Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
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 the development and implementation of health promotion interventions for individuals, families, and communities.
- Analyze healthcare policy and the effect of these policies on nursing practice and healthcare delivery in order to advocate for improved public healthcare outcomes and the profession of nursing.
- Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspective to improve practice and associated health outcomes for patient populations.
- Employ interprofessional collaborative strategies utilizing information and communication technologies in the design, coordination, and evaluation of patient centered care.
- Have an awareness of health issues and the compassion that comes with clinical experience in the community.
- Have a commitment to reading and interpreting medical journals and studies to stay current and continue lifelong learning.
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, 2021