Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver primary health care to individuals and families across the lifespan.  Graduates of the FNP program earn a MSN degree or post-master's certificate with an option to apply for continuation into the DNP program, if desired.  Successful completion of the FNP program qualifies graduates to sit for the FNP national certification examination with either the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). FNP program entry is available during January and August of each year. Multiple plans of study are available for nurses prepared at the associates, bachelors or masters level. The FNP program consists of 42 credit hours and is designed to offer flexibility with on-line courses and minimal on-campus attendance.

FNP students:

  • Earn a MSN degree on-line in 18-24 months without having to relocate
  • Participate in cutting-edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Complete 720 clinical hours in a variety of primary care sites available across the United States ranging from pediatrics to obstetrics/gynecology to adult/geriatrics
  • Precept with seasoned NP's and physicians who are dedicated to excellent patient care and student education
  • Receive close, personal attention from caring and supportive Samford faculty and advisors
  • Learn from certified nurse practitioner faculty who are experienced in clinical practice and teaching
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practices
  • Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham, Alabama for 3 required sessions during the program (~4 days per session)

FNP graduates:

  • Work in diverse practice settings providing comprehensive primary health care to all ages
  • 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, evidenced-based, family-centered approach to care
  • Promote quality health care and improve clinical outcomes of patients
  • Emphasize health promotion and disease prevention

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