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? An RN license is required when applying to the Master of Science program or Post-Master's Certificate program. However, the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty does not require prior RN experience. 
Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty

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

Application deadline

Feb. 1, 2023


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
Jennifer Huggans-Zapeta, MS, RN, FNP
Andrea Kuster, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC
Mary Massella, MS, RN, FNP-C
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
Abbey Roepke, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC

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: 
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