MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner
The online Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares advanced practice nurses to function as Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioners to work in a primary care setting. Graduates of the program are eligible to take either the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) examination or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination. Upon successfully passing the certification examination, graduates are eligible for licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP). Students need not be Pennsylvania residents or intend to work in Pennsylvania to enroll in the program. After being accepted for admission to the MSN program, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will assist the student regarding questions related to the program and role as a family nurse practitioner. The graduate advisor will assist the student in the completion of a Program Plan. To complete this program, students must complete 21 credits of Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner course work in addition to core curriculum and clinical requirements. Once enrolled, students have up to five years to complete the program.
This program is based upon national standards for nurse practitioner education and is consistent with the mission and philosophy of Duquesne University. The Duquesne faculty is committed to nurturing a flexible and creative scholarly environment that encourages students to participate actively in scientific inquiry and research.
Mandatory On-campus Visits
The School of Nursing requires three campus visits for all MSN Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students. These visits are a required component of the online FNP program and have been put in place to maintain the integrity and high quality of our online FNP program. If you are in the military, please contact us; otherwise please note that there are no exceptions to these required campus visits.
On campus attendance is mandatory for:
- Orientation in May for new MSN students admitted for the summer semester
- For students enrolled in GPNG 528 Physical Assessment and Differential Diagnosis for APNs course in November
- For students enrolled in GNFN 511 Foundations of Family and Individual Care II course in November