Masters/ Post-Masters Programs - Family Nurse Practitioner


NEW Advanced Practice Clinical Education Certificate Program

The service area of the home site, SSU, borders on rural, frontier, and medically under- served areas and services the 101 corridor from Marin to Del Norte Counties.

With distributed education technologies we can extend the area to other rural sites in Northern and Central CA.

The program enables registered nurses in Northern and Central California to access graduate- level primary care NP education in their own locales within the format of SSU's highly respected program. Recruitment will focus on those who have the qualities and hold the ideal of meeting the health care needs of underserved populations.

Admissions: The program will begin accepting applications for a full and part-time cohort for the SSU site and part-time cohorts at the distance sites in April.

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The Family Nurse Practitioner Program in the Nursing Department at Sonoma State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing with FNP emphasis and a Post-Master's FNP Certificate. The program is currently offered in the geographic service areas of Sonoma State University, Chico, Redding and Turlock, Modesto, Stockton and Merced.  The program accepts students from all geographic areas in Northern and Central California with the acknowledgement that students will be required to attend some seminars and labs on the SSU campus.

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration focuses upon the theoretical and scientific bases for the diagnosis and treatment of common illness, as well as health teaching, counseling and preventive services. Emphasis is placed upon advanced clinical skills, including history-taking and physical examination, health screening, management of common illness, and techniques of prevention and risk reduction.

The Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

The graduate nursing program includes core courses which focus upon theoretical and conceptual foundations of nursing practice, research, leadership and issues in professional nursing. These courses include content basic to all nursing specialties. Courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner option focuses upon the theory and practice of family nursing in primary (and some secondary) care settings. Students have a three-semester clinical preceptorship with a primary care provider. Content includes assessment of the health needs and risks of all family members, family theories, legal, ethical, economic and professional issues pertinent to nurse practitioners.

The SSU Family Nurse Practitioner option meets criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of the California Administrative Code and is fully approved by the California BRN and the National League for Nursing. Graduates are eligible for and encouraged to seek national certification by taking either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) FNP exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) exam.

The Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Curriculum

SSU’s Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program is a four semester two-year program, 36 semester unit program. Fees are $550/unit. Courses are face to face, hybrid and on-line using a variety of modalities. Student will need to come to Sonoma 8 or more times during the first semester and 3 -4 times in subsequent semesters. Clinical preceptorships are conducted in the student’s local community with oversight from SSU clinical faculty member. The majority of the programs’ coursework is web-based and students need to be comfortable in using a computer and the internet. For more information please visit the website

The Post-Master’s FNP certificate is for nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The academic plan includes coursework to be Licensed as a FNP and qualify for national certification. This is a two year program and students are integrated into our FNP Masters track but are not required to take all courses due to their previous degree. See curriculum below.