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The Master of Science in Nursing prepares registered nurses with a Bachelor's degree for advanced nursing practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The goal of the graduate nursing program is to provide advanced practice professional education. Graduate education in nursing builds upon the undergraduate knowledge base in the natural, social, behavioral and nursing sciences. Graduates are prepared for increasing responsibilities in clinical practice, advocacy and are appreciative and responsive to the healthcare needs of underserved populations.

Degree requirements include completing a culminating experience during the final semester of study. The experience provides an opportunity for the students to synthesize the major learning outcomes of the graduate program.

MSN-FNP Prerequisites

To qualify for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. SSU admission criteria as a Classified Graduate student
  2. R.N., licensed in California
  3. Two years' experience as an R.N. preferred. Will consider individual background experience.
  4. BSN Overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 in last 60 units of college-level coursework
  5. Completion of college level Statistics
  6. Completion of community health nursing course

Application Process

There are two parts to the application process. You must complete both parts.

  1. CSU Graduate Applications.
  2. FNP Supplemental Applications
    • Accepted from November 1 to January  31 in SSU's Department of Nursing, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.
    • Download the FNP Supplemental Application.

A complete supplemental application consists of:

  1. Completed FNP Supplemental Application form, including essay and paragraph
  2. Three Recommendations, (submit with application in sealed envelopes, 1 form is included in application packet). Recommendation Form
  3. Copy of RN license
  4. $60.00 non-refundable application fee, made payable to SSU

Submit items 1-4 as a packet to the Nursing Department. A packet missing any of these items will not be considered after application deadline.

Effective for Fall 2012: SSU's Nursing Department no longer requires the NLN Challenge exam for Anatomy and Physiology.

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate students attend the same classes as the MS-FNP students, but they do not apply to the University. Instead, they register and pay fees through Extended Education. To check current costs go to the School of Exended Education. Required texts cost somewhat more than $1,000.

Post-MSN FNP Certificate Prerequisites

To qualify for the post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Master of Science in Nursing
  2. R.N., licensed in California
  3. Two years' experience as an R.N. preferable. Will consider individual background experience
  4. Overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 in graduate program coursework

Applications are accepted from November 1 to January 31. To find the application go to: http://www.sonoma.edu/nursing/

Submit complete application to:

Nursing Department
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Fax: 707/664-2653

An incomplete application will not be considered.

A complete supplemental application consists of:

  1. Application form, including essay and paragraph.
  2. Three Recommendations (submit with application in sealed envelopes, 1 form is included in the application). Recommendation Form
  3. Official transcripts of your MS and BS programs.
  4. Copy of RN license.
  5. $60.00 non-refundable application fee, made payable to SSU.

A University application is not required for the Post Masters Certificate Program.

Please note: Because of national certification Requirements, applicants must have an MS in Nursing.

Effective for Fall 2012: SSU's Nursing Department no longer requires the NLN challenge exam for Anatomy and Physiology.