Wilkes University

Family Nurse Practitioners

Family Nurse Practitioners - FNP

Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioners

A shortage of physicians, combined with increased patient need, creates a great demand for nurse practitioners who provide primary care to families and patients of all ages. Position yourself for career growth while learning how to diagnose, treat and prevent illness with our online Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner program. Upon successful program completion, you will be eligible to sit for national board certification.

Online Format

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is conducted online*. Required clinical hours are completed in an approved location close to where students reside.

Residency Requirement

*A brief on-campus residency is required for students enrolled in NSG 500: Advanced Health Assessment. Additional residencies may be required for the following clinical courses based on the location of your clinical practice site:

  • NSG 546: Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I (3 credits) (250 clinical  hours)
  • NSG 547: Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher from an associate- (RN to MSN program) or baccalaureate- (MSN program) degree-granting institution, which is programmatically (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE) accredited. Students who have graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed.
  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Minimum one year of clinical experience
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution

RN to M.S.N.

RNs who hold an associate degree can accelerate the path to an advanced degree with our 53-credit RN to MSN program. Two bridge courses will bring you to the bachelor's level, allowing you to earn a master's degree in our Family Nurse Practitioner program. A pass-through bachelor's degree in nursing is not granted as part of this program. Graduates are eligible for national board certification. The next enrollment period is Spring 2020. This application is not yet open, however please fill out our inquiry form for details and notifications. 

M.S.N.

If you're ready to rise to the next level in your career, enroll in our 43-credit MSN program. A bachelor's degree in nursing is required for admission. The next enrollment period is Spring 2020. This application is not yet open, however please fill out our inquiry form for details and notifications. 

Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner post-graduate/APRN certificate program is available for nurses with a master's or doctoral degree in nursing. A review of official transcripts will determine your course of study. The next enrollment period is Spring 2020. This application is not yet open, however please fill out our inquiry form for details and notifications. 

Course of Study

Graduate Nursing Core (24 credits)
NSG 500 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
NSG 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 credits)
NSG 502 Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)
NSG 504 Advanced Role Development in Nursing (3 credits)
NSG 505 Health Policy and Politics for Advancing Nursing Practice (3 credits)
NSG 530 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NSG 533 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
NSG 590 Scholarly Review (3 credits)

Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (19 credits)
NSG 550 Diagnostic Reasoning for Nurse Practitioner (2 credits)
NSG 554 Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care I (3 credits)
NSG 555 Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care II (3 credits)
NSG 556 Health Perspectives of Culturally Diverse, Rural, and Underserved Populations (2 credits)
NSG 546 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)
NSG 547 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II (3 credits) (250 clinical hours)
NSG 548 Family Nurse Practitioner Role with Children and Families (2 credits)
NSG 549 Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical with Children and Families (1 credit) (84 clinical hours)

For More Information on the RN-M.S.N. or M.S.N. Program: 

Jessica DiBernardo
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor 
Wilkes University
(570) 408-4404
jessica.dibernardo@wilkes.edu

For More Information on the Post-Graduate /APRN Certificate Program:

Michael DeBlasio
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Wilkes University
(570) 408-4232
michael.deblasio@wilkes.edu

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