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 Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration. 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.


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 family nursing in primary (and some secondary) care settings. The majority of coursework is offered one day a week using a hybrid format. Students have a three-semester clinical preceptorship with a primary care provider. Computer and internet literacy is required.
  2. Professional Credentials
    The SJSU Family Nurse Practitioner option meets criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of the California Administrative Code and is 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 increasingly in 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 Jose 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.

Admission Requirements:

    1. Apply directly to the university with a declared objective of "Master of Science, Nursing". Prospective students must apply online at Cal State Apply Applicants must send one copy of all transcripts to the Graduate Assessment Evaluation Program (GAPE).
    2. Submit application to The Valley Foundation School of Nursing for admission to the Master of Science degree in Nursing program. This application is separate from the online application submitted to GAPE. The applicant will provide the following documents:
      • A statement of professional goals which outlines the applicant's goals in seeking the degree/and option.
      • An updated resume.
      • Two references, one academic and one professional, including the School of Nursing reference form and a recommendation on letterhead.
      • Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended.
      • A copy of Public Health Nursing Certificate if applicant has one.
      • The following documents should be uploaded to CastleBranch as directed
        • Completed health statement.
        • Completed immunization status record.
        • Clear background check.
        • Drug screen.
        • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in California (copy of current license).

        $250 application fee will be assessed upon the admission
        to the program

    1. Completion of a baccalaureate program with a major in nursing, including a community health experience equivalent to that at SJSU, accredited by the National League of Nursing or CCNE. Applicants who have completed non-nursing baccalaureate programs and have a California Registered Nurse license will be considered on an individual basis.
    2. A grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program coursework. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be evaluated on an individual basis and may be admitted in a conditional status.
    3. Evidence of knowledge and skills in the following areas:
      • Physical and psychosocial assessment developed to the level that the applicant can perform a complete history and physical exam on a well adult of either gender.
      • Introductory research course that has prepared the applicant to critique the usefulness of specific research studies to nursing practice.

Contact program coordinator: 
Deepika Goyal, PhD, FNP-C: