MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner

Mission:  To develop diverse lifelong learners grounded in caring science and prepared to be innovative leaders in a dynamic healthcare system.

US University’s MSN/FNP program is designed for nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek the continuing education required for obtaining a license to practice in conjunction with a physician. The degree can be completed within 24 months and includes a mix of coursework and clinical practice hours that you arrange to complement your academic studies.

Throughout the course of your studies you will focus on developing the skills needed to assume the interrelated roles of a Nurse Practitioner: clinician, teacher, researcher, advocate, consultant, change agent, collaborator, and leader/manager of systems.

Program features include:

  • Complete your program in 24 months
  • Geographic flexibility: complete clinical hours in the location of your choice
  • Choose your own focus with your unique Family Health Project
  • Federal financial aid available to qualified students

Course Delivery:

The College of Nursing has implemented new instructional strategies to provide an interactive, engaged curriculum for our face-to-face students using a hybrid model. Courses will utilize real-time face-to-face instruction, supplemented with face-to-face instruction via web conference, phone conference, and/or live chats with fellow students and faculty.  Students may work as teams with peers and mentors, participate in demonstrations, interact with computer-simulated patients, and actively examine case studies.  Courses will include online and face-to-face lectures, discussions, social networking, viewing video’s, examining evidence, readings, and/or other activities needed to prepare for class.

Nurse Practitioner Practice

Requirements for Admission

USU uses a holistic application process and each student is considered on their own merits by the admission committee.

  • Graduate Admissions Application
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelors in something else and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Master Entry program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, will be considered for admission.  International students must possess the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree as documented by an authorized foreign credentialing service
  • Active unencumbered California RN license or test date for the NCLEX (RN license must be obtained by the end of the first term to remain an active student in the program)
  • Active unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  • Official transcripts from the Baccalaureate degree granting institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semesters or 90 quarter credits of the Bachelor’s degree and GPA of 3.0 in the nursing courses
  • Self-evaluation and goal statement using provided form
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Three recommendations using provided form
  • Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening (Students with a flagged background will not be accepted to the FNP program.)
  • English as a second language students: minimum TEAS score at the Proficient level which is Overall 58.7%, Reading 69 %, Mathematics 63.3%, Science 45.8%, and English/Language Usage 60.0% taken within the past year. The TEAS exam may only be taken three (3) times in one (1) year.
  • Weaver Reading Assessment
  • Interview with Admissions Committee as needed (this may be by submitting a video, Web based interview or by phone.)

Application Deadline:

The MSN – FNP program has moved to a cohort model.  There are 2 admission cycles, Fall 1 and Spring 1.

A cohort may not run if a minimum number of students are not admitted.


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The Master of Science in Nursing at United States University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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