Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner
Grand Canyon University

Program Details

Family nurse practitioner (FNP) positions allow nursing students to advance their studies and provide primary care for patients and families. The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Grand Canyon University is available for nursing students who want to be trained in performing comprehensive health assessments, diagnosing illness, and prescribing treatments for their patients. Independence is fundamental for FNPs, as they use their own judgments regarding important health decisions. Family Nurse Practitioners are sometimes the sole health care providers for inpiduals throughout their entire lifetimes; therefore, FNPs are able to see the same patients routinely for decades.

This specialized nursing program at GCU implements research for future FNPs to educate themselves and others when conducting their personal practices and influencing their clients’ health choices. Family nurse practitioners can elevate their careers by making an impact on professional and public policies as well. Advance practice courses, which are required in FNP studies, are coupled with clinicals to allow future FNPs to display how theory and learned concepts can be applied to various health situations. The specific categories of these course concentrations are management of adult, pediatric and adolescent, women’s, and geriatric primary care. 

An evidence-based practice project concludes this 53 credit hour program. In this capstone requirement, students apply their studies to identify and solve a problem that is relevant to their field. This project is intensive, as students must approach the assignment from various angles. They must assess the implementation of their solutions and all possible and preventable problems of their findings. Upon successful completion of this project, students will be trained as professional family nurse practitioners or, in some cases, registered nurses.

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Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Grand Canyon University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Occupational License, Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • This program requires two on-campus experiences.
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a CCNE/NLNAC or ACEN accredited program.

Clinical, practicum, and immersion hours are completed locally.


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