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

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MSN-FNP Program 

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

There are four advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) roles:

1. Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)

2. Certified nurse midwife (CNM)

3. Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

4. 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) specialty. 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.


What is an NP?

A nurse practitioner, often called an “NP” for short, is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed graduate level education such as a master’s or a doctoral degree. All NPs in California are registered nurses licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) who have completed additional education and training, and have an expanded scope of practice over the traditional registered nurse role. (Adopted from

Questions? Please contact the MSN Program Advisor.

Heidi He, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, RN

Graduate Program Director

Maria Rubolino- Gallego, RN, MSN, FNPc

FNP Program Director