ELM-MSN: School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

This combined specialty program prepares nurses to be effective practitioners of school health and provide primary care for people of all ages in a variety of other settings. Students develop theoretical and practical expertise in nursing and education applied to basic health services in public schools (K-12). This prepares nurses to establish, maintain, and coordinate a comprehensive school health program. The advanced practice family nurse practitioner specialty includes direct client assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment, client advocacy, client/family education, consultation, program planning, implementation, evaluation, and research.

Graduates are eligible to apply to the state of California for the School Nurse Services Credential, and to apply for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. They are also qualified for and may seek national FNP certification by examination through specialty organizations. For details about academic core, advanced practice core, and concluding courses, please see the MSN program requirements. Students must also take a state of California-approved audiometry course to meet the SNSC requirements.

Please contact the School of Nursing for specific program availability and locations.

Prelicensure coursework must be completed prior to beginning Advanced Practice Nursing coursework.

Academic Core Courses10
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS XXX Electives7
Advanced Practice Core Courses14
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 512Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion4 (3/1)
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 515Advanced Pathophysiology3
GNRS 594Pharmacology in Advanced Practice Nursing3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses31
EDUC 571Curriculum Foundations3
GNRS 550ATheory and Practice in School Nursing6 (3/3)
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care4 (2/2)
GNRS 590APrimary Health Care of the Young Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 591Primary Health Care of the Childbearing Family4 (2/2)
GNRS 592APrimary Health Care of the Adult and Aging Family6 (3/3)
GNRS 592BPrimary Health Care Clinical Practicum2 (0/2)
Specialization Option Courses - No Requirement
Concluding Courses1-3
Select from the following
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
- or -
GNRS 598Thesis1
- and -
GNRS 514Research Proposal Writing (required for thesis)2
Total Units for SNSC and FNP 156-58

Student must also take a state of California-approved audiometry course to meet the SNSC requirements

Units shown in parentheses are theory units/clinical units.