An online Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner degree opens up a number of nursing specialties to RNs in Colorado. When considering a Colorado MSN-FNP program, you’ll want to look for a curriculum and institution that aligns with your goals. Part of this process is asking the right questions. For example, do you want to be a family nurse practitioner? Are you interested in a family focus looking after patients throughout their lifespan? Do you want to work in a clinic, physician’s office, hospice, or your own private practice?  

While you’re searching for answers, take a look at Walsh University’s online MSN-FNP program in Colorado. Registered nurses will be able to choose their specialty and pursue an FNP online in Colorado. The program is 100% online with on-campus intensives.

Gain a nursing specialty credential from a university located in a great nursing job market. Colorado family nurse practitioners earn an estimated $110,000 per year. Enter a profession that is in demand from a well-respected institution.


The online MSN Nurse Educator/online MSN Family Nurse practitioner program is 61 credits for the Family Nurse Practitioner track and 40 credits for the Nurse Educator Track. Divided between eight-week and 16-week courses, the program is 100% online excluding clinicals. The program may be completed in 6-7 semester full time or 10 semesters part-time. Three intakes per year means you can start your education when you’re ready.

  • Length: Complete in as little as 6-7 semesters full time or 10 semesters part time  
  • Tuition: $685 per credit hour
  • Specializations: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator or Family Nurse Practitioner

Learn more about our online Colorado MSN programs


  1. Submission of a completed Walsh University application.
  2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent. Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  4. Completion of an Undergraduate or Graduate Statistics course.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Master’s program from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the FNP or Nurse Educator role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  6. A resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  7. A 1,000-word essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty and will be reviewed for writing style and content. It should address the following areas:
    1. Reasons for seeking advanced education in the MSN program at this time in your career.
    2. The essay should be typed in APA format and will be evaluated on both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program.
    3. Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program.
    4. Academic and career goals and how the MSN education will help you to realize those goals.


More practice flexibility for Colorado nurse practitioners and a distinct need for Colorado nurse educators make the state a desirable area for nurses to work in. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 1,350 nurse educators and more than 2,000 nurse practitioners employed in Colorado. Meanwhile, Colorado nurse practitioners are authorized by the State Board of Nursing to prescribe medication after they meet certain requirements. Schedule II-V controlled substances and drugs may be granted by the provisional authority once those requirements are met. In addition, Colorado advanced practice nurses have a number of professional resources available to them by professional associations such as the Colorado Society of Advanced Practice Nurses and the Colorado Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Some Colorado neighborhoods for nurse practitioners and nurse educators include:

  • Denver
  • Littleton
  • Colorado Springs
  • Lakewood
  • Boulder