Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

FNP Program Overview

The master of science degree in Nursing with the major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide primary health care services across the life span to individuals, families and aggregates in the community.

Besides primary care services, critical foci include practice models which emphasize the family as a unit, health promotion and disease prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The goal of the FNP program is to prepare highly skilled and culturally sensitive advanced practice nurses who are committed to provide quality and cost-effective primary care services to individuals, families and communities. The program places special emphasis on providing services to the medically under-served.

The MSN degree with the FNP major requires 44 credit hours and 720 clinical hours. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full- and part-time options for degree completion.

For Program Specific Information

For more information about the FNP program, please contact Janet Baiardi, PhD, FNP-PC at or (313) 993-2443.

Application to the Family Nurse Practitioner Program

You can apply to the Family Nurse Practitioner program through our online application. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact: Suzanne Erwin at or (313) 993-1828

View the Admission Criteria (PDF)

Graduate Nursing Program Objectives

Graduates of the master of science in Nursing degree program achieve the following terminal objectives:

  1. Demonstrate own professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the unique specialty at the master's level.
  2. Translate theoretical and conceptual knowledge into advanced nursing practice actions that promote optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.
  3. Integrate informatics, health care technology and interpersonal collaboration in the delivery of person-centered nursing practice for individuals and populations.
  4. Engage in systems leadership with a focus on preventive care, policy development and patient advocacy.
  5. Integrate the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in providing culturally competent, compassionate, holistic and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.

FNP Program Options

Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. A program of part-time study can be completed in three years.

In addition, the MSON offers a post-master's certificate option for those individuals who already possess a master's degree in Nursing. The requirements of this option are individualized but generally require the advanced practice nursing core and Family Nurse Practitioner clinical courses. Once students begin the clinical practicum, they are required to complete at least 240 clinical hours each semester.  Clinical placements are variable and may occur any weekday in the surrounding Detroit metropolitan area.

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FNP Program Certification Examinations

Graduates of the program and those who complete the post-master's certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANPCP).  Students are urged to contact the specific board of nursing in the state in which they intend to practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements.