FNP - Post Master's Certificate

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The post master’s certificate entry into the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed for MSN-prepared nurses that wish to expand their scope of practice. This hybrid program prepares advanced practice nurses to become board-certified family nurse practitioners with a special focus on practicum experiences in rural and/or medically underserved settings. Enrollment is limited and selection is competitive. No GRE required. Program faculty coordinate practicum sites and preceptors.

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Length of Program

The Post Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner consists of 18 -29 credit hours with 600 hours of clinical practice. The program can be completed in either 1 or 2 years, depending on course waivers. Students who have completed the 3 Ps (pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment) at an advanced practice level as part of their initial MSN plan may request a waiver of these courses. Courses requested for waiver will be analyzed in comparison to the requirements of the University’s MSN-FNP program. Courses will be waived if they meet the required course objectives, are deemed equivalent by the FNP faculty workgroup, and were passed by the applicant with a grade of B or above. The curriculum is delivered in both an online and blended teaching format, allowing students the flexibility to study and work on their schedule. The program is composed of sequential and integrated courses designed to facilitate achievement of its program graduate learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements

The MSN-FNP program ONLY admits every spring. Application and accompanying documents are due by September 16 for spring (January) admission. Students who meet the below admission requirements will be invited to an interview. Applicants invited for an interview will be required to pay a $70 fee to complete an Emotional Intelligence assessment.

  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 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 and graduate transcripts
  10. Current immunizations; official copy must be submitted


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Tuition Table

*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.

2 Year Curriculum Plan

SemesterCredit HoursTuition/FeesCourse FeesTotal

*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships are available. FranU has financial aid counselors available to assist students with financial aid. All students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Curriculum Notes:

Total Credit Hours: 18-29

Total Practicum Hours: 600

Total Laboratory Hours: 45