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Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner, Master's


As a Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner (FNP), you'll be qualified to diagnose and treat acute episodic and chronic illnesses, with an emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention, teaching, and coaching.

As an FNP, you'll work closely with patients in diverse outpatient healthcare settings.

  • Our program is offered in both full- and part-time settings through an online or hybrid/Flex format.
  • Students have the opportunity to complete clinical requirements in nationally-ranked clinical facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, and the surrounding tri-state area.
  • You'll gain clinical and experiential knowledge and competencies that serve as the foundation for evidence-based provision of primary care across the lifespan.
  • Clinical Placements are coordinated by the University. Students outside our region are responsible for their own clinical placement.

Graduates of the FNP program are eligible to take the certification examinations offered by both the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The DeSales 60-hour advanced pharmacology course exceeds the minimum required for prescriptive authority in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Full-time or part-time class schedules

  • Full-time students can complete the program in two calendar years (dependent on seat availability in the desired track)
  • Part-time students can complete the program in three calendar years

Online or hybrid/Flex courses*

*Online courses may be either completely asynchronous or utilize some synchronous online meetings, depending on course

Important Program Information

Admissions Requirements

MSN Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • An active registered nurse license or eligibility for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey licensure as a registered nurse is also required prior to beginning the clinical sequence for all MSN programs.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of 12 months full-time nursing practice within the last three (3) years
  • For the Post-Graduate Certification Programs, evidence of a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a practicing licensed registered nurse within the past two (2) years

How to Apply

*For applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, completion of the GRE or MAT will be required to be considered for admission to the program

*International applicants (regardless of citizenship) for whom English is a second language must submit English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, iBT, IELTS, or CAE) as part of their application. An official copy of test results must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Division of Nursing at DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034. Visit the following websites for up-to-date information:

* All exams must have been taken within two years of application to a DeSales program.

Nurse Practitioner and MSN degree applicants are admitted on a rolling basis up until the following deadlines:

  • The deadline is May 15 for a July (Summer semester) start
  • The deadline is June 15 for an August (Fall semester) start
  • The deadline is November 15 for a January (Winter semester) start
  • The deadline is February 15 for an April (Spring semester) start

The admission process and entrance requirements are rigorous; demonstrating minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the MSN program. 

Additional Requirements for the FNP

  • 2 years of RN experience in the care of adults prior to entering into the Specialty Clinical courses.
  • Currently practicing nurses who have only had pediatric or labor and delivery experience will be required to obtain employment as an RN in the care of the adult while completing the program part-time. 
  • All admission to the FNP program will be at the discretion of the Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Program Director. 


The curriculum for the Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner program combines an exciting blend of theoretical and applied learning.

Core Graduate Nursing Courses

  • NU 522: Health Policy, Organization, and Financing
  • NU 530: Applied Research
  • NU 534: Principles of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • NU 536: Clinical Prevention in Population Health
  • NU 538: Health Informatics, Quality and Safety

Advanced Practice Nursing Core Courses

  • NU 622: Advanced Physical Assessment
  • NU 626: Pathophysiology
  • NU 628: Advanced Pharmacology

Specialty/Clinical Practicum Courses

  • NU 713: Procedures in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NU 714: Foundations of Primary Care
  • NU 715: Advanced Family Health I
  • NU 717: Advanced Family Health II
  • NU 719: Professional Advocacy for Practice
  • NU 799: Capstone Portfolio

FNP Curriculum Summary

  • 13 Courses plus Portfolio
  • 50 credits
  • 75 Clinical Laboratory Hours
  • 675 Clinical Practicum Hours

*View all required courses, course credits, course descriptions, and program outcomes in the Graduate Catalog.

FNP Concentration Student Learning Outcomes

At completion of the FNP Program students will:

  1. Integrate Christian humanism in advanced nursing practice that values and facilitates full human development via partnerships with individuals and population. [MSN Program Outcome # 1] 
  2. Initiate resolutions to ethical dilemmas arising from system or organizational conflict. [MSN Program Outcome # 2]
  3. Analyze new knowledge and evidence-based practice to deliver high quality health care, initiate policy change, and improve health care delivery practices for individuals and populations. [MSN Program Outcome # 4]
  4. Demonstrate advancement of clinical practice that contributes to quality, safety, and improved health outcomes.  [MSN Program Outcome # 9, 10]
  5. Apply advanced concepts of leadership and advocacy to influence policy, health systems, and consumerism in order to effect population health service improvement. [MSN Program Outcome # 6, 7]
  6. Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation to meet the health needs of individuals and populations. [MSN Program Outcome # 2, 5, 7, 9]
  7. Synthesize seminal theoretical, ethical, and legal concepts into health care delivery practices. [MSN Program Outcome # 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in the application and evaluation of information technologies to meet the complex demands of health care. [MSN Program Outcome # 8, 9, 10]
  9. Integrate cultural sensitivity through an awareness of global health concerns to decrease health disparities. [MSN Program Outcome # 7, 9, 10]
  10. Design comprehensive care for primary care patients across the lifespan utilizing innovative, evidence based methods. [MSN Program Outcome # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
  11. Exemplify qualities required to assume leadership positions within the health care system, political arena, academic centers, and professional organizations. [MSN Program Outcome # 5, 10, 11]
  12. Contextualize a personal philosophy and plan for lifelong learning to support advanced nursing practice. [MSN Outcome #1,11]

Academic Catalog


DeSales University is home to some of the most advanced simulation technology in a university setting.

Simulation captures the key characteristics and behaviors of real life clinical events and gives students the opportunity to practice clinical skills, repeat procedures, fine-tune processes, and observe the impact of their choices — all without harm to patients. 

Human Patient Simulator Lab

The DeSales family of Human Patient Simulators (HPS)

HPS, also known as high-fidelity manikins, are life-like models of the human body with software/computer equipment components to mimic human bodily functions. The HSC maintains several HPSs, including a pregnant mother and new-born infant.

Clinical Skills Lab 

Our clinical skills suite provides both a 12 bed in-patient and a 12 bed out-patient practice environment. Students can practice a wide variety of clinical skills with low fidelity mannequins. Task Trainers help students gain expertise in technical procedures and clinical skills such as foley catheter placement or pelvic examination for undergraduate students and more advanced skills such as central line placement or peripheral IV insertion, for our graduate students.

Standardized Patient Program

This on-campus suite replicates a functioning healthcare office, complete with a waiting room, and 8 fully equipped examination rooms. Standardized Patients are real people who are specially-trained to portray different patient scenarios, where they are treated as real patients by DeSales students. They actively participate in the instruction, practice, and assessment of the physical examination skills of our students, nurses, and physician assistants. Become a standardized patient 

Education Management

Our Education Management Solutions, Inc. system (EMS) provides a comprehensive solution for the labs;. Digital AV software and hardware allow faculty to capture both the simulations and standardized patient environments for further review. The results provide a digital video record of individual and team performance, which assist in evaluating a student’s performance when faced with realistic clinical challenges.

Simulation Lab in Gambet Center at DeSales The labs in the Gambet Center are outfitted with audio-video technology as well as integrated simulation management and skills evaluation software to allow the instructors to manage clinical skills training and patient exam protocols.

Video: See the Sim Center in Action  


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are as follows.

  • Tuition/credit hour: $975*
  • Laboratory Fee: $250**
  • Returned Check Service: $30
  • Graduation Fee: $120

*Tuition/credit hours listed are for 2024/2025 academic year. Tuition and fees are reviewed each academic year and are subject to change with notice.
**Average cost. Laboratory fees are due on registration.

View a comprehensive list of financial aid forms and graduate program information sheets

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

The refund policy is based upon the number of classes held up to 
the date of withdrawal.

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • >Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Available Scholarship Opportunities

Veteran & Military Student Discount Program

Beginning Spring of 2023, DeSales University will match the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program (T.A.) of $250/credit, or $750 for a three-credit course. The TA match discount program will be available to students who are currently serving on military active duty, National Guard, Reserve service members, and to eligible spouses or dependents. Adult Studies students eligible for TA match discount program will receive a combined $1,500 course credit against an approximately $1,600 course cost.

For more information, contact the Office of Veterans and Military Services

*Veteran & Military discount match is not applicable for the Accelerated BSN program nor combinable with additional DeSales University discount offerings.

DeSales Simulation Lab

Simulation Lab

DeSales University is home to some of the most advanced simulation technology in a university setting.

Simulation captures the key characteristics and behaviors of real life clinical events and gives students the opportunity to practice clinical skills, repeat procedures, make mistakes, fine-tune processes, and observe the impact of their choices — all without harm to patients. 

Explore the Sim Lab

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE - Accredited

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