Can I get a nurse practitioner degree online?

Can I get a nurse practitioner degree online?

You Can Get Nurse Practitioner Degree Online

Yes, you can get your degree online – given you meet the program’s enrollment requirements. To become a nurse practitioner you will be required to first earn your master’s degree in nursing (MSN). The Herzing University online family nurse practitioner (FNP) program requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and status as an active, licensed registered nurse in your state.

What you need to know about getting your MSN degree online

Most online programs will have similar requirements, and your path to becoming a nurse practitioner may be longer if you haven’t yet earned your BSN.

How long does it take?

How much schooling you need to become a nurse practitioner depends on what you’ve already earned.

  • If you have a BSN and you’re already an RN, you’re ready to go. The Herzing FNP program is typically completed in 20 months when taken full-time.
  • If you are an RN with an associate’s degree, you’ll need to get your BSN first – consider our online RN to BSN program.
  • If you are not yet a nurse and looking for an entry-level program, you have a long way to go. Consider an ASN or BSN program to become a registered nurse.

The clinical component of the program is crucial

Finding a preceptor and clinical placement as part of the online coursework is pivotal to earning real, valuable experience and graduating with your master’s degree.

With Herzing University you are not alone. We provide support in finding an NP preceptor and help you find diverse clinical environments to not only meet the requirements of the program but gain meaningful experience in multiple disciplines to prepare you best for success in your career.

How much does it cost?

You can find a cost estimate for our FNP program by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.

Loans, scholarships and grants are available for students in need of financial aid. It’s our goal to make college as accessible and affordable for everyone as much as possible.

FNP vs. NP

The Herzing University MSN nurse practitioner program prepares students to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), distinct from traditional Nurse Practitioner (NP) programs. As a family nurse practitioner, you will be qualified for a wide variety of family practice environments rather than specialize in a single area (pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, etc). Learn more about the difference between FNP and NP and where family nurse practitioners work.

Herzing University’s goal is to help you continue improving and succeed in your career. Taking the leap to become a family nurse practitioner is a big one, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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