Family Nurse Practitioner

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This MSN program prepares graduates for certification as an FNP and for doctoral study. Graduates of the program are able to synthesize and apply advanced knowledge, theories, and research to a specialized area of nursing practice and function as leaders in practice to contribute to the advancement of the nursing profession.

A common core of courses are offered online including concepts, theory, research, and issues related to advanced nursing practice. Clinical requirements can usually be completed with preceptors in the students’ home community. Students may be required to return to campus at the end of fall, spring, and summer semesters for a final exam and orientation to the next semester.

▼   NP Clinical Skills Intensive

Students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend two mandatory on-campus visits that include basic skills workshops, simulation labs, and clinical exams. These visits are called Phase 1 and Phase 2. For both mandatory visits, students will only attend ONE of the dates listed and will have an opportunity to request a preferred date once notified by the simulation department.

Phase 1: The first mandatory on-campus visit will be during the spring semester when the student is enrolled in the first clinical course (CMN 573).

Family NP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates Phase 1:

  • January 4-5, 2023 (W/Th)
  • January 9-10, 2023 (M/T)
  • January 11-12, 2023 (W/Th)
  • January 17-18, 2023 (T/W)
  • January 19-20, 2023 (Th/F)
  • January 23-24, 2023 (M/T)
  • January 25-26, 2023 (W/Th)
  • January 30-31, 2023 (M/T)
  • February 1-2, 2023 (W/Th)

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

Phase 2: The second mandatory on-campus visit will be during the fall semester when the student is enrolled in the last clinical course (CMN 576).

Family NP Clinical Skills Intensive Session Dates Phase 2:

  • September 6-7, 2022 (T/W)
  • September 8-9, 2022 (Th/F)
  • September 13-14, 2022 (T/W)
  • September 15-16, 2022 (Th/F)
  • September 20-21, 2022 (T/W)
  • September 22-23, 2022 (Th/F)
  • September 27-28, 2022 (T/W)
  • September 29-30, 2022 (Th/F)

Please note these dates are for Simulation Intensives only. The coordinator for each specialty track will provide full orientation dates.

Orientation for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty will be online.

A Sakai Project Site will open in July for students planning to enroll in CMN 568 and CMN 571 in the fall to assist in making preparations for clinicals. Students will be invited to join this site by the clinical coordinator. In order to provide students with consistent, accurate, and official information about clinicals, please refrain from contacting Clinical Affairs or other departments to make requests or inquiries, and if at all possible, await the opening of the Sakai Project Site. Students will have ample time to set up clinical rotations once information is received from the site.

General Summary Schedule of the information given above. Some exceptions may apply.

  • Spring-notification by the sim staff to sign up for preferred session for on campus visits
  • Summer-notification by clinical coordinator to join Sakai site for clinical preparation information
  • Fall-CMN568 and CMN571
  • Spring-CMN572 and CMN573, attend Phase 1 on campus, Skills, Simulation Labs. 180 clinical hours required (140 hours in Outpatient Primary Care AND 40 clinical hours in Women's Health OR 90 hours in Outpatient Primary Care AND 90 hours in pediatrics)
  • Summer-CMN574 and CMN 575, 180 clinical hours required in internal medicine OR 120 hours in internal medicine AND 60 hours in outpatient urgent care)
  • Fall-CMN576, CMN577, attend Phase 2 on campus, Final Clinical Exam (Pass/Fail), 240 clinical hours required (150 hours in outpatient primary care and 90 hours in pediatrics OR 200 hours in outpatient primary care AND 40 hours in Women's Health - whichever one is lacking from the Spring)
▼   Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours.  The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Support Courses
NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
MSN Core Courses
NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
Family NP Specialty Courses
CMN 568 - Introduction to Family NP 3 credit hours
CMN 571 - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Family NP 2 credit hours
CMN 572 - Family NP I 3 credit hours
CMN 573 - Family NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
CMN 574 - Family NP II 3 credit hours

CMN 575 - Family NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours

CMN 576 - Family NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours

CMN 577 - Family NP III 3 credit hours

RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.

RN-MSN Courses
NU 404 - Evidence Based Practice & Informatics 3 credit hours
NU 450 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nursing Practice 4 credit hours
NU 452 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health 4 credit hours
▼   Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Certification

The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are eligible and prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). It is the graduate’s responsibility to ensure the program meets the requirements to practice in their selected state or U.S. territory.


Please feel free to contact Dr. Betty Lang for more information about this specialty: