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.

Apply by: 12/18/22
Start class: 1/7/23 Apply Now

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 $27,877
Duration As few as 18 months
Credit Hours 47

Accreditation

CCNE Accredited Program

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree 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 $27,877
Per Credit Hour $566

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
Fall 1 20228/20/228/7/228/10/228/12/228/15/2210/14/227 weeks
Fall 2 202210/15/2210/2/2210/5/2210/7/2210/10/2212/9/227 weeks
Spring 1 20231/7/2312/18/2212/23/2212/29/221/3/237 weeks
Spring 2 20233/11/232/24/232/27/233/3/233/6/235/5/237 weeks
Summer 1 20235/13/234/28/235/1/235/5/235/8/236/23/236 weeks
Summer 2 20236/24/236/12/236/14/236/16/236/19/238/4/236 weeks
Fall 1 20238/19/238/4/238/7/238/11/238/14/2310/13/237 weeks
Fall 2 202310/14/239/29/2310/2/2310/6/2310/9/2312/8/237 weeks

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 12/18/22
Class Starts 1/7/23

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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.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Active RN license

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner Online Admission Requirements

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

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA from the degree granting institution
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school

Official transcripts and all other documentation should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

This program is offered in Florida and Georgia.

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
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.
Duration: 7 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.
Duration: 7 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.
Duration: 7 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
Duration: 7 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.
Duration: 7 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.
Duration: 7 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.
Duration: 7 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.

 

Duration: 7 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.
Duration: 7 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
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.
Duration: 7 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
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.
Duration: 7 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
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.
Duration: 7 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
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.
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