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Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide primary health care services across the lifespan to individuals, families and aggregates in the community.  Besides primary care services, critical foci include practice models which emphasize the family as unit, health promotion and disease prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The goal of the FNP program is to prepare highly skilled and culturally sensitive advanced practice nurses who are committed to providing quality and cost effective primary care services to individuals, families and communities.  The program places special emphasis on providing services to the medically underserved.

At the completion of the Master of Science Degree in nursing, the graduate will have achieved the following objectives: 

  1. Demonstrate professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the unique specialty at the master’s level.
  2. Translate theoretical and conceptual knowledge into advanced nursing practice actions that promote optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.
  3. Integrate informatics, health care technology, and interpersonal collaboration in the delivery of person-centered nursing practice for individuals and populations.
  4. Engage in systems leadership with a focus on preventive care, policy development, and patient advocacy.
  5. Integrate the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in providing culturally-competent, compassionate, holistic, and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.


The nursing programs at the McAuley School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036-1120. Phone: (202) 887-6791, Fax: (202) 887-8476

Admission Criteria for the Master of Science in Nursing Program

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a nationally-accredited program.
    • RNs with a baccalaureate degree in another field could qualify for the MSN bridge program.  The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited program.  Each application will be individually assessed to determine courses needed to bridge into the MSN program.  This gap analysis will determine what additional courses will be required at the baccalaureate level to ensure they have met the prerequisites necessary for graduate education in nursing.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  3. A minimum of 2000 hours of experience as a registered nurse.
  4. An unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan or in the state of home residence.
  5. Official transcripts from each institution of higher education.
  6. Three letters of professional recommendation with at least one from someone in a supervisory capacity.
  7. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives.
  8. Current resume or CV.
  9. An interview with graduate faculty.

Note: A GRE is required for any student petitioning for admission to the program with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0.

Degree Requirements

The MSN degree with the FNP major requires 44 credit hours and 720 clinical hours. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full-time and part-time options for degree completion. Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. A program of part-time study can be completed in three years. The Master of Science degree is conferred at the completion of the program requirements. In addition, the MSON offers a post-master’s certificate option for those individuals who already possess a master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program. The requirements of this option are individualized but generally require the advanced practice nursing core and family nurse practitioner clinical courses. Once students begin the clinical practicum, they are required to complete at least 240 clinical hours each semester. Clinical placements are variable and may occur any weekday in the surrounding Detroit metropolitan area. 

Graduates of the program and those who complete the post-master’s certificate are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students are urged to contact the specific Board of Nursing in the state in which they intend to practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements.

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Program Prerequisites:
Licensed registered nurse (RN) with a baccalaureate degree.

Required Courses

Interprofessional Core  Cr.
HLH 5700 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues  3
HLH 5500 Research Methods in Health Care  3
Intraprofessional Advanced Practice Core  
NUR 5020 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice  3
NUR 5030 Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice  3
HLH 5900 Advanced Pathophysiology  3
NUR 5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses  3
NUR 5055 Systems Leadership, Quality Improvement and Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice  3
Advanced Practice Clinical Core Courses
NUR 5150 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan  2
NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment  3
NUR 5250 Common and Episodic Problems  3
NUR 5260 Clinical Practicum II  2
NUR 6030 Professional Role Development and Business Practices  2
NUR 6130 Procedures and Diagnostics Workshop for the APN  1
NUR 6150 Chronic and Complex Problems Across the Lifespan  3
NUR 6160 Clincal Practicum III  2
NUR 6250 Psychosocial Issues and Health Integration  3
NUR 6260 Clinical Practicum IV  2
Program Contact Information:

Janet M. Baiardi, PhD, FNP-BC
CHP 227
Phone: (313) 993-2443
Fax: (313) 993-1271

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