Family Nurse Practitioner Program Online MSN FNP

Nurse Practitioner ranked #5 Best Health Care Job for 2019 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 MSN FNP program is offered exclusively on the web, allowing working nurses the convenience of managing coursework on their schedule.

Online FNP Program Highlights

  • Programmatic accreditation*
  • 100% online classwork with inter-professional educational opportunities
  • Masters-prepared academic coaches to support student success
  • 48 credits, 675 clinical hours
  • Clinical practicum assistance
  • 6 start-dates per year

How long will the MSN FNP program take?

Candidates for the 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 6.
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Preparing for a career as a

Family Nurse Practitioner

Earning the right credential can help you build lifelong success.

The demand for Family Nurse Practitioners has never been greater. Now is the time to make a change that can deliver benefits for years to come. Download a copy of our complimentary guide to learn more about Herzing's MSN FNP program and the unique advantages it provides you.

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Programmatic accreditation* acknowledges that Herzing's nursing programs meet specific national standards including institutional resources, quality curriculum and teaching practices, and program outcomes related to completion rates, pass rates and employment.


Online Learning and On-Site Training

One of the most important elements of our online MSN FNP program is clinical practicum. As a Herzing FNP student you will experience online classes with on-site clinical experiences that provide you the opportunity to practice skills and apply your learning in real-world settings.

Clinical Practicum Assistance

The clinical practicum is an integral part of our program to help prepare you for your advanced practice nursing career. At Herzing you’ll have two regional clinical coordinators who serve as a resource to students in finding and securing appropriate clinical sites.

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.

Collaborative, 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 Family 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 with patients across the lifespan, including:

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


MSN FNP Program Curriculum

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.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Direct Care Core Courses

All courses, 10.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in FNP Concentration

All courses, 23.00 semester credit hours, are required.

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Program Requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s online 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.

$10K Scholarship

Did you achieve a 3.8+GPA in your undergraduate program? You could be eligible for our Nurses Circle of Achievement Scholarship.

Interested? The first step is to apply for admission to Herzing University.

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*The master’s degree program in nursing at Herzing University Online is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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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