Family Nurse Practitioner

Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

"Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression."
Institute of Medicine
October 2010



Program Snapshot: 41 units to degree, 7 total courses, online and evening program, Fall Admission. (Fees are subject to review & change)

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The San Jose State Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers a Master of Science, Nursing, concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The program focuses on the theoretical and scientific bases for the diagnosis and treatment of common illness, as well as health teaching, counseling and preventive services.

Emphasis is placed upon advanced clinical skills, including history-taking and physical examination, health screening, management of common illness, and techniques of prevention and risk reduction.

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Program Features

  1. Comprehensive Curriculum
    The FNP program includes core courses which focus on theoretical/conceptual foundations, evidence-based nursing practice, leadership and policy/advocacy issues in professional nursing. The curriculum focuses on the theory and practice of advanced practice nursing care in primary (and some secondary) settings. The majority of coursework is offered one day a week using a hybrid format. Students have a three-semester clinical preceptorship which will include primary/adult care, geriatrics, pediatrics, and women’s health. Computer and internet literacy is required.
  2. Professional Credentials
    The San Jose State Family Nurse Practitioner option meets criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of
    the California Administrative Code and is fully approved by the California BRN. Graduates are eligible for
    and encouraged to seek national certification by taking either the American Nurses Credentialing Center
    (ANCC) FNP exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) exam.
  3. Job Opportunities
    Nurse practitioners are in increasingly high demand due to changes in the health care system resulting from the Affordable Care Act. According to the American Nurses Association, approximately 60 - 80% of primary and preventive care can be performed by nurse practitioners. The growing emphasis on prevention and public health will offer excellent job opportunities for FNP in the coming years.

Applying to the Program

Formal admission to San José State office of graduate studies as well as the Valley Foundation School of Nursing is required for entry into the program. The program is offered as a full-time cohort model with admission each fall semester. The next family nurse practitioner graduate program will start in fall 2018.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Apply to the San José State University office of graduate studies with a declared objective of Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner concentration Cal State ApplyApplications will be accepted October 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018Applicants must send a copy of official transcripts to the Graduate Assessment Evaluation Program (GAPE).
  2. Submit a supplemental nursing application to the The Valley Foundation School of Nursing through NursingCas

    Applications will be accepted October 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018. Please note that this application is separate from the San José State office of graduate studies application.

  3. The applicant will be asked to upload the following documents:
    • Current resume or curriculum vita
    • Statement of professional goals, outlining your goals as a nurse practitioner in seeking
      the degree.
    • Two professional or academic references
    • Official transcripts
    • Copy of a current, unrestricted California Registered Nursing License
    • Copy of Public Health Nursing Certificate if applicant has one.
  4. Once students are formally accepted into the family nurse practitioner program, additional health documentation will required which is administered through a third party document tracker. A non-refundable $250 program fee will also be assessed.

*Note: Calstate Apply, NursingCas, and third party document trackers have additional fees.

Family Nurse Practitioner Course Sequence (PDF)

Contact program coordinator: 
Deepika Goyal, PhD, FNP-C: Deepika.Goyal@sjsu.edu