Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Online FNP Program at USC
Nursing@USC is the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing. The first MSN specialization to be offered by USC, our Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program is accredited by both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing.
This innovative program is designed for registered nurses and led by some of the nation’s most respected nurse practitioners.
Because of our unique structure within the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, you’ll benefit from a one-of-a-kind curriculum that combines rigorous advanced nursing practice with a robust social work foundation so you can strive to become an FNP who considers all aspects of patient care.
Take the next step toward becoming a community-minded FNP. Explore our online MSN FNP program.
FNP Online at a Glance
This program is designed for registered nurses with at least one year of clinical experience. You can take this program on a full- or part-time basis.
(51 with bridge course)
Clinical hours included
Months to completion.
Full time is five semesters; part time is eight.
On-campus intensives (OCIs)
You’ll learn the skills FNPs need to deliver high-level health care services, including:
- Diagnosing and treating common health problems
- Interpreting lab results and X-rays
- Prescribing medications
- Initiating and managing treatment plans
- Providing patient education and counseling to promote wellness
- Referring patients to other health professionals as needed
Online FNP Admissions Requirements
The online FNP program is designed for advanced practice nurses who meet the following requirements:
- A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- At least a 3.0 grade point average in your BSN or MSN program
- Completion of a three-credit course in statistics (with a grade of C or better)
- Must be a registered nurse licensed in the United States and reside within the U.S.
- One year of clinical experience
Online FNP Curriculum
Our evidence-based curriculum is aimed at helping aspiring family nurse practitioners develop comprehensive skills in advanced nursing practice to deliver effective treatment and preventive care to patients and communities. You’ll also learn aspects of research, policy and social work that will give you a strong foundation in social factors related to health.
Your coursework will integrate the following subject areas:
- Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis and Research Methods
- Community-Based Research
- Health Care Technology and Innovation
- Health Care Policy
- Health Care Management
You may be required to complete a two-unit, graduate-level bridge course before beginning the program to prepare for pathophysiology and pharmacology, two of the most challenging courses in the program.
The course will be required for admitted students who have one or more of the following:
- A grade of C+ or lower in undergraduate anatomy and physiology
- A grade of C+ or lower in undergraduate microbiology and chemistry
- A cumulative average grade of C+ or lower in undergraduate science courses
- An undergraduate/BSN completed overseas
- Academic transcripts more than five years old
- No undergraduate science courses beyond anatomy and physiology
Your online FNP experience will include two on-campus intensives (OCIs) in Los Angeles. OCIs test your classroom education with skill assessment exercises and exams with faculty.
Students in the five-term track will attend their first OCI at the end of their first term and the second OCI at the end of their third term. Students in the eight-term track will attend their first OCI at the end of their first term and their second OCI at the end of their fourth term.
The program incorporates online and in-person education. The online format allows you to seamlessly connect with USC faculty and fellow aspiring FNPs. You’ll be encouraged to collaborate with your peers and faculty during online discussion groups, regularly held office hours and while attending two OCIs.