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The Family Nurse Practitioner
Family--in its broadest definition--influences nearly every aspect of a person's health.
The Family Nurse Practitioner meets the healthcare needs of the individual and family by providing comprehensive primary care through the lifespan. FNPs work independently as well as collaboratively with other primary care clinicians and health care and social service professionals in a variety of settings, such as clinics, schools, homes, workplaces and community-based organizations.
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
The UCSF FNP Program, the #1 ranked FNP program in the United States according to US News and World Report, is committed to training a diverse workforce that reflects the population of California. Combining rigorous coursework with hands on clinical experience, students learn to collaboratively manage acute and chronic conditions as well as provide excellent community-based primary care to diverse, underserved, and vulnerable populations.
We offer two full-time programs (see below). We do not offer a part-time or online program. Courses are held on a Monday to Friday schedule, and usually concentrated on 2-3 days/week. Most clinical placements occur on a weekday schedule during the 10 week quarter and optionally in short term intensive placements (1-2 weeks) in rural or under-resourced areas outside of the Bay Area.
Master of Science Program
This program is a full-time, two-year course of study. Students are admitted as RNs who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have at least 2 years of experience working as an RN or through the UCSF Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN). Upon completion of all requirements, students earn a Master of Science degree and certification eligibility as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to the core program, students may pursue focused areas of study or minors.
- Sample Curriculum Plan (2014-15):
For nurses who have already completed a Master of Science program and want to obtain FNP certification, we offer a 5-6 quarter Post-Master’s option (see http://nursing.ucsf.edu/programs/post-masters-options). Course work is completed in 5 quarters, and includes all clinical and specialty core courses. Master’s Core courses are not required for Post-Master’s students.
Clinical practicums (Year 1) mirror the Master’s program and we offer two options for completing clinical residencies (Year 2):
(1) Intensives: Students complete intensives at the end of fall and winter quarter during their second year of study. Intensives are 40-80 hour clinical placements, which are usually held outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. Students will complete their course of study at the end of winter quarter in their second year for a total of five quarters. This option is included in the cost of tuition.
(2) Spring quarter: Students complete their clinical requirements during an additional spring quarter in their second year. This option will also allow students to pursue any academic electives that may interest them during the additional quarter. Students will have to pay an additional quarter of tuition, for a total of six quarters.
Core content includes:
- Family nursing theory
- Family and community-based interventions
- Care of vulnerable and marginalized populations
- Research methods
- Social determinants of health and health equity
- Interprofessional team-based care
- Professional development and leadership preparation
- Primary healthcare concepts and practice
- Diagnosis and management of acute and chronic conditions
Seminars focus on application of knowledge and development of clinical thinking and decision-making. Clinical practicums (Year 1) and residencies (Year 2) provide supervised clinical experience in a range of community primary care settings, primarily serving vulnerable and underserved populations, in collaboration with nurse practitioners, physicians, and other health practitioners.
Our graduates are trained to apply a collaborative and culturally humble approach to the care of individuals, families and communities. Our focus on individuals, families and communities who are vulnerable and underserved prepares our graduates to work in primary care settings and to address issues of health equity within marginalized populations in California, the nation and globally.
Minors and Areas of Focus
For more information about minors and areas of focus offered in the School of Nursing, see the following link.
The FNP curriculum has been developed to meet current national standards. Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to sit for national certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).MS Applications
For information on applying to the Master of Science (MS) Program or the Master's Entry Program (MEPN) at UCSF School of Nursing, see the following links:
Frequently Asked Questions
Admission to the FNP program is highly competitive. We engage in a holistic review to assess applicants' goals; life experiences; commitment to nursing, primary care, and the underserved; as well as potential to succeed in a rigorous academic and clinical program.
MEPN admissions for 2014: 18 students were accepted out of a total of 129 applications (14% acceptance rate).
Masters admissions for 2014: 16 students were accepted out of a total of 86 applications (19% acceptance rate).
Post-Master’s admissions for 2014: 2 students were accepted out of a total of 13 applications (15% acceptance rate).
In general, applications that reflect a clear understanding of the FNP role, a demonstrated commitment to working with underserved, vulnerable populations, a minimum of 2 years experience as a RN (inpatient or outpatient), and the intention to work as an advanced practice nurse in primary care are strong applications in the review process. Each year, the strength of the overall pool of applicants determines admission offers.
MS admissions requirements:
MEPN admissions requirements:
The FNP program has well-established relationships with preceptors in the Bay Area and beyond. Although we are always open to student input in recruiting new preceptors, the clinical experience is carefully planned and progressive, and the program is responsible for providing supervised clinical practicums and residencies.