Graduate Nursing Program (FNP) Frequently Asked Questions

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When do I have to apply by for fall admission?

The application is online and the open period to apply is February 1 to April 1. Therefore, the deadline is April 1.

Do you have a spring admission cycle?

At this time we are only admitting a cohort in the fall. 

How many credits is the program?

The program has 42 required credits.  Full time enrollment is 9-10 credits each semester and one summer course (3 credits) is required.

Do I have to take the GRE? 

As long as you take the exam before the April 1 deadline and have the exam site send the results to the college directly you can just check the box that you have taken the exam on your application and we can review your application.  Any decision to admit at that point would be conditional on the receipt of acceptable GRE scores but it doesn't have to hold up your application.  Please note we do not have a minimum GRE score but the state education department does require us to have the GRE scores. More information about GRE testing including test format, testing sites and dates available can be found at: www.ets.org/gre

How many weeks are the classes?

The classes all run for the full semester (15 weeks), with the exception of the one online summer course that is 6 weeks. 

Is there a part time option?

There is no part time option this year. We are hoping to add it in the future.

Am I able to transfer into the program?

We will consider up to 9 transfer credits for non-clinical classes only.  If you have more than 9 credits, you may be better off finishing your degree where you are.

What if I am already a nurse practitioner but not a Family Nurse Practitioner?

You are eligible for admission to our advanced certificate program (rolling admissions) and should contact the program director to determine what courses you would need.  Typically, NP’s in the advanced certificate program only need about 16 credits of coursework to be eligible to sit for FNP licensure exam.

What is the structure/schedule of the program? 

The full curriculum is available at: https://brockport.edu/academics/nursing/graduate/docs/family_nurse_practitioner_msn.pdf

The graduate program is an executive model with most courses online and some in person content on select weekends.  Graduate classes are scheduled Fridays from 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturdays from 9 am - 5 pm up to five times during the academic year, on the Brockport campus. The program is full time in the fall and spring for two years and also requires one three credit online course the summer in between.

NUR 545 and NUR 699 are hybrid and include some in person time during the Fridays/Saturdays required. Clinical courses are hybrid (NUR 500, NUR 550, and NUR 600).  They include online content and scheduled in person hours at your clinical site (200 hours each) and time during the Friday evenings and Saturdays each semester.

For the fall of 2018, in person weekends are 9/28 and 9/29, 10/26 and 10/27, 11/16 and 11/17. 
For the spring of 2019, in person weekends are 3/8 and 3/9, 4/26 and 4/27.

The rest of the courses are 100% online.

What if I failed out of another graduate nursing program?

You can still apply to the program but we do anticipate a highly competitive applicant pool and candidates who have been unsuccessful in other programs without extremely extenuating circumstances are highly unlikely to be admitted. 

Do I need to have work experience or can I enroll directly out of my undergraduate program? 

All applicants must have documented work experience as a registered nurse. Applicants who have just completed a bachelor’s degree program without experience as a registered nurse are encouraged to consider applying after 1-2 years of working as a registered nurse. 

What is the cost per credit hour?

Full time graduate tuition for New York residents is $5,435/semester or $10,870/year ($453/credit hour).  All participants who begin the program in the fall of 2018 must be full-time students.  Fees are an additional $600 - $900/semester.

Are letters of recommendation from Brockport Nursing faculty acceptable?

Yes they are, as long as they are not on our Admissions Committee

Where can I work once I receive my FNP degree?

The focus for the FNP is primary care - family practice offices, clinics, pediatric offices, and women's health practices.

Do I have to do the clinical hours at specific sites?

You have 200 hours of in-person clinical time in each of the three clinical courses (NUR 500, 550 and 600). You take one clinical course each semester starting in the spring of your first year. You will have your 'test out' for these courses in person during the on campus time. The hours that are available at your clinical site dictate what schedule you need to follow for clinical. Students who have identified appropriate clinical sites you need to follow for clinical. Students who have identified appropriate clinical sites with a preceptor who is willing to work with them are welcome to request these placements with the Clinical Course Coordinator. Clinical sites can be anywhere in New York as long as it is an appropriate primary care clinical site willing to work with us. If they agree to participate, we can set up a contract with them. However, it does take some time to do this. We encourage students to explore sites and preceptors for clinical options they would like to pursue early in the program. Appropriate sites would be family practice offices, clinics, pediatric offices, and women's health practices.

Last Updated 6/1/18

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