Family Nurse Practitioner Program (M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    Pursue the knowledge and skills to deliver comprehensive primary care to clients from infancy to adulthood.

    Hybrid: Online and On-site in Beverly

    The Master of Science program with a concentration in family nurse practitioner focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and strategies for meeting patients’ primary care needs through a family-centered approach to health promotion and illness intervention.

    Students take core nursing courses and credits in the family nurse practitioner concentration that covers advanced coursework in health assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology; plus courses on health promotion, disease prevention and management, and differential diagnosis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 600 faculty-supervised clinical hours.

    • Affordable tuition
    • 45 credit hour program
    • Hybrid model offering in-class support with the flexibility of online learning
    • Convenient 6-week format for most core courses
    • Personal advising

    Upon completion of this track, you will be eligible for family nurse practitioner certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and will be able to apply for licensure as an NP in Massachusetts.

    Current Admission requirements for Nursing Programs (M.S.) Effective 3/15/19

    • GPA greater than or equal to 3.25
    • Photocopy of Registered Nurse License verification, which must be current and unrestricted
    • A basic statistics course is required of all students
    • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
    • Interview with members of the admissions committee
    • GRE for FNP candidates

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 31% growth rate for Nurse Practitioners through 2026, which is well above the 7% average growth rate for other occupations.

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
    • GPA greater than or equal to 3.25
    • Photocopy of Registered Nurse License verification, which must be current and unrestricted
    • A basic statistics course is required of all students;
    • Resume and/or curriculum vitae
    • Interview
    • GRE required for FNP Candidates ONLY

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Demonstrate a repertoire of skills and strategies for a nurse's role as an effective leader within an organization
    • Synthesize nursing knowledge and experience within a conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice
    • Function as a nurse leader in the conduct and application of research
    • Collaborate and communicate to establish and maintain a professional work environment
    • Engage in continuous life-long learning and scholarship
    • Integrate ethical, legal and professional standards of practice from the perspective of a nursing role specialty
    • Foster sensitivity to the individual's connectedness to the human and global community that will enhance the provision of care among diverse ethnic and cultural populations

    Required Curriculum

    Pre-Master's Pathway

    The Pre-Master's Pathway is designed for applicants who are registered nurses with an Associate degree or diploma in nursing who have a Bachelor degree or higher degree in a field other than nursing. This option offers alternative methods of qualifying for admission to the Graduate School based on transfer of academic courses and course enrollment. In order to be admitted to the Pre-Master's Pathway, students are required to have completed undergraduate professional nursing courses in nursing leadership, nursing research and concepts/practice in community health. Students may have to submit the course syllabi from other nursing schools for evaluation or enroll in courses at Endicott College to meet these requirements.

    Although the Pre-Master's Pathway does not grant a Bachelor degree in nursing, it can enable the student to meet the criteria for admission into the graduate program in nursing. The Pre-Master's Pathway grants exemptions for the specific graduate program admission requirement of a nursing baccalaureate degree.

    Once students have been accepted into the program and completed the necessary prerequisites, they will follow the Traditional Master's course work.

    If applicable to applicant, the four additional pre-requisite courses are:

    MTH 126 - Applied Statistics
    NU 306 - Nursing Research
    *Designated Writing Course
    NU 408 - Leadership and Management in Nursing
    NU 411 - Community/Population Health Nursing

    Total Degree Requirements for Pre-Master's Pathway - 13 credits

    Traditional Master's Pathway

    The Traditional Master's Pathway is designed for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The common course of study for each specialty includes graduate core courses in theories, research process and design, and contemporary issues and trends that influence nursing practice. The courses follow a detailed sequence needed to develop expertise in each concentration.

    Program of Study: Required Courses (six courses)

    NUR 502 - Contemporary Issues and Trends in Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 508 - Role Development Within Professional Organizations
    NUR 525 - Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 504 - Managing Operations, Finance, and Risk
    NUR 574 - Nursing Research I: Methods
    NUR 575 - Nursing Research II: Project

    Subtotal of Core Credit Hours - 18 credits

    Nursing Education Concentration (four courses)

    NUR 561 - Nurse as the Educator
    NUR 505 - Curriculum Design, Course Development, and Program Evaluation
    NUR 565 - Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching
    NUR 509 - Internship in Educator Role

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 15 credits

    Total Nursing Education Degree Requirements - 33 credits

    Nursing Administration Concentration (four courses)

    NUR 526 - Nurse as the Administrator
    NUR 510 - Organization and Structure of Nursing Leadership
    NUR 532 - Administration: Practice and Quality Outcomes
    NUR 582 - Internship in Administrator Role

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 15 credits

    Total Nursing Administration Degree Requirements - 33 credits

    Global Health Concentration (four courses)

    NUR 541 - Nurse in Global Health
    NUR 542 - Principles of Global Health
    NUR 543 - Global Health Nursing: Assessment and Evaluation
    NUR 544 - Internship in Global Nursing Role

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 15 credits

    Total Global Health Degree Requirements - 33 credits

    Family Nurse Practitioner (eight courses)

    NUR 550 - Pathophysiology of Human Disease for Advanced Nursing Practice
    NUR 551 - Comprehensive Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnostic Decision Making
    NUR 562 - Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Family Nurse Practitioner
    NUR 566 - Seminar for the Professional Nurse Practitioner
    NUR 567 - Primary Care of the Childbearing Family
    NUR 568 - Primary Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum
    NUR 569 - Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient
    NUR 570 - Primary Care of the Adult and Geriatric Patient Practicum

    Subtotal of Concentration Credit Hours - 27 credits

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Requirements - 45 credits

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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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