Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


The mission of the UCSF Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty is to educate 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.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

For Master of Science and Post-Master's Students  
Is RN experience required? Yes. Candidates with two or more years of experience preferred.
Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty We require mandatory in-person interviews as part of the application process.
Application deadline

February 3, 2020

Mandatory in-person interviews: March 16, 2020

For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students  
Does this specialty admit MEPN students? Yes

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Review our sample curriculum for our Master of Science specialty  as well as the sample curriculum for our Post-Master's Studies.

Post-Master's Option 

Post-master’s study generally requires 5 quarters of coursework. This includes an additional required 560 hours of clinical practice. Many post-masters students choose to complete an additional half summer session to meet the clinical requirements.

Learn more in the Post-Master's Studies section of our website. 


Michelle Buchholz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Elizabeth Castillo, MS, RN, FNP
Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNE
Andrea Kuster, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC
Maureen McGrath, MS, RN, PNP-BC, BC-ADM
Jayme Mejia, MS, RN, FNP-C
Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN, FNP-BC

Sarah Nathan, MS, RN, FNP-C
Becca Neuwirth, MS, RN, ANP
Carolina Noya, PHD, RN, FNP-BC
Jerry Nutor, PhD, RN
Mijung Park, PhD, MPH, RN
Kristen Peek, MS, RN, FNP
Michalle Ramirez-Mclaughlin, MS, RN, FNP-C
Roberta Rehm, PhD, RN, FAAN

Contact Us

Specialty Coordinator: Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNE
[email protected]

Staff Contact: Cynthia Chor
[email protected]