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Become a nurse practitioner with Herzing University

To become a nurse practitioner, you will be required to complete graduate-level nursing courses in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program. Herzing University offers an online CCNE accredited1 MSN program with unique concentrations focusing on 4 different types of nurse practitioner specialties:

The Herzing University Difference

At Herzing, we want to help you become the NP your community needs—and help you reach your career goals. That’s why we provide:

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Online Classes

Convenient online education classes that let you work and study at the same time.

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Mentorship

Mentorship and guidance from doctoral-prepared nursing faculty with extensive clinical experience

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Clinical Experience

Access to a clinical placement coordinator and our clinical placement pledge.

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Exam Prep

Certification exam preparation as part of your degree.

Classes Start September 8th

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Program Length

How long is NP school?

How long it takes to become a nurse practitioner depends on what education you’ve already earned and your chosen degree pathway.

I am not a nurse

3-5 yearsi

I am an RN with an ADN

2-3 yearsii

I am an RN with a BSN

As few as 20 monthsiii

i. The fastest path is first completing an Accelerated BSN program (as few as 16 months), then an MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program (20 months).

ii. The fastest path is an Accelerated RN to MSN program (as few as 24 months). You may also choose to first earn a BSN in an online RN to BSN program (as few as 12 months), then pursue an MSN in our MSN program (20-24 months).

iii. The estimated length for our MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. Our other NP concentrations can take as few as 24 months (2 years) to complete.

MSN Placement Pledge Badge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of an NP 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.

Classes Start September 8th

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Scholarship Opportunities

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

1. Nurses Circle of Achievement Scholarship

2. Nursing Pathway to Success Scholarship

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Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculums and processes to make our nurse practitioner programs as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

The cost of tuition for our nurse practitioner programs ranges from $675–$725 per credit depending on the concentration you choose. Overall cost can be reduced through transfer credit from prior college coursework, scholarships and grants, loans, VA and military benefits, and several additional options for financial aid.

With Herzing University, you are never alone, and we offer many options to help you invest in yourself, earn your master’s degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse practitioner represents an advanced practice role in nursing—it’s not an easy job, and our goal is to prepare you best for success! We strive to keep coursework manageable, but provide you with the knowledge, skills, and valuable clinical experiences to succeed as a nurse practitioner.

Our goal is to help you balance the challenge of an NP curriculum with everything else in your life, including your work, family and friends. You can take courses at the right pace for you, so you can get the most out of going back to school and be ready to practice as a nurse practitioner.

No. To become a nurse practitioner, you will need to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

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.

Primary factors influencing nurse practitioner pay are experience, where you work, and the state in which you practice. Your specialty, and the demand for those services in your area, can also potentially impact how much you can make.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the highest paid nurse practitioners work in Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services industry, indicating nurse practitioners working in emergency care may demand the highest salaries on average. However, specialty is just one of many factors influencing pay, and it’s still possible to make a competitive salary in primary care, acute care, family practice, mental health or any other NP focus.

The BLS reports nurse practitioners across all specialties earn an average annual salary of $114,510 per year ($55.05 per hour).* No matter the specialty, nurse practitioner represents a potentially lucrative career path with an average salary well above the national average across all occupations.

There are two types of general NPs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). Both NPs provide ongoing health counseling, prevention and management for their patients.

The primary difference is the patient population they care for: FNPs practice across the lifespan in family practice, including pediatric, adult, and geriatric care. AGNPs work only with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

If you are open to working with children you may choose the FNP path, while those who prefer to work with adults only may choose the AGNP path.

Yes! It’s a career path with excellent pay, a very positive employment outlook, and full of potential to make a real impact in your community helping people heal.

If you have no experience in nursing, you have a long way to go before practicing as a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioner represents a type of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) demanding extensive education and experience. You cannot become a nurse practitioner without a nursing degree.

To become a nurse practitioner you will need to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

Some nursing schools offer a “direct entry” MSN pathway for those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to fast track their progress towards becoming a nurse practitioner. If you choose this path you may not need to earn an undergraduate nursing degree.

However, a direct entry MSN curriculum can be very demanding and isn’t right for everyone. Many students choose to first earn their Associate or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASN/BSN), become a registered nurse, then enroll in an MSN nurse practitioner program.

Disclosures

Accreditation & Disclosures

1. The master's degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Herzing University - Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

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* 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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