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Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner

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

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 M.S.N. 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.

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.

Certification and Licensure — 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 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. If you reside outside of Ohio, and are considering the FNP area of focus, it is your responsibility to contact your state board of nursing to obtain licensure requirements and additional guidance before beginning the M.S.N. FNP program. 

Career Outcomes

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.

Program Opportunities

You will complete 600 hours of direct care clinical experience in various aspects of primary health care 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.


 

M.S.N. Program

The Cedarville University M.S.N. program prepares students for advanced practice with up-to-date facilities, hands-on experience, and the most current research.

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Cedarville Nurse Educator program ranked among most affordable in nation

CU's M.S.N. Nurse Educator program ranked seventh in nation thanks to affordability, convenience, and flexibility.

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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.

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

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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
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