MS in Family NP

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This Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner online program prepares nurses for advanced practice to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings.

This program is a post-licensure program designed for nurses with a BSN degree who wish to obtain a master's degree as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). FNPs are independent health-care providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states and are defined as primary care providers under federal law. The Cincinnati Online Master of Science in Nursing FNP program is offered entirely online and is designed for working nurses who are seeking an advanced degree. 

The FNP online program requires 50 total credit hours, plus about 672 hours of clinicals, and 42 total lab hours. The coursework is usually completed within 24 months (six semesters), and courses are offered in a distance-friendly format.

Join the college that's ranked #11 for graduate online programs by U.S. News & World Report.

NPs are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.


Program Overview

The accelerated format can be completed in as few as 24 months. Graduates of the MSN program’s FNP specialty are eligible to sit for either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exams. Program courses are taught by accomplished and practicing professors. Graduates of this program are highly trained in the diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions. They find professional satisfaction in evaluating and treating patients and pay special attention to the family unit.


Quick Facts

  • BSN required.
  • One year or more of RN work preferred.
  • This distance learning, online program admits students each term.
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