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Family Nurse
Practitioner Program
MSN-FNP Online

Earn your MSN-FNP with Herzing and become possible

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • 100% online classwork with inter-professional educational opportunities
  • Herzing pledges clinical placement
  • Average program length: 20 months
  • 48 credits, 675 clinical hours
  • 6 start-dates per year
Waived enrollment fee Classes start November 2nd
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Nurse Practitioner ranked #4 Best Health Care Job for 2020 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
  • 675 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.

Classes Start November 2nd

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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.

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Clinical Experience: Herzing supports your search for a preceptor

Finding a preceptor or clinical location for a nurse practitioner program can be a pain point for many prospective nursing students. With Herzing University you are never on your own.

Benefits of the Herzing FNP program clinical experience

  1. Strong University guidance. Herzing goes above and beyond to help you find a clinical site. Our Clinical Guidance Process backed by the Herzing MSN Clinical Placement Pledge ensures you are able to secure clinical placement as part of the MSN-FNP program.
  2. You will be ready. Our program includes a Clinical Readiness Course to prepare you for success in the practicum your clinical experiences during your time here at Herzing University. 
  3. Interdisciplinary opportunities. Exposure to diverse patient care environments makes you a better, more prepared nurse practitioner. Our priority is your experience to build upon in your new career—the Herzing FNP program requires a minimum of 100 patient encounters and 135 clinical hours in your clinical courses as part of the 675-hour requirement to ensure you see a variety of patients. You will earn personalized, valuable clinical experience with a deeper background treating patients of many ages across the lifespan including times of wellness and illness.
  4. Flexible scheduling. Fitting clinical hours into an already hectic life can be a challenge. In collaboration with your clinical preceptor, you will identify a schedule that works best for you.
  5. We treat you like a professional. You are a student—but in a clinical setting you are accountable to a licensed healthcare provider and their patients. From enrollment to completion we treat you like the nursing professional you are working so hard to become.

If you'd like more detail on the process, read our guide to finding a nurse practitioner preceptor, which includes information on what sites you may choose, what kinds of preceptors you can work with, and tips on how to secure a clinical.

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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Why Herzing

*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 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 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

FNP vs NP – the "family" difference

The difference between FNP and NP is that Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) specialize in family medicine, and Nurse Practitioners (NP) generally adopt a medical specialty under a smaller umbrella. FNPs may work in pediatrics or geriatrics, while an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) only works with adult/older patients; a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) only works with children and young adults.

Becoming an FNP makes you more qualified for more kinds of family care, making you a valuable resource to all sorts of different medical institutions. Learn more about what a family nurse practitioner is, what they do, where they work and how they most often specialize.

How much can I make as a family nurse practitioner?

The average annual salary for a nurse practitioner is $110,030 per year ($52.90 per hour). Nurse practitioners working in outpatient care centers make the most on average ($116,550 per year) although NP’s most often work in physician’s offices (see a full industry profile).

A high average salary combined with optimistic estimates for projected growth in nurse practitioner employment in coming years means earning your master’s degree now puts you on track to be in high demand on the job market.


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 675 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.

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.

$7,000–$10,000 in Scholarships

You may be eligible for one of two Herzing University scholarships for MSN program applicants:

1. Did you earn a high GPA in your undergraduate program? Apply for our Nurses Circle of Achievement Scholarship

2. You could receive up to $7,000 in scholarship funding with our Nursing Pathway to Success Scholarship

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for nurse practitioners is expected to rise 52% from 2019 through 2029, an expectation far surpassing the average across all occupations.

Expect your skills and abilities to be in very high demand by the time you get your master’s degree.

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.

Yes! We’d love to have you. We have nine campus locations and you’re welcome to come in for a tour if you’re nearby. The doors are always open to you for study time, to meet with financial aid counselors or meeting other Herzing students.

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.

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.

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.

Take it from an RN who has already made the leap. Here are the biggest reasons to become a family nurse practitioner. It all starts by getting the education and qualifications you need to take the next step.

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

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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Semester 1
Term A Courses Credits Term B Courses Credits
NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3 NU 530 Organizational Systems and Behaviors 3
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice 3 NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
Term C Courses Credits
CR 010 Clinical Readiness 0
Semester Credit Total 12
Semester 2
Term A Courses Credits Term B Courses Credits
NU 610 Advanced Health Assessment (45 Clinical Hours) 3 NU 636 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Term C Courses Credits
NU 611 Clinical Decision Making (90 Clinical Hours) 2
Semester Credit Total 8
Semester 3
Term A Courses Credits Term B Courses Credits
NU 626 Roles for Nurse Practitioners 3 NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice 3
Term C Courses Credits
NU 623 Adult Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours) 4
Semester Credit Total 10
Semester 4
Term C Courses Credits
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 Total 8
Semester 5
Term A Courses Credits Term B Courses Credits
NU 580 Health Promotion Across the Life Span 3 HA 610 Health Policy and Management 3
Term C Courses Credits
NU 627 Geriatric Healthcare (135 Clinical Hours) 4
Semester Credit Total 10