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Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (RN to MSN)

This program is available at the following campuses. Please select one to get details.

Your Next Career Step

For many licensed RNs, becoming a Nurse Practitioner is the natural next step in their healthcare career. South University offers an opportunity for registered nurses who do not currently have a BSN degree to become Family Nurse Practitioners.

South University’s RN to MSN degree program is an intensive, streamlined course of study that awards the student both a BSN and an MSN degree. Further, by combining nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, graduates of our RN-MSN are well prepared to work as Family Nurse Practitioners. Our RN to MSN program typically takes 66 months to complete*. Nurses who currently have a BSN and are considering becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner should visit our MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner page. *(Source: )

Nurse Practitioners’ Role in Healthcare

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP 2016), nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing peoples’ health conditions and preventing disease. Simply put, FNPs perform many of the same functions as licensed physicians. FNPs are able to treat and diagnose health conditions and issue prescriptions in many states. For some insurers, they may also serve as primary care providers for patients.

There is growing evidence that Family Nurse Practitioners provide high-quality healthcare and may be a more cost-effective alternative to doctors, due in large part to lower educational costs. The AANP estimates that NP schooling costs 20-25 percent of that to prepare a physician. South University offers competitive tuition rates and financial aid opportunities, available to those who qualify. You may find out more by speaking to one of our advisors.

South University Nurse Practitioner graduates typically find work in one of these settings: doctors’ offices, medical and surgical hospitals, outpatient care centers, and colleges.

Nurse Practitioner Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, Dec. 2015) predicts that openings for NPs will increase 31 percent between now and 2024.

Nurse Practitioner Requirements & Board Exams

The governing boards that administer tests to examinees seeking to become nurse practitioner are the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Both organizations administer multiple test specialties including: Adult-Gerontology, Family, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Midwifery and Psychiatric.

Types of Family Nurse Practitioner

Board-certified Nurse Practitioners have numerous career paths open to them. These include becoming:

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners have varying degrees of authority in all 50 United States. In states like Arizona, Montana, and Washington, for example, Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medicine (including controlled substances) independent of any physician involvement. Whereas in states like Texas, Virginia, and Nevada however, Nurse Practitioners may only prescribe non-controlled substances with some degree of physician involvement.

Endless Possibilities

As evidenced by the list above, Family Nurse Practitioners work with a wide range of health seekers of all ages and needs. Graduating from our RN to MSN program has the potential to open a wide range of healthcare industry opportunities by taking your career to the next level.

For more information on how to become a Family Nurse Practitioner or to enroll contact one of our admissions representatives.

*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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