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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Provide Primary Care for Patients Across the Lifespan

According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the United States will be short at least 120,000 family medicine providers by 2030. Enrolling in Wilkes University’s online MSN-FNP program to become an advanced practice nurse allows you to be part of the solution.

As an FNP, you can make a difference in patients' lives by expanding your knowledge and skills beyond being able to diagnose and provide treatment at the bedside. With licensure as a family nurse practitioner, you will enjoy more autonomy in your practice, earn a higher salary, and provide disease prevention and management, counseling, and health and wellness education for families across the lifespan.

In this advanced nursing program, you’ll learn how to apply critical-thinking skills to clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning to positively impact patient outcomes physically, psychosocially, spiritually, cognitively and developmentally.

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Clinical Placement Support

Wilkes’ dedicated clinical placement team works with you to offer a high-quality placement experience that meets University and national guidelines and prepares you for success in our family nurse practitioner program.

Clinical placement services are built into the program's cost so you can focus on your coursework and the core competencies you need to succeed. We partner with you to:

  • Research and find a nearby site aligned with your interest in family health and wellness. 
  • Secure a preceptor to mentor and support you.
  • Organize all necessary documents and clearance requirements before the start of your clinicals.
  • Monitor your schedule and placement hours to ensure compliance.
Admission Requirements

Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis and will be evaluated for admission based on the criteria for each program. These admission standards represent the minimum eligibility requirements for the program.  Admission committee members reserve the right to request additional information from candidates for a more in-depth review of qualifications.

Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – FNP
  • Associate degree in nursing with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the NP clinical courses)
  • Resume
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – FNP
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • One year of clinical experience (by the start of the NP clinical courses)
  • Resume
Post-Graduate/APRN Certificate – FNP
  • MSN, DNP or BSN-DNP degree with a 3.0 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license*
  • Resume

*Applications presenting a history of disciplinary action on professional licenses will be subject to an additional review by the Special Licensure Discrepancy Committee of the University.

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* The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/ Doctor of Nursing Practice and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (