Family Nurse Practitioner
The master's family nurse practitioner program prepares registered 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.
Completing the program qualifies you to sit for the FNP national certification examination with either the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANPCB). On the family nurse practitioner national certification exam, our pass rates are consistently at or near 100%.
The FNP 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.
You may enter the program in January or August of each year. The program offers flexibility with all courses taught online and only three required campus visits.
- Earn a Master of Science in nursing degree online without having to relocate
- Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
- Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime and from any internet-connected electronic device
- Complete clinical hours in a variety of primary care sites across the United States, ranging from pediatrics to obstetrics/gynecology to adult/geriatrics
- Receive instruction from experienced nurse practitioners and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education
- Receive close, personal attention from highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
- Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices
- Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham for three required sessions during the program - during times such as a global pandemic, students will have the option to join the intensives virtually.
- Seamlessly continue into our Doctor of Nursing Practice Program without reapplying
The family nurse practitioner program prepares you to:
- Work in diverse practice settings providing comprehensive primary health care to all age groups
- Diagnose and manage common acute and chronic health problems as an interdisciplinary health care team member
- Write prescriptions and order diagnostic tests
- Apply a holistic, evidence-based, family-centered approach to care
- Promote quality health care and improve clinical outcomes of patients
- Emphasize health promotion and disease prevention
Admission Requirements & Criteria
- Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
- B.S.N. from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and institutionally accredited college or university
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
- A video submission
- One undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of C (2.0) or better
- One undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of B (3.0) or better
- International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or Permanent Residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
- American citizens or Permanent Residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission to the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
- Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis.
Out-of-state applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with their state’s regulations governing distance accessible programs. Prospective students who plan to conduct Samford’s distance education/clinical in a state other than Alabama, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to students enrolled in out-of-state programs. Students residing in states with strict rules and regulations for distance education may not be eligible to receive an offer of admission.
- Transcripts can be sent electronically to email@example.com or by mail to:
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing Graduate Student Services
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
- Three letters of recommendation – two professional (at least one supervisor) and one academic
- Personal statement indicating career plans and likelihood of success in graduate study
- Professional resume
- Applications are submitted online through Slate
Plans of Study
Spring Semester Plan of Study
Fall Semester Plan of Study
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for in-state and out-of-state students is $888 per credit hour. Tuition may be paid online or at Samford One Stop, and must be paid by the first day of each semester/term. Policies and methods for tuition and fee payment can be found in the Samford University catalog and the Samford One Stop website.
Fees are automatically generated following registration. For a full list of university, school and course fees please view our graduate fees worksheet.
The following additional fees are applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year:
- Remote Proctor – $200
- Background check – cost varies by state
- ESS compliance account - $70
A financial assistance program administered by Samford One Stop has been established to aid students in attending Samford University.
To learn more about financial aid options, please visit the Samford One Stop or call 205-726-2905.