Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Human Connection is the Core of Healthcare
The Westminster Masters of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner program offers faculty mentoring, small class sizes, and hands-on experience students need to advance their nursing careers. Armed with your master’s degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of healthcare settings—from rural healthcare clinics to urban emergency rooms to specialized care settings.
Who It's For
If you’re looking to take your nursing career to the next level in a personalized learning environment that fits your personal schedule, find yourself at Westminster.
- Course schedules accommodate your working schedule to make it easier for you to pursue your studies.
- Students and faculty work together to arrange clinical experiences in highly reputable facilities aligned with their interests.
- An interactive and engaging environment that makes learning personal, enjoyable, and more memorable.
- Ability to work with underserved and rural communities to learn about the health issues they face (such as lack of preventative care and high cost of medication) and gain experience.
How Long It Takes
The program is 5 semesters of full-time study.
Accreditation Employers Trust
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Westminster College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
"The program is challenging, rewarding, and totally doable. As a working mother, I have been able to maintain part-time status while making every basketball game and mommy-me swim lessons. Going back to school has worked into our lives almost seamlessly and given me a great sense of accomplishment. Exceptional attention is provided to students, and the faculty have a vested interest in your success."
About the Program
A Little One-on-One Interaction Goes a Long Way
That’s why our professors get to know every student and make themselves available on a daily basis for questions and further discussion. Graduates step into the job market highly qualified and experienced, ready to establish therapeutic relationships, analyze healthcare policy, and combine theory with evidence to improve patient outcomes.
Our faculty offer current, real-world insight into current practices, policies, and challenges because they are practitioners themselves.
What You'll Learn
- Establish therapeutic relationships and use a holistic, culturally appropriate, evidence-based approach to assess, diagnose, and prescribe treatments for individuals, families, and clinical populations.
- Assume a leadership role in developing and implementing health promotion interventions for individuals, families, and communities.
- Analyze healthcare policy and the effect of these policies on nursing practice and healthcare delivery to advocate for improved public healthcare outcomes and the profession of nursing.
- Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspective to improve patient populations' practice and associated health outcomes.
- Employ interprofessional collaborative strategies utilizing information and communication technologies to design, coordinate, and evaluate patient-centered care.
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The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program's reputation for producing highly qualified, expertly skilled, and well-rounded students gives you a leg up as you apply for jobs.
You will leave Westminster prepared to pursue the demands and challenges you are interested in (rural, urban, or international) in a variety of career paths including clinical settings (family practice, internal medicine, diabetic clinics, acute care clinics, women's health centers, etc.), academia, legislation and policy, and more.
Following graduation, you are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Family Nurse Practitioner national certification exam.
Many graduates pursue licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) after taking their national certification exam. Licensing requirements vary by state. To become licensed as an APRN in Utah, students must apply with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
“What makes advanced practice nurses so important is that, in addition to diagnosing and treating acute issues, they are taught to provide wellness guidance to patients and encourage them to take an active role in their own well-being.”
Tuition and Fees
At Westminster, we are committed to making your education affordable.
Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment.
Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.
Students who completed an undergraduate degree at Westminster are eligible to receive the Westminster Alumni Scholarship.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.
Jan. 15, 2022