Master's of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner

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The San José State FNP program has outstanding leadership [ ]. The professors in the program are both passionate and approachable. I am thankful for the exceptional clinical rotations I was able to experience during my time in the program. I am proud to say I earned my advanced practice degree through SJSU Valley School of Nursing graduate FNP program.

Emily Lynch, MS, APRN, NP-C

About the FNP Program

FNP StudentThe Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San José State University offers a Master of Science Degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

The program prepares nurses to assume the highest levels of professional nursing practice in the advanced practice roles via courses which cover advanced theoretical knowledge, leadership development, assessment skills, and advanced clinical practice. You will have an opportunity to critically evaluate and apply nursing theory and research as a scientific base for nursing practice. Our position in the heart of the Silicon Valley provides a unique opportunity to serve a diverse population. Many of our students go on to work for one of our local healthcare agencies.

Upon completion of the Master's of Science in Nursing FNP program, graduates will be eligible to apply for certification.

Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree in two Nursing specialty areas; Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Looking for the NE program? Visit the Nurse Educator page for more information about the NE program.


Please attend our information sessions before applying. Detailed information can be found in the advising slides.

Advising session details are listed on the Future Student Advising page.

Current students should contact their program advisor for academic advising.

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I believe education starts with a strong foundation, especially in advanced practice nursing. The passion the professors have for nursing is exceptional. The guidance from my advisor and mentors gave me a space conducive to learning and to begin to explore research. The opportunities presented for clinical gave me the experience to feel confident in transitioning from RN to NP. I am proud to say I graduated from SJSU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Michelle Salameh, MS, APRN, NP-C