Sacred Heart University

College of Nursing

Master of Science: Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner


Office of Graduate Admissions

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science: Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The goal of the Family Nurse Practitioner track (FNP and post-masters certificate) is to prepare students to successfully pass either the American Nurse’s Association Certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. These national certification examinations allow the student to apply for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse license in the State of Connecticut with full prescribing privileges.
An essential component of this curriculum is an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and health restoration within a strong community framework. The curriculum promotes student understanding of the benefits, challenges and issues of working with individuals and families from a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds.
The FNP program provides essential content and clinical experiences required for practice in family primary care for individuals of all ages. The graduate will be competent in the provision of care for medically underserved populations and provision of care in such settings as ambulatory care, long-term care and other community based settings. Degree candidates will spend 500 clinical hours in a variety of agencies to allow for synthesis of clinical judgment, assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills. Our flexible curriculum allows for a combination of both learning online and in the traditional classroom setting.

Our graduates are well prepared for the evolving role of family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the didactic and clinical curriculum, graduates are prepared to diagnose and manage the most common acute and chronic health problems encountered in the primary care setting. In the advanced practice role, FNPs demonstrate autonomous and collaborative decision-making (with physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team), and are directly accountable for clinical judgment. Graduates will assume the responsibilities of prescriptive authority as delineated by the Connecticut Nurse Practice Act for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Recent graduates are employed in a wide variety of settings including physician offices, hospitals, clinics, sub-acute settings, public health departments, nursing schools and more.


The baccalaureate and masters programs in nursing at Sacred Heart University are accredited through June 2020 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120 or 1- 202-887-6791. All programs of study leading to undergraduate or graduate degrees (including online programs) are fully accredited and approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education Board of Governors and regionally accredited by NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 42

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 750 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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