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Introduction to the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration
This concentration provides graduates with advanced practice role preparation, knowledge and skills in the care of children and adults across all ages within a family framework. Health promotion, disease prevention and management of common acute and chronic long-term health alterations in primary care settings are the foci of this concentration.
The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum requires a total of 43 credit hours (49 credit hours beginning Fall 2012). The program generally follows a part-time format of study. The curriculum contains a minimum of 600 hours of required clinical practice, most of which may be arranged by the student in her or his own community. Attainment of competencies may require more than 600 hours. Practicum experiences occur in health department clinics, private practice offices, HMO clinics, community-based health centers, hospital clinics and other settings providing primary health care.
Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the
In keeping with Florida Atlantic University's philosophy as a distributed university, courses may be held on varying campuses over the program of study with various modes of delivery. This may include live classes/weekend format classes/TV classes/web-assisted classes/ and/or on-line offerings. Campuses include Boca Raton, Broward County/Davie, and the Treasure Coast.
*Live (on campus) courses are usually on Thursdays anytime between 8:00am and 8:00pm. Most core courses are available online, in person, or by videoconference.
Admission timelines may be found here.
MSN and BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner Applicants: Save the Dates for Fall 2015 Admission Interviews
Individual interviews will be scheduled for select applicants on the following Mondays and Tuesdays in March 2014:
Mondays March 9th, 16th, 23rd 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Tuesdays March 10th, 17th, 24th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Curriculum Plan changes for Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration
Applicants with an MSN in a NP concentration seeking specialization in another NP concentration requiring less than 30 credit hours should consider applying for a Post Master’s Certificate (PMC).
PMC applicants may be considered for a Fall or Spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis. PMC applicants complete the FAU application and submit supplementary application materials to the Student Services instead of NursingCAS.
Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. A minimum of 12 credits are required to earn a PMC from FAU. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.
Second MSN Degree Option
Applicants that have a Master’s degree in concentrations such as Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Administration requiring 30 credits or more to complete required courses in a NP concentration should consider applying for a second Master’s degree. Second MSN degree applicants should complete the 2 step application process (FAU and NursingCAS) by the Feb 15th annual deadline to be considered as part of the Fall NP entry admission cohort. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN degree from FAU.
Once accepted, an analysis will be completed to determine each student’s plan of study. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.
Courses Typically Completed in Direct Care Focus Concentrations at FAU*
*(Courses may vary by graduation year)
Sample Plan of Study Plan for 2nd MSN Degree with NP Concentration*
*(Courses may vary by admission year)
A breakdown of FAU Tuition and fees is located online:
Fee for Lab and Practicum Courses (Effective Beginning Fall Semester 2009)
There is a $150.00/credit fee for all lab and nurse practitioner practicum courses. The purpose of the fee is to cover the higher cost of instruction for these courses due to lower faculty-student ratios, travel for site visits, and increasing use of simulation and standardized patients.
The following courses carry this fee: