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Family Nurse Practitioner (MS), 2-Year

Nursing students in the high-fidelity nursing simulation lab in ALT building on the D'Youville campus

For over 70 years, D'Youville has been preparing students to be leaders in the nursing profession.

Overview & Distinctions


A family nurse practitioner meets the healthcare needs of the family by providing primary and specialty care for patients of all ages.

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the program can be completed in two-years of full-time study. Upon graduation, you are eligible to take the examination for board certification.

If you’re interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP), D’Youville’s nursing program is an ideal place to start. Established in 1942, the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has an excellent reputation as one of the best in the region for high-quality, student-centered education.

Our Family Nurse Practitioner MS degree is offered online and on campus.

What You'll Learn

As a student in D'Youville's master of science FNP program, you will:

  • Learn to assess, diagnose and manage common acute and chronic illnesses;
  • Gain skills in promoting healthy habits and educating patients about disease prevention;
  • Get practical experience in women's health, pediatrics and adult settings;
  • Benefit from the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors and those from the nursing community.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Our faculty are clinical experts in their fields and recognized for their student-centered approach that emphasizes individualized instruction and career guidance.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other health care majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • D’Youville’s nursing program reflects the institution’s mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others.
  • If you're interested in furthering your education after you complete your master's degree, D'Youville's Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program may be an option.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

We recommend that applicants to D'Youville's family nurse practitioner (MS) hold at least one year of practice as a registered nurse.

  • Official transcripts from all college/universities attended
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university program
  • Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on a overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system)
  • A current license to practice professional nursing in New York State or Ontario
  • Two letters of recommendation that include comment on the applicant's clinical performance (preferably from a supervisor and colleague)
  • A current certification in CPR
  • Letter of intent

Canadian RN students must submit two licensure items:

  • A copy of original Certificate of Registration (issued upon passing of initial examination)
  • A copy of Annual Registration Renewal (showing current unencumbered license)


Applicants to D'Youville's family nurse practitioner (MS) must complete the following undergraduate course prerequisites:

  • Statistics
  • Health Assessment (or equivalent)
  • Pathophysiology (or equivalent)
  • Pharmacology (or equivalent)

Canadian students must submit a 'course-by-course' evaluation (or equivalent) of all Canadian college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES).

Use the Online Course Equivalency database to see whether the courses you've taken at other institutions can be counted towards a degree at D'Youville.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer up to nine graduate credits with grades of B or better into their program at the discretion of the program director. Credits must be earned from an accredited institution in courses required by the program being pursued.



Find detailed course information for the Master's of Science Family Nurse Practitioner, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements

Clinical Component

NUR-631 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR-631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab 1
NUR-634 Health Promotion-Children & Families 3
NUR-635 Health Promotion-Women 3
NUR-637 Health Promotion Adults Aging Population 3
NUR-638 FNP Practicum in Pediatrics In Pediatrics 3
NUR-639 FNP Practicum-Women Health Care 3
NUR-640 Clinical Practicum in Adult Health I 1
NUR-641 Clinical Practicum in Adult Health II 4
Total Credits 24

Research Component

NUR-600 Theory Development in Nursing Research 3
NUR-601 Research Methods in Nursing 3
Total Credits 6

Supportive Component

NUR-632 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR-633 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
Total Credits 6

Project Requirements

NUR-610 Project Seminar Design & Proposal 3
NUR-629 Project Advisement: Implement and Evaluation 1
Total Credits 4
Total Credits 40

Continuing Practicum courses include:

NUR-654 Continuing FNP Clinical Practicum Pediatrics 1
NUR-655 Continuing Practicum FNP Women's Health Practicum, Women's Health 1
NUR-657 Continuing FNP Clinical Practicum Adult Adult 1
Total Credits 3

Students who receive grades below B in courses other than those listed above are subject to the overall policies of the graduate school. Students on probation can take other preparation or supportive courses while on probation.



D'Youville's two-year MS (Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner) program prepares graduates for the licensure examination.

A Family Nurse Practitioner's Role

Family Nurse Practitioners provide primary and specialty care. They assess, diagnose, plan and institute management of health care services for individuals and families in need of care.

With an advanced degree in nursing, more nurses are involved in research, consulting and private practice.

Career Outlook

Employment of Family Nurse Practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job prospects for Family Nurse Practitioners, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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Graduate Nursing Degrees at D’Youville

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that nursing profession will increase 19% per year until at least 2022. Denise Dunford, DNS, FNP-BC, APRN, an associate professor at D’Youville, explains why D’Youville’s graduate programs prepare students to meet demands and take leadership roles in healthcare.

A nursing student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.


Nursing students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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Denise Dunford in a clinical skills lab


"Our faculty's clinical expertise is our greatest asset."

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