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Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) sequence prepares graduates to function in an advanced practice role for direct health care services that integrate preventive and self-care measures, as well as the diagnosis and management of commonly occurring acute and chronic health conditions. The role also includes participation in and use of research, development, and implementation of health policy, and education of individuals and groups.

The Family Nurse Practitioner master's program has a blended curriculum, with some courses offered online and others on-campus.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • have Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from an NLN-accredited program or from a program accredited by the commision on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework to include courses which the student is currently enrolled
  • have evidence of satisfactory completion of statistics, nursing research, and physical assessment courses with a grade of C or better at the baccalaureate level
  • produce satisfactory completion of a graduate level statistics course (300 level or above). Note: Provisional admission to the program may be granted with the requirement that the graduate level statistics course be taken before the graduate nursing research course, if statistics course not completed prior to entry.
  • submit a two to three page essay outlining educational and professional goals
  • submit a current resume
  • submit three recommendation forms (available on the college's website)
  • provide indication of preferred plan of study
  • provide a copy of your current RN license, as evidence of licensure in Illinois

Two years of recent full-time relevant clinical or administrative nursing experience is preferred, but not required.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  February 1  

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Kim Astroth  Edwards 204  (309) 438-2367 
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