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Translate the skills and practical knowledge you’ve developed as a registered nurse into a more advanced role managing the health of the entire family as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Our Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner specialization educationally prepares you as a family nurse practitioner and emphasizes comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. In this program you’ll gain advanced nursing skills that empower you to provide primary and specialty care to people of all ages.

Speak with an Enrollment Representative to learn how our Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner degree program prepares you to enter this field.

What you'll learn

The Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* enhances the knowledge and skills of registered nurses with baccalaureate-degree preparation. The program prepares nurses for advanced practice to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings. Advanced nursing theory and research provide the foundation for nurses to influence the future of nursing and health care. The MSN/FNP program is 47 graduate credits. Students complete core courses in advanced nursing content and process, then complete the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) course sequence. The FNP courses focus on the health care needs of people through the life span. Graduates of the FNP program are prepared for independent and collaborative decision making in health promotion and maintenance, with an emphasis on primary care across the life span. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Exam.

This program is a post-licensure education program designed for nurses with current RN licensure who wish to obtain a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program educationally prepares nurses for advanced practice to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings and emphasizes comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) credential or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) credential.

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View the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner gainful employment disclosures (CA).
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One of the nation's largest Nursing schools

For more than 30 years, our School of Nursing has been a leader in nursing education.

A real-world education

Our curricula — taught by faculty members who are MSN-prepared nurses — emphasize evidence-based practice, critical-thinking skills and leadership development.

Accredited programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.