The family nurse practitioner program prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver primary health care to individuals and families throughout their lives. Family nurse practitioners are growing in importance as the entire industry looks for innovations that improve outcomes while also reducing overall costs.
Students enrolling in the family nurse practitioner program prior to January 2017 will earn an M.S.N. degree or post-master's certificate with an option to apply for continuation into the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program. Beginning January 2017, students will earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Completing the family nurse practitioner program qualifies you to sit for the family nurse practitioner national certification examination with either the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANPCP). On the family nurse practitioner national certification exam, our pass rates are consistently at or near 100%.
You may enter the M.S.N. family nurse practitioner program during January or August of 2016. The first class of D.N.P. family nurse practitioner students will enter in January 2017. We have multiple plans of study for nurses who have been prepared at the associate, bachelor's or master's level.
The family nurse practitioner option is led by certified nurse practitioner faculty who are experienced in clinical practice and teaching. You will precept with seasoned nurse practitioners and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education.
The family nurse practitioner program includes a great deal of flexibility with all courses taught online and minimal required on-campus attendance.
M.S.N. Entry Month: January 2016NursingCAS Deadline: September 1, 2015M.S.N. Entry Month: August 2016NursingCAS Deadline: April 1, 2016D.N.P. Entry Month: January 2017NursingCAS Deadline: August 1, 2016
To apply for a program that has a September 1 deadline, please use the 2013-2014 NursingCAS application only.
Family Nurse Practitioner Admission Criteria
The steps below outline the application process for the family nurse practitioner program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through the nursing centralized application process (NursingCAS) as well as a supplemental application form. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:
As stated on the NursingCAS site, the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) simplifies the process of applying to nursing programs. Complete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. NursingCAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the nursing programs you designate. These sections detail critical components of the centralized application process.
Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the NursingCAS Transcript Department. NursingCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by NursingCAS to verify your application.
Include state of issuance, number and expiration date.
These letters of recommendation will be submitted through NursingCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission. In the event of conditional admission, the applicant must complete the first nine credits of the required graduate nursing curriculum at Samford University with a B or better in each course attempted. Failure to meet the requirement as stated will prevent progression in the graduate program.
The family nurse practitioner program offers a five-semester curriculum and a six-semester curriculum. Both curriculums require 42 semester hours and 720 clinical hours (480 hours in family practice, 120 hours in women's health/OB/GYN and 120 hours in pediatrics).
Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits) Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits) Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credits)
Family Practice I: Care of Adults (6 credits) 240 Clinical Hours Common Diagnostics and Procedures (3 credits)
Family Practice II: Care of Women (3 credits) 120 Clinical Hours Population Health and Policy (3 credits)
Family Practice III: Care of Children (3 credits) 120 Clinical Hours Statistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits) Ethical Leadership and Collaboration (3 credits)
Family Practice IV: Practicum (6 credits) 240 Clinical Hours Research for Quality Improvement (3 credits)
Download the five-semester plan of study.
Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits) Advanced Physical Assessment (3 credits) Statistics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
Pharmacotherapeutics (3 credits) Research for Quality Improvement (3 credits)
Family Practice III: Care of Children (3 credits)120 Clinical Hours Ethical Leadership and Collaboration (3 credits)
Family Practice IV: Practicum (6 credits)240 Clinical Hours
Download the six-semester plan of study.
A 2008 graduate of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, was called to help provide needed care to vulnerable children around the world.