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MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner

The program prepares nurses in the advanced practice role of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with competencies in family health promotion and the clinical management of common health conditions across the lifespan. 

The full-time hybrid program is designed so students are only required to be on the Biltmore Park campus one day a week (Tuesdays). All other coursework is taught online. The course load ranges from eight to ten hours per semester. See the FNP Program of Study for more details. Clinical placements are available in a variety of settings in or near the students' communities.

Degree Requirements

The FNP Program requires 51 to 52 semester hours of coursework, and 640 total clinical hours. Students have the choice of completing a project or thesis.

Post-Masters Certificate Option

A Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program also is available to students who have earned an MS degree in nursing. This option requires 43 semester hours of study.

Costs and Additional Expenses

FNP students will now be eligible for full financial aid due to the program's full-time status. Visit the WCU Financial Aid Office website for more information. Click here for current graduate tuition and fees rates. Information on additional loan and scholarship opportunities can be found on the WCU School of Nursing's Nursing Scholarships website.

Want More Information?

Click here to find out more by reading the FNP Program FAQs and MS(N) admission requirements. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Jessica Shirley, Director of Student Services at or click on the MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner Program link to submit your request. 


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