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. 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. You can also complete the program in as few as 2 years while you continue working, allowing you to prepare for your future faster.

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.

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Upcoming Start Dates

  • Application Deadline:  July 19, 2024 
  • Start Date: Aug 19, 2024 

Online FNP Program Fast Facts

If you are interested in making a positive impact in your community while taking your career to the next level, Walsh University's online Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) degree can help you achieve your goals in less than 2 years. 

Designed with working nurses in mind, this program offers didactic and clinical experiences, allowing you to focus on the primary care needs of patients as you advocate for their well-being.


Walsh University MSN-FNP degree allows you to work alongside expert faculty as you develop the core competencies required to prepare for advance practice. The program consists of: 

  • 47 total credit hours (complete in as few as 6 semesters, or 2 years with part-time options available)
  • 3 start dates per year (fall, spring, summer), 8- and 16-week courses
  • 3 clinical rotations (750 hours)
Admission Requirements

To be considered for the MSN-FNP program, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. BSN degree from an accredited school of nursing, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  2. A current, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license
  3. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course
Program Outcomes

Aligned with the 2021 AACN Essentials Standards, The MSN-FNP curriculum will provide students the opportunity to strengthen their competencies as they prepare for board certification. The program covers a variety of foundational and clinical topics, including:

  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Health Assessment 
  • Clinical Management
  • Health Care Police
  • Health Care Technology
  • Organizational Financing

Take advantage of competitive tuition rates of $775 per credit hour. Looking for help with financial resources? Learn more about available financial aid options.

Clinical Placements

Clinicals are a required portion of the program that allow you to apply the skills you learn in real-life situations. Our online MSN-FNP program includes 3 clinical rotations for a total of 750 clinical hours.

Walsh University is proud to offer comprehensive clinical placement services. As a Walsh MSN-FNP student, you’ll be paired with a dedicated clinical placement coordinator who will work with you to secure clinical sites and preceptors for your clinical courses. For more information, visit


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)