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Master of Science in Nursing - (M.S.N.) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

About the M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner Area of Focus

Are you ready to take the next step in your career as an advanced practice nurse who leads with excellence and serves with Christian compassion? 

Cedarville's Christian M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare you to provide primary care across the human lifespan and use nursing as a ministry for Jesus Christ. Our affordable, accredited, and online nurse practitioner program includes assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment of common acute and chronic health problems, health promotion, client and family education, and use of evidence-based practice for meeting the needs for primary care and prevention. The biblically integrated coursework will influence the care you provide as an advanced practice nurse.

TheBestSchools.org ranked Cedarville's Family Nurse Practitioner program the No. 27 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Program in the country. Our program was No. 2 in Ohio (behind Ohio State) and one of just three Christian schools in the top 30 nationally.

M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner

The School of Nursing M.S.N. Admission, Progression, Retention Committee reviews M.S.N./Family Nurse Practitioner applications for the upcoming academic year in November and in March, after which admissions are on a rolling basis. There is no published application deadline; however, programs are competitive with a set number of spaces for incoming students in each term. Graduate Admissions will notify applicants of the admission decision.

Online Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights

Convenient – All M.S.N. courses are offered in an online format. Four required on-campus experiences include a Clinical Orientation prior to starting the FNP clinical specialty courses and during each semester of the clinical specialty courses.

Flexible – Part-time and full-time completion options.

Outstanding Christian Faculty – You will be taught and mentored by faculty members who have both high academic credentials and clinical experience. They are passionate about helping you use nursing as a ministry.

Certification and Licensure – Our program qualifies you to sit for the national certification American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Certification Board exam or American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam and find employment. If you reside outside of Ohio you should contact your state board of nursing regarding the rules and regulations pertaining to licensure/clinical supervision and additional guidance before beginning the M.S.N. program. Unfortunately due to regulatory barriers we are NOT currently able to offer our M.S.N. program in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

What Can I Do With an M.S.N. FNP Degree?

The Family Nurse Practitioner area of focus prepares you as an advanced practice nurse to provide primary care across the human lifespan. As a graduate of the M.S.N. FNP program, you will be qualified to seek national certification and employment as a family nurse practitioner.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You will complete 600 hours of direct care clinical experience in various aspects of primary healthcare across the lifespan.

You will participate in four required 2–3-day on-campus experiences, which include face-to-face instruction of course materials and simulation experiences using our state-of-the-art, high- and low-fidelity simulators. As part of these simulations, faculty will guide you through clinical decision-making, gaining advanced practice nursing skills and competencies.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Listen as an M.S.N. FNP student explains how Cedarville's supportive faculty is preparing her to become an advanced practice nurse.

Student fitting shoes on a child.

Nursing Students Providing Shoes for the Shoeless

Cedarville volunteers will visit four local schools in November and December.

Dr. Beth Delaney

Professor Chosen for Attorney General's Committee on Opioid Abuse

Dr. Beth Delaney will serve on the Ohio Attorney General's Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education (SCOPE).

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Living Out Micah 6:8 as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Read how one M.S.N. FNP graduate is applying her knowledge and faith to make a difference in the physical and spiritual health of her patients.

Stewarding Your Gifts With a Graduate Degree

Listen as Cedarville's president, Dr. Thomas White, discusses how our graduate programs can help you steward your God-given talents for His glory.

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Students Help DEA with Drug Take Back Day

Pharmacy students will educate the public about medication safety during event on October 26.

Campus in the fall

Trustees Name Future Business Center, Approve New Faculty and Increase Scholarships for New Students

At its October 3 meeting, the Cedarville University board of trustees approved the naming of the new Lorne C. Scharnberg Business Center, reviewed and updated new student scholarships, added three new members to its board ranks, approved 10 faculty hires, and authorized construction of a storage warehouse.

Program Faculty

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Cliff Fawcett, M.S.N., M.Ed., RN, APRN, FNP-C

Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus area, Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • Location HSC 324
  • Phone 937-766-7725
  • Email Email

M.S.N. FNP Program Curriculum

You will complete 12 graduate nursing core semester hours, 9 direct care core semester hours, 20 semester hours of FNP specialty courses, and 3 semester hours of a graduate-level Bible course (if this Bible requirement was not previously satisfied with an undergraduate Bible minor or approved alternative).

See curriculum guides for further description of M.S.N. part-time and full-time completion options.

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Sample courses:
  • Applied Scholarship in Practice for FNP
  • Biblical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog