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Nurse Practitioner

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Online
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  • Program Overview

    The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares students for the nurse practitioner role with experience to care for patients across the lifespan. Our faculty provide expertise and mentoring in assessment, diagnoses, and implementation of advanced practice care to individuals, families, and groups in the community setting. Ethical dilemmas and legal issues related to the advanced practice role are addressed. Preparation to serve as a primary care provider and leader in community practice is acquired from theoretical knowledge developed through online courses and clinical practice experience gained through hands-on training in diverse clinical settings. Students learn to conduct needs assessments to deliver a community-wide system of health care services.

    At the conclusion of the program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, the graduate:

    • Synthesizes theory and research from nursing, the biopsychosocial sciences, and the humanities in their advanced practice role to care for members of diverse populations.
    • Is able to conduct research, collaborate with other researchers from various disciplines, and implement research findings in practice or educational settings.
    • Is able to assume the advanced practice role of administrator, researcher, or practitioner.
    • Is prepared to assume a leadership role to influence change in health care practice at local, regional, and national levels.
    • Articulates and differentiates the various advanced practice roles within nursing.
    • Has developed an understanding of the importance of maintaining professional development in their advanced practice role.
    • Actively engages in collaborative relationships as an advanced practice nurse with professionals from various disciplines and members of diverse populations to improve health care.
    • Has acquired a foundation for doctoral study.

    Application Procedure

    Gannon University and the Villa Maria School of Nursing receives and reviews applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner program and all applicant credentials through The Centralized Application for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). This includes information from all previously attended university or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and supplemental materials. Full application instructions can be found on the Gannon University page by visiting Applicants may request a NursingCAS fee waiver by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions at

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    Admission Requirements

    Professional nurses who have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for graduate study. The applicant seeking admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner program must: 

    • Submit an application for admission (
    • Provide official transcripts of all academic work
    • Complete an introductory statistics course and an undergraduate research course with a grade of at least a B in both courses
    • Provide three letters of recommendation
    • Provide evidence of fulfillment of the legal requirements for the practice of nursing in the United States
    • Complete a personal interview (scheduled after all application materials are submitted)

    Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    For students with an earned MSN, a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate may be earned by taking the 33 didactic and clinical course credits indicated with an asterisk.


    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia), Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Gannon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  (


    All didactic courses are asynchronous online courses and FNP candidates have access to Gannon’s faculty and online engagement team.  FNP candidates are always welcome to access campus labs and facilities throughout their time in the program. 

    Online Student Support

    Gannon provides each FNP candidate an Online Engagement Coordinator who facilitates online orientation for new students, implements strategies to ensure online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention.  Online students can reach out with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive student services.

    Part-time Plan of Study

    Year 1 - Fall Semester

    • GNURS 526 Role Theory and Professional Issues in Nursing (3 credits)
    • GNURS 587 Advanced Pathophysiology 1* (3 credits)  

    Year 1 - Spring Semester 

    • GNURS 588 Advanced Pathophysiology 2* (3 credits)   
    • GNURS 589 Pharmacotherapeutics* (3 credits)

    Year 2 - Fall Semester 

    • GNURS 590 Advanced Physical Assessment* (3 credits)   
    • GNURS 620 Foundations of Research and Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing (3 credits)    

    Year 2 - Spring Semester 

    • GNURS 651 Research Seminar (3 credits)   
    • GNURS 660 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory 1* (3 credits)   
    • GNURS 663 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 1* (3 credits) 

    Year 2 - Summer Session

    • GNURS 661 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory 2* (3 credits)   
    • GNURS 664 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 2* (4 credits)   

    Year 3 - Fall Semester

    • GNURS 662 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory 3* (3 credits)
    • GNURS 665 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum 3* (5 credits)

    *Indicates courses required for a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    Following graduation from the Family Nurse Practitioner program, individuals must take a national certification examination to obtain state licensure as a certified nurse practitioner. Graduates can take one of two national certification examinations issued by: (1) The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or (2) The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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