Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Degree Awarded: 
Master's Degree

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The Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP) at Jefferson College of Health Sciences is designed to prepare registered nurses to fulfill the role of ethical, knowledgeable, competent, and caring healthcare  providers for families in the primary care setting.  The focus of the FNP program is to provide the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary for health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, interprofessional collaboration, and management of common acute and chronic conditions and illnesses. As a proud affiliate of Carillion Clinic, JCHS is fully integrated with one of the largest health systems in Virginia.

  • Earn your Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 8 consecutive part-time semesters. 
  • Progress in a small cohort of students with graduate faculty who can provide more personal service.
  • Participate in a learning environment that accommodates online learning and opportunities for face to face learning.
  • Participate in clinical experiences at sites arranged in partnership with JCHS faculty.
  • Review coursework and presentations at your convenience through online media.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of a JCHS graduate student, including participation in interprofessional activities with diverse health care professionals.
Admission Requirements: 
  • Graduate of a nationally accredited BSN or MSN nursing program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • Current unrestricted RN license in the state(s) in which student’s clinical practice will occur.
  • College level Statistics course (3 credits) with a grade of C or higher.
  • Recommendation forms from three professional references who can address the applicant’s potential for advanced practice nursing. At least one reference should come from a former faculty member if possible.
  • A 2-page typed statement describing career goals and how a graduate credential will assist in meeting those goals. The writing style (i.e. grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use) and content of the essay will be used in the overall evaluation of the application
  • Curriculum vitae or resume. This document should include education and professional practice.
  • A minimum of 2,000 documented hours of nursing practice to have occurred no longer than three years prior to beginning the FNP clinical courses.
  • Official GRE or MAT Scores if no Master’s degree
  • The recommended deadline for priority admission is November 30. 
Applications received on or before November 30 will be considered first. Selected applicants will be scheduled for a personal interview. In compliance with the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Jefferson College of Health Sciences cannot confirm whether the program meets the requirements for professional licensure outside of Virginia. For additional information you should contact the state licensing board for the state in which you reside.  The following web address provides contact information for each state.
Other Information: 
Program Format
  • Program consists of 50 total credit hours and 605 clinical hours.
  • Non clinical courses are delivered in a primarily on-line format.
  • During the course of the program, graduate nursing students will visit the JCHS campus to learn and participate in skills assessments. These academic visits are called On-Campus Intensives (OCI).
  • A student will participate in 2-3 OCIs while in the program.
  • Precepted clinical experiences will occur at sites arranged in partnership with JCHS faculty.
Frequently Asked Questions

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Family Nurse Practitioner Sample Program of Study
Fall Semester
  Principles of Primary Care and Family Health (3)
Quality and Safety in Health Care (3)  
Spring Semester
Health Systems & Policy (3)

Translation of Evidence (3)  
Summer Semester
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  Fall Semester
Ethical and Legal Issues in Practice (3)
Advanced Health Assessment (2)
Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1)
Diagnostics and Procedures Lab(1)
  Spring Semester
Primary Care of Adults andGeriatrics I (3)      
Practicum I: Primary Care of Adults and Geriatrics (2)
  Summer Semester
Primary Care of Adults and Geriatrics II (3)
Practicum II: Primary Care of Adults and Geriatrics (2)
  Fall Semester
Primary Care of Children and Adolescents (3)
Primary Care in Reproductive Health (2)
Practicum III: Primary Care of Children/Adolescents and Women (3)

  Spring Semester
Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice (2)
FNP Preceptorship (4)

Advanced Practice Roles and Leadership (1)
FNP= 605 total clinical hours

  Practicum I: Primary Care of Adults and Geriatric: 110hrs

  Practicum II: Primary Care of Adults and Geriatrics: 110hrs

  Practicum III: Primary Care of Children/Adolescents and Women: 165hrs

  FNP Preceptorship: 220 hrs
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