MSN-Family Nurse PractitionerNursing Program

Nurse Practitioner ranked #3 Best Health Care Job for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report!

Achieve the pinnacle of skill and specialization in nursing in as little as 20 months. Complete your Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) online from Herzing University and be prepared to meet the national need for highly trained nurse practitioners.

Herzing's online FNP program is offered exclusively on the web, allowing working nurses the convenience of managing coursework on their schedule.

Online FNP Program Highlights

  • CCNE-accredited* online nurse practitioner program
  • 100% online classwork with inter-professional educational opportunities
  • Masters-prepared academic coaches to support student success
  • 48 credits, 675 clinical hours
  • Clinical practicum assistance
  • 3 start-dates per year

How long will the online MSN-FNP program take?

Candidates for the online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree must complete 48 semester hours, 30 of which are in the FNP concentration, and 675 clinical hours. The program is typically completed in 20 months. 

Classes start May 7.
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MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

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Recognized for Excellence

The online FNP program offered by Herzing University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*. CCNE accreditation acknowledges that Herzing's nursing programs meet specific national standards. Accreditation is important for individuals who may want to further their education, as most post-grad programs require a degree from an accredited program.


Convenience and Support

Herzing's online FNP program is designed for busy professionals with flexible online scheduling to accommodate the demands of work, home, and life. And like Herzing’s local campuses, you can expect the personalized attention and support that Herzing is known. Masters-prepared academic coaches offer one on one assistance and coaching to enhance study skills, build confidence, and provide support in helping MSN-FNP students achieve academic success.

Real-World Experience

Learn from expert teaching faculty whose rich, professional experiences enhance our students’ education. And with an interactive online learning environment, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with nurses from around the country.


What can I do as a Nurse Practitioner?

With the changes in healthcare reform, Family Nurse Practitioners serve a vital role; counseling patients for health prevention, promotion and disease management, as well as seeing, diagnosing and treating patients who would have historically waited weeks to see a physician. In recent years, the role of nurse practitioners has expanded. Along with the increase in duties performed, so too has the need for more qualified graduates risen. Help fill the need with a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Herzing University.

Family nurse practitioners provide care for patients of all ages and have great flexibility in choosing a specialty. Nurse Practitioners often select positions in family practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, urgent care, internal medicine and primary care.

Graduates of Herzing's Family Nurse Practitioner concentration are prepared to work in diverse healthcare and academic environments including:

  •   Family Practice
  •   Primary Care
  •   Public Health
  •   Retail Health Clinics
  •   School Health
  •   Urgent Care Clinics
  •   Veterans Administration
  •   Women's Health


MSN-FNP Program Curriculum

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Ranging from newborn to geriatric, Herzing’s online FNP program is a population-focused curriculum completed in the primary care setting. The program is designed to be completed over twenty months (5 semesters) when attending full-time.

The curriculum offers advanced, immediately relevant training through core MSN courses, direct care courses, and practicum courses. A minimum of 48.00 semester credit hours and 675 practicum hours are required for graduation.

Clinical Practicum Assistance

One of the most important elements of the online MSN-FNP program is the clinical practicum. At Herzing you’ll have two regional clinical coordinators who serve as a resource to students in finding and securing appropriate clinical sites.

MSN-FNP Sample Schedule


Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for NursingNU621 Advanced Pathophysiology
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based PracticeNU 530 Organizational Systems and Behaviors
6 Credits6 Credits
NU 633 Management of Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice 4 Credits
NU 609 Advanced Health Assessment (135 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 626 Roles for Nurse PractitionersNU 525 Technology and Nursing in Advanced Practice
3 Credits3 Credits
NU 623 Adult Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours) - 4 Credits
NU 631 Healthcare of Women Across the Life Span (135 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits
NU 632 Healthcare of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (135 Clinical Hours)4 Credits
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 580 Health Promotion Across the Life SpanHA 610 Health Policy and Management
3 Credits3 Credits
NU 627 Geriatric Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits


Program Requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s family nurse practitioner program, prospective students must live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the MSN-FNP program, and:

  1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they live.  (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement.)
  2. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited university or college with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.



*The Master of Science in Nursing programs offered by Herzing University Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-463-6930,

Not all programs approved in all states. Individual considering the MSN-FNP program should be aware that state requirements for availability of required clinical courses and eligibility to apply for licensure as a family nurse practitioner vary from state to state. Applicants should check with their applicable state board of nursing before enrolling in any graduate nursing program.

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