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Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

Advance Your Nursing Career with an MSN FNP Specialization

This Master of Science in Nursing program is offered Online.

Healthcare has been going through a shift in recent years. Simply put, there are fewer primary care providers available today to meet the needs of a growing and aging population1. You can make a difference. Take the next step in your patient-focused career by taking the next step in your education. Earn your Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner online with American Sentinel College.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) programmatically accredited the MSN program with FNP specialization is a healthy move for your career as well as your patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will more than 117,000 new and open job opportunities for nurse practitioners across the country. With an average annual salary above $115,000, in addition to job stability, becoming an NP can also be lucrative—especially for those NPs within a specialty area, such as a family nurse practitioner.

If you have a BSN degree, one year work experience and are passionate about providing patient-focused care as a leader of the healthcare team, our Family Nurse Practitioner specialization may be for you.

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The Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization at a Glance

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) programmatically accredited
  • 100% online coursework—no mandatory login times
  • No on campus visit required
  • Clinicals are completed in your area
  • Monthly start dates
  • Up to 18 transfer credits
  • Dedicated faculty and clinical coordinators
  • Practice-focused curriculum 
  • Affordable tuition costs and payment options (majority of our nursing students graduate with little to no debt*)


We prepare graduates of this MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner specialization to pursue career opportunities as primary care providers. They come away equipped to:

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care, which synthesizes the holistic nature of advanced practice nursing and diagnostic reasoning, to enhance patient, healthcare, and organizational outcomes critical to building quality and safe patient care capacity.
  • Engage in leadership and scholarship activities that fosters collaboration and communication among interdisciplinary team members.
  • Evaluate the impact between legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues, and their influence on the provision and management of patient care services.
  • Integrate clinical guidelines, research, clinical judgment, and interdisciplinary perspectives using translational processes to improve practice, health, and organizational outcomes.
  • Incorporate information technology when interacting and collaborating with patient, families, and interdisciplinary team members for improved health care delivery processes and outcomes.
  • Advocate for ethical and culturally sensitive policies that impact access, equity, quality, and cost.
  • Employ knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to enhance delivery and quality of healthcare services.
  • Apply sound ethical solutions to complex issues concerning the care of individuals and populations, and systems of care.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care while respecting diverse beliefs and attitudes, and by allowing the patient to be a full partner in the decision-making process.
  • Assume responsibility for professional growth and integrity by engaging in life-long learning and commitment to the discipline of advanced practice nursing.


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.

State Authorization, Licensure, and Disclosures

Students will need to fulfill additional requirements to become nurse practitioners. While the Master of Science in Nursing (Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializations) is not designed to fulfill licensure requirements in an individual state, the program may be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Post University does not guarantee licensure. It is the responsibility of individual students to ensure that all requirements are met to obtain licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body but does assist students in understanding licensure requirements.

The following table shows whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:



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At Post University, we’re with you every step of the way, even online. Let’s talk about what our MSN nurse practitioner specialization can do for you and your career. Contact us today.



*DEBT FREE: Based on 2021 data 73.7% of American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University students graduate debt free. This figure includes graduates paying out of pocket and those receiving tuition reimbursement, scholarships, grants, or other third-party benefits which covered their tuition and fees. The University also offers payment plans financed over four- or nine-month increments depending on program of study that could allow a participant to graduate debt free.