The Nurse Practitioner program at SVSU prepares registered nurses to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). It also serves as an advanced degree for family nurse practitioners to prepare to practice in a complex health care system. Students in the FNP program are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at the end of year three. They then have the option to take the FNP certification exam and begin practicing as a FNP.
Students then can continue or return at a later time to finish their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, while continuing to work as a FNP. The FNP program is part-time and offered in a hybrid learning environment, which is a combination of in-class and online instructional modes. A unique feature of the FNP program is the emphasis on rural health care with at least one clinical rotation in a rural health care setting.
A certificate program in nursing education is also available to FNP students, thus qualifying them to teach, in addition to practicing clinically.
Enhanced learning takes place in the new SVSU Health & Human Services building constructed in 2010, providing over 90,000 square feet of state of the art laboratories, simulation areas, high-tech educational rooms and computer facilities.
The Nursing program at SVSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. For further information, please visit www.aacn.nche.edu or call 202-887-6791. In 2005, the self-study and site visit occurred for accreditation renewal. Approval was received from CCNE for the maximum ten years with no recommendations.
Saginaw Valley State University maintains accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The commission sets a standard of integrity for universities, taking into consideration the academic mission, strategy, resources, assessment process, teaching effectiveness, student learning, usefulness of curricula, and community involvement. For further information please visit http://www.ncahlc.org or call 1-800-621-7440.