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Master's degree

Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner

30 months

Approximate Program Length

48

Total Credits

$540

Cost per Credit

Online & campus

Format

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Register by: Aug 18, 2021

Take charge as a family nurse practitioner. In as little as 30 months and an intensive, five-day in-person residency, you can earn a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner. Whether online or on-campus, you will be qualified to take a more hands-on role in diagnosing and treating patients.

  • Assume leadership roles in advanced nursing practice and educational settings

  • Effectively diagnose, treat and educate on patient disease states

  • Perform comprehensive or symptom-focused physical exams

  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic and screening tests

  • Offer preventive care

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, California, 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 residents of these states and also on-campus in Phoenix and Southern California. Check for additional information about professional licensure in your state of residence

26 %

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

Career Services for Life

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Tuition

Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing 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)
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Real-world faculty

25

Average years of industry experience

7

Chief Executive Officers

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

I definitely understand how difficult it is for students who have a family. I try to make my classes as “un-stressful” as possible.

Beverly Jensen

2020 Faculty of the Year

MSN, RN, CNE