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Master of Science in Nursing, Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner

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With our Master of Science, Nursing, Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), you have the opportunity to continue your full-time nursing career while achieving one of the highest degrees in professional nursing. 40 units and five semesters to complete this degree.

Enhance your nursing career with the Master of Science, Nursing, Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner degree—an opportunity that enhances your job opportunities and increases your pay.

The FNP program offered by The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at SJSU focuses on advancing your clinical skills and using a theoretical and scientific basis for diagnosing and treating your patients. These skills can also be used for preventive services.

Upon completion of the FNP degree, you will be able to provide primary and preventative care.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Features

Face-to-face experience

As a student, you have the chance to interact with faculty who are also practitioners providing care to patients through the three-semester preceptorship.

Cohort model

Cohort-style learning offers you the opportunity to network with other professionals, expand your perspective and receive and offer support.

Nursing opportunity

According to the Bureau of Labor Service, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners' careers are growing at an unbelievable 40% which is much higher than other occupations. Approximately 30,200 jobs will be added each year over the next decade.

AANP exam

The San José State Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree meets the criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of the California Administrative Code and is fully approved by the California BRN. Graduates are eligible to seek national certification by taking either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) FNP exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam.

Career Opportunities

  • SJSU is located in the Bay Area, which has a diverse population. Many students choose to work within the city and go on to work for one of our local healthcare agencies.
  • According to 2023, US News, 100 Best Jobs in America, Nurse Practitioner is listed as #2 and has a median salary of $120,680.
  • Nurse Practitioners in California make an average of $151,830 per year, which is 28% higher than the National Average.

My advice for the nurses that really want to pursue this program is don’t think about it, don’t delay, just do it. This program is very flexible and allows us to maintain a full-time job and still be able to come to school and pursue a higher level degree.

Kamaljit Kaur
Student, FNP

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements
    • Be a registered nurse (RN), licensed to practice in California with a Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) or; an RN with a Bachelor’s degree in another field.
    • One year of RN clinical nursing experience following RN licensure.
    • No GRE required

    Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

    For further details and specifics, visit the FNP program site.

  • How to Apply
    1. Complete all sections of the online application with Cal State Apply.
    2. Pay the $70 non-refundable application processing fee
    3. Submit transcripts when directed (check MYSJSU)
    4. Internationally educated students must submit a TOEFL score and Transcript evaluation
    5. A non-refundable $250 program fee will also be assessed once students are formally accepted into the family nurse practitioner program.

    For further details and specifics, visit the FNP program site.

  • Application Deadlines

    Application deadline for domestic students:

    Fall 2024

    • Domestic Application Deadline: April 1, 2024*
    • Domestic Document Deadline: April 20, 2024*

    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

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