Program Outline

The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum is designed to prepare students to become advanced practice nurses with advanced knowledge and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating common medical conditions.

The program prepares individuals in the following specialties:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Postgraduate Certificate in the same specialties. Please see Advanced Practice Nursing Postgraduate Certificate. In its Family Nurse Practitioner specialty, this program is available fully online, providing an opportunity for those whose schedule and/or distance from FDU campuses would otherwise limit their options.

Admission requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited BSN program
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • NJ Registered Nurse licensure
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Two letters of Recommendation (optional)
  • A course in health assessment is required for all nurse practitioner tracks and strongly recommended for non-clinical tracks.
  • Personal interview may be required
  • A minimum of 1-year clinical nursing experience

NOTE: Additional requirements apply for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program

  • One year of acute inpatient psychiatric experience
  • ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing certification (Note: Applicants who do not have the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing certification will be considered for acceptance. However, they will be required to obtain this certification prior to beginning clinical coursework.)

Nursing core degree requirements, 8 credits

All students must take the core.

  • NURS6600 Intro. to Adv. Nursing Philosophies, Theories, Roles & Issues (3 credits)
  • NURS7701 Advanced Research and Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • NURS7754 Advanced Practice Nursing Synthesis (2)

Degree plan for clinical tracks

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits) 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (37 credits)
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (39 credits)

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 30 credits, 555 clinical hours

Graduates of adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner examination (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice, 22 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Adv Nursing: Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Adv Nursing: Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7759 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care III
  • NURS7760 Adv Nursing: Primary Care III: Practicum

Family Nurse Practitioner, 37 credits, 650 clinical hours

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients across the lifespan with a wide variety of illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing MSN degree and are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Practice (29 credits)

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Health Assessment: Practicum
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6682 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I
  • NURS6683 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care I Practicum
  • NURS7735 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II
  • NURS7736 Advanced Nursing: Primary Care II Practicum
  • NURS7794 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I
  • NURS7795 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7810 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II
  • NURS7811 Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7812 Family Systems

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 39 credits, 555 clinical hours

As a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, graduates will be qualified to diagnose and treat clients with a wide variety of mental illnesses. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner exam (ANCC) to become certified in the field.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Specialized Advanced Nursing Practice: 31 credits

  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6620 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment
  • NURS6621 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS6615 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6701 Psychopharmacology
  • NURS7812 Family Systems
  • NURS6501 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory I: Families and Children
  • NURS6502 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory I: Practicum
  • NURS6503 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory II: Adults
  • NURS6504 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory II: Practicum
  • NURS6505 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory III: Geriatrics
  • NURS6506 Advanced Psych/MH Nursing Theory III: Practicum

To Apply for this Program

Apply for graduate nursing programs either online or by completing the graduate application document (with instructions). For complete information about special groups of applicants please see https://www.fdu.edu/admissions/graduate/.