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Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science

Overview of FNP Program

A nurse practitioner is a highly sought-after healthcare provider with many exciting career opportunities.

At Niagara, you will experience a comprehensive education that combines theoretical and experiential learning methods to prepare you for an advanced practice role as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

This innovative 49-credit program affords learners 780 direct patient care and simulated clinical hours in accordance with NTF standards for NP education. Students develop advanced practice skills in order to safely assess, diagnose, and treat individuals across the lifespan. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for FNP national board certification offered by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Knowledge, skills, and competencies for advanced practice nursing and FNP specialty care are built across the curriculum. A state-of-the-art simulation center bridges theory with clinical experiential learning. A mixture of general practice precepted clinical experiences and specialty observations are also incorporated into the program.

Program Requirements:
  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program
  2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  3. Current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN)
  4. Mandated child abuse and infection control education certificates of completion
  5. Current CPR card, which must include a psychomotor (hands on) skill component
  6. Proficiency in the English language
  7. Proof of vaccinations in addition to physical within the past year
One year of professional nursing practice prior to commencing the FNP program is preferred.
 
There are instances when a candidate does not meet GPA requirements for admission and has compelling evidence to demonstrate potential for success in this program.  Candidates believing they may fall into this category are required to submit a written self-reflection with their application for admission consideration, in addition to two letters of recommendation from a MD, DO, PA, or NP.  These letters should convey their perception of a candidate’s ability to be successful in the MS-FNP program.
 

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Why FNP at NU?

Experiential Learning

On campus classes are held once per week, with scheduling that allow students to continue building registered nursing clinical expertise while pursuing an advanced degree

Flexibility

Candidates can complete studies in two years (or at a slower part-time pace) – with a flexible schedule that includes on-campus, online, and hybrid course offerings.

Quality

Our nursing faculty are regionally and nationally known as academic scholars and clinicians with expertise in research, pediatrics, adult and older adult medicine, and much more.

Dr. Christine Verni
"The outstanding and highly respected practitioners in the College of Nursing use their clinical and academic expertise to train registered nurses for the next level of practice, using professional connections and years of knowledge to open the doors to numerous opportunities for students training for advanced practice. We teach students how to succeed, and support the working professional with a blend of in-person and online courses in one-day per week and/or evening formats. As facilitators of a positive learning environment, our team helps students with planning clinical experiences that will expose them to rural and urban health care challenges while providing the highest level of care to every patient that they encounter"​
Christine Verni EdD, FNP-BC, APRN, CHSE
Dean

Careers

Primary Care Centers or Clinics
Specialty Clinics
Private Practice
Acute Care or Hospital Settings
Schools and Colleges
Long Term Care or Skilled Nursing Facilities
Schools and Colleges

Family Nurse
Practitioner Staff

MAIN CONTACT

Dr. Rebecca Roloff

Dr. Rebecca Roloff
DNP, FNP-BC, APRN, CHSE

Program Director

Dr. Michelle

Bork, DNP, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

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Margarita F.

Coyne, MSN, RN

Faculty Fellow - Nursing

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Alycia

Cramer, MS, NEd

Faculty Fellow - Nursing

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Dr. Zeinab

El-Housseini DNP, BSN, RN

Faculty fellow

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Colleen

Koszelak, MSN, RN

Faculty Fellow - Nursing

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Dr. Christine

Nelson-Tuttle

Associate Professor

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Jennifer

Olmstead, MS, RN

Faculty Fellow - Nursing

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Dr. Theresa

Puckett

Associate Professor

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Dr. Rebecca

Roloff

Assistant Professor

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Kristina

Sinsabaugh

Faculty Fellow

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