Masters/ Post-Masters Programs - Family Nurse Practitioner

Mandatory Orientations

Mandatory Orientation dates for Admitted & Alternate students of MSN FNP and Post MSN Certificate programs

Failure to attend this mandatory program orientation will result in forfeiting admission for the FNP program.


The Family Nurse Practitioner Program in the Nursing Department at Sonoma State University offers a Master of Science in Nursing with FNP emphasis and a Post-Master's FNP Certificate. The program is currently offered in the geographic service areas of Sonoma State University, Chico, Redding and Turlock, Modesto, Stockton and Merced.  The program accepts students from all geographic areas in Northern and Central California with the acknowledgement that students will be required to attend some seminars and labs on the SSU campus.

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration focuses upon the theoretical and scientific bases for the diagnosis and treatment of common illness, as well as health teaching, counseling and preventive services. Emphasis is placed upon advanced clinical skills, including history-taking and physical examination, health screening, management of common illness, and techniques of prevention and risk reduction.

The Master of Science in Nursing Curriculum

The graduate nursing program includes core courses which focus on theoretical/ conceptual foundations, evidence based nursing practice, leadership and policy/advocacy issues in professional nursing. The Family Nurse Practitioner courses focus on the theory and practice of family nursing in primary (and some secondary) care settings. Students have a four-semester clinical preceptorship with a primary care provider. The majority of the programs coursework is web-based and students need to be competent in using a computer and the internet.

The SSU Family Nurse Practitioner option meets criteria specified in Section 1484, Title XVI of the California Administrative Code and is fully approved by the California BRN and the ACEN Accreditation. Graduates are eligible for and encouraged to seek national certification by taking either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) FNP exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) exam.

The Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

SSU’s Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program is a four semester two-year program, 36 semester unit program. Courses are face to face, hybrid and on-line using a variety of modalities. Student will need to come to Sonoma 8 or more times during the first semester and 3 -4 times in subsequent semesters. Clinical preceptorships are conducted in the student’s local community with oversight from SSU clinical faculty member. The majority of the programs’ coursework is web-based and students need to be comfortable in using a computer and the internet. For more information please visit the website

The Post-Master’s FNP certificate is for nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The academic plan includes coursework to be Licensed as a FNP and qualify for national certification. This is a two year program and students are integrated into our FNP Masters track but are not required to take all courses due to their previous degree.

For further information, please see the FNP Certificate Program website.