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MSN-FNP Program Online
Go from BSN to FNP with Herzing

Nurse Practitioner ranked #2 Best Health Care Job for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report!

Complete your Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) online from Herzing University and take a leap towards becoming a family nurse practitioner.

Herzing's online MSN FNP program is offered exclusively on the web, allowing working BSN nurses to go from BSN to FNP by completing coursework on their schedule.

How long will the MSN FNP program take?

The Herzing University online FNP program is typically completed in 20 months. When attending full-time the program length is 5 semesters. Program length and time to complete can vary based on transfer credits and whether the student chooses a full or part-time schedule. 

Candidates for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree must complete:

  • 48 semester hours, 30 of which are in the FNP concentration
  • 585 total clinical hours
  • 500 total patient encounters
  • You'll need to meet two minimums for each of the 5 clinical courses in the program: 135 clinical hours and 100 patient encounters

Herzing University's goal is to empower you to become a better caregiver – our patient encounter requirement ensures you are exposed to a wide variety of different cases, equipping you to be more fully prepared to thrive in your own practice.

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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 for BSN nurses looking to go from BSN to FNP - 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 clinical courses. A minimum of 48.00 semester credit hours and 585 practicum hours are required for graduation.

Options for RNs with an ADN

We also offer an RN to FNP program for nurses who hold associate degree or RN diploma in nursing.

Choose to go from RN to MSN or earn your BSN on the way in our RN to BSN to MSN track.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSNFNP)2048

i. Average number of months for students to complete program. Program availability varies by location.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Direct Care Core Courses

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

*Students in the FNP program must take NU 610 and NU 611 in the same semester.

Required Courses in FNP Concentration

All courses, 24.00 semester credit hours, are required.

*Students in the FNP program must take NU 610 and NU 611 in the same semester.

+ Chair approval is needed for PMC students to take NU 627 with another clinical course simultaneously.

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Enrollment 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.

Scholarship Opportunity

You may be eligible for the Herzing University Nurses Circle of Achievement Scholarship.

Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA earned in your undergraduate nursing program, and maintaining a minimum GPA throughout the MSN program.

You can potentially earn 10% tuition reduction!

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MSN Placement Pledge Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an MSN-FNP program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.


Choose your path to become an FNP

MSN-FNP Program

Go from BSN to MSN-FNP in the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online program.

  • Curriculum designed for RNs with a BSN
  • How long? 20 months when taken full-time
  • Flexible online scheduling available to meet the demands of work, home and life
Accelerated RN to MSN-FNP

Bridge directly from RN to FNP in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.

  • Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN-FNP completion
  • How long? As few as 2 years (24 months)
  • Ideal for nurses looking to advance their practice and leap forward in their career
Why Herzing

1. The master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

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.

CCNE Accreditation

Online Learning and On-Site Training

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

  • Our Clinical Readiness Course prepares you to be successful in your clinical experience.
  • Our Virtual Bootcamp helps you prepare for the certification exam.

Clinical Experience Assistance

The clinical experience is an integral part of our program to help prepare you for your advanced practice nursing career. At Herzing, you’ll have 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 looking to get their nurse practitioner degree online. Flexible online scheduling is available 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 experienced 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 exactly is 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.

What can I do as an FNP?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Our online FNP program has 6 start dates per year, ensuring that you will have a start date coming up soon, but giving you enough time to get your personal affairs in order before jumping in. You can take the first step and apply now or contact an admissions advisor by calling 855-285-3809.

According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioners earn an average salary of $114,510 per year ($55.05 per hour). Pay depends on many factors, including your location, what healthcare institution you work for and your level of experience.*

Discover the average nurse practitioner salary by state and find out what nurse practitioners make on average near you.

The Herzing University online FNP program is not entry level. We require a BSN degree from an accredited university or college and a current, active and unrestricted license as an RN for acceptance into our FNP program.

If you have no experience in nursing and are considering a second career as a family nurse practitioner, see our accelerated BSN program option. This puts you on track to earning your bachelor’s degree in nursing to become an RN and qualify for our master’s degree program to become an FNP.

Additional RN options include our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and 3-year BSN programs. We now offer an online BSN program for non-nurses, available for enrollment in select U.S. states!

We offer multiple options for current nurses of all types, including pathways for ASN/ADN, BSN, and MSN degree holders.

View our available online Family Nurse Practitioner programs.

With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:

You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.

One of the most important elements of the online MSN-FNP program is the clinical. At Herzing you’ll have a clinical coordinator who will serve as a resource to students, guiding and assisting with securing appropriate clinical sites.

Herzing has been partnering with clinical sites for decades, which affords students the best clinical settings due to our reputation of strong clinical presence in a wide range of facilities.

We pledge YOUR clinical placement!

With Herzing University you are never alone. Read our guide to finding preceptorship for the FNP program and get more information on who you can choose, what kinds of sites you can look for, and how we support your search.

Here’s a selection of the most common types of nurse practitioners:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Note: Herzing does not offer a track in each specialty – only Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Each specialty has its own unique requirements in terms of job experience and certification. The advantage of becoming an FNP vs. other types of NP is you will be qualified to handle many different types of specialties within family practice.

The Herzing University post master’s FNP program provides Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) with the education necessary to become a family nurse practitioner and carve a unique professional path.

Nurse practitioners work primarily in hospitals (state, local & private), physician’s offices, outpatient care centers, educational facilities and offices of other health practitioners, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learn more about where family nurse practitioners work and their average salary in each type of healthcare facility.

The answer really depends on the state where you’d be working. There are a few basic levels of practice: full, reduced and restricted.

Explore this map from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to discover your state’s standards and get an understanding of what it means.

Over the course of your education, you’ll learn much more detail about the scope of practice for family nurse practitioners vs. other roles in healthcare.

Licensure requirements for FNPs vary from state to state. Most require a current RN license and a master’s degree in nursing. Graduates from Herzing University’s FNP program are eligible to sit for one of the FNP certification exams. Two main bodies offer FNP certification:

You may choose which exam you’d like to take. After completing your master’s degree, you will need to get certified and obtain licensure in the state you wish to practice before opening your practice as an FNP.


Accreditations & Disclosures

1. The master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

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.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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Semester 1
Term A CoursesCreditsTerm B CoursesCredits
NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing3NU 530 Organizational Systems and Behaviors3
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice3NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology3
Term C CoursesCredits
CR 010 Clinical Readiness0
Semester Credit Total12
Semester 2
Term A CoursesCreditsTerm B CoursesCredits
NU 610 Advanced Health Assessment (45 Clinical Hours)3NU 636 Advanced Pharmacology3
Term C CoursesCredits
NU 611 Clinical Decision Making (90 Clinical Hours)2
Semester Credit Total8
Semester 3
Term A CoursesCreditsTerm B CoursesCredits
NU 626 Roles for Nurse Practitioners3NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice3
Term C CoursesCredits
NU 623 Adult Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours)4
Semester Credit Total10
Semester 4
Term C CoursesCredits
NU 631 Healthcare of Women Across the Life Span (135 Clinical Hours)4
NU 632 Healthcare of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (135 Clinical Hours)4
Semester Credit Total8
Semester 5
Term A CoursesCreditsTerm B CoursesCredits
NU 580 Health Promotion Across the Life Span3HA 610 Health Policy and Management3
Term C CoursesCredits
NU 627 Geriatric Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours)4
Semester Credit Total10