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Quinnipiac University

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Hamden, CT


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Quinnipiac University Offers Cutting-Edge MS in Nursing Programs

One of the top ranked universities in the United States, Quinnipiac University's School of Nursing in Hamden, CT, 90 minutes from New York City, offers highly acclaimed and fully accredited Master of Science in Nursing degree programs in two specialty areas: family nurse practitioner and adult nurse practitioner. A leader in distance learning, the Connecticut university is attuned to the special needs of working adults who seek to expand their career options with graduate studies. The MS in Nursing degree curricula are offered in flexible online and on-campus formats for full-time and part-time students. Evening online classes fit easily into working professionals' busy lives. On-campus graduate classes are small and create the ideal setting for optimal student-faculty interactions.

Nursing Masters Programs Headquartered in State-of-the-Art Building on Quinnipiac University's North Haven Campus

The MSN graduate programs of QU's School of Nursing, along with other graduate programs administered by the School of Health Sciences, are located in a state-of-the-art building on the university's newer, 104-acre campus in North Haven, CT, just a short drive from the main Mount Carmel campus in Hamden. "This facility has the best equipment available on the market today to teach students in our School of Health Sciences programs," said Edward O'Connor, the school's dean. "I think you will be hard pressed to find another university in the country that has facilities that rival this one."

Quinnipiac Provides Top-Notch Technology in "Green" Environment

The sophisticated, high-tech center for the nursing masters programs includes 12 classrooms, 16 seminar rooms and team-study rooms, 24 teaching labs, a model apartment to teach students how to provide care in residential settings, a SimMan suite of life-size patient simulators, and a pediatric and neonatal lab. Cutting-edge equipment at QU's North Haven, Connecticut, facilities includes magnetic resonance simulators and 3-D workstations. In addition to housing Quinnipiac University's School of Health Sciences' faculty and administrative offices, the environmentally-friendly facilities feature individual labs for orthopedics, rehabilitative sciences, clinical skills, health assessment, physical diagnostics, and motion analysis, as well as an intensive care unit, a physical exam suite, and other special amenities not offered by other universities.

Academic Excellence in a Student-Centered Community at QU's School of Nursing

Quinnipiac's MSN degree programs emphasize academic excellence in a student-centered community where nursing is seen as both science and art. The School of Nursing's philosophy is based on the belief that education ideally thrives when it is creative, goal-directed, and research-based. The school's holistic approach prepares graduate nursing students for careers in a variety of advanced practice nursing venues and trains them to care for a wide range of individuals, families, communities, and populations in multicultural environments.

Two Tracks Available in Quinnipiac's MSN Degree Programs

The graduate nursing program at Quinnipiac prepares nursing candidates for an advanced theoretical and clinical practice, able to meet the challenges of the present and the future. Quinnipiac's MS degree in Nursing includes a core study that covers advanced concepts, theories of nursing, advanced nursing research methods, healthcare policies, and economics. The 47-credit family nurse practitioner track prepares qualified professional nurses to practice at an advanced level in primary care settings as family nurse practitioners. Sample courses include: Primary Healthcare of the Family: Maternal/Child Focus, Primary Healthcare of the Family: Pediatric Focus, and Holistic Primary Care of the Family. The 43-credit adult nurse practitioner track prepares qualified professional nurses to practice at an advanced level in primary care settings as adult nurse practitioners. Sample courses include Holistic Primary Care, Holistic Primary Care of Adults, and Advanced Health Assessment, in addition to courses on specific nursing research methodology.

MSN Curriculum at Quinnipiac Meets National Industry Standards

The MSN curriculum of both tracks follows the national standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Both curricula include a sufficient number of hours of precepted practice which trains graduates, under the preceptor's watchful guidance, to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses, and to assume the responsibilities commensurate with prescriptive authority. Working independently and collaboratively with physicians and other members of the health care team, graduates of the family nurse practitioner track are well trained and competent to provide high quality, cost effective, and individualized primary care across the lifespan of adults or family members of all ages. Graduates of the adult nurse practitioner track are well trained and competent to provide high quality, cost effective, and individualized primary care across the lifespan of adults. After graduating with an M.S. degree in Nursing, graduates are eligible to take the national examination for advanced practice certification (APRN) in Connecticut in their chosen track.

Quinnipiac University Financial Aid Sources

Approximately 70 percent of Quinnipiac students receive financial aid for tuition costs. The staff of QU's Office of Graduate Financial Aid helps students understand the various educational loan options so that they can ultimately make the best decision for their personal situations.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 37

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Optional
Clinical practicum


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline May 1st April 30th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements RN license, minimum GPA of 3.0

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 90
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards June 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 8.57%
Black or African American 10%
White or Caucasian 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 2.86%


Male (12%)
Female (87%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 18
Part-time - 11
Male (4)
Female (25)

Location & Contact

Address 275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518-1940
United States
Contact Laima Karosas
Program Director
Phone: 203-582-5366

Quinnipiac University