Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) - Online FNP Program

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This MSN program prepares graduates for certification as family nurse practitioners and for doctoral study. Graduates of the family nurse practitioner online program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession. 

Graduates from our program are often employed in family medicine offices, community health agencies, hospitals, private practices, health departments, orthopedics and other specialty areas.

A common core of courses are offered online including concepts, theory, research, and issues related to advanced nursing practice. Clinical requirements can usually be completed with preceptors in the students’ home community. Students may be required to return to campus at the end of fall, spring, and summer semesters for a final exam and orientation to the next semester.

▼   Advanced Practice Clinical Skills Intensive

All students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend one* mandatory clinical skills intensives on-campus. Instruction is provided by the USA Simulation Program. Students must sign-up to attend one session and can select preferred dates on a first come, first serve basis. Simulation will contact students with information on how to sign-up three months prior to the scheduled dates. 

Please note the dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The track coordinator may provide orientation dates, which are separate from CSI and Simulation. The clinical skills intensive provides hands-on instruction for common advanced practice assessments and procedures pertinent to the specialty and occurs during the spring semester when the student is enrolled in the first clinical course (CMN 573).

Family NP Clinical Skills Intensive Dates

▼   Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Family NP Specialty Courses
CMN 568 - Introduction to Family NP 3 credit hours
CMN 571 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family NP 2 credit hours
CMN 572 - Family NP I 3 credit hours
CMN 573 - Family NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
CMN 574 - Family NP II 3 credit hours

CMN 575 - Family NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours

CMN 576 - Family NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours

CMN 577 - Family NP III 3 credit hours

RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.

RN-MSN Courses
NU 506 - Evidence-Based Practice & Informatics for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
NU 507 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
NU 508 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and may be eligible to apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).


Please feel free to contact Dr. Nancy Turnham for more information about this specialty: