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Nurse Bridge Program

If you have an active RN license and a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, our Nursing Bridge Program helps experienced nurses like you earn your MSN degree — saving you time and money. You’ll start with three BSN courses and then move into the program specialty that fits your career goals.

Courses

1

Course at a time

8

Weeks per course

6

Courses per year

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help you schedule your courses for the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner.

What you'll learn

When you earn your Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner, you’ll be equipped with concrete skills that will help you provide patient care in the advanced practice role. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Demonstrating accurate clinical decisions based on information obtained through health history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests and screening procedures
  • Utilizing theory and evidence to provide health protection, health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve or maintain optimum health for all family members
  • Treating common acute and chronic physical and mental illnesses, and common injuries, in people of all ages to minimize the development of complications, and promote function and quality of living
  • Applying ethical principles in delivering care to patients across the lifespan
  • Practicing lawfully based on state Nurse Practice Acts and/or regulatory guidelines

Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner is a post-licensure education program designed for nurses with current RN licensure who wish to obtain a master’s degree and prepare for advanced practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program educationally prepares nurses for advanced practice, including how to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings, and emphasizes comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. As part of this program, students are required to complete a five-day residency on campus that requires the student to fulfill competency checkoffs of both clinical and procedural skills under the direction of faculty. 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.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner?

A MSN/FNP can prepare you to be a: 

  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Advanced practice registered nurse

Our MSN/FNP program meets the educational requirements in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah for graduates who want to pursue advanced practice nursing licensure and certification at the master’s level. The program is currently available online to residence of these states and also on-campus in Phoenix and Southern California. Check for additional information about professional licensure in your state of residence

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for nurse practitioners is projected to be much faster than average between 2018 and 2028.

Tuition

Paying for school

locked-in tuition

$540

Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

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Accreditation & Faculty

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Programmatic accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* and this program is aligned with leading industry organizations, such as:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®) 
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) 
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

* The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K St., NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-887-6791.

Faculty fast facts

25

Average years of industry experience

7

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