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FPU develops nursing professionals equipped with the values, knowledge and skills to improve health for all through leadership and service. With a focus on assessment, prevention and instruction, our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) gives you a broad education, applicable to today’s evolving healthcare field. A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) emphasis focuses on primary care across the lifespan with practicums that prepare you for this specialty. FNPs demonstrate a commitment to, and understanding of, the relevance of the family’s identified community in the delivery of family-centered care. As a Fresno Pacific MSN student, you’ll gain hands-on training with a wide range of complex and varied patients across family practice, women’s health, pediatrics, and primary care, equipping you for national FNP certification exams through either AANPCB or ANCC .

Application Deadlines

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March 1FallAugust
August 1SpringJanuary


  • Curriculum meets AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) standards
  • The master's degree program in nursing at Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
  • A challenging yet supportive academic environment
  • Faculty have real world clinical experience
  • Courses are offered in a blended format
  • Cohorts meet face-to-face for class one afternoon per week
  • Students come from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Classes are conveniently offered at our North Fresno campus

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the program, with an FNP emphasis, you will be prepared for teaching, leadership, informatics and healthcare technologies, evidence-based clinical practice, as well as caring for individuals and families.


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Sandra Isaak, MSN, FNP-C

Associate Professor, Program Director of MSN

Admission requirements

  • Complete application packet
    • Application form
    • $90 fee
    • Official transcripts
    • Reference form
    • Statement of intent
    • Resume or Curriculum vitae
    • Personal interview
    • Two letters of recommendation (one medical)
  • BSN degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Active California registered nursing (RN) license
  • Unencumbered California RN license
  • Nursing experience (acute patient care) of one year preferred
  • Completion of statistics, chemistry and an upper division writing requirement


  • Certified background check
  • Evidence of current physical exam and immunization
  • Evidence of current malpractice insurance

*Required by end of first semester.

Course listing

Required Courses

NURS 700Professional Foundation and Advanced Nursing Role Development3
NURS 705Christian Values for Social Justice, Health Care Economics and Advocacy3
NURS 710Nursing Curriculum, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation3
NURS 710AMicroteaching Practicum1
NURS 715Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 720Advanced Patho-Physiology3
NURS 725Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 730Advanced Nursing Research3
NURS 735Primary Prevention: Individual, Family and Community Health3
NURS 735APrimary Prevention Practicum3
NURS 740AThesis/Project Development2
NURS 740BThesis/Project Development1
NURS 745Secondary Clinical Prevention: Individual, Family and Community Health3
NURS 745ASecondary Prevention Practicum: Individual, Family and Community Health3
NURS 750Tertiary Prevention: Older Adults3
NURS 750ATertiary Prevention Practicum3
NURS 755Systems Leadership, Business and Budget Planning3
NURS 760Role Synthesis and Evaluation for Advanced Practice2
NURS 790Clinical Immersion Experience3

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