Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: Nurse Practitioner - Family

Nursing students who pursue this concentration learn important skills in the areas of health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention, and management of acute and chronic illnesses. If you are interested in pursuing your master's or doctoral degrees in nursing, now is the time to talk with an academic advisor and learn how Kent State’s College of Nursing can help you achieve your nursing career goals.  

Family Nurse Practitioners practice independently and in collaboration with other health professionals to provide continuity of health care and to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. As a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration, you’ll learn primary care and clinical judgment skills working with faculty and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.

Family Nurse Practitioners are employed in primary care offices including family practice, internal medicine, managed care offices, ERs, clinics, long-term care facilities, academic settings, and occupational health settings. Family Nurse Practitioners are skilled clinicians who serve as healthcare researchers, interdisciplinary consultants and patient advocates.  

The ideal applicants to this Nursing Master's Degree concentration will have 3-5 years of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse preferably with exposure to a variety of ages and patient populations. Applicants to the master's program or Doctor of Nursing Practice program must arrange for an interview prior to being approved for the FNP concentration. Interviews will take place early spring for fall semester and late summer to early fall for spring semester.

The Family NP concentration offers:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising
  • Part-time plans of study
  • Clinical experiences in a variety of ambulatory settings and specialty clinics
  • Many online course offerings
  • 100% student pass rate on national certification exams since 2007
  • The award of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at completion
  • Eligibility to attain ANCC certification or AANP certification

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is known for its intellectual rigor and clinical quality. This concentration satisfies requirements for NP certification in Family Health through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the terminal practice degree in nursing, is recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing because "the changing demands in healthcare require the highest level of practice experience to assure quality patient outcomes. "

Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. 

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Concentration Director

Marie HickeyMarie Anne Hickey
Associate Lecturer


Post-Master's Certificate

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing.

View information, requirements, and employment information for the Family Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate