Master's of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner

ContentsFNP Student

About the Program
Admissions
Advising
Announcements
Resources
Alumni

The San Jose State FNP program has outstanding leadership in Dr. Goyal and Dr. Spilker. The professors in the program are both passionate and approachable. I am thankful for the exceptional clinical rotations I was able to experience during my time in the program. I am proud to say I earned my advanced practice degree through SJSU Valley School of Nursing graduate FNP program."
-Emily Lynch, MSN, APRN, NP-C

About the Program

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San José State University offers a Master of Science Degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

The master's degree programs in nursing at San José State University, are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Additionally, San José State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Masters Essentials is the Foundation for the graduate curriculum. Our Tenured and Tenure Track faculty educated at the doctoral level are dedicated to providing the very finest nursing education.

We accept applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner program in the Fall Semester. The program follows a full time cohort model over 5 semesters. Courses are offered in hybrid format which includes online and in-person meetings. Class attendance is required every Tuesday evening, 4pm - 9pm, with additional days for clinical practicum courses.

The MS Nursing FNP Program accepts students who have completed a baccalaureate in nursing and have an unrestricted California RN license. Students who have a California RN license and who have been awarded a non-nursing baccalaureate degree, may be admitted on an individual basis.

An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required and potential applicants need to demonstrate knowledge and skills in physical and psychosocial assessment developed to the level that the applicant can perform and complete a full history and physical exam. Two years of acute care nursing experience is preferred. 

Admissions

To apply to the FNP program please complete the graduate studies application Cal State Apply.

The FNP program is located under extended studies. Please see advising slides for more information regarding the application. It is strongly encouraged that you attend an information session before applying.

Additional information that will be requested as part of your graduate studies application:

  • Current resume
  • Statement of professional goals:
    • Why do you want to be a nurse practitioner?
    • What are your goals after obtaining your degree?
  • Two letters of reference, either professional or academic
  • Copy of a current, unrestritcted California Registered Nursing License

Once students are formally accepted into one the program, additional health documents will be required (titers, background check, drug testing, malpractice insurance) administered through third party document tracker.

Advising

Please attend our information sessions before applying.

Announcements

Fall 2021 applications are open from October 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021. For additional questions please send an email to: nursing-graduate@sjsu.edu.

Resources 

Alumni

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I believe education starts with a strong foundation, especially in advanced practice nursing. The passion the professors have for nursing is exceptional. The guidance from my advisor and mentors gave me a space conducive to learning and to begin to explore research. The opportunities presented for clinical gave me the experience to feel confident in transitioning from RN to NP. I am proud to say I graduated from SJSU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program."
-Michelle Salameh, MS, APRN, NP-C