Program Details

Bridge (Master Of Science In Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 5 weeks
Total Program Credits:
18 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division

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 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

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 culminates with a capstone course requiring you to create a practice project that solves a real-world professional practice issue.

Course List

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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. Emphasis is also placed on writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Description

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

Course Description

This introductory course on statistical concepts emphasizes applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include introduction to analysis of variance, regression, and graphical presentation; experimental design; descriptive statistics; sampling methods; and z, t, and chi-square.

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.

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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 offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

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