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MS in Nursing Program (Family Nurse Practitioner Track)

Program Overview

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.

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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.

Mandatory Orientation

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 The College’s offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.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.

Program Outcomes

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.

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For admission to the FNP program, an applicant must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • One year of full-time RN employment prior to the program start date (May 2014), preferably in an acute care setting
  • A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in the jurisdiction where experiential learning will occur
  • Achieved a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as detailed in the current MCPHS University College Catalog

Please note that priority consideration is given to those applicants who have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their professional nursing coursework.


Residency Requirement

In addition to online coursework, the FNP program requires students to attend two residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, in addition to orientation, during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, second year residency, final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

MSN Year One: Summer*

NUR701 Professional Role Development in Nursing
NUR706 Advanced Pathophysiology

MSN Year One: Fall*

NUR707 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR708 Research for the Advance Practice Nurse

MSN Year One: Spring*

NUR702 Human Diversity, Ethics, and Social Policy Issues
NUR703 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours)

MSN Year Two: Summer

NUR809 Family Health Nursing I

MSN Year Two: Fall*

NUR810 Family Health Nursing II
NUR820 Translational Research Practicum I

MSN Year Two: Spring*

NUR811 Family Health Nursing III
NUR820 Translational Research Practicum II

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in all graduate degree programs at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for 2014, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

Since this is a summer-start program, you will need to complete the FAFSA for both the 2013-2014 academic year and the 2014-2015 academic year in order to receive aid for both the summer and fall terms.


Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The Admission Office is no longer accepting applications for the summer 2014 start term, as the program is at capacity for this term. Please check back in the fall for the 2015 application.

The priority filing date for this program is February 1 each year for a summer semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee; qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the School of Nursing.

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.


Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much of the program is offered online?

In addition to online coursework, the FNP program requires students to attend three residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, second year residency, and final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

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This program is part-time, so am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes. As long as you are taking at least five graduate-level credits each semester, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. All financial aid is awarded through the FAFSA.

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I am an RN with an associate’s degree in nursing, but I have a bachelor’s degree in another subject—can I apply for this program?

The MSN/FNP program requires a BSN prior to enrollment. You would be a great candidate for our ADN to MSN Bridge program which requires one additional year of part-time “bridge” coursework prior to entering the master’s level coursework.

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What are the prerequisite courses for the MSN/FNP program?

The only prerequisite is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). You can be completing your BSN when you apply, as long as you would earn it prior to enrollment at MCPHS University. Proof of RN licensure is also required. Please see the Application Checklist in the Admission tab for application requirements.

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When are my required visits to campus?

There are a minimum of two required residencies and an additional orientation that the student must complete in order to satisfy matriculation and graduate from the FNP program. These include:

  • On-site Orientation prior to the start of classes that will include a program overview and select workshops
  • Pre-clinical residency prior to attending any clinical experience including Advanced Health Assessment
  • Thesis residency at the conclusion of the program in order to submit/present final thesis project to the faculty

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