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 Applicants
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

Interviews will be held for the 2022 application cycle in 2023. At this time, it has not been determined if these interviews will be held in-person or virtually. Please check back for updates.

Application deadline

Feb. 1, 2023

For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Applicants
Does this specialty admit MEPN students? Yes. Visit the MEPN program page for how to apply


Review our sample curriculum for our Master of Science specialty. Please note that courses are subject to change.


Michelle Buchholz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Elizabeth Castillo, MS, RN, FNP
Elizabeth Gatewood, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNE
Carrie Evans, MS, FNP-BC
Andrea Kuster, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC
Mary Massella, MS, RN, FNP-C
Maureen McGrath, MS, RN, PNP-BC, BC-ADM
Lisa Mihaly, MS, RN, FNP-BC
Sarah Nathan, MS, RN, FNP-C
Carolina Noya, PHD, RN, FNP-BC
Jerry Nutor, PhD, RN
Mijung Park, PhD, MPH, RN
Kristen Peek, MS, RN, FNP

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]