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The Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed for baccalaureate registered (BSN) nurses to gain advanced nursing education and practice with a focus on family practice nursing. Students in the family nurse practitioner master’s program obtain advanced training in primary health care for patients across their lifespans, preparing students for careers as board-certified family nurse practitioners.

The FranU MSN-FNP program offers a unique structure for educational access to advanced study in nursing. The design promotes sharing resources and responsibilities through a collegial and collaborative relationship among nursing faculty and students representing diverse educational backgrounds and experiences in nursing and higher education.

The mission of the FNP program is to strengthen the knowledge of highly-skilled nurses in preparation for advanced practice as Franciscan servant leaders in various settings, with a focus on rural and medically-underserved settings. The program achieves its mission by creating a respectful educational environment that embraces cultural diversity, emphasizes collaboration and interprofessional healthcare teams and promotes evidence-based primary healthcare across the lifespan.

Upon program completion, graduates will meet certification requirements to sit for the FNP certifying examination.

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Graduates who obtain a master’s of science in nursing (MSN) degree often become certified family nurse practitioners. CFNPs work in a family practice (primary) or specialty care setting treating patients of all ages.

Applications are open to become a Family Nurse Practitioner

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MSN-FNP Program Pathways

There are three ways to enter the MSN family nurse practitioner program. The traditional route is designed for current working baccalaureate registered nurses seeking to advance their education through an MSN program to become family nurse practitioners.

For currently enrolled or soon-to-be graduates of BSN programs, the expedited entryway allows you to transition seamlessly from your bachelor’s degree to the MSN-FNP program. Master’s degree holding nurses can also advance their careers through FranU’s post-master’s degree FNP certificate program.

Program Features

MSN-FNP Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program should fulfill the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in any state with eligibility for licensure in Louisiana at the time of application and enrollment
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited CCNE or ACEN undergraduate nursing institution
  3. Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
  4. A recommended minimum of 1-year full time experience as a RN
  5. Academic preparedness for advanced sciences and advanced clinical skills
  6. Current BLS certification; official copy must be submitted
  7. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation (one from current immediate supervisor)
  8. One-page professional goal statement for a Family Nurse Practitioner
  9. All undergraduate or graduate transcripts
  10. Current immunizations; official copy must be submitted
  11. Must meet and comply with the MSN-FNP Core Performance Standards

Students who meet the above admission requirements will be invited to an interview.

Admission Process

The FNP admissions cycle at FranU opens every March 1. The application deadline is September 16. Entrance into the family nurse practitioner program is competitive and is based on the stated admission requirements.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are submitted by the published deadline to be considered for an interview. Interviews will be conducted monthly. Applicants invited for an interview will be required to pay a $70 fee to complete an Emotional Intelligence assessment. Qualified applicants are interviewed by program representatives. Once admitted to the program and before beginning coursework, the student must obtain RN licensure in the State of Louisiana.

For students applying for the Post-Master's Certificate Program, admission may occur throughout the year on a case-by-case basis.

Program Length and Enrollment Requirements

The MSN-FNP program requires the completion of 44 credit hours and 600 clinical hours over 2 or 3 years.


The goals of the family nurse practitioner master’s degree program include:

  1. Sharing resources and talent with other programs and health professionals to maximize student learning.

  2. Coordinating consistent practicum learning experiences in predominately medically underserved and/or rural settings.

  3. Offering a curriculum that promotes collaborative, culturally appropriate, ethical, evidence-based care of individuals, families, communities and populations.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

The program graduate learning outcomes are derived from the mission and core values of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the AACN Essentials for Master’s Education (2011), and the NONPF Core Competencies (2017).

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and requisite knowledge to independently design, implement, and evaluate holistic and comprehensive care across the lifespan. (Essentials Domain 1,2;CA 9)
  • Use technology and information systems to inform clinical practice and evaluate health care quality outcomes. (Essentials Domain 8; CA 5)
  • Translate existing evidence to improve health outcomes and advanced nursing practice across settings. (Essentials Domain 4;CA 1, 4)
  • Communicate and collaborate interprofessionally to manage, coordinate, and improve care across settings. (Essentials Domain 6; CA 2)
  • Demonstrate leadership to promote improved access, quality, and cost-effective health care by applying principles of organizational and systems theory. (Essentials Domain 5,9,10; CA 2, 3, 9)
  • Evaluate policies that affect healthcare organizations and systems to promote individual, family, and population health. (Essentials Domain 3,7; CA 6,7)
  • Integrate ethical principles and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care. (Essentials Domain 3,7,9; CA 8)

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Admission and Tuition FAQ

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Admission and Tuition FAQ

Do I need to submit a transcript for an associate's degree or a summer class taken at a local community college if the credits show up on my graduating transcript?

Yes, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

What should I include in my goal statement?

Your goal statement should address, in detail, your intellectual and clinical interests, your interest in the specific specialty to which you are applying, and your fit with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s MS in nursing-family nurse practitioner program.

What should I include in my resume/CV?

The following components should be included in your resume/CV:

  1. Educational background, including institutions, degree(s) awarded and/or degrees in progress, dates of degrees awarded/anticipated date of degree
  2. Relevant employment history, with location, brief description of position, and dates (if within a health care setting, please describe the type of unit and duties within that position)
  3. Community/volunteer experience

The acceptable file formats are .pdf, .doc, and .docx.

Is an interview required?

Yes, after review of your application, the admission committee will select those applicants who will be invited for an interview.  You will be contacted directly by a member of the faculty admissions committee.

I have my bachelor's degree in non-nursing content, but I am an RN. Am I eligible?

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University requires that applicants to its graduate nursing programs hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or equivalent degree, e.g. Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

If I have below a 3.0 GPA, should I apply?

While the majority of students admitted to the program have a cumulative undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 (and an equally strong science GPA), each applicant is reviewed holistically by the faculty admissions committee. Commitment to scholarship, leadership, and clinical inquiry are crucial components in a competitive application. Academic rigor, clinical experience, best fit with the program, and advanced specialty are also considered during the application review process.

What is the tuition for the MSN-FNP program?

For information on tuition and fees, please see the tuition and fee schedule for the most current rates.

How do most students finance their education?

FranU prides itself on being one of the most affordable Catholic universities, providing the utmost care and respect when helping students and their families find financial aid opportunities that work for them. Complete information on need-based financial aid and supplemental loan programs is available on the Office of Financial Aid page.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) Exam FAQ

What is the EI Assessment?

The EQ-i 2.0 is completed by all applicants who are invited to interview with the program. The assessment is composed of 133 statements, and you rate each using a 5-point Likert scale. The EQ-i 2.0 will measure a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we:

1. perceive and express ourselves,

2. develop and maintain social relationships,

3. cope with challenges, and

4. use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

The EQ-i 2.0 model of emotional intelligence is comprised of fifteen factors across five categories of functioning. These skills, which form the building blocks of abilities such as communication, resilience, and time management, can be mapped theoretically and empirically to job competencies, productivity, academic performance, and other measures of success to help predict and improve functioning.

How can I prepare for the EI Assessment?

There is no way to prepare for the assessment. The assessment should be completed in one sitting and answers provided should be honest and truthful. It should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete the assessment.

Can I register for the EI test now on my own?

No, registration is not required. Applicant names and email addresses are entered into the system and the link is emailed directly to your personal email. When you take the assessment, you will be asked to provide your age and gender. That is all the information required. Once you complete and submit the assessment, no other actions are required.

Who can I contact to ensure my EI Assessment was received by FranU?

Dr. Alicia Bates is the contact person for the EI assessment for the program. You can email her directly if you have any questions.


The Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program including the Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, including the Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

The program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, (225)755-7500.

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500 or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (