Do you have an associate’s degree in nursing? Have you considered growing professionally and working more collaboratively with physicians as a family nurse practitioner? If you have, the Associate’s Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing Bridge (FNP) program at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you. This part-time program is designed to provide an entry option to the graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program for nurses holding an associate’s degree. The bridge program allows qualified students to move seamlessly into graduate-level coursework through the bridge program—no bachelor’s degree required!
The bridge portion of the ADN to MS in Nursing Bridge program allows students to complete 100% of their bridge coursework online. Each student will complete two courses per semester for one year (fall, spring, and summer sessions). Some online coursework may require participation by live web conferencing. Dates will be announced well in advance so that you can plan accordingly. Students must complete a 45-hour health assessment practicum and a 45-hour community nursing clinical rotation. These experiential requirements can be completed in your respective community with the approval of the course faculty.
This program holds a mandatory orientation for new students in May prior to the start of classes. These dates are announced well in advance and students are expected to attend and participate in every day of orientation for its entirety. The College’s offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.
Matriculation into MSN Program
Students are eligible for admission upon completion of the six MCPHS Online bridge courses (20 credits) prior to a student’s matriculation into the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program. The bridge curriculum prepares the associate’s degree nurse for the advanced practice role. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in the bridge courses in order to matriculate into the FNP program. Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam.
Residencies and Clinical Hours
The MSN portion of the program has three required residencies in addition to orientation. To stay in the program, attendance at these residencies is mandatory.
A minimum of 630 unpaid clinical hours (which are in addition to your work hours) are required by the FNP program. These are earned at a location of your choice pending program director approval. All students are required to find their own clinical sites at a location of their choice pending program director approval. All candidates must possess a valid nursing license in the state where they will complete their clinical experience.
Graduates will demonstrate the following outcomes at an advanced practice level of nursing:
- Provide safe, effective culturally competent and advanced practice nursing care to individuals and families across the lifespan as a member of an interdisciplinary team and in the context of the community;
- Integrate the core competencies of research, diversity, healthcare policy, ethics, health promotion and theoretical foundation of nursing in advanced practice across the lifespan;
- Demonstrate a leadership role in the profession of nursing;
- Engage in ongoing nursing knowledge development to guide practice.
Candidates will complete all FNP courses, including a required evidence-based master’s translational practicum with portfolio development and a FNP clinical practicum of 630 hours, for a total of 42 credits.