MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

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MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

What is an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner?

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are clinicians who blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management. FNPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.

The University of Cincinnati’s (UC) Online FNP program prepares nurses to diagnose and manage common and complex medical conditions across the lifespan, from children to the elderly. Our FNP Master of Science in Nursing program is offered by the nationally recognized UC College of Nursing: same degree, same quality education and same support, delivered in a flexible format designed for working nurses.

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UC Online | MSN FNP Program Overview

Want to know what to expect from UC’s online FNP program? Hear from program director Dr. Jason Gregg, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC. In this video, you’ll learn what inspired him to enter the nursing profession, hear about the scope of practice for a nurse practitioner and what you can expect to gain from the online FNP program.

Take your BSN to an FNP Online

Specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner can open up new career opportunities and provide more autonomy and high job security, however finding time to complete your MSN degree can be challenging as a full-time RN. The University of Cincinnati Online’s MSN FNP program meets the needs of working nurses, with many of our students choosing to work while completing their degree. Let our clinically practicing and doctorally trained faculty help you take the next step in your nursing career.

The online UC FNP program is designed for BSN-prepared nurses interested in advancing their careers through roles that have a greater impact on patient care, and gaining the knowledge required to become leaders in their field and integral members of their community. Program graduates meet the criteria for taking both the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) certification exams.

UC Online FNP Program Highlights

The UC Difference

Affordable Quality Education:
  • Federal financial aid available
  • FNP certification exam pass rate of 100% in 2023*
  • Faculty are practicing nurses, up-to-date clinically
  • 100% online program, no site visits required
  • Option to transfer credits
  • Courses offered in spring, summer and fall semesters
  • Asynchronous coursework
Support from Application to Graduation:
  • Enrollment advisors help you navigate the application/enrollment process
  • Student and faculty advisor support through the program
  • Clinical planning support team and resources
  • Join network of nearly 20,000 alumni throughout the U.S.

* ANCC certification pass rates are based on 2023 graduates. Data published 3/27/2024.

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UC’s Accredited FNP Program

Our online nursing programs are nationally recognized for our academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, technology application, and research activity.

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Ranked Top 40 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001. Contact CCNE at 202-887-6791. CCNE is the accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).


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The University of Cincinnati Master’s Degree in Nursing Program (all tracks except AGACNP, NNP, and ACPNP tracks are delivered via distance education) pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 202-909-2487. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

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Our Graduate Nursing programs were ranked in the Top 10 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans. UC Online is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program and believes in providing opportunities to Veterans not only locally, but across the United States. Our flexible and fully online curriculum makes it easy for veterans to balance school and life by logging on to class when it is convenient to you. For more information, check out our military page or reach out to an advisor.
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MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, family nurse practitioner job growth is projected to increase by 38% through 2032 due to an interest in preventative care combined with an aging population in need of healthcare services.

A family nurse practitioner works closely with patients throughout the course of their lives, helping them reach greater wellness and happiness through health. To excel in this career field, nurses must be compassionate and dedicated to forming a bond of trust with their patients.

Where can I work as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)?

FNPs provide a wide range of healthcare services and when you get your FNP from University of Cincinnati, you open yourself up to a career in a diverse range of settings.

FNPs can look forward to promising careers in fields such as:

  • Private Practice
  • Hospitals
  • School Nursing
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Health Departments
  • Rural Clinics
  • Community Based Organizations
  • Health Care Facilities

Is UC Online right for me?

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Tuition & Financial Aid
Our 100% online program allows you to complete your degree on your time.
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Start-to-Graduation Support
Student Success Coordinators are available to students enrolled in online programs — they are your on-campus partner who can help you manage your time and whatever you need to get you to graduation.

100% pass rate on the Family Nurse Practitioner American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification exam in 2023


Hear from a Graduate
“I spent 21 years in the Air Force as a critical care nurse. Because I was deployed frequently, I couldn’t go back to school in person, so I chose University of Cincinnati Online. I started my MSN when I was living in South Carolina and completed my clinicals while living in Italy. The program was flexible and was well established online.”

Richard T.
Family Nurse Practitioner

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