Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Primary Care Nurse Practitioner -Family Option

The Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner Option prepares the graduate to provide primary health care to children, adults, the elderly, and families. Classroom and clinical experiences focus on health assessment, health maintenance, and promotion, as well as counseling, client education, and management of selected health problems. Practice in rural settings and with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Preceptor selection for clinical placement in the nurse practitioner program is the responsibility of the School of Nursing.  The School of Nursing will gather pertinent information to assist in preceptor identification during the first semester of the program.  All preceptors must meet standards for educational and clinical experience as established by the California Board of Registered Nursing and appropriate accrediting bodies.

Graduates meet the requirements for certification as Family Nurse Practitioners in California and may apply to sit for the ANCC national certification examination.

The purpose of the Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner Option is to prepare nurses as providers of primary care and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of  health care services in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Evaluation of Prior Education or Experience in Primary Care

Students who are eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno may have prior educational preparation evaluated for waiver or substitution of required courses. In the case of a student requesting a waiver of graduate coursework, an evaluation of prior educational experience will be performed on an individual basis. Professional experience in primary care may also be evaluated on an individual basis for placement in the clinical courses and development of a curriculum to meet program requirements.

Components of this evaluation include, but are not limited to, a personal interview and review of transcripts, course material, and personal records. Based on this evaluation, an individualized plan for placement and progression in the graduate program will be developed, including the incorporation of alternate assignments.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Under the direction of the graduate coordinator, each student prepares and submits an individually designed program based on the following:
Core courses in nursing (13 units)

NURS 211, 212, 221, 223, 225

Role Specialization (24 units)
Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner

NURS 210, 215, 264, 265, 266, 267, 277, 278

Role Specialization (24 units)
Primary Care/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 

NURS 262, 263, 268, 269, 215, 279, 280

Culminating Experience
Thesis (NURS 299) or Project (NURS 298) (3 units)

Minimum Total (40 units)

Sample FNP Schedule

Masters of Science in Nursing Program Application and Deadlines