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Nursing Fast Facts

Family Nurse Practitioner Overview

The Family Nurse Practitioner program educates advanced practice nurses to practice primary care. 

This includes: health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness, in a variety of settings (e.g., community clinics, private offices, urban areas, rural areas, school-based clinics, prisons) throughout the patient’s lifecycle. 

The program is designed for professional nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a M.S. in Nursing 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are educated to become family nurse practitioners who provide primary care and research. Our graduates become family nurse practitioners who provide primary care in a variety of health care settings.

  • Community Health Centers 
  • Homeless Shelters 
  • Hospital Ambulatory Centers 
  • School-Based Clinics 
  • Prison Health 
  • Rural Health 
  • Indian Health Services 
  • Private Practice 

31% Growth

Career Outcomes
Job growth expected to
rise 31% through 2026* 

$120K Salary

Average Pay
For registered nurses
in the New York region 

42 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Classes in health care delivery, genetics
& health assessment labs

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

•  State-of-the-art clinical facilities

•  12,000 ft simulation labs

•  Alumni network of 64,000+ 

•  Nationally accredited by CCNE, AANP & ANCC

•  Online courses available

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Financial Aid Available?

There are government programs such as the National Health Service Corps available to family nurse practitioners who agree to practice in medically underserved areas.

Do I have to take Online Courses?

The program is designed to be taken in-person. However, there are several non-clinical related courses that may be taken online. All courses that are necessary for clinical placements must be taken on campus.

Do I need to take the GRE or MAT for admission consideration?

The FNP program does not require applicants to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) or the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) for admission consideration.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Core: 14 Credits

Specialization: 28 Credits

Total: 42 Credits

For a full list of courses see our catalog

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above is required.
  • Applicants with international education are required to have their earned credits evaluated by NACES to be comparable to United States standards.
  • Copy of currently registered and unencumbered New York State RN License
  • Professional résumé
  • Personal statement (500 words - Why you want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner). Contact admissions for essay guidelines.

Degree Requirements

The program is designed for professional nurses who have a B.S. in Nursing degree or a M.S. in Nursing degree.

Accreditation

The master's degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The master’s degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the New York Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcome I - Technology

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills using patient care technologies and information management to deliver and coordinate care across multiple settings. [I, IX, V, II]
  • Student will be able analyze care outcomes and communicate with individuals, groups, media, policy makers, health care professionals and the public.  [VI, VII, IV]

Program Outcome II- Research

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills to integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgement, research, and interprofessional perspectives using evidence based practices to improve health outcomes for patient aggregates. [VII, VI, IV, VIII]

Program Outcome III - Leadership

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and expertise in assessing organizations, identifying systems issues, and facilitating organization wide changes in practice delivery. [II, VII]
  • Student will be able to develop leadership skills to establish and maintain effective communication and collaborative relationships with interprofessional teams. [II, VII]

Program Outcome IV - Quality

  • Student will synthesize knowledge and skills to analyze and prioritize outcomes that need to be improved, promote health, shape the health delivery system, and advance values such as social justice through policy processes and advocacy. [III, VI, VIII, IX]
  • Student will use quality improvement and high reliability organizational principles to measure the impact of plans of action. [III, IX, VIII]

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing  or a M.S. degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above is required.
  • Applicants with international education are required to have their earned credits evaluated by NACES to be comparable to United States standards.
  • Copy of currently registered and unencumbered New York State RN License
  • Professional résumé
  • Personal statement (500 words - Why you want to become a Family Nurse Practitioner). Contact admissions for essay guidelines.
  • One professional or academic reference