pdf.
Travel is not included in tuition and fees.
Open the door to more advanced nursing opportunities. Our MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program helps provide you the foundation you need to take on more advanced nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings.
Our curriculum offers the online flexibility for candidates who are looking to pursue an advanced degree while working in their current position or balancing life responsibilities.
Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.
Gain hands-on experience through 650 hours of practice experience through clinical placement practicums.
Why Do Students Choose WCU for their MSN?
- Earn your MSN in as little as 36 months
- Gain hands-on experience during 2 on-site intensives (OSIs)
- 650 hours of precepted clinical experience
- Dedicated clinical team to secure clinical placements for all FNP students
- Faculty mentoring program with FNP faculty to support student's personal and professional development
- Graduates are eligible to sit for national boards with AANP or ANCC
- Engaging online environment enriched with video content and on-the-go resources tailored to MSN-FNP students
- Student services and 24/7 tech support
- Meets National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Standards
- Helps prepare you for the national board certification
At WCU, you are not alone. WCU offers you the support and guidance to help achieve your professional goals. Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing, and on-the-go resources — to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU's online MSN programs are simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, student services and our 24/7 technical support.
Support Beyond Graduation
West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.
Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online MSN students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.
WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.
Upon graduation, online MSN students should be able to exemplify these skills:
- Integrate nursing science and related fields, such as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and organization sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of health care settings.
- Provide leadership in a variety of settings that promote high quality, safe patient care that also incorporates ethical decision making and effective inter-professional working relationships.
- Demonstrate the skills needed to effect quality improvement that incorporates the various models, standards and performance measures necessary to apply quality principles, within any type of organization.
- Apply evidenced based research in clinical practice by identifying actual or potential practice problems in a setting and resolving them through the role of change agent.
- Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate, integrate and coordinate patient care.
- Recognize the need for and ability to affect policy changes by using the policy development process and advocacy strategies to influence individual health and health care systems.
- Communicate and coordinate inter-professionally in a variety of settings to manage and coordinate care.
- Identify and integrate the various evidenced based practices of health promotion and disease prevention using client centered, culturally and age-appropriate concepts in the nursing process of services to individuals, families and broad-based aggregate populations.
- Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific and nursing-specific knowledge with the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individual, families, populations and/or systems.
Applicants for the MSN program must meet the following MSN admissions requirements:
- Have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or more advanced degree; or Bachelor of Arts degree in a closely related field from an accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education with a cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) of 2.7 or higher. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Nursing will be required to have course work or experience in undergraduate research, leadership/management, and public/community health. Applicants that do not have the minimum required coursework may be admitted to the program but must complete the additional course requirements before starting the MSN core courses.
- Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Nursing will be required to have course work or experience in undergraduate research, leadership/management, and public/community health. Applicants that do not have the minimum required coursework may be admitted to the program but must complete the additional course requirements before starting the MSN core courses.
- Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts will be required to have their coursework evaluated by a transcript evaluation service to determine the equivalency to a U.S. degree/coursework. If the transcript evaluation is unclear as to the equivalency to a U.S. degree/coursework, the Program Dean will review the transcript (translated if necessary) and transcript evaluation to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been met for admission.
- Applicants submitting advanced degrees will be reviewed by the Program Dean to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been met for admission.
- Applicants with an undergraduate degree cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to 2.69 may be admitted on a probationary status. Students enrolled in a probationary status must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in the first 9 credits or be dismissed from the program.
- Official transcripts must be received prior to the end of the add/drop period of the first term.
- Completion of an introductory Statistics course with a grade of "C-" or better, equivalent to MATH 211 (Applied Statistics). Applicants who have not taken an introductory Statistics course may take MATH 211 at WCU as part of their MSN program (must be taken prior to the Research course).
- Provide proof of current unobstructed professional licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States.
- Applicants must have a current and unobstructed license in the United States prior to entering the third trimester of the program; an unobstructed license is required for degree completion and will be verified prior to entering the practicum.
- Applicants awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if all other admissions criteria are met, however, must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.
- Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such a time license in current and unobstructed.
- One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years is preferred, except for the FNP track which requires one year of full-time experience in direct care prior to entering FNP core classes.
Admissions Requirements (MSN-FNP only)
In addition to meeting the admissions requirements above, applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner track must also meet the following admissions requirements:
- Recommendation for admission following an interview with the Nursing Dean and admission committee members. This also includes a handwritten essay evaluation. Past academic performance and professional activity will be evaluated, e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments. These qualifications will be evaluated using a rubric in order to determine the applicant’s level of qualification.
- Applicants to the FNP track must have a minimum of one (1) year of direct patient care experience within the past three (3) years prior to entering FNP courses.
- Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from most recent employer (supervisor) and from a professor who can address the applicant's clinical expertise and academic preparation for the program.
- Applications are expected to be complete and submitted 60 days prior to the first day of instruction. Applications received after the application deadline will be considered for admission on a space available basis.
West Coast University offers conditional admission to the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track to applicants who are academically qualified but have not met all of the conditions for admission. Applicants unable to demonstrate sufficient professional experience may be admitted with conditions to the program by the Graduate Admissions Interview Committee. Students accepted with conditions will remain on this status until successfully completing all of the requirements for full admission. A follow-up interview will be scheduled during the term preceding the FNP core courses to determine if the conditions have been met. If the specified conditions are not met, the student will be transferred to the MSN Advanced Generalist Track (or equivalent) and all credits earned will be applied towards the completion of that track.
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