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MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner

Program overview

Become a patient’s source for primary care.

Provide primary care to people of all ages as a family nurse practitioner. You’ll graduate ready to conduct examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, and help patients improve their well-being.

Provide primary care to people of all ages as a family nurse practitioner. You’ll graduate ready to conduct examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, and help patients improve their well-being.

Quick Facts

3

years to complete

42

total credit hours

$955

per credit hour

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Gain Advanced Nursing Skills Without Pausing Your Career

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) deliver the highest level of patient care allowable under a nursing credential. This ability to provide quality care at a reasonable cost will make your role essential to solving the challenges of the modern health care landscape.

In the FNP program at Sacred Heart University, you’ll gain the skills to conduct physical exams, diagnose diseases and injuries, and treat common illnesses. You’ll also prepare to provide health care guidance within diverse family systems and empower patients to make lifestyle choices that benefit their long-term health.

We’ll help you do everything you need to prepare for certification in a flexible online format that allows you to study on your own schedule. Plus, our online FNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Career Outlook: 36% Growth Through 2029

Demand is high for quality primary care providers. As a primary care nurse practitioner, you could expect to earn a median income of $97,800 and find job growth of a staggering 36 percent over the next decade.1 That’s more than 7x the national average.

In addition to a specialty hospital setting, nurse practitioners can often be found providing personal care services, as well as primary care services in business, professional, labor or political organizations.

CAREERS AND SALARIES
nurse practitioner cares for young boy with sprained ankle

Curriculum

Through 42 total credit hours, gain the skills to diagnose and treat patients over their entire lifespan through the use of health assessments, statistical data, and the diagnostic reasoning process. You’ll also learn to communicate health plans to diverse patients with varied family systems, understand the various drug groups, and manage drug therapy to avoid adverse reactions.

As part of your degree, you’ll complete a clinical component. To meet this requirement, you’ll need to secure your own clinical placement and may be required to travel significant distances to access clinical sites and achieve the necessary clinical hours.

You’ll graduate qualified to sit for national certification exams offered through the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

PREVIEW COURSES

Program Outcomes: Implement Evidence-Based Care Plans

You’ll complete Sacred Heart’s FNP program ready to:

Admission Requirements

To apply for the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program from Sacred Heart University, you need:

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Tuition Details

This 42-credit-hour program costs $955 per credit hour. Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.

TUITION AND FEES

Faculty: Personal Connection With Experienced Mentors

Sacred Heart University’s online FNP faculty possess years of clinical experience in their nursing specialties and are recognized as experts among their peers. Most remain engaged in clinical practice either in direct care or consulting.

Our team places a high value on creating a personal atmosphere, and we encourage a spirit of mentorship and collaboration between students and faculty.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.

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Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.

FINANCIAL AID

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

You can start by applying today. Our academic calendar has three FNP start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

One of our skilled program managers will connect with you to provide personal assistance in completing your application profile.

Our distinguished, award-winning faculty have years of clinical experience and in many cases, they have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

Primary care nurse practitioners earn a $97,800 median annual income with the top 10% earning more than $105,500 according to Burning Glass Labor Insights. Job growth is expected to be a stunning seven times the national average at 36.1% over the next 10 years. See the FNP Career Outlook page for more information.

Some of the things you’ll need include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, official transcripts demonstrating GPA requirements, and a current RN license. To view the full list of requirements, visit our Admissions page.

The best time to apply is now. Our academic calendar has six MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

This program accepts up to 6 credits earned in previous master’s-level courses, subject to credit eligibility and program director approval.

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Sources:

  1. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved October 15, 2019.