Nursing (MSN-FNP), Master of Science Degree - Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Program Location
Distance Education/Online
Program Credits
53 Credits
Program Length

5 Trimesters, 80 Instructional Weeks or

8 Trimesters, 128 Instructional Weeks

Time to Complete
20 Months or 32 Months

*Program length may vary. WCU distance education programs may not be available to residents in all states.   

Clinical Hour Requirement:  this track requires a total of 600 precepted clinical hours.  

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00, 25-1072.00, 29-1171.00

College of Nursing Mission:

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Purpose:

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is a registered nurse educated at the Master’s level as a nurse practitioner. The focus of care for the FNP is children and adults of all ages, in the context of the family unit. The FNP is educated to provide high-quality, continual, and comprehensive wellness and illness care to children and adults by providing preventive health services, patient education, disease management, and illness prevention. The FNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt healthcare interventions based on individualized assessments of individual/family needs. The FNP practices in the context of community, with broad knowledge, sensitivity, and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. Family nurse practitioners practice primarily in ambulatory care settings


MSN-FNP Curriculum-Online

A student in the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner online program at West Coast University participates in two (2) On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends.  The OSI brings students to campus to learn, practice and demonstrate essential hands-on skills and competencies needed by nurse practitioners.  


(August 1, 2015 and thereafter) (To locate curriculum for courses begun prior to August 1, 2015, please see the

2015-2016 West Coast University Catalog)

MSN Core

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice


NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare


NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare


NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning


NURS 540Research Utilization


NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Total Credit Hours:18

FNP Core

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN


NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN


NURS 679Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory


NURS 679L-APrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I


NURS 679L-BPrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II


NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN


NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse


NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I


NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II


NURS 684Primary Care Women's Health: Theory


NURS 684LPrimary Care Women's Health: Practicum


NURS 685Primary Pediatric Care: Theory


685L 685LPrimary Pediatric Care: Practicum


NURS 691ACulminating Experience I


NURS 691BCulminating Experience II


Total Credit Hours:35.0

Total Credit Hours: 53.0

Total Credit Hours: 53.0

Program Credit Distribution

MSN with Family Nurse Practitioner Track


Core Nursing Semester Credits:



Family Nurse Practitioner Track Semester Credits:



Total Program Semester Credits:



MSN with Family Nurse Practitioner Track Program Costs

For program costs, please see the Graduate Tuition and Fees section.