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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 follows a part-time format of study only.  The curriculum contains a minimum of 600 hours of required clinical practice.  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).



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Sample Careers:

  • Nurse Manager or Director
  • Quality or Safety Manager
  • Ambulatory Clinic/Center Director
  • Telemedicine Practice
  • NP in an Independent Care Facility or Assisting Living Facility
  • Director of Patient Experience

 * High salaries. According to the  U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics , the median level for nurse practitioner was $113,930 per year in 2018.

Second MSN Degree Option

Applicants with a Master's degree seeking specialization in another concentration should consider applying for a second Master's degree. Second MSN degree applicants should complete the application process (via GradCAS) by the published deadline of the program of interest. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN degree from FAU. 

Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine each student's plan of study. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.

Post Graduate Certificate Option

Applicants with an MSN in an NP concentration seeking specialization in another NP concentration requiring less than 30 credit hours should consider applying for a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC).  

PGC applicants may be considered for a Fall, Spring, or Summer admission and are accepted on a space available basis.

GradCAS Opens September 15th for Fall Nurse Practitioner Admissions

Admissions decisions are made based upon the quality of the application and the number of available slots in the program desired. Please read the following instructions carefully. 

Complete the Florida Atlantic University GradCAS Application. Due to a high volume of applications and the time needed to receive and process transcripts and application fees, the application may take up to 2 weeks to complete. Costs of the application are the responsibility of the applicant.

GradCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to the nurse practitioner concentrations. You will submit your application, supplemental materials listed under admissions requirements, and request a letter of reference through GradCAS. All documents must be received in GradCAS by the published application deadline. Please note: You will request the letter of reference electronically in GradCAS. Be prepared with a reference name and current e-mail address. GradCAS requires their own set of official transcripts. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications with missing documents/transcripts are considered incomplete.

All admission requirements must be completed before the application deadline.

Once an applicant has been accepted into a concentration, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student.  Available space and the gap analysis will be used to determine an entry date.  Students must provide syllabi and/or course descriptions from other institutions for all transfer courses.


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Amanda Beasley

Amanda Beasley

Academic Advisor

Phone: 561-235-1503

Fax: 561-297-0088

Dr. Tracian Kelly

Dr. Tracian Kelly

Graduate Coordinator FNP Concentration

Phone: 305-753-3031