University of St. Francis Leach College of Nursing Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

The University of St. Francis (USF) Leach College of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for RNs with a BSN as well as those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The university also offers Post-Master’s Certificates. Both MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs allow students to select between Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializations. Students are required to come to the Joliet, Illinois campus four times during their programs.

USF Leach College of Nursing seeks to prepare nurses who integrate Franciscan values into their life service including integrity, respect, service, and compassion. Program goals include a focus on evidence-based nursing practice, culturally-sensitive nursing care, health promotion and prevention, equitable and ethical nursing care, personal accountability, the proper use of technology and communication systems, and professional leadership and communication.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are trained to promote health, maintain good health, and restore the health of populations across the lifespan. This can include disease management, developing health care plans, addressing chronic and acute illnesses, conducting wellness visits, and distributing healthcare education. Graduates of the USF MSN and certificate programs are eligible to take the FNP certification exam through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Family nurse practitioners may work in primary care, schools, hospitals, government institutions, long-term care facilities, home health care situations, and research facilities.

Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) also serve patients across the lifespan, however, their focus is on mental health issues. PMHNPs work with individuals, families, and groups. Upon graduation, MSN and certificate students will be eligible to take the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the ANCC. PMHNP graduates may go on to positions in psychiatric hospitals and clinics, schools, counseling centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and correctional facilities.

The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is located in Jolliet, IL. The MSN and certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Nursing applicants must be currently employed and have an unencumbered RN license in their state of residence. The MSN and certificate programs are open to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.

What to Expect from St. Francis Leach College of Nursing Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

Admission Requirements: MSN applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or be an RN with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Post-Master’s Certificate applicants must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application materials include a graduate application, official transcripts, proof of unencumbered RN licensure in approved states of study, two letters of recommendation, an essay, and a current resume or CV with verification of current employment. Applications may be made through the Nursing Centralized Application System (CAS) or through the USF website.

State Restrictions: The MSN and certificate programs are available to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. Interested students should contact the Leach College of Nursing to verify enrollment eligibility and requirements.

Study Plan: USF graduate online nursing programs begin in the Fall only and include four campus visits throughout the programs. The MSN degrees are offered both part-time and full-time and can be completed in two years or less by taking two to three courses per semester including summers. Certificate students may complete the programs in about two years on a part-time basis.

MSN Core Curriculum: Prerequisites include Introduction to Statistics, Physical Assessment, and Nursing Research.

Core courses for the MSN programs include Advanced Practice Nursing: Roles and Issues; Population Health; Evidence-Based Healthcare; Biostatistics and Nursing Research; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; and Advanced Pathophysiology.

The MSN – FNP and PMHNP programs comprise 47 credits plus clinical hours. FNP courses include Family Nurse Practitioner Theoretical Principles and Clinical Management I-III, and Clinical Residency. PMHNP courses include Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Management I-III.

MSN students have the option of adding three education courses to their degree curriculum: Teaching in Nursing; Nursing Education Methods and Measurement; and Nursing Education Practicum.

Post-Master’s Certificate FNP/PMHNP Curriculum: The FNP certificate comprises 29 credits plus clinical hours while the PMHNP certificate includes 28 credits. Courses for both specializations include Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; and Advanced Pharmacology. Specialty courses follow the FNP and PMHNP courses listed for the MSN.

Online Experience: USF online courses include links to all necessary information and online materials including a syllabus, assignments, assessments, course videos and content, online chat, discussion boards, and a calendar. Books are additional and can usually be purchased or rented in an online format. Students and faculty interact mainly through discussion forums, email, and chat, including group and individual communication. Courses are asynchronous and students have access to 24/7 technical support as well as traditional higher learning student services.

On-Site Requirements: Students are required to come to the Jolliet, Illinois campus four times throughout their programs. All other coursework can be completed online and clinical preceptorships are completed at an approved location near the student in approved states.

Paying for St. Francis Leach College of Nursing Online FNP and PMHNP Programs

The online MSN and certificate programs cost $775 per credit plus fees. Interested students should contact the Leach College of Nursing through the University of St. Francis for current tuition and fees.

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing graduate students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal student loans by applying through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other options for funding may include employer tuition reimbursement programs or tuition discounts, organizational and community scholarships and grants, and other outside graduate funding.

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing

Delivered with Franciscan values of integrity, respect, service, and compassion, the FNP and PMHNP graduate nursing programs include four campus visits and are offered to students in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)
MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)
MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Campus Address

500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, Illinois 60435

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$36,425.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$36,425.00

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

62

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

62

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$48,050.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$48,050.00

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing – MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

62

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

62

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$48,050.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$48,050.00

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing – MSN – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$36,425.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$36,425.00

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

29

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

29

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$22,475.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$22,475.00

St. Francis Leach College of Nursing – Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

4

Credits Needed to Graduate

29

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

29

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$22,475.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$775.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$22,475.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.