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The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed to prepare the baccalaureate registered (BSN) nurse as an advanced practice nurse with a focus on family practice. Students obtain advanced training in primary health care to patients across the lifespan, with a special focus on practicum experiences in rural and/or medically underserved settings.

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Thank you for considering the FranU Master of Science - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. The FNP admissions cycle opens every March 1. The application deadline is October 15. Interviews will be conducted monthly.

Listed below are three entry ways into the MSN-FNP program.

Program Mission

The mission of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program is to advance the knowledge of highly-skilled nurses in preparation for advanced practice as Franciscan servant leaders in a variety of 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 health care across the lifespan.

Program Goals

The FranU FNP Program offers a unique structure for articulation and educational access to advanced study in nursing. The design promotes sharing of 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.

Goals of the program include:

  • sharing resources and talent with other programs and health professionals to maximize student learning
  • coordinate consistent practicum learning experiences in predominately medically underserved and/or rural settings
  • offer a curriculum that promotes collaborative, culturally appropriate, ethical, evidence-based care of individuals, families, communities, and populations

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

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.
  • Use technology and information systems to inform clinical practice and evaluate health care quality outcomes.
  • Translate existing evidence to improve health outcomes and advanced nursing practice across settings.
  • Communicate and collaborate interprofessionally to manage, coordinate, and improve care across settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership to promote improved access, quality, and cost-effective health care by applying principles of organizational and systems theory.
  • Evaluate policies that affect healthcare organizations and systems to promote individual, family, and population health.
  • Integrate ethical principles and advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.


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 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 are the tuition costs?

Please see the tuition and fee schedule for the current rates.

Is financial aid available? If so, how do I apply?

Complete information on need-based financial aid and supplemental loan programs are available in the financial aid section.

How do most students finance their education?

Graduate students financing their education generally take advantage of multiple sources of funding, including their federal loan eligibility. 


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

MSN Program:

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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 at

The program is fully approve 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.