Skip to Main Content Skip to Footer

M.S. in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Rowan nursing student by the fountains near Rowan Boulevard

Program Information

The Rowan Experience
Open Close

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) at Rowan University program provides registered nurses (R.N.) with the skills to assume leadership roles in their respective organizations. The nurse practitioner (N.P.) concentration prepares RNs to sit for the concentration certification exam. The certifying agency determines eligibility for the exam. The concentration’s focus on family care will allow graduates to work with patients over a long period of time in a primary care setting.

This program is accredited by the Collegiate Commission of Nursing Education.

MSN Curriculum
Open Close

The Rowan University Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) is a part-time program offered in a hybrid format with a combination of fully online courses, face to face classes, and clinical experiences. At the completion of the M.S.N. the graduate will have completed clinical hours as determined by the accrediting body in the area of the Nurse Practioner track.

All applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing program will complete seven core graduate level courses. Admission to the concentration will only occur after application review by the coordinator. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Master of Science in Nursing core courses in order to be considered by the Department of Nursing to move into the Nurse Practitioner Concentration Track.

The following courses make up the M.S. in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner program.

  • 15-18 Courses / 44-53 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 22 S.H.
NURS 05504 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 05505 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 05503 Advanced Nursing Research 4
NURS 05501 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 05500 Integrated Information Technology In Health Care 3
NURS 05507 Leadership & Care Delivery Environment 3
NURS 05508 Special Issues & Trends In Nursing 3
Nurse Practitioner Core Courses: 4 S.H.
NURS 05516 Epidemiology Health Promotion & Disease Management 2
NURS 05517 Nurse Practitioner Role: History, Practice Regulations, Reimbursement and Ethics 2
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): 18 S.H.
NURS 05538 Adult Acute and Chronic Disease Management 3
NURS 05532 Across the Life Span Primary Care (Theory) 3
NURS 05544 FNP Women’s Health/Pediatric Clinical (200 hours) 3
NURS 05545 FNP Clinical I (200 hours) 3
NURS 05546 Women’s Health and Pediatrics (Theory) 3
NURS 05547 FNP Clinical II (200 hours) 3

* Special Issues & Trends in Nursing (must be last MSN core course taken)

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
Open Close

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed foundation courses

    • Comprehensive Health Assessment and Research Applications in Nursing Practice. (the MSN Academic Advisor will determine foundation course equivalencies)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Current professional resume
  • Copy of valid CPR card (must be updated every two years and sent the Department of Nursing)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum grade of "C" or better in all nursing subject area courses
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned; presented in a sealed official envelope)
  • Proof of current (U.S), valid RN license (must maintain active New Jersey RN license the duration of the program)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources
  • Individual Professional Malpractice Insurance (required at time of application and must be maintained the duration of the program)
Scholarship Opportunities
Open Close

Rowan University is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to support M.S. in Nursing students enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs.

These opportunities are provided through the DREAM program, a grant-funded initiative by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). This is a partial scholarship that applies to the Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner classes. The scholarship does not apply to the core classes in the MSN program. 

The purpose of the DREAM program is to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives trained and prepared to provide primary care services, mental health and substance use disorder care, and/or maternal health care. The grant will support the training and graduation of advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students/trainees in these disciplines by providing tuition and other eligible supports to trainees. Funding preference will be given to those applicants who are committed to practice in underserved or rural communities or state and local health departments. Individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply to the program. All interested individuals are welcome to apply.

For more information, contact Dr. Carmen McDonald, Graduate Program Director, Department of Nursing at 856-256-5180 or

Ready to start your journey at Rowan?

Learn More

Family Nurse Practitioner

Career Outlook

The employment rate of Nurse Practitioners is expected to grow 26 percent between 2018 and 2028, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you pursue this in-demand field, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including private practice, hospitals and urgent care.

Additional Information

Deadlines, Tuition and Financial Aid