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MSN with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program

Develop Your Skills for a Family Nurse Practitioner Career

Our CCNE-accredited MSN programs with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization can prepare you to deliver leading-edge primary care to patients and families across the lifespan. To get started, select from our flexible on-campus or online nurse practitioner programs, all led by experienced nurses.

Courses and Clinical Experience in Family Practice Nursing

Our MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree program can equip you to practice preventive care, promote positive health behaviors, and diagnose and treat health problems at all developmental stages. Our classroom experiences blend nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, while our practicum courses offer in-depth clinical experiences supervised by supportive and knowledgeable mentors. Our family nurse practitioner education can also help you to strengthen your clinical judgment, critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills.

Our 62-credit MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program curriculum can be completed on campus in as little as 2 years, or in 19 months online. After completing this MSN degree, you’ll be eligible to sit for examinations* through national certifying bodies (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]; American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]).

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Our MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program curriculum is carefully designed to prepare you for a career as a family nurse practitioner. Your required courses will cover topics such as:

  • The role of the advanced practice nurse
  • Advanced theoretical perspectives for nursing
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Health policy and health promotion in advanced nursing practice
  • Nursing research methods
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced health and physical assessment

After passing pre-specialty and pre-clinical evaluations, you'll also be required to complete 780 practicum hours in the areas of:

  • Family health - adult and gerontology
  • Family health - women's health
  • Family health - pediatrics
  • Family health- primary care

Finally, you'll conduct a scholarly project in nursing, applying the advanced nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and research skills you've acquired in this MSN program.

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements

Admissions requirements to our MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission
  • A baccalaureate degree in Nursing (or be a pending graduate) from an accredited U.S. collegiate institution
  • A CGPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter credits) undertaken of undergraduate nursing courses completed
  • Completion of a three-semester credit-hour undergraduate course (or equivalent) in statistics with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of an undergraduate nursing research course or equivalent with a grade of C or better
  • Submission of official transcripts from every college or university attended (within 10 weeks after the initial start date)
  • A valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the U.S. state or territory in all states in which licensed, in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure.) An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Meet the Core Performance Standards and essential function related to the profession of nursing as described in the South University Academic Catalog
  • An interview with the Chair/Program Director of designated faculty for campus-based students

Submission of the following:

  • Three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least one of your references should hold a master's or higher degree in Nursing.
  • An essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals, reasons for your choice of specialization, and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in nursing
  • A resume describing relevant work and professional and volunteer experiences

For answers to questions about our MSN degree Family Nurse Practitioner requirements or provisional admissions criteria, contact us at 1.888.444.3404. To help you with family nurse practitioner school cost, financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

RNs who do not hold a BSN can find a streamlined path for preparing for a family nurse practitioner career in our RN to MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing that equipped them to practice in another advanced role or nursing specialty may be better suited for our shorter Post Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Roles in Nursing:RN vs. Nurse Practitioner

Not sure what a family nurse practitioner does? Family nurse practitioners are a vital part of communities and healthcare systems, known for building relationships, providing primary care, and educating patients on healthy living across the lifespan. Nurse practitioners can help patients to manage acute or chronic illnesses, including conducting physical exams, performing diagnostic tests and procedures, and writing prescriptions.

Family nurse practitioners may work with physicians in private practices, as well as at hospitals, community treatment centers, or walk-in clinics. In some states, the law permits family nurse practitioners to operate their own private family practices.

There are many benefits, including salary and a promising job outlook, to becoming a nurse practitioner. The average nurse practitioner salary varies based on state or geographic region, workplace setting, clinical focus, and more. Nurse practitioner salary can increase as you gain experience in the field.

*Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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