Do you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing? Have you ever considered pursuing a career as a family nurse practitioner? If you have, the Master of Science in Nursing program at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you.
The MS in Nursing (FNP) program allows students to complete coursework in a blended format—there are minimal visits to campus! 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.
This program holds a mandatory new student orientation at MCPHS University’s Worcester Campus in May. 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 The College’s offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.
Residencies and Clinical Hours
This program has two 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 of the Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam.
The Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner track) prepares students to meet select competencies from the AACN 2011 approved master’s essentials.