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Master of Science in Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Details

The online MSN / Family Nurse Practitioner degree program from Samuel Merritt University helps students develop the clinical knowledge and practical skills they need to gain licensure as Family Nurse Practitioners. Coursework prepares students to:

  • ​Work with patients to develop thorough, accurate medical histories
  • ​Perform examinations and diagnostic tests, including interpretation of results
  • ​Establish and implement care plans based on patient needs and monitor ongoing effectiveness
  • ​Promote healthy living habits and provide advice about preventive care
  • Make referrals and consult with other practitioners
  • Produce graduate-level research for peer review
  • ​Lead within the profession and act as advocates for patients

​Graduates may seek employment in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, community health organizations, schools, hospice care, nursing homes, and private practice.


  • Must be a licensed, currently practicing Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Demonstrate an interest in working with underserved populations;
  • Have successfully completed at least one course in statistics;
  • Can provide two letters of reference.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


Our online program is approved for nurses seeking to practice in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio & Virginia