Utica College Online Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) Program
Utica College offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) program. Coursework is delivered completely online with one weekend 3-day campus immersion required, and practicums at approved facilities local to the student. The online program is research-based and is designed for registered nurses with at least 2,000 hours of professional work experience.
Critical skills taught throughout the program include using current technology to enhance professional practice, integrating leadership and ethical decision-making into practice, effectively carrying out interprofessional collaboration, using critical reflection and innovation to improve quality of care, and learning to use analytical and diagnostic reasoning skills in health promotion, risk reduction, and illness management.
Upon graduating from this program, family nurse practitioners (FNPs) will be prepared to diagnose and treat patients, prescribe medications, conduct scientific research, and establish healthcare education programs to inform patients, families, and communities in preventive healthcare. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the national certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP).
FNPs typically work in primary care clinics, government organizations, hospitals, urgent care facilities, long-term care facilities, home healthcare situations, and schools.
Utica College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The online MSN – FNP program is pursuing initial accreditation with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Utica College is located in Utica, New York.
What to Expect from the Utica College Online MSN – FNP Program
Admission Requirements: Utica College applicants must hold a BSN from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Prerequisites to the FNP program include a three-credit statistics course and a bachelor’s level health assessment course including observed labs with a grade of B or higher. Applicants must have an unencumbered RN license and be a resident of the United States. Prospective students must have at least 2,000 hours of clinical work experience.
Online applications must include proof of an active, unrestricted RN license, an application fee, a successful background check, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and official transcripts. Proof of English language proficiency may be required if applicable. No GRE or GMAT is required.
State Restrictions: Utica College is only authorized to accept students from Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont at this time.
Study Plan: The Utica College online MSN – FNP is delivered in both a full-time track which takes 20 months or a part-time track which takes 32 months. Students may begin in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. Courses run on 16-week semesters and students have up to six years to complete the degree.
MSN – FNP Curriculum: The Utica College FNP program comprises 48 credits and includes 720 clinical practicum hours, which can be applied to the 1,000 required clinical hours for the DNP. Core courses include Organizational Leadership and Role Development of the Advanced Practice Nurse; Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care; Epidemiology and Population Health; Health Policy and Advocacy; Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice; and Statistical Analysis and Scholarly Inquiry.
FNP course requirements include Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology I-II; Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning I-II; Skills Residency Immersion Weekend; Health Promotion and Primary Care I-III (practicums included); and Culminating Seminar.
Online Experience: Utica College utilizes Engage as it’s online Learning Management System (LMS) for the MSN program. Courses are delivered asynchronously and may include recorded lectures, readings, case studies, projects, and assessments. Online students have access to faculty hours, online chat, discussion boards, admissions counseling, academic advising, career counseling, 24/7 technical support, and library services. MSN students also have access to a Student Success Coach throughout their program.
On-Site Requirements: MSN – FNP students are required to come to the Utica, NY campus for one 3-day immersion experience running Friday through Sunday. This takes place after completing the Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning course and before practicums begin. Students will conduct a comprehensive health history and physical exam in a simulated setting. There will also be lectures, hands-on lab experiences, and meetings with the practicum coordination team. Students will also learn how to use Typhoon, the practicum log system. All other coursework is online and practicums are completed locally.
Paying for the Utica College Online MSN – FNP Program
Utica College charges $825 per credit plus fees for the online MSN – FNP program. Prospective students should contact the School of Online and Extended Studies at Utica College for complete tuition information as tuition costs generally change each year.
Utica College offers unsubsidized federal graduate loans in accordance with the FAFSA. Nursing students may also check with their employers concerning a tuition reimbursement program. Utica College graduate nursing students are also encouraged to seek outside opportunities to fund their MSN degree including community and organizational grants and scholarships.
Utica College offers itsonline MSN-FNP program to residents of New York and Florida with a full-time track which takes 20 months or a part-time track that takes 32 months with only one campus visit required.
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, New York 13502-4892
MSN – Master of Science in Nusing
FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
Fall, Spring, Summer
CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (pursuing initial accreditation)
BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
No GRE Required
3.0 or higher
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