Program Description

The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares primary health care providers for the community and ambulatory setting. It is designed to prepare the NP to exercise independent judgment in assessment, supervision, and management of the primary health care needs of the individual in consultation and collaboration with primary-care physicians.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the Loma Linda University, School of Nursing, prepares students to provide quality primary health care services to individuals from infancy through adulthood. We promote whole-person care throughout our nursing programs. This type of care gives practitioners a unique opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients. As an FNP you are positioned to become an expert in each patient’s health history, and health background. Providing care throughout each individual’s life span will help you make the best healthcare recommendations possible. With an emphasis on preventative care, many Family Nurse Practitioners practice primarily in ambulatory care settings, and make significant contributions to underserved populations.

The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner BS to DNP program is 3 years and 9 months full-time. Part-time option is also available. The program is offered in a hybrid format.

The program is divided into 4 parts:

1- Core Courses- Most of the DNP Program Core courses and the prerequisite clinical courses require that students participate on-campus for 4 to 8 hours during Seminar Week in the middle of each quarter. Students are also required to be on campus to take all course exams including the midterm and final exams. 

  • NGRD 657 – Intermediate Statistics – has four mandatory synchronous class meetings during each quarter and students are required to participate in them either face-to-face or by Zoom. Students must attend take the midterm exam and the final exam on campus during scheduled face-to-face meetings. Additional optional group sessions held both face-to-face and by Zoom are available for students enrolled in NGRD 657.
  • NGRD 624 – Advanced Health Assessment – has mandatory synchronous lab meetings every two weeks during the quarter. Students must attend each of these sessions. The faculty coordinate the course exams including the midterm and final exams so that they are scheduled when the student is on campus for a scheduled lab session.

2- Concentration Courses: Pharmacology I & II, and Advanced Pathophysiology meet up to four times a quarter.

3- Clinical Experience: The clinical experience is a combination of clinician hours and DNP Project hours to total at least 1000 hours. Students in the CNS and NP clinical courses will be assigned clinical rotations in the Inland Empire (IE) region of Southern California (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). The CNS and NP Program faculty members arrange all clinical rotations for students as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing Regulations (Sections 1484, h (11) of Division 14 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations). The CNS and NP clinical courses meet at least four (4) times per quarter face-to-face on campus and all exams are administered on campus. The NP Program skills courses meet weekly during the quarter that the skills course is scheduled. Attendance at each of the assigned labs is mandatory for students enrolled in the skills course.

4- DNP Project: The DNP Project can be done in the workplace allowing students to collect evidence-based research data.

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Program Length

3 years and 9 months full-time, 5 years part-time

Possible Careers

Private practice and clinics where primary care is given.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Winter of 2024 Jul 1, 2022 Oct 1, 2023

Prerequisites

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • GPA of 3.0, both cumulative and in nursing courses
  • Current United States RN license before application*
  • One year of RN experience in the area of desired clinical concentration is strongly advised for application competitiveness
  • Application with personal statement
  • Three electronic recommendations (recommenders will receive an email once application is submitted) – preferred: professor, current work supervisor
  • Official transcripts for all college credits
  • Shadowing highly recommended (4 to 8 hours)
  • Interview by faculty members in the School of Nursing
*California RN license required before start of classes

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates are prepared for certification by the State of California and the American Nurses Association as a Nurse Practitioner.

State Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The California Board of Registered Nursing granted continuing approval in 2010 to the School of Nursing.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
9
Year 2
9
Year 3
9
Year 4
9
Tuition & Fees $26,700 $31,275 $34,935 $41,340
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$1,790 $1,240 $1,690 $330

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
9
Year 2
9
Year 3
9
Year 4
9
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $10,800 $10,800 $10,800 $10,800
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $17,280 $17,280 $17,280 $17,280
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $18,180 $18,180 $18,180 $18,180
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $6,480 $6,480 $6,480 $6,480
  • Off Campus
  • $17,280 $17,280 $17,280 $17,280
    Transportation Allowance $3,150 $3,150 $3,150 $3,150
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,700 $2,700 $2,700 $2,700
    Federal Student Loan Fees $219 $219 $219 $219
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 0 0
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request

    Notes

    Tuition/Fees is an estimation based on 3 quarters with an average of 10 units (2 classes) per quarter. Living Expenses is calculated for financial aid purposes and is based on 3 quarters (9 months). Actual amounts may vary.

    70-75% of LLU Nursing students receive financial aid.
    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.