Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Practitioner - Bridge

Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Prepare to Lead as a Primary Care Provider

For experienced and ambitious RN’s ready to advance to the role of primary care provider, the Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner) makes it possible to pursue your educational and career goals. This online nursing bridge program, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, is designed for nurses who have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to provide essential foundations for master’s-level nursing studies.

What You Will Learn

In the family nurse practitioner bridge program, you will be immersed in six pre-MSN courses covering:

  • Foundations of professional nursing
  • Health assessment
  • Interpretation and evaluation of statistics and statistical methods
  • Nursing and healthcare industry research
  • Caring for diverse populations
  • Advances in assessment and pathophysiology
  • Reviewing current research and application of evidence-based practices to patient care

Your Next Degree

The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree prepares professional nurses for advanced practice as primary care providers. Gain the skills necessary to manage all phases of preventive care, including health promotion, diagnosis and management for individuals, families, and communities. Learn evidence-based practices in health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, while building key competency in culturally intelligent patient care. This Master of Science in Nursing program includes two on-campus experiences designed to provide hands-on skill development in key areas, collaboration with peers and in-depth preparation for national certification exams.

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Total Program Credits: 18
Online: 5 weeks
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Online: $470 per credit [More Info]

Course List

18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a bridge course for the RN who is returning to formal education for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on differentiated nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, and critical thinking. The course also emphasizes writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Description

This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health promotion strategies. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, health patterns across the lifespan, community resources, and the teaching learning process.

Course Description

This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to understand concepts of statistics and the appropriateness of statistical methods used in published research papers and a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the statistical analysis concepts of variable/reliability factors; P values; experimental design; descriptive statistics, including mean, median, and mode; sampling methods; and power analysis.

Course Description

This writing intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.

Course Description

This course focuses on the community as a large system of people of varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions, all influenced by social-legal-political variables that impact individual and community health. Particular attention is paid to vulnerable subgroups in the community. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health pattern assessments to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

Program Domains

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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