Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Brighter Beginnings Clinic

Welcome to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

Now is an opportune time to become a nurse practitioner. Not only is there is an increased demand nationally for nurses, but there are new and abundant opportunities for nurse practitioners including demand for inpatient nurse practitioner care to the advent of “Express Care” clinics in retail outlets as well as a burgeoning need for providers to care for the uninsured and indigent population. In addition, there is a "graying" of the nation's nursing profession with many RNs approaching retirement age. Consequently, opportunities for NPs have never been better. We invite you to take a look at our program!

Why Be a Nurse Practitioner?

Are you looking for a career that allows you to have a profound effect on people’s lives? Do you want to promote healthy living and help prevent illness and suffering? Do you want the autonomy that allows you to practice independently? Then consider becoming a nurse practitioner.

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have advanced clinical training and educational preparation to manage health care interventions at an "advanced practice level". Registered nurses can take their basic nursing experience and knowledge to a higher level of practice as a nurse practitioner.

Nurse practitioners work in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, ambulatory care settings, emergency departments, inpatient units, community health agencies, and private practice settings as co-owners and operators with other nurse practitioners, physicians and other health care providers. Click here to view the infographic from AANP (2014). Facts about nurse practitioners (AANP National NP Database, 2010-2011):

  • There are 167,000 nurse practitioners in the United States.
  • There are 17,032 nurse practitioners in California.
  • 11,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2010-2011.
  • 93% have graduate degrees.
  • 97% maintain national certification.
  • 88% of NPs are prepared in primary care; 68% practice in at least one primary care site.
  • Nurse practitioners increase access to care: 84% see Medicaid patients, 87% see Medicare patients.

Why Choose Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Samuel Merritt University

A Flexible, Personalized Approach
Samuel Merritt University's strong multicultural approach to family-oriented advanced nursing practice in primary care settings makes our family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track unique. Our small, private university atmosphere promotes close faculty-student relationships. ELMSN and MSN Hybrid program classes are scheduled on evenings and weekends while the MSN Online program classes are fully online. Students completing the track are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible for state and national certification. Post-Master study is available for students with MSN degrees in other specialty areas.

Our Students
The FNP track has a consistent history of attracting highly diverse and talented students. Samuel Merritt University is committed to maintaining a community of students that bring a variety of perspectives, including cultural and professional backgrounds, age, gender, and life experiences. Strong academic, social and financial aid support are provided through various student services programs.

Professional and Personal Qualifications
Students are admitted to the FNP track based on academic preparation, interest in advanced practice nursing and commitment to the underserved. Consideration is given to those who have experience in the health care field either as a health care worker, a volunteer or who have shadowed a nurse practitioner and to those who speak a second language, especially Spanish. We encourage applicants and students alike to become active in their state and regional chapters of association of nurse practitioners such as the California Association for Nurse Practitioners.  Find your local chapter at The American Association of Nurse Practitioners website

Successful applicants reflect a demonstrated commitment to multicultural primary care and service to underserved communities. 

Application Deadline for ELMSN: December 1, 2018
Application Deadline for MSN Online Spring 2019:  November 19, 2018
Application Deadline for MSN Online Summer 2019:  April 1, 2019
Application Deadline for MSN Online Fall 2019:  July 1, 2019

Graduates are eligible for certification through the state boards of Registered Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examination through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

American Nurses Credentialing Center
8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Certification Program
Capitol Station, P.O. Box 12926
Austin, TX 78711

In less than two years, my family has a better life. It was a fast program and I spent many nights studying after the kids went to bed, but now I’ve got a lot to show for it: A new career Alejandra Villegas FNP
Our background in sports and passion for physical performance drove us to study the science of human movement. Tino and Tron Tino & Tron Hardy Physical Therapy
So many foot problems can be successfully treated if they are identified early, and corrective measures are taken. Then, there are patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that require specialized, ongoing foot care. We see everything in our clinics. Samantha Ralstin Samantha Ralstin Podiatric Medicine

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