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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. This well-rounded MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program seamlessly integrates theory and practice, hones your leadership skills and gives you a thorough understanding of using technology effectively in your practice.


Program Overview

The Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner online program 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.

$27,500* Total Tuition

as few as 18 months Program Duration

47 Credit Hours

In this nursing 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 expand your leadership skills and acquire foundational knowledge in nursing informatics to understand its function in supporting patient safety and improving health outcomes.

Coursework includes an emphasis on ethical and critical decision making to promote high quality, culturally appropriate care across diverse settings. You will learn how to advocate for policies that lead to improved health outcomes for populations and improvement of the quality of the health care system at all levels.

Technology-focused coursework will give you an understanding of how to apply patient care technology, such as informatics, to enhance patient care. You will learn to construct processes for accountability of your professional growth. As a graduate, you will be prepared for the FNP certification examination and be able to practice as a care provider for patients across the lifespan.

Program specializations encompass child and family care as well as adult gerontology.

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. Demonstrate the integration of philosophical and theoretical principles of the art and science of nursing to create a caring environment for diverse patients, families and communities.

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner Supervisor
  • Occupational Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate Professor
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Tuition

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. All fees are included.

Per Credit Hour Program Tuition
Tuition $585.11 $27,500*

*Scholarships available for this program. Please speak to your enrollment specialist.

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Calendar

The MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner 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.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Spring I 2019 01/12/19 12/31/18 01/07/19 01/11/19 01/11/19
Spring II 2019 03/16/19 03/04/19 03/11/19 03/15/19 03/15/19
Summer I 2019 05/11/19 04/29/19 05/06/19 05/10/19 05/10/19
Summer 2 2019 07/06/19 06/24/19 07/01/19 07/05/19 07/05/19
Fall 1 2019 08/31/19 08/19/19 08/26/19 08/30/19 08/30/19
Fall 2 2019 10/26/19 10/14/19 10/21/19 10/25/19 10/25/19
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Admissions

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, and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

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
  • 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
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Courses

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

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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 evidence-based research into evidence-based practice, while evaluating research project outcomes through discussions. The student will acquire skills in learning interrelationships 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. Participants engage in interactive 238 discussions with policy makers, learn about the forces that influence health policy decisions and apply health-services research.

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 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 while also exploring strategies 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 their knowledge to translate relevant clinical guidelines and evidence-based research into evidence-based practice to promote health and prevent chronic health problems.

Choose from child and family care or adult gerontology care.

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 management 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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