Would you like to be able to diagnosis and treat patients in a variety of settings including doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals? If so, you should consider continuing your education to become a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP). In many states certified FNP are able to practice autonomously. FNPs are highly sought after as the number of general practice physicians (GPs) decrease because these highly trained nurses are able to care for patients across the life span. The FNPs ability to focus on the promotion of health and disease prevention in primary care settings results in improving the quality of life of individuals under their care.


Why HPU for MSN-FNP?

The MSN FNP at HPU is a fully-accredited 50-credit Masters in Nursing degree with a track population focus in Family, covering all ages across the lifespan.  This makes the FNP certification the most marketable degree. This face-to-face program, with many individual classes augmented with online and hybrid formats. The core MSN courses are taken the first year, generally two afternoons per week if full-time, and over two years if taken part-time.  The FNP track-specific courses are taken after completion of the 20-credit core courses, and these are taken as full-time, which is 9 credits/ term at the graduate level.  This allows the student to complete the didactic primary care courses prior to starting the practicum placements. The FNP Coordinator will facilitate securing practicum sites for student placements.  This is an important feature offered by the HPU FNP program, as practicum sites are quite competitive nationally, and especially on O‘ahu. Practicum courses are completed in Summer for an August graduation, or in Fall if the student chooses to take the last term part-time along with studying and taking the national FNP credentialing exam once clinical hours are completed.

program features

500 hours of clinical practice experiences in:

■ Physician’s offices ■ Hospitals ■ Clinics ■ Other primary care settings


The Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Master's degree in nursing and Post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Hawai‘i Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.