Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

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Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Take a Leadership Role

Explore the dynamics of the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner as you prepare to provide care for individuals and families throughout the lifespan. The online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates to sit for their certification as an advanced practice nurse. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, graduates will expand their scope of practice, work collaboratively with other health care professionals, and manage patient care across the lifespan.

Learn more by getting your program guide.

Fast Facts

  • 100% online, with on campus intensives
  • 63 Credits, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Complete in 7 semesters full time, 10 semesters part-time
  • Eight-week and 16-week courses
  • Three intakes per year

Walsh University Recognition

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • #49 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • #29 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)
Online FNP Program Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will take while enrolled in the online FNP program. For a full list, please download a brochure.

Careers and Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals 25 and older with a master’s degree earned approximately $10,000 more a year than their counterparts with a bachelor’s degree. The nursing profession is expected to grow by 31% by 2024, leading to the creation of more than 50,000 jobs.

Family Nurse Practitioners work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Primary care settings
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing report that nurse practitioners earn average salaries of $97,000-$100, 000. The National Governor’s Association notes that by 2019, the demand for primary care in the United States will increase by between 15 million and 25 million visits per year. This creates a need for 4,000-7,000 more physicians which if unfulfilled will leave more than 32.5 million people without suitable primary care resources. To meet the primary care demand, nurse practitioners will be pivotal in filling the need for primary care services.

To see a full list of potential positions and employers available to a graduate, download the program brochure.

What differentiates a family nurse practitioner online program?

Family nurse practitioners are a specialized type of advanced nurse in the same way that MSN FNP programs online are unique to their school. A nurse practitioner or an online family nurse practitioner program might be divided by the type of patient you would treat:, children, infants, senior citizens, families and more. An online family nurse practitioner program prepares you to enter an exciting field as a primary care provider to children and adults. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 200,000 nurse practitioners in the U.S. More than 60% of nurse practitioners including online nurse practitioner students go into family practice/family care. An MSN FNP online program is important as the profession requires a graduate degree; more than 97% of nurse practitioners have a graduate degree.


A family nurse practitioner MSN online program like the one offered through Walsh University is in line with the needs of the healthcare industry. The National Governors Association predicts that by 2019, the number of visits to primary care health professionals will increase by approximately 15-25 million per year. However, the AANP notes that only 14.5% of physicians are entering the primary care practice while more than 88% of nurse practitioners were prepared in primary care programs such as Walsh University’s MSN FNP program online. This means family nurse practitioners and online MSN family nurse practitioner students are fulfilling an essential need for primary care health resources. Choosing a family nurse practitioner online program means you are entering a profession that changes the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

To learn more, claim your program brochure.

NURS 600 – Theoretical Development of Nursing Science 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the development of nursing knowledge, theory and their relationship to nursing education, practice and research. A historical overview of concept and theory development in nursing and related disciplines is explored as well as the process of critiquing, evaluating, and utilizing nursing theories. Students will examine the relationship between the components of theory and the role that theory plays in research, practice and education. Projections for the future of theory development in nursing are also discussed.

NURS 610 – Advanced Pathophysiology 3 sem. hrs.

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 – Adv Health Assessment 3 sem. hrs.

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 640 – Clinical Assessment & Management 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the student's knowledge and skills of Advanced Health Assessment, focusing on the diagnostic process within the primary care context. Evidence-based practice will be incorporated to assist students through the inductive process of moving from specific physical findings or patient concerns to possible diagnoses based on history, physical, and laboratory and diagnostic tests. Students will be expected to synthesize diagnostic information in order to arrive at appropriate diagnoses and treatment plans. The course will require some lab time.

Prerequisite: NUR 614.

NURS 645 – FNP: Care of Women 6 sem. hrs.

This course presents theories, principles and skills in assessing, promoting, and maintaining the health of women across the lifespan, with a focus on the gynecologic and reproductive health needs of women. Management of common health problems is included. Clinical experiences will focus on competency in the evidence-based management of women’s health. (100 clinical hours)

Prerequisites: All Core Courses Completed, NURS 640

NURS 649 – FNP: Care of Family in Primary Care 5 sem. hrs.

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. (200 clinical hours)

Prerequisites: All core courses and all FNP clinical courses (FNP I-IV).