College of Nursing Graduate Programs

MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Xavier University prepares baccalaureate and masters prepared registered nurses in the nurse practitioner role with the population focus of family / individual across lifespan. The family nurse practitioner (FNP) will apply family centered primary care including preventive care, diagnosis and treatment, as well as health maintenance and management of chronic illness to individuals across the life span in predominantly ambulatory primary care settings. The FNP track follows an integration of the MSN and nurse practitioner core courses and practicum experiences specific to the preparation of a family nurse practitioner. The course of study will culminate with an immersion practicum in the role of the FNP.

The large majority of nursing courses at Xavier are taught on campus with the exception of practicum courses. The program cannot be completed online.

The MSN FNP program requires 47 credit hours comprised of the 19 semester hour MSN core, synthesis and application and the 28 semester hour / 600 clinical hour nurse practitioner FNP core.

MSN Core/Synthesis/Application variations for FNP: NURS 754, NURS 703 and NURS 705 are not required.

FNP Track Courses (required in addition to MSN curriculum)

Nurse Practitioner Core (9 semester hours)

Course Course Title (Credit Hours)
NURS 658 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology (3)
NURS 680 Advanced Pathophysiology for RNs (3)
NURS 756 Advanced Health Assessment for RNs (3)

FNP Core (18 semester hours)

Course Course Title (Credit Hours) Clinical Hours
NURS 770 Primary Care FNP Role (3)
NURS 771 Woman’s Health & Family Care Practicum (1)* 120
NURS 772 Woman’s Health & Family Care (3)
NURS 773 Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care Practicum (1)* 120
NURS 774 Pediatric and Adolescent Family Care (3)
NURS 775 Adult and Geriatric Family Care Practium (1)* 120
NURS 776 Adult and Geriatric Family Care (3)
NURS 777 FNP in Practice Practicum (2)* 240
NURS 532 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nurses (2)

( )* indicates the number of didactic credit hours to practicum credit hour. Each practicum credit hour is 8 clinical contact hours: 1:8. The total number of practicum hours required for the FNP is 600.

Pre/Co-requisites: NURS 770 is pre/co-req for NURS 775/776 and is a prereq prereqs for NURS 773/774 and NURS 771/772.


Admission Information for MSN FNP Applicants: Admission is competitive and is available for the fall semester each academic year.

Family Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Certificate

Experienced registered nurses with an MSN from a regionally accredited college or university and CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accreditation are eligible to apply for the post-master's certificate program. The FNP post master's certificate program requires 18 to 27 semester hours, depending upon the applicant's previous completed course work. This certificate option requires the NP and FNP Core but does not require NURS 779.

Please contact the advisor of this track for more information:

Dr. Kimberly Toole
Associate Professor and FNP Program Director
College of Nursing 
Office: (513) 745-3095