There is one school in New Jersey for nurses seeking an online family nurse practitioner (FNP) degree. Felician University offers both a master’s (MSN) and post-master’s certificate in the FNP specialty area. A bachelor’s of science (BSN) is required for entry into the MSN program, and an MSN is required for the post-master’s. An online fast-track pathway is also available to RNs seeking the MSN-FNP. The FNP program requires a total of three campus visits.
The online family nurse practitioner (FNP) programs offered by Felician University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Read on for a more detailed description of these programs and information on FNP licensing requirements in the state of New Jersey.
Program Information: Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs in New Jersey
Family nurse practitioners trained at Felician University take on leadership roles in the primary care of individuals across the lifespan. Management of acute and chronic conditions and the promotion of wellness are the terrain of FNPs in clinical practice settings. An emphasis on patient-centered care, safety, quality, and ethics are the hallmarks of Felician University’s nursing programs.
Students enrolled in the 40-credit MSN program must complete 650 clinical hours over three years. Courses include primary health care, advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology and prescriptive practice, advanced clinical pathophysiology, and foundations of epidemiology. Specialized courses such as technical writing and statistics further prepare graduates for the workforce. Coursework is offered online, and clinical hours are completed at designated practicum sites.
The FNP post-master’s certificate entails 31 hours of coursework and the same number of clinical hours. Transfer credits from another accredited FNP program may be accepted if completed within the past five years.
The RN-to-MSN online fast-track program takes 45 months to complete. In addition to core requirements, featured courses include primary care of women, adult-gerontology, and pediatric populations. GRE scores are only required of applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0.
New Jersey FNP Licensing Requirements
Advanced practice nurses are required to be certified by the New Jersey Board of Nursing to work as family nurse practitioners in this state. RNs with New Jersey licenses and graduate preparation in the FNP specialization may request an application for certification by sending an email to the Board with the following:
- Contact information: name, address, phone number
- APN degree information
- Area of specialization and type of certification
- Type of application needed: initial, endorsement or reinstatement
Candidates will receive a reply with a downloadable application. The following documentation must then be submitted to the Board:
- A completed, application form and nonrefundable, $100.00 fee payable by check or money order
- Official transcript(s) in compliance with the Board’s education requirements sent directly from the educational institution
- Proof of passing the national Advanced Practice Nurse Examination in the family nurse practitioner specialty area sent directly from the certifying body
- Verification that all prior APN certifications and licenses are in good standing, expired, or in some other status (verification form is found within the application packet)
Family nurse practitioners in New Jersey have full prescriptive authority, but they must have a joint protocol with a supervising physician licensed in New Jersey before exercising this right.