Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option

At this time, the CSUB Department of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization.

There are four advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) roles: certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and nurse practitioner (NP).  The FNP Program at CSUB prepares APRNs in the role of nurse practitioners (NP). Family nurse practitioners provide care for individuals and families across the lifespan. The FNP role includes preventative healthcare as well as assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness for individuals and families (NONPF, 2013). Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common health conditions. 

The Family Nurse Practitioner program at CSUB is a 2-year full-time program, which leads to a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialization. Graduates are prepared to provide high-quality, evidence-based, and family centered care to infants, children and adults across the lifespan and from diverse backgrounds.

Graduates of the FNP Program are:

  • Qualified to be certified as NPs by the State of California
  • Qualified to earn their furnishing number from the State of California
  • Prepared to take national FNP certification exams
  • Prepared to enter a doctoral program in nursing or related field

MSN (FNP) Brochure

For more information about the MSN/FNP curriculum, please download the MSN Program brochure.

MSN (FNP) Application

The MSN-FNP Program will be accepting applications for the fall 2018 program in October 2017.



Questions? Please contact the MSN Program Advisor.




Heidi He, DNP, RN, MSN, FNP Program Director