Niagara University College of Nursing students Anna Shaw, ’25, and Josh Depoty, ’25; Dr. Rebecca Roloff, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Denise Dunford, director of advanced practice environment at Kaleida Health; Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; Dr. Chris Verni, dean of the College of Nursing; and Joseph Ruffolo, president and CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, at the announcement of a new graduate program in family nurse practitioner on Feb. 13, 2024.

Niagara University’s College of Nursing will begin preparing students for one of the fastest growing occupations – Family Nurse Practitioner—with the launch of a new master’s degree program.

The two-year program will provide advanced education, clinical experience, and professional development to prepare licensed professional registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing for an advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner. One day per week and/or evening course offerings afford students the opportunity to continue building registered nursing clinical expertise while pursuing their advanced degree. Both full- and part-time options are available for the program, which begins in August. 

Students will develop the skills to safely assess, diagnose, and treat individuals across the lifespan through a comprehensive education that bridges theory with practical clinical experiences in Niagara’s state-of-the-art simulation center and general practice precepted internships. They will learn alongside nursing faculty who are regionally and nationally known as academic scholars and clinicians with expertise in research, pediatrics, adult and older adult medicine, and much more.

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for FNP national board certification offered by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

“Niagara University’s new master of science program in family nurse practitioner will equip registered nurses with the leadership skills and clinical acumen to provide the highest level of care to their patients,” said Dr. Christine Verni, dean of the College of Nursing. “Students will work with our outstanding and highly respected practitioners as they develop an awareness of community resources and seamless healthcare delivery through precepted clinical experiences that will expose them to rural and urban healthcare challenges.”

Niagara’s College of Nursing offers a four-year bachelor of science degree and an accelerated B.S. in nursing, both of which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The college also maintains a state-of-the-art nursing simulation center, which provides hands-on opportunities for students while supporting traditional classroom learning and clinical practice experiences, and a skills lab.

The college has long-standing relationships with regional healthcare partners, including but not limited to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Catholic Health, Erie County Medical Center, Roswell Park, and Kaleida Health, who train and subsequently hire NU nursing graduates into nursing roles upon program completion. Niagara University continues to deepen and strengthen its commitment to community and public health in Western New York, Niagara County, and Niagara Falls.

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