Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


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.

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 and intention to work as APN in primary care preferred.
Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person interviews will not be held for 2021 master's applicants. Please note that in-person interviews as part of the application process are expected to resume in 2022.
Application deadline

February 1, 2022

For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students  
Does this specialty admit MEPN students? Yes. MEPN application deadline: Sept. 1, 2021 (see MEPN program page for how to apply) 


Review our sample curriculum for our Master of Science specialty  as well as the sample curriculum for our Post-Master's Certificate Program. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Post-Master's Certificate 

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. Contact the specialty coordinator for consultation on an individualized post-master's curriculum.

Learn more, including how to apply, in the Post-Master's Certificate Program section of our website. (Please note that post-master's applicants do not need to fulfill a statistics requirement.)


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

Specialty Co-Coordinator: Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN, FNP
[email protected]
(415) 476-4694

Staff Contact: Sara Wingate
[email protected]