Online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Earn Your MSN-FNP Degree Online. Advance Your Education While You Work.
Marymount’s CCNE-accredited online MSN-FNP degree program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed family nurse practitioner, using a curriculum that is strongly focused on ethics and evidence-informed care. Designed for BSN-prepared nurses, the MSN-FNP coursework is 100% online so you can continue to work while advancing your education.
In just over two years, you can graduate fully prepared to sit for the AANP or ANCC FNP certification exam and start your career as a compassionate primary care provider for individuals and families across the lifespan.
Expert Faculty, Unmatched Student Support
Learn from practicing FNPs who are experts in their field, as you translate theoretical knowledge from the sciences and humanities into the delivery of advanced nursing care to diverse populations. Benefit from access to a dedicated Student Support Advisor who will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you have the resources needed to successfully complete your degree.
Clinical Placement, The Easy Way
Don’t worry about having to find a placement site and preceptor to complete your clinical experience requirements. Let us do the work for you at no additional cost. Marymount’s clinical placement team coordinates all aspects of the clinical placement process. Our goal is to secure you a placement site and preceptor within a reasonable distance of where you live.
Demand for Nurse Practitioners
U.S. News & World Report recognizes the nurse practitioner role in their Best Jobs rankings as #3 in the nation, #2 in health care, and #3 in STEM.
- CCNE-accredited and U.S. News & World Report ranked program
- Recognized as a College of Distinction for Nursing
- Top 15% nursing program for veterans and Top 15% nursing program for non-traditional students (College Factual)
- Clinical Placement Services offered free of charge
- On-campus residency connects you with your peers and instructors
- No GRE/GMAT required
- Total Credit Hours: 45
- Total Clinical Hours: 750
- Note: Our online MSN-FNP program is offered on a part time only basis
- BSN from a regionally accredited institution with 3.0 GPA
- RN license (unencumbered)
- One (1) year of full-time experience as a practicing professional nurse by the first day of class
Program Curriculum Snapshot
NU 510 – Population Health
Provides an overview of global and national population health with a focus on the determinants of health, health disparities, and population-oriented prevention. Using an epidemiological approach, students will examine the burden of disease within ethical, social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts. (3 credits)
NU 701 – Innovative Models of Care Delivery
Prepares students to demonstrate clinical, organizational, and systems-level leadership through study and design of innovative models of care delivery. It emphasizes the application of continuous quality management (CQM) principles and business process improvement (BPI) strategies in model development. Attendant course content focuses on developing skills in organizational and policy arenas, applying principles of practice management, balancing productivity with quality of care, and encouraging a culture that emphasizes practice excellence. (3 credits)
NU 707 – Leadership, Quality & Ethics in Health Care
Analyze and demonstrate evidenced-based leadership skills as core competencies in nursing to improve quality in patient care and strengthen nursing as a profession. Emphasis is on the theories of professional leadership, personal leadership, skill-building, quality improvement, ethical values, moral agency, and change. (3 credits)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an MSN-FNP degree?
An MSN-FNP is a Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus. This advanced degree prepares experienced RNs to become nurse practitioners within primary care settings. You will prepare to care for individuals and families as you study topics like pathophysiology, pharmacology, leadership and more.
What is a family nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who has a master’s of science in nursing (MSN), followed by an FNP certification. FNP scope of practice includes infants to adolescents, young adults to seniors—similar to family physicians. According to AANP, family nurse practitioners are the largest group of NP certifications.
What does a family nurse practitioner do?
Family nurse practitioner (FNP) duties and responsibilities go beyond monitoring patients to managing patient care. FNP responsibilities vary across settings and may include:
- Creating or contributing to care plans
- Offering health education and counseling
- Ordering tests
- Performing exams
- Prescribing medication
- Referring for consultation
- Writing admission, transfer, and discharge orders
How long does the MSN-FNP program take to complete?
It takes 7 consecutive semesters to complete the program (just over two years).
Are Marymount University’s online programs accredited?
Yes, Marymount’s online nursing programs are CCNE accredited, excluding our certificate programs.
How much does the online MSN-FNP program cost?
The online MSN-FNP program costs $1,275 per credit hour, for a total tuition investment of $57,375. Additional fees do apply.
Is financial aid available to online students?
Visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for more details on funding that may be available. If you’d like to discuss financial aid, eligibility and next steps, please contact Student Accounts.
Why I Chose to Get my Master’s in Nursing Online
Katarina Maric had logged a decade as a registered nurse before tackling her master’s degree in nursing. In fall 2020, Maric enrolled in Marymount University’s online master’s program in nursing to become a family nurse practitioner. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and continue my education,” she says.
Maric sat down with Fortune to share her experience and offer some advice for prospective students considering a similar path.