family nurse practitionerBecome a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with Dominican College’s Master of Science – Nursing Program

Your B.S. in Nursing has you on a great track in today’s hottest field. Now take your medical career to the next level as an advanced practice nurse. The role of a Family Nurse Practitioner is challenging and rewarding, and puts you in a key role to meet the growing demand for quality care in America.

Dominican College’s Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum integrates the study of current trends in practitioner research, practice, and education. Learn from expert clinical faculty, and gain extensive practical experience at a variety of clinical sites.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, you’ll be prepared for the demands of 21st Century healthcare. With Dominican College’s flexible program, you can continue your full-time nursing schedule while pursuing your M.S. degree. Graduate in two years, or fit the program around your busy schedule and take up to 5 years. The course schedule is student-friendly, featuring mostly weekday evening classes with some courses taught in a hybrid format, combining online and face-to-face learning.

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Dominican College is conveniently located in Rockland County, central to the Hudson Valley region, including the Metro New York area and New Jersey’s Bergen County.

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Why Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Provide Advanced Patient Care: Family Nurse Practitioners have more autonomy, giving you the ability to provide comprehensive care directly to your patients. As an FNP you’ll have the opportunity to deliver compassionate holistic care to the full extent of your education and clinical expertise
  • Expand Your Role as a Nurse: Nurse practitioners can diagnose illnesses, prescribe medications and provide acute and primary care in a variety of clinical practice settings,
  • Obtain Career Opportunities: Get access to management and educator positions, where a Master of Science is generally a requirement.

Job Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor, employment of Nurse Practitioners is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the next 10 years. Changes in the healthcare workforce, due to the effects of healthcare legislation, the aging population, and the emphasis on preventive care and population health, will keep you on the leading edge of primary care.

The Dominican College Advantage

The M.S. in Nursing- FNP Program at Dominican College, is designed for working nurses like you. The flexible class and clinical schedule allows you to work at your own pace, and the expert staff and clinical sites prepare you to provide the highest level of advanced nursing care.

  • Keep Working: Our weekday evening classes are designed to allow you to pursue your MS degree while working full-time.
  • Flexible Start: Begin the program during the fall or the spring.
  • Flexible Workload: Take classes two nights a week every semester, and graduate in 24 months. Or, take one course per semester, and take up to five years to complete your degree.
  • Flexible Tuition: Competitive rates, with an option to defer payment until the end of the term.
  • Flexible Learning: Some courses are offered as hybrids of classroom and online studies,
  • Top Faculty and Clinical Placements:Learn from expert practicing advanced nurses. Clinical placements are available at many top locations, representing different specialties.

Speak to us about applying to Dominican College today!

Contact Christina Lifshey today for more information about the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Dominican College.

Christina Lifshey
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (845) 848-7908
Email: christina.lifshey@dc.edu 

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FAQsAdmissions ProcessCurriculum
Can I work full-time and still meet the demands of the program?
The curriculum is offered in a convenient format 1-2 evenings per week, to make it easy for a working nurse to return to school. Your class nights and times will not change during your time here, so you can plan your working schedule and arrange time off in advance. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and begin at 5:30 p.m.

How long do I have to complete the program?
You decide how long you want to take to complete the program. You can complete the program in as little as 24 months, but you have up to 5 years– in case life gets in the way.
Your clinical hours each semester are flexible and scheduled by you with your individual preceptor. If you have difficulty finding a clinical site, the Division provides help.

How many courses must I take a semester?
That depends on how quickly you wish to complete the program. If you want to finish in 24 months, you will take 2 courses per semester: One class on Tuesday evening and one class on Thursday evening. If you want to finish in 3 years, you will take 1 course each semester for the first 2 years and then double up in your last year. If you want to take your time and finish in 4 years you will just have to take 1 course a semester.

Is there a licensure examination?
There is no licensure examination but there is a national certification exam. In New York State, at this time, certification is not required, however, we highly recommend you sit for National Certification soon after completing the program.

What is the difference between licensure and certification?
Licensure gives a person the right to engage in a profession. A license is based on 2 criteria: education and measure of competence. Certification assumes that a professional has mastered a body of knowledge and acquired skills in a particular specialty area.

National Certification is often required for credentialing. Medicare, Medicaid and the Department of Veteran Affairs as well as Health Insurance companies require certification. Credentialing is also required for reimbursement.

Certification examination choices are:

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP)

Either examination is acceptable.

Who teaches clinical courses?
Every instructor who teaches a clinical course has either a Master’s or Doctoral degree and continues to see patients in their specialty area

Applications are submitted through the Office of Graduate Admissions and are reviewed when they are completed. Since there are limited number of seats available, the later we received the complete application, the less likely it is to receive full consideration. All application materials including transcripts, letters of recommendation, applicant essay and RN license must be submitted by the deadline dates

  • Deadline for the Fall Priority Admission is:  March 1.

Interviews will be scheduled in March and April.

Decisions will be made May 1. All applicants will be notified by mail

  • Deadline for Fall  Regular Admission is: May 1.

Interviews will be scheduled for May and June

Decisions will be made July 1. All applicants will be notified by mail.

Prerequisites:

All candidates for admission must show evidence of:

  • Baccalaureate level health assessment
  • Introductory nursing research
  • Introductory statistical methods

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited, license qualifying nursing program
  • Current license to practice registered professional nursing in New York State, or eligibility to hold a license in New York State.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate work, with a B course grade for each undergraduate nursing course, and a B average in all coursework in the natural sciences.
  • An official transcript from all post- secondary schools
  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead (at least one must attest to your clinical skills).
  • Personal essay that includes a statement of your career goals

In addition to the admission requirements, the following are also required for entry into the Family Nurse Practitioner program:

  • Professional liability/malpractice insurance ( at the time of your admission decision)
  • An interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Current and up-to-date health and immunization records

To learn more:

Schedule of Courses

Year 1: Fall   8 credits Year 1: Spring   7 credits Year 1: Summer   6 credits
NR 500 Comprehensive Health Assessment: 4 cr                NR 520 Principles of Pathophysiology: 4 cr NR 540 Pharmacology in Health and Disease: 4 crNR 580 Theoretical Foundations: 3 cr NR 660 Advanced Practice II: 4 crNR 560 Role Differentiation in Advanced Practice Nursing: 2 cr
Year 2: Fall   7 credits Year 2: Spring   7 credits Year 2: Summer
NR 640 Advanced Practice I:4 cr NR 600 Nursing Research Praxis I: 3 cr NR 680 Advanced Practice III4 cr NR 610 Research Praxis NR II: 3 cr NR 700 Integrated Advanced Practice Nursing: 4 cr Elective: 3 cr

Electives:

NR 730: Power, Politics, and Policy

NR 750: Financing the Health Care Delivery System

NR 770: Curriculum Design in Nursing

NR 790: Measurement and Evaluation

*Students complete 750 hours of clinical practice and a final written project to satisfy degree requirements.