Degrees and Certificates

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

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Why Choose the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration?

Family Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who have received the additional education and training necessary to provide primary health care, health information, and community-based case management in many settings. As a graduate from the Wright State University Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, you will be able to help meet the growing demand for primary care and preventive care in settings where the services of health care professionals are needed. Graduates are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Associate of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration consists of 49 credit hours.

As a masters-prepared Family Nurse Practitioner, you will be qualified to:

  • Provide primary care to families and persons of all ages;
  • Work in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers to treat common health problems such as sore throats and ear infections, manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and perform and interpret common screening and diagnostic tests
  • Care for the person as a whole and not simply the illness
  • Provide information needed so persons can make informed decisions about their lifestyle choices
  • Work with families to increase their ability to care for themselves and to become informed consumers of health care

Post-Master’s Training

We’re pleased to offer educational opportunities to post-master’s applicants. Please contact the College of Nursing and Health at (937) 775-3954 to speak with someone about post-master’s training.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Science in Nursing program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.

All students are required to complete a graduate level statistics course prior to NUR 7005: Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice course. Students are admitted only summer or fall term. Individualized plans, including part-time, will be developed on admission by the associate director of the concentration. Please see the following sample curriculum plan for a full-time student. 

Sample curriculum plan for a part-time student (PDF)

The concentration can be completed online; however, all students must come to campus five times during the online study: Orientation and for final examinations and OSCE standardized patients at the end of each term.

Year 1


  • NUR 7001 Role Development and Leadership - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7002 Information Technology in Health Care - 3 credit hours

Fall Semester

  • NUR 7004 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7102 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7104 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan - 3 credit hours

Spring Semester

  • NUR 7003 Health Policy, Politics and Issues - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7103 Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan - 3 credit hours

Year 2


  • NUR 7801 Primary Health Care of Women, Children and Adolescents - 6 credit hours

Fall Semester

  • NUR 7105 Population Health - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 7802 Primary Care of Adults - 5 credit hours

Spring Semester

  • NUR 7106 Advanced Family Nursing - 2 credit hours
  • NUR 7803 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum - 6 credit hours



To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing concentration, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work


Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of two years full-time experience post BSN at the time of admission review


Apply to Wright State Graduate School.

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)

Submit the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Application (PDF)

The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:

  • Resume
  • An essay about a meaningful clinical situation which helped you clarify your goals and desire to become an advanced practice nurse (maximum of two pages)
  • Two recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is to your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.


International Students

International graduate students who wish to enter Wright State’s Master of Science programs in nursing must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the options below (scores are the minimum required):

  • TOEFL IBT: 79
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • Pearson PTE: 57
  • LEAP: 4
  • Degree: Earned in the USA

Application Deadline is January 15.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Associate Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Program Outcomes

The MS graduate will:

  1. Examine scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings 
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective to promote high quality and safe patient care
  3. Apply quality principles within an organization and articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality
  4. Apply evidence-based outcomes 
within the practice setting, resolving practice problems, working as a change 
agent, and disseminating results  
  5. Use communication strategies and patient-care technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver, and enhance care
  6. Examine the policy development process and advocacy strategies necessary to intervene at the 
system level to influence health and health care
  7. Use communication strategies necessary for interprofessional collaboration and consultation to manage and coordinate care
  8. Integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations
  9. Demonstrate advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice including both direct and indirect care components that influence health care outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems

Contact Information

Concentration Contact

Deb Poling Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Phone: (937) 775-3808
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Stacey Callahan, B.A.
Title: Program Coordinator

Phone: (937) 775-3954
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

College of Nursing and Health
(937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571