University of Saint Mary launches a new Family Nurse Practioner (FNP) program
04/11/2018 10:36 AM


University of Saint Mary (USM) is the only Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Family Nurse Practioner (FNP) program in the state of Kansas

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary will launch a new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty track to its Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited Master of Science in Nursing program. Currently, USM stands as the only MSN-FNP program in the state of Kansas. Curriculum comprehensively prepares students for advanced practice nursing focused on family medicine—integrating both theory and application in a hybrid learning approach.

Classes in the new MSN-FNP program begin in August 2018.

“With a significant physician shortage projected to affect our country, this is an incredible opportunity for registered nurses to advance their careers in a high-demand and ever-growing area of health care,” explained USM Nursing Chair Dr. Karen Kidder, DNP, RN, CNE. “Our curriculum not only prepares our students to successfully pass the certification exam, but also challenges them to become exceptional at caring for their own panel of patients.”

As defined by the American Association of Nursing Practitioners, an FNP is a clinical expert registered nurse specializing in diagnosing, treating, and managing health conditions across a lifespan. FNPs can prescribe medication, perform diagnostic exam, and interpret medical tests, within the guidance of each state’s Nurse Practice Act. USM’s FNP program prepares students to work in primary care settings.

In 2017, the nurse practitioner field, including the FNP specialty, was ranked as the second best job by “U.S. News and World Report,” and with the significant physician shortage projected to affect the U.S. by 2025, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase.

For more information on USM’s MSN-FNP program, visit

USM offers multiple paths to earning a nursing degree. Along with the MSN-FNP program, students can earn a Master of Science in Nursing online, with two specializations as Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator; or for those seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, USM offers the traditional four-year BSN path or the Accelerated 12-month BSN. USM also offers an online RN-to-BSN. For more on USM’s nursing programs, visit        

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus at 4500 College Boulevard offers evening accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit for more information.

Jon Schultz
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