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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).


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 that have a Master’s of Science in Nursing 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, 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 Master's Certificate 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. Based upon the gap analysis PMC applicants may be considered for a fall or spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis based on a space available bases and gap analysis and entry date will be determined.  Students must provide syllabi and/or course descriptions from other institutions for all transfer courses. Fall or spring admission may be considered.

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Academic Advisor Graduate Coordinator FNP Concentration 

Amanda Beasley

Dr. Tracian Kelly

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL  33431

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 561-297-3261


Fax: 561-297-0088

Fax: 954-236-1325