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.



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Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Science in Nursing program information and degree requirements in the Academic 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 sample curriculum plan (DOCX).

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.


Due Date:  November 1

Program Start:  Summer Semester

Application to Wright State University’s College of Nursing & Health is a two-step process.


Apply to Wright State Graduate School

Required Documents: 

The documents listed below should be uploaded directly to your School of Graduate Studies online application. Please do not send these materials to the College of Nursing & Health.

  • Graduate School application (online)
  • Transcripts from all Colleges / Universities Attended
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Meaningful Clinical Experience Essay (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement of Professional Goals (250 words maximum)
  • Provide Name and Email Address of Two References for Letters of Recommendation
    • Current or most recent supervisor
    • Faculty member from your nursing program, or previous employer

When the Graduate School application is complete, notification will automatically be sent to the College of Nursing & Health, and we will communicate our application requirements.


Apply to the College of Nursing & Health

Required Documents:

  • College of Nursing & Health Application
  • BCII and FBI Background Check Results

The College of Nursing & Health will provide instructions on how to complete the above steps once we receive notification of the completed School of Graduate Studies application. All CoNH required documents should be sent directly to the CoNH. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Be a bachelor’s prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing from an accredited institution.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work.
  3. Hold an unencumbered nursing license.
  4. Have a minimum of two years of full-time post-BSN nursing experience.
  5. Provide evidence of no criminal record on file through a clear BCI / FBI background screen.
  6. International Students
    • Must provide proof of English proficiency by achieving at least the minimum score in one of the following:
      • TOEFL IBT: 79
      • IELTS:  6.0
      • Pearson PTE: 57
      • LEAP:  4
    • Must have an unencumbered United States nursing license.

    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

    Dr. Ann Bowling, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE
    Title: Associate Professor
    Phone: 937-775-2596
    Fax: 937-775-4266

    Stacey Callahan, B.A.
    Title: Program Coordinator

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

    General Contact Information

    Wright State University
    3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
    Graduate School
    344 Student Union
    Dayton, OH  45435

    College of Nursing and Health
    Fax: 937-775-4571