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Family Nurse Practitioner Admission Requirements

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Family Nurse Practioner Program Options

Program Options Program Length Campus Offerings
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) 18 Months Both
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP DNP) Three (3) years Both

Please review the QUICK FACTS about each option to determine which one best fits your personal and career goals.

Priority Application Deadlines:

Campus Start Term Application Deadline Number of Seats Available
Oakland Summer- Early May January 1 18
Sacramento Fall- late August January 1 18

*Applications may be accepted after the deadline date on a space available basis. Please contact the Office of Admission at (510) 869-6576 for more information.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate in nursing (RNs with degrees in other fields will be evaluated individually)
  • Current California RN license
  • Clinical practice experience; 12 months is preferred, not required. Experience in your BSN program will be considered.
  • Two letters of reference addressing your clinical expertise and academic preparation for the program.
  • MSN, FNP Option: Successful completion of a statistics course with no expiration.
  • DNP, FNP Option: Successful completion of a statistics course within the most recent three (3) years. Courses maybe completed at a regionally accredited community or four year college, online, by completing a CLEP examination, or by completing a CEU S101 and S201. Credit must be completed by the start of the program.
  • TOEFL (U.S. citizens or international students) - The need for TOEFL will be assessed based on information provided by applicants on the application for admission, if required, a minimum score of 100 (internet based test) must be achieved and official score results must be provided.


Application Checklist: once you have the items below ready, please go to the online application to apply.

  • Copies of all college transcripts (please include legends if available); it is okay to upload copies of your unofficial transcripts. Official copies will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • $50 non-refundable fee.
  • Uploaded goal statement (1-2 pages, typed, double spaced)
  • Copy of your resume
  • Contact information for the persons submitting your letters of reference
  • Copy of RN license
  • Copy of additional certifications you want considered with your application


International Transcripts Evaluation
For those who have received a baccaluareate, master's, and/or doctoral degree outside of the United States of America, your transcripts must be evaluation for United States equivalency through completion of a comprehensive report or course-by-course evaluation. Please go to NACES for accredited and approved companies that provide this service.

Admission Questions:

Che Abram
Assistant Director of Admission and Diversity Recruitment
CAbram@samuelmerritt.edu 
510-869-8984