School of Nursing
Graduate: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Practitioner Primary Care -Family Option
The Nurse Practitioner Primary Care-Family Option prepares the graduate to provide
primary health care to children, adults, the elderly, and families. Classroom and
clinical experiences focus on health assessment, health maintenance, and promotion,
as well as counseling, client education, and management of selected health problems.
Practice in rural settings and with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds is emphasized.
Preceptor selection for clinical placement in the nurse practitioner program is the
responsibility of the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing will gather pertinent
information to assist in preceptor identification during the first semester of the
program. All preceptors must meet standards for educational and clinical experience
as established by the California Board of Registered Nursing and appropriate accrediting
The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner Primary Care-Family Option is to prepare nurses as providers of primary care and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of health care services in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Evaluation of Prior Education or Experience in Primary Care
Students who are eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno may have prior educational preparation evaluated for waiver or substitution of required courses. In the case of a student requesting a waiver of graduate coursework, an evaluation of prior educational experience will be performed on an individual basis. Professional experience in primary care may also be evaluated on an individual basis for placement in the clinical courses and development of a curriculum to meet program requirements.
Components of this evaluation include, but are not limited to, a personal interview and review of transcripts, course material, and personal records. Based on this evaluation, an individualized plan for placement and progression in the graduate program will be developed, including the incorporation of alternate assignments.
Master of Science Degree Requirements
Core courses in nursing (16 units)
NURS 210, 211, 212, 221, 223, 225
Role Specialization (21 units)
Nurse Practitioner Primary Care - Family
NURS 215, 264, 265, 266, 267, 277, 278
Thesis (NURS 299) or Project (NURS 298) (3 units)
Minimum Total (40 units)