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Family Nurse Practitioner Program (M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    M.S. in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)

    Graduates of Endicott’s Family Nurse Practitioner program will be prepared as autonomous providers to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The program includes a focus on health promotion and disease prevention as well as the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses encountered in the primary care setting.

    • 45 credit hour program
    • No GRE required
    • Focus on evidence-based practice
    • Highly-skilled faculty provide current real-world experience and strong advisory support
    • Complete a minimum of 600 faculty-supervised clinical hours

    Upon completion of this track, you will be eligible for family nurse practitioner certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and will be eligible to apply for state licensure.

    Invest in yourself and your future with a master’s degree designed to help you become a leader in your field. Complete your degree in just two years.

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    American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) pass rate for 2018: 85.71%
    American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) pass rate for 2019: 85%
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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply 

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
    • GPA greater than or equal to 3.3
    • Photocopy of Registered Nurse License verification, which must be current and unrestricted
    • A basic statistics course is required of all students;
    • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
    • Interview

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    1. Integrates scientific findings from nursing and other disciplines for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
    2. Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies to implement organizational and systems leadership critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care.
    3. Applies the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as quality principles within an organization. 
    4. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent to disseminate results.
    5. Utilize patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care, using communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care
    6. Integrates and advocates for ethical, legal and professional standards of practice and intervenes at the systems level through the policy development process.  
    7. Communicates, collaborates, and consults with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care within the Interprofessional team
    8. Applies and integrates broad, organizational, client-centered, and ethnically and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care including services to individuals, families, and aggregates
    9. Influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems through evidenced based nursing practice as well as the ability to integrate knowledge and formulate interventions into both direct and indirect patient care 

    Required Curriculum

    Pre-Master's Pathway

    The Pre-Master's Pathway is designed for applicants who are registered nurses with an Associate degree or diploma in nursing who have a Bachelor degree or higher degree in a field other than nursing. This option offers alternative methods of qualifying for admission to the Graduate School based on transfer of academic courses and course enrollment. In order to be admitted to the Pre-Master's Pathway, students are required to have completed undergraduate professional nursing courses in nursing leadership, nursing research and concepts/practice in community health. Students may have to submit the course syllabi from other nursing schools for evaluation or enroll in courses at Endicott College to meet these requirements.

    Although the Pre-Master's Pathway does not grant a Bachelor degree in nursing, it can enable the student to meet the criteria for admission into the graduate program in nursing. The Pre-Master's Pathway grants exemptions for the specific graduate program admission requirement of a nursing baccalaureate degree.

    Once students have been accepted into the program and completed the necessary prerequisites, they will follow the Traditional Master's course work.

    If applicable to applicant, the four additional pre-requisite courses are:

    Total Degree Requirements for Pre-Master's Pathway - 13 credits

    Traditional Master's Pathway

    The Traditional Master's Pathway is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The common course of study for each specialty includes graduate core courses in theories, research process and design, and contemporary issues and trends that influence nursing practice. The courses follow a detailed sequence needed to develop expertise in each concentration.

    Program of Study: Required Courses (six courses)

    NUR 502 - Contemporary Issues and Trends in Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 508 - Role Development Within Professional Organizations
    NUR 525 - Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 527 - Health Policy & Finance: Application for Advanced Practice Nurses
    NUR 574 - Nursing Research I: Methods
    NUR 575 - Nursing Research II: Project

    Subtotal of Core Credit Hours - 18 credits

    Nursing Education Concentration (four courses)

    NUR 561 - Nurse as the Educator
    NUR 505 - Curriculum Design, Course Development, and Program Evaluation
    NUR 565 - Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching
    NUR 585 - Masters in Nursing Internship in Administrator Role, Educator Role and or Global Health Role

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 15 credits

    Total Nursing Education Degree Requirements - 33 credits

    Nursing Administration Concentration (four courses)

    NUR 526 - Nurse as the Administrator
    NUR 510 - Organization and Structure of Nursing Leadership
    NUR 532 - Administration: Practice and Quality Outcomes
    NUR 585 - Masters in Nursing Internship in Administrator Role, Educator Role and or Global Health Role

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 15 credits

    Total Nursing Administration Degree Requirements - 33 credits

    Global Health Concentration (four courses)

    NUR 541 - Nurse in Global Health
    NUR 542 - Principles of Global Health
    NUR 543 - Global Health Nursing: Assessment and Evaluation
    NUR 585 - Masters in Nursing Internship in Administrator Role, Educator Role and or Global Health Role

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 15 credits

    Total Global Health Degree Requirements - 33 credits

    Family Nurse Practitioner (eight courses)

    NUR 550 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 551 - Comprehensive Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making
    NUR 562 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioner
    NUR 566 - Seminar for the Professional Nurse Practitioner
    NUR 567 - Primary Care of the Childbearing Family
    NUR 568 - Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum
    NUR 569 - Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient
    NUR 570 - Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient Practicum

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 27 credits

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Requirements - 45 credits


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  • Clinical Requirements

    The family nurse practitioner internship course provides students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom setting into practice. Internship placements are arranged individually through the School of Nursing. Experiences are selected with the student to meet program requirements of 600 clinical hours.

A Nationally-Lauded Career Track

Nurse practitioner currently ranks No. 7 on the 2019 Best Job list according to the U.S. News and World Report.

The field is expected to grow an average of 31 percent between 2016 and 2026, adding 64,000 jobs and outpacing the growth for all occupations by more than four times. Others are attracted to the high average salary that nurse practitioners enjoy—nearly $114,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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M.S.N. in Family Nurse Practitioner at a Glance

$798 Cost Per Credit
45 Credits
$35,910 Degree Cost
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It's Never Too Late
Michael Horvath M'17, FNP-C earned his master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner and never regretted the decision. The hybrid format allowed him the flexibility to work while earning his degree. His coursework and internship fit hand-in-hand to prepare him to work in the medical community as a provider.
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Already Have Your M.S.N.?

Endicott offers a Post-Master's FNP Certificate designed to provide you with the skills you will need to join this growing specialty. 

Accreditation

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone (404) 975-5000 and Fax (404) 975-5020.