Nursing (MSN, FNP)

Master of Science
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With a focus on assessment, prevention and instruction, our master of science in nursing gives you a broad education, applicable to today’s evolving healthcare field. FPU develops nursing professionals equipped with the values, knowledge and skills to improve health for all through leadership and service. An FNP emphasis focuses on primary care across the lifespan with practicums that prepare you for this specialty. Family nurse practitioners 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 be offered clinical placement in our innovative residency program. 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. Read more about our residency program from Lisa Hood, DNP, MSN.

Application Deadlines

Apply ByFor SemesterStarting in Month
April 1FallAugust
September 15SpringJanuary


  • Curriculum meets AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) standards.
  • A challenging yet supportive academic environment
  • Accredited university program
  • Experienced faculty with real world 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
  • Students are offered placement in FNP PREP, our new clinical residency program

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.

Program director

Lisa Hood
Lisa Hood, DNP, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Program Director, MSN/FNP


Stacy Wise, D.N.P.
Stacy A. Wise, DNP

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Nursing

Admission requirements

  • Complete application packet
    • Application form
    • $90 fee
    • Official transcripts
    • Reference form
    • Statement of intent
    • Resume or Curriculum vitae
    • Personal interview
  • BSN degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Active California registered nursing (RN) license
  • 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