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

Your Next Career Move: Preparing to Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

Our CCNE-accredited RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner programs offer an efficient, streamlined path for learning how to provide leading-edge primary care across the lifespan. Get started by selecting from our flexible on-campus or online nurse practitioner programs, all led by experienced nurses.

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


A Streamlined Path to a MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Degree

Our RN to MSN program provides an intensive course of study that leads to earning both a BSN and MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree, preparing you to practice preventive care, promote healthy behaviors, and diagnose and treat health problems at all developmental stages. Our classroom experiences blend nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, while the practicum courses offer in-depth clinical experiences, supervised by supportive, knowledgeable mentors. This family nurse practitioner education can also help you to strengthen your clinical judgment, critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills.

So how long does it take to become a nurse practitioner in our programs? Our RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree program can be completed on campus in under 6 years or under 4 years online. As a graduate, you’ll meet the prerequisites for nurse practitioner examination* and be eligible to sit for certification through national certifying bodies (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC]; American Association of Nurse Practitioners [AANP]).

To help with the cost of a family nurse practitioner education, financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Admissions: RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements

An associate’s degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution and a valid unencumbered RN license are required for program admission. For a full list of RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner requirements, including GPA requirements and provisional admissions criteria, refer to the Academic Catalog or contact Admissions at 1.800.688.0932.

Nurses with a BSN can prepare to become a nurse practitioner in our MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Nurses with an MSN that equipped them for another advanced practice role or nursing specialty may be better suited for our shorter Post Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Adding Value to Your Community: The Family Nurse Practitioner Role

Exactly what does a nurse practitioner do? Nurse practitioners are a vital part of our nation’s healthcare system, known for providing primary care and health education to patients and families across the lifespan. Family nurse practitioners can help patients to manage acute or chronic illnesses, including conducting physical exams, performing diagnostic tests and procedures, and writing prescriptions, and may work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, or walk-in clinics. In some states, nurse practitioners may operate their own private family practices.

Becoming a nurse practitioner can allow you to not only enhance your patient care skills, but also may enable you to increase your earning potential and employment benefits. The standard family nurse practitioner salary varies by experience level, practice area, employment type, and geographic region. As for job outlook, the BLS predicts a 31% employment growth occurring between 2014 and 2024 for nurse practitioners.

*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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