Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Impact Patient Care Across the Lifespan as an FNP

Help make meaningful, long-lasting change in your community through Walsh University's online Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) degree program. This program will equip you with the experience and competencies to provide primary care to individuals and families throughout their lifespan.

With an affordable, flexible curriculum, this online FNP program will see you work alongside experienced faculty as you gain the skills needed to expand your professional autonomy. Through didactic and clinical experiences, you will focus on the primary care needs of patients as you advocate for their well-being. You can also complete the program in as few as 2 years while you continue working, allowing you to prepare for your future career while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. 

Aligned with the 2021 AACN Essentials standards, this program will equip you with the core and advanced competencies to allow you to thrive in your career and will:

  • Prepare for certification as an APRN​
  • Develop the skills to practice medicine independently​
  • Learn how to work in a variety of settings​ including schools, clinics, and hospitals
  • Promote health, rehabilitation and improve quality of life in patients of all ages.


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Upcoming Start Dates

  • Now Accepting Applications
  • Classes Start: August 22, 2023

Online FNP Program Fast Facts

  • Graduate Prepared - 96% FNP Licensure Pass Rates
    Develop advanced clinical skills and expand care in your community as a family nurse practitioner - 96% FNP Licensure Pass Rate (in 2020-2021).
  • Affordable Tuition
    Take advantage of reasonable tuition rates of $745 per credit hour. Learn more about available financial aid options.
  • Designed for Working Nurses
    Take just one or two courses while continuing to work full time. Enjoy easy access and log in at any time, anywhere.
  • Clinical Placement Support
    We offer placement support to assist you in finding suitable clinical sites and preceptors for your clinical courses.
  • Expert Faculty
    Connect with an engaged faculty of experienced nurses who understand today’s dynamic health care environment.
  • Dedicated Support from Enrollment to Graduation
    Find support every step of the way. Receive proactive coaching and mentoring until you graduate to help you succeed.
NURS 610 –Advanced Pathophysiology

This course focuses on the interrelationships of human biological systems, biochemical, genetic and cellular concepts, providing the framework for the study of advanced pathological concepts. Case studies illustrate theoretical concepts and assist in the application of theory to practice.

NURS 614 – Advanced Health Assessment

This course builds on the student’s knowledge and skills of basic health assessment and provides a foundation for the advanced nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research-based methodologies and skills will be incorporated to assist students in the comprehensive assessment of individuals, including advanced communication skills such as clinical interviewing and focused history taking, psychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making.

Interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal findings as well as for recognition of potential and/or actual health problems will also be addressed. This course requires 30 laboratory hours.

NURS 642 – Clinical Pharmcology

Clinical pharmacology builds upon NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology. Specific requirements, responsibilities, interprofessionalism, and concerns as an APN prescriber, including safe prescription writing and medication management of patients throughout the life span, including persons with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), will be comprehensively reviewed.

NURS 718 – Healthcare Technology and Data Management

Students will explore healthcare technology and data management concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and application within the healthcare environment. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of healthcare technologies (clinical, administrative, and learning), knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of healthcare technology appropriate to their area of practice. (3 credit hours)

NURS 64X – FNP III: Capstone / Primary Care

This course serves as the capstone experience for the FNP program. It synthesizes all material from the previous FNP courses and focuses on refining and integrating clinical learning modalities, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and evaluation for all members of the family, including rural and underserved populations.

Didactic and clinical experiences promote a seamless transition into professional practice. (300 clinical hours)