Family Nurse Practitioner Program to Begin Fall 2016

Published on May 03, 2016.
Dear NNU Department of Nursing Alumni, 

I am thrilled to be a part of the next chapter in NNU’s tradition of providing quality nurses to the surrounding community! The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program upholds the mission of NNU through the transformation of the undergraduate nurse to the Advanced Practice Nurse. The MSN FNP who graduates from NNU will excel in clinical practice by providing patient and family centered care in the context of Christlike behavior in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation.   

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (2013) projects a shortage of 20,400 full-time equivalent (FTE) physicians by 2020. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants can help mitigate the physician shortage by decreasing the deficit to only 6,400 FTE primary care providers (PCP) needed by 2020. NNU is primed to help increase the amount of PCPs available to communities in need of health care. The online and campus residency format of the MSN FNP program at NNU will be a valuable asset to the communities in which our students live and work.

The MSN FNP program will continue in the tradition of providing rigorous standards for our students in order to graduate Family Nurse Practitioners who are primed and ready to enter a competitive and demanding workforce. The program consists of 48 credits, 600 clinical hours, and 146 on-campus residential hours. The program offers two different entry options: RN or BSN to MSN FNP. Applications are due by August 1st for both entry options. Details regarding admission requirements and additional program information can be found at the following website:

The Department of Nursing at NNU has three other programs which are approved and accredited by the Idaho Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). These programs include the BSN, RN-BSN, and MSN Education/Leadership programs. The MSN FNP program is in the midst of seeking provisional approval from the Idaho Board of Nursing and applying for accreditation from CCNE.

The MSN FNP program at NNU provides a unique opportunity for nurses to advance their career by doing something they already love and have a passion for – caring for the people and families in their community in an advanced practice role. Be passionate about your practice, practice your passion.

​God Bless!

Dr. Bethany Mello NP-c
Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing
MSN FNP Program Director

About the Department

The Department of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University provides undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs related to the professional field of nursing. We are nationally accredited and offer programs that can meet the needs of students in a wide variety of settings.