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This program is available fully online, providing an opportunity for those whose schedule and/or distance from FDU campuses would otherwise limit their options. Use the AVAILABLE ONLINE button to request information specifically about pursuing MSN Family Nurse Practitioner online program and MSN Nursing Education.

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 Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Forensic Specialists
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Nurse Information System Specialists.

Individuals holding an MSN degree may earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in the following:

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Information Systems.

 Admission requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited BSN program
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • NJ Registered Nurse licensure
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • A course in health assessment is required for all nurse practitioner tracks and strongly recommended for non clinical tracks
  • Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor or manager
  • Personal interview may be required
  • A minimum of one year of clinical nursing experience is required

Nursing core degree requirements, 8 credits

All students must take the core.

  • NURS6600 Intro. to Adv. Nursing Philosophies, Theories, Roles & Issues
  • NURS7701 Theory Development and Advanced Research
  • NURS7752 Master’s Project

Degree plan for clinical tracks

  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (30 credits) [Offered also at Florham]
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Administrative focus (38 credits)
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Education focus (39 credits)
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Forensic focus (42 credits)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (37 credits)
  • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (39 credits) [Offered also at Florham]

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, 30 credits, 550 clinical hours

(offered also at Florham)

Graduates of Adult Gerontology 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 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

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Administration focus, 38 credits, 550 clinical hours

Graduates of the Adult Nurse Practitioner program 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 nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field. Students select a role specialization in education or administration (9 credits)

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

Role Specialization: Administration, 8 credits

  • MGMT 5012 Management
  • MGMT 6012 Leadership
  • MKTG 5012 Marketing
  • ENTR 6012 Entrepreneurship

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Education focus, 39 credits, 550 clinical hours

Graduates of the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program 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 nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified in the field. Students select a role specialization in education

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

Role Specialization: Education, 9 credits

Choose three courses:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Outcome Assessment
  • Education and Learning Theory or Teaching Strategies

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Forensic focus, 42 credits, 550 clinical hours

As a Forensic Nurse, graduates will focus on meeting the needs of victims and perpetrators of crimes, applying scientific nursing knowledge to the delivery of care for survivors of traumatic injury, victims of violence, or death investigations. The nurse may specialize in such areas as domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and emergency trauma. The forensic nurse may also be involved in conducting crime scene investigations or giving courtroom testimony. Students graduate with an advanced practice nursing (APN) degree and are eligible to take the adult nurse practitioner certification exam (AANP or ANCC) to become certified as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a Forensics specialization.

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

Forensics Nursing Specialization, 12 credits

(other courses available)

  • CRIM7065 Crime/Victimology/Social Justice
  • CRIM6005 Advanced Criminological Theory
  • CRIM7020 Ethics, Politics and Justice
  • PSYC6231 Psych Bases of Criminal Behavior

Family Nurse Practitioner, 37 credits, 640 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

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

(offered also at Florham)

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 family 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

Degree plan for nonclinical tracks

  • Nurse Educator, 33 credits
  • Nursing Information Systems, 32 credits
  • Nursing Administration, 32 credits

Nurse Educator, 35 credits, 120 clinical practicum hours

The Nurse Educator MSN program prepares nurses as teachers in collegiate programs, in associate or bachelor’s degree nursing education. Students acquire knowledge and skills in teaching and direct patient care, that enables them to work effectively with students, patients and consumers. Students complete a preceptor teaching practicum that is individually tailored to student goals, and exposes them to all aspects of the faculty academic and clinical teaching role.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Educator Role, 27 credits

The curriculum consists of 8 credits CORE requirements and 27 credits of specialized focus, for a total of 35 credits.

Nursing Information Systems, 32 credits, 90 practicum hours

Nursing Information Systems Specialists are able to combine their knowledge of computer science, information systems, and nursing science to assist in the management and processing of nursing data, information, and knowledge to support nursing practice and to improve the delivery of nursing care.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Nursing Information Systems Specialization, 12 credits

Support Courses, 9 credits, select 3 courses

  • CSCI 5505 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CSCI 5525 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSCI 6720 Management Information Systems (prerequisite CSCI 5525)
  • CSCI 6733 Decision Support Systems (prerequisite CSCI 6720)

Elective Courses, 3 credits, select 1 course

Nursing Administration, 32 credits, 120 practicum hours

The Master of Science in Nursing Administration is designed to prepare leaders of administrative teams in hospitals, clinics or other healthcare organizations who will influence and implement institutional policies during this period of healthcare reform, restructuring and changes affecting patient outcomes.

Students who completed another master’s degree cannot transfer any courses in to complete this master’s degree.

Nursing core requirements as listed above, 8 credits

Advanced Nursing Courses, 10 credits

Nursing Information Systems Courses, 6 credits

  • NURS6640 Nursing Information Systems & Applications
  • NURS7741 Project Management

MBA Courses, choose 6 credits

  • MGMT5012 Foundations of Management
  • MGMT6012 Org Behavior and Leadership (prerequisite MGMT5012)
  • MKTG5012 Principles of Marketing
  • ENTR6012 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)