Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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The online Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) program is designed for registered nurses to gain the knowledge required to become leaders in their field and integral members of their community. This post-licensure program can be completed entirely online in as little as two years.

Cincinnati Online is ranked #11 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of top online nursing programs! As with all MSN programs at UC Online, the family nurse practitioner program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To enroll, applicants must already have a BSN degree from an accredited institution. An additional year of nursing experience is preferred but not required.


The family nurse practitioner curriculum at UC Online prepares registered nurses to take on a more specialized role in the medical field. The coursework focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the complexities inherent within family-focused medicine.

Courses cover a diverse array of subjects including advanced health assessments, care of women and children, and healthcare policy. Classes are taught by accomplished and practicing professors. To learn more, we encourage you to view our sample curriculum.

In total, the coursework of the MSN FNP degree program is comprised of:

·       50 total credit hours

·       672 hours of clinicals

·       42 total lab hours

This accelerated degree can be completed in as little as two years when you enroll full-time. Graduates of the MSN FNP program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam. They’re also eligible for licensure as family nurse practitioners within the State of Ohio. Other state requirements may vary. Prospective students from outside of Ohio should check with the appropriate licensing board in their state of residence before enrolling.

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Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner: Career Options

The demand for knowledgeable family nurse practitioners grows each year. 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 healthcare.

Due to this increase in demand, there are a wide variety of career options available to licensed FNPs. Graduates of our program have the ability to create a challenging and satisfying career in the location of their choice.

FNPs are trained to work with patients of all ages and backgrounds on anything from health promotion to disease prevention or lifestyle counseling. Family nurse practitioners often work with patients throughout the course of their life, forming long-term relationships that require compassion and skilled communication.

Some of the most popular workplace settings for family nurse practitioners include:

·       Private Practices

·       School Nursing

·       Rural Clinics

·       Pediatrics

·       Women’s Health Clinics

Regardless of location, a career in family medicine can be extremely rewarding for a professional who wants to become an integral member of the community they serve. FNPs are independent healthcare providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states and are defined as primary care providers under federal law.

Learn more about UC Online’s MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program today!

UC Online’s accredited MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is ideal for registered nurses looking to earn their specialization in this growing field. New students are accepted every semester. Interested? Request more information now. Ready to apply? Start your application today!

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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