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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (Primary Care) Overview

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 49 credit hours. 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 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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.  

PMC Option

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.

  1. PMC applicants submit a preliminary application along with a copy of all official academic transcripts, a current RN license, one (1) letter of recommendation, a statement of philosophy, and a current CV.
  2.  Once the College of Nursing reviews the preliminary application, applicants will be notified to complete the online non-degree FAU application.

Once applicant has been accepted into a concentration, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. A minimum of 10 credits are required to earn a PMC from the College of Nursing at FAU.  Students must provide syllabi and/or course descriptions from other institutions for all transfer courses.  

Information Sessions:

November 6th at 6pm

January 22nd at 6pm


Academic Coordinator Graduate Coordinator FNP Concentration  Graduate Coordinator FNP Concentration  Graduate Coordinator FNP Concentration 
  Boca Campus Davie Campus HBOI Campus

 Valentine Etienne

 Susan Bulfin

Debra Hain


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