Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner Online

Deepen your advanced nursing knowledge, enjoy more autonomy and flexibility in your career, and make a real difference in the lives of patients and families as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Program Overview

Learn more about our accredited MSN FNP online program

The Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner online program at St. Thomas University prepares you to succeed as a primary care provider and health management resource for diverse groups of patients in a wide variety of clinical settings—giving you greater autonomy and flexibility in your nursing career.

In this STU Online FNP Master’s program, you will gain the confidence to make independent critical judgments at all levels of health care including health promotion, illness prevention, and diagnosis and management for individuals, families, and communities.

You will learn how to instill compassionate care, cultural sensitivity, and evidence-based protocols into your professional practice, helping you become an invaluable health management resource for your community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate advanced knowledge in nursing, related science, and leadership skills that will emphasize ethical and critical decision making to promote safe, high quality, cost effective, and culturally appropriate care across diverse settings
  • Incorporate evidence-based research to resolve practice problems and improve knowledge
  • Apply patient-care technology, such as informatics, to enhance patient care using a collaborative approach
  • Construct processes for self-accountability of professional growth, adopt lifelong learning, and practice safely and effectively within the chosen specialty to maintain health and improve patient outcomes
  • Establish an environment of advanced practice that is conducive to the development of effective interactions with patients, other disciplines and other entities in communities
  • Advocate for policies that lead to improved health outcomes for populations and improvement of the quality of the health care system at the local, regional, state, national and global level
  • Demonstrate competence in the communication, collaboration and consultation to advance interprofessional teams
  • Integrate clinical prevention and health promotion strategies to maintain optimal health and improve patient health outcomes
  • Apply advanced knowledge gained from nursing and other related sciences to practice as a competent health care provider
  • Integrate advanced knowledge in nursing, related science, and leadership skills that will emphasize ethical and critical decision making to promote safe, high quality, cost effective, and culturally appropriate care across diverse settings
  • Incorporate evidence-based research to resolve practice problems and improve knowledge
  • Apply patient-care technology, such as informatics, to enhance patient care using a collaborative approach
  • Construct processes for self-accountability of professional growth, adopt lifelong learning, and practice safely and effectively within the chosen specialty to maintain health and improve patient outcomes
  • Establish an environment of advanced practice that is conducive to the development of effective interactions with patients, other disciplines and other entities in communities
  • Advocate for policies that lead to improved health outcomes for populations and improvement of the quality of the health care system at the local, regional, state, national and global level
  • Demonstrate competence in the communication, collaboration and consultation to advance interprofessional teams
  • Integrate clinical prevention and health promotion strategies to maintain optimal health and improve patient health outcomes
  • Apply advanced knowledge gained from nursing and other related sciences to practice as a competent health care provider

Family Nurse Practitioner Career Opportunities

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner Supervisor
  • Occupational Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate Professor
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner Supervisor
  • Occupational Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate Professor
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Total Tuition $28,770
Duration As few as 18 months
Credit Hours 47

Accreditation

CCNE Accredited Program

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree programs in nursing, and post-graduate certificate programs in nursing at St. Thomas University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Tuition

Pay our affordable program tuition as you go

Tuition for the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and can be paid by the course.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $28,770
Per Credit Hour $585

Calendar

See our application deadlines and course schedules below

The MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Summer 15/11/244/24/244/29/245/3/245/8/246/21/246 weeks
Summer 26/22/246/5/246/10/246/14/246/19/248/2/246 weeks
Fall 18/17/248/1/248/5/248/9/248/14/2410/11/247 weeks
Fall 210/12/249/26/249/30/2410/4/2410/9/2412/6/247 weeks

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Apply Date 8/1/24
Class Starts 8/17/24

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Admissions

Explore the qualifications for our online MSN FNP program

Our very reasonable admission requirements allow students from diverse academic backgrounds greater access to the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online program. You must possess an unencumbered RN license, a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school, and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Due to in-person clinical requirements, only students currently residing in Florida and Georgia can enter this program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Free Application
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Active RN license

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner Online Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online program:

  • Completed free application
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (Unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Active and unencumbered Florida or Georgia nursing license
  • Residency in Florida or Georgia for clinicals

Official transcripts can be sent to St. Thomas University through Parchment and National Student Clearinghouse. Unofficial transcripts and other documents can be uploaded via your Admissions Portal or emailed to [email protected].

Courses

Read about our MSN – FNP online classes below

The MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online curriculum is comprised of 8 core courses (24 credit hours) and 9 specialization courses (23 credit hours).

Courses in this program are seven weeks long. Courses during the two summer terms, however, are six weeks long.

Students without pre-requisite foundation courses may require additional credits.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores nursing as an art and science; and how knowledge has developed relevant to phenomena of interest. Each student will develop skills needed to critically analyze and synthesize relevant literature in the area of a specific phenomenon. Throughout the course, the student will enhance the skills to translate evidenced based research into evidenced based practice, while evaluating research project outcomes through discussions. The student will acquire skills in learning interrelationship between nursing theory, research, and practice along with the nature of scientific knowledge. The students will enrich their critical analysis and theory in the development of evidence-based advanced practice nursing protocols.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critique and assess theories and conceptual models from nursing and related fields.
  • Provide high-quality care to clients using the appropriate theories from the field of nursing.
  • Effectively implement the principles of research and evidence-based practice.
  • Understand the application of both classic and modern literature on development and implementation of Middle Range Theory and evidence-based practice (EBP).
  • Critically appraise research study and articulate findings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a fully online course that provides the student with the advanced understanding of pathophysiology related to human illness, disease prevention and treatment, within a systems framework. Emphasis is placed on biological theories and principles that provide a basis for understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in the normal physiology functioning of subsystems from conception to end of life and the chemical agents that are capable of producing biologic responses within the body. The course uses critical thinking processes to analyze diverse client presentations of selected illness for symptomatology, pathophysiology, and health care implications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare physiological and psychologies changes over the lifespan.
  • Evaluate physiologic responses to illness and treatment modalities.
  • Incorporate and implement evidence-based knowledge regarding changes in selected disease states.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course helps students acquire knowledge and skills in the conduct of a comprehensive health assessment including the physical, psychological, social, functional and environmental aspects of health. Data collection, interpretation, documentation and dissemination of assessment data is studied. Techniques of interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection and auscultation in assessing clients across the life span are reviewed in simulated and actual environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize the roles of the professional nurse in conducting a health history on a variety of patients across the lifespan.
  • Distinguish normal and abnormal health and physical assessment findings between normal and abnormal variations associated with ethnic/racial origins, socioeconomic status, cultural/spiritual beliefs, gender, and age.
  • Utilize special assessments and techniques to certain populations such as obstetric, pediatric, and the elderly population.
  • Evaluate health/illness beliefs, culture, values, attitudes, behavior, and lifestyle to collaboratively plan with the patient to promote ideal health.
  • Assess evidence-based care for promoting wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention for individuals, families, groups, communities, and diverse populations across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare environments.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analyze the complexities of health service delivery to diverse populations using social ecological models to provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of health policy, social justice, structural inequities, and the value systems of diverse groups, as well as variables related to gender, age, lifestyle, religion, culture, social class, race, and, geography

Learning Outcomes

  • Employ culturally competent care practices for self, individuals, and families.
  • Describe conceptual models and theories of cultural diversity and analyze the cultural patterns and behaviors of cultural values of diverse populations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on influencing public policy related to the health system and resources at the state/national/global level. Emphasis will be placed on how health policies are formulated, how to affect this process, and how it impacts clinical practice and health care delivery.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise health policies proposals and policies that encompass ethics, global health, health care disparities, uninsured, under-insured, complex health care financing issues, and the health care reform (Affordable Care Act).
  • Analyze and discuss health services research, evidence-based practice policy and politics for implementation at the institutional, local, state, and federal level.
  • Articulate social justice, health equity, and new policy issues to improve care delivery, patient outcomes, and the profession of nursing.
  • Utilize leadership skills when developing and implementing policies in the workplace, government, professional organizations, and the community.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide a forum for the student to examine the roles of the advanced practice nurse. The content will include professional practice issues for the advanced practice nurse, working independently and collaborating with other health care professionals within the multidisciplinary/multiagency team. This course will also look at the scope of practice, professional responsibilities, informatics, and financial aspects of advanced practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate marketing and negotiating strategies to promote acceptance of the advance practice nurse within the practice management system.
  • Investigate ethical issues and the cope of practice that governs the advanced practice nurse in Florida and/or other states.
  • Evaluate the interprofessional collaborative healthcare team function of the Advanced Practice Nurse.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide knowledge of pharmacokinetics that will enable the student to safely and appropriately select pharmacologic agents for the management of common acute and chronic health problems of diverse populations. Specific content of the course covers representative drugs of a pharmacologic group, indications for use, drug selection, titration of dose, key adverse effects, and monitoring of therapy and alternative therapy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate the pharmacological actions of medications used to treat common diseases.
  • Create individualized pharmacotherapy plans based on patient-specific conditions.
  • Explain the relationship between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of broad categories of drugs across the lifespan.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores nursing as an art and science in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, as well as explores strategies how to effectively apply culturally and environmentally sensitive interventions. The course serves as the foundation to develop further assessment skills to sharpen the knowledge base of the advanced practice nurse in promoting health and preventing acute and chronic diseases. Throughout the course, the student will enhance the knowledge to translate relevant clinical guidelines and evidenced-based research into evidenced based practice to promote health and prevent chronic health problems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate health maintenance/health promotion situations in clients across the life span.
  • Employ evidence-based guidelines to identify and prevent significant healthcare problems affecting populations at risk.
  • Advocate for cultural sensitivity and culturally competent care that respects a person's right to be understood as a unique individual.

 

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course will facilitate an in-depth understanding of family system concepts. The course will also address ethical and cultural issues when working with families.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment into comprehensive management plans for children and adolescents with common acute and chronic health problems.
  • Apply knowledge, theory, and research findings to develop plans that promote wellness and reduce risk of illness in children and adolescents.
  • Plan comprehensive and effective nursing care for primary care and medically complex patients through collaboration, case management, and knowledge of community resources.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide a foundational framework for advanced practice nursing in women’s health. The focus will be on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common health problems in the culturally diverse women population. This course will also look at health promotion and disease prevention strategies in women.

Learning Outcomes

  • Incorporate physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment into comprehensive management plans for women with common acute and chronic health problems.
  • Develop plans that promote wellness and reduce the risk of illness is women.
  • Differentiate between problem situations that require nurse practitioner management, collaborative management, or referral to other providers using clinical data and therapeutic options.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares advanced-practice nurses to function effectively in leadership roles within multi-disciplinary health-care systems/organizations specifically focused on adults and their families. Critical issues that impact the practice environment are explored. Students develop skills in facilitating evidence-based practice for specific populations of adults and their families with emphasis on skills requisite for certification in Family Nurse Practitioner role.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment into comprehensive management plans for the adult with common acute and chronic health problems.
  • Apply knowledge, theory, and research findings to develop plans that promote wellness and reduce risk of illness in adults.
  • Analyze the relationships among disease process, clinical presentation, and management of patients with major adult health problems.
  • Differentiate between problem situations that require nurse practitioner management, collaborative management, or referral to other providers using clinical data and therapeutic options.
  • Use diagnosis tests and evaluation to appropriately diagnosis patients.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the magament of acute/chronic and rapidly changing conditions of adults/older adults. Urgent care issues are addressed. It emphasizes principles of health promotion, disease prevention and assessment, and management of common health care problems in diverse elderly populations. Emphasis is placed on developmental needs and the pathophysiologic processes underlying certain conditions. The impact of the family on the health of the elderly is explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment management plans for the older adult with common acute and chronic health problems.
  • Develop plans that promote wellness and reduce the risk of illness in the older adult.
  • Evaluate the relationships among disease process, clinical presentation, and management of patients with major older adult health problems.
  • Differentiate between problem situations requiring nurse practitioner management, collaborative management, or referral to other providers.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The role and function of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will be explored through the clinical rotation experience. This course requires that students complete 125 clinical hours working in an FNP capacity.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This practicum experience focuses on the synthesis of previously gained knowledge and skills in the provision of advanced nursing care to individuals, families and communities. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and clinical management of clients with common acute and chronic illness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Investigate current and relevant research associated with professional nursing practice.
  • Collaborate with mentors in the utilization of evidence-based practice.
  • Analyze health outcomes to determine the effectiveness of treatment, need for changes, and health status of the patient.

Clinical Requirements

The MSN FNP requires students to complete a total of 500 clinical hours to graduate from the program. There are four clinical courses with 125 clinical hours required for each of these classes: NUR 507 Children & Families, NUR 509 Adults, NUR 514 Women’s Health, and NUR 612 Adult Gerontology. Each clinical course runs over a seven-week period, and the required hours must be completed by the end of each course. See course descriptions for more details.

Prior to beginning clinical courses, you are required to complete and submit proof of the following:

  • Current unencumbered RN licensure
  • Current Professional Liability Insurance
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Basic Life Support (CPR) certification
  • Annual Physical Examination
  • Current Immunizations

Finding Clinical Sites and Preceptors

Finding a clinical preceptor and site are essential components for completing this program. STU strongly encourages students to secure their own preceptors, as this is the best way to accommodate schedule and location to the student’s needs. We strongly encourage students to have an alternate preceptor available if needed.

If assistance with clinical placement is needed, you may be required to commute outside your local area, as STU cannot guarantee a clinical site within your immediate location. Please note that your clinical site could be up to 100 miles from your residence.

Restrictions on Clinical Sites

We highly encourage all clinical hours to be conducted in the primary care setting for this program. Students are restricted from completing clinical rotations on their assigned unit. Your immediate supervisor at your place of employment may not serve as your preceptor. Students are not permitted to perform clinical rotations during hours they are working as an employee at a facility. Students are also not allowed to be paid during clinical hours.

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