The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty educates future health care leaders in clinical care, research and policy. We are committed to training providers who are dedicated to increasing health equity.
Our specialty combines rigorous theoretical and clinical coursework with hands-on experience. Students learn to provide excellent community-based, primary care to a wide range of patient populations with complex health care needs. Our graduates work across the lifespan with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings. We train FNPs to advocate for and empower individual patients and their families.
Certifications and Licenses
Upon completion of the specialty, graduates will be certified as Family Nurse Practitioners and eligible to apply for their California NP license, furnishing number, and national DEA license. Additionally, graduates are eligible to take the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) national board certification exams for Family Nurse Practitioners.
Current students can visit the Master of Science program's Collaborative Learning Environment site to access the curriculum (MyAccess credentials required). For individuals applying for admission for fall 2024, the sample curriculum for the BSN Entry to DNP — Advanced Nursing Focus pathway can be viewed on our Curriculum webpage. The curriculum is pending approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing. Specialty content in the winter and spring 2024 quarters will be shared after January 2024, pending approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Elizabeth Castillo, DNP, MPH, FNP, associate professor - Specialty Co-Coordinator
Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN, FNP-BC, associate professor - Specialty Co-Coordinator
Michelle Buchholz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, assistant professor
Carrie Evans, MS, FNP-BC, assistant professor
Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNE, professor
Jose Gutierrez, PhD, assistant professor
Jennifer Huggans-Zapeta, MS, RN, FNP, assistant professor
Andrea Kuster, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, associate professor
Mary Massella, MS, RN, FNP-C, assistant professor
Sarah Nathan, MS, RN, FNP-C, associate professor
Carolina Noya, PHD, RN, FNP-BC, professor
Jerry Nutor, PhD, RN, assistant professor
Mijung Park, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor
Kristen Peek, MS, RN, FNP, assistant professor
Abbey Roepke, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, assistant professor
Specialty Co-Coordinator: Elizabeth Castillo, DNP, MPH, FNP
Specialty Co-Coordinator: Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN, FNP