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Family Nurse Practitioner: Nursing, M.S.N.

College of Nursing

This program prepares registered nurses to provide direct patient management in primary care across the lifespan in many settings.

The College of Nursing ranks number No. 1 for our online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (2023). Gain a strong foundation in patient wellness and prevention as well as the knowledge and skills to provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions.

Program Highlights

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    Comprehensive Care

    Attain the advanced knowledge and skills to provide treatment for everything from mild ailments to serious conditions.

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    Online Flexibility

    Complete the master’s degree on your own schedule with convenient online coursework that lets you learn and work.

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    Experiential Learning

    Learn from hands-on training that allows you to demonstrate professionalism in clinical settings.

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    Certification Ready

    Be prepared for professional advancement with a 97-100 percent ANCC pass rate for new F.N.P. graduates.

What You’ll Study

Upon program completion, be eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner exam administered through the American Nurse Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Manage Complex Patients

    Provide expert care using advanced diagnostics and treatment modalities

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

  • Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

    Therapeutic Intervention

    Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes

    Patient Education

    Educating patients and caregivers about treatments to create better health outcomes

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Workplace Settings

  • Primary/Family Practice
  • Urgent Care
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

My top three reasons for returning to school were to show my children that it is never too late to reach for goals, increased professional satisfaction and a shortage in health care providers.

Beth Bowers
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