Dual Language (English/Spanish) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP)

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Bilingual /ESL,


The Dual Language Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP) offers Latino nurses the opportunity of completing an MSN-FNP degree while developing both their academic English and Spanish language skills throughout the curriculum. Many Latino professionals that come to the U.S. are underemployed or sub-employed because they either do not speak English, or their profession requires completing a degree from a US accredited institution. All courses are offered in both languages, alternating the language each week. The program started at the main campus of Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico in 2004. It expanded the academic offering to Florida in 2012 and adapted their curriculum by using the Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model®. The dual language version serves 100% Latino students.

Program Description

MSN-FNP’s mission is to prepare board certified Nurse Practitioners through an innovative academic offering, to respond to the needs of the Latino community. The target population are Latino registered professional nurses and the Latino community in general. The MSN-FNP program fulfills three main goals:
1) The development of board certified, bilingual, primary care clinicians to attend the health care needs of the Latino community
2) To develop a pipeline of qualified, bilingual, board certified nursing faculty
3) To contribute to the professionalization of nursing by providing Latino registered professional nurses the opportunity to obtain an advanced practice degree while developing their professional language skills


The Family Nurse Practitioner specialization of the Master's in Nursing program has grown over 200% in only two years since its creation.

• The program’s enrollment has grown from 48 students in 2013 to 153 in 2015-fall semester. 100% of the students are Latino, and about 54% of them are female.

• The 2014 graduating class of 60 students had 44 students from the original class, which provides for a graduation rate of 92%. The retention rates range from 96-100%.

• 40 students from the program have taken the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification (AANP) with an outstanding passing rate of 97%. This national certification program recognizes their education, knowledge, and professional expertise. It provides a process for validation of an advanced practice registered nurse's qualifications and knowledge for practice as a primary care nurse practitioner.