Manhattanville College Launches Family Nurse Practitioner Program at New Nursing School

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Manhattanville College Launches Family Nurse Practitioner Program at New Nursing School

Family Nurse Practitioners provide 70 percent of primary care in the US

January 20, 2021 • cara.cea

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Manhattanville College announced that it will offer a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program in the fall at its newly opened School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

According to The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Family Nurse Practitioners, who have a wide scope of practice and can provide care to patients of any age, are considered the cornerstone of primary healthcare with 70 percent delivering primary care in the United States. Americans sought care from approximately 290,000 FNPs for more than one billion office visits in 2019.

Debra Simons, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said, “We are delighted to offer the Master of Science in the Nursing Major: Family Nurse Practitioner Program beginning in the fall of this year. The family nurse practitioner cares for patients of all ages in hospitals, clinics, and care facilities. FNPs also teach patients to promote good health throughout the lifespan.”

Orhan Hakli, DNP, RN, FNP-C, family nurse practitioner and associate dean of academic affairs in nursing, said that the program is unique because it offers entrepreneurship, medical claims/billing, legal, medical diagnostic studies, and national board exam training at the same time in the curriculum.

“Our FNP program is founded on a holistic nursing framework that compliments and enhances the medical model,” said Hakli. “Nurse Practitioners’ role in delivering health care has changed dramatically over the past few years, and this program truly reflects this change. I believe this is a very big step towards modernizing FNP programs.”

“Students will learn the practices of design thinking as part of their coursework in the new program which will help them apply practical problem-solving skills to their clinical practice,” said Christine Dehne, MFA, interim provost. “The introduction of design thinking will assist these future nurse practitioners in accelerating innovation and translating research into practice. Our Center for Design Thinking has provided support to nursing faculty as they incorporate design thinking into the curriculum.”

“The core courses in this program are modern and fully online,” said Simons. “Because of the dynamic nature of the health care delivery system, students will learn to look to the future and anticipate the healthcare needs that will need to be addressed. They will learn to build and lead collaborative interprofessional teams.”  

Simons added that higher level thinking will be nurtured.  “We teach value-based care, social determinants of health, ethics and of course leadership and nursing theory,” she said.

Although it varies from state to state, FNPs can prescribe medications, order medical tests, and make medical diagnoses, which enables them to more directly and positively impact the lives of their patients.

The FNP program is an important addition to Manhattanville’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

More than 70 nursing students were accepted into the first year of the new nursing school in 2020 and the new FNP program is expected to attract many additional applicants. The school already offers two degrees in nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing for traditional 4-year and transfer students as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for second-degree students who already hold a bachelor’s degree.

Clinical Learning Laboratories at the school offer students realistic, hospital and outpatient like settings and situations, with state-of-the-art technology that help students translate education into experience. Last year the school received a $60,000 grant through the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council to develop a $300,000 state-of-the-art Clinical Learning Laboratory (CLL), equipped with human simulators and clinical simulation environments that emulate all levels of care. The school also received a $75,000 award from the George I. Alden Trust and additional funding from other private foundations.

The new program offers learning experiences that prepare students for national board certification exams. Students will receive interprofessional training from faculty who are experts in their fields and  

Manhattanville has partnerships with premier healthcare facilities for students’ practicum placements.

The new program will help meet a growing national need for healthcare professionals. With increasing emphasis on preventive and end-of-life care as well as an upsurge in chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity, nurse practitioners are in demand.

According to the 2019 Department of Labor statistics, the average annual salary for Nurse Practitioners was $109,820 with New York State hiring the most NPs per year (14,060), with an annual median salary of $122,555. Overall employment of NPs in the U.S. is projected to grow 52% from 2019 to 2029, increasing more than the average of all other occupations.

In addition to the Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner program, the college plans to offer an advanced certificate Family Nurse Practitioner program in the future.

About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves more than 1,500 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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