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Online MSN in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Online MSN in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Provide Primary Care for All Ages

Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses with a bachelor’s degree to excel in providing health care throughout a patient’s lifespan. Recent changes to health care policies, expectations, and coverage has placed a greater demand on the industry to offer quality care at a reasonable cost to an increased patient base. FNP nurses play a critical role in fulfilling these needs, delivering the utmost level of patient care allowed with a nursing credential.

As primary care providers, family nurse practitioners can conduct physical examinations, diagnose diseases and injuries, and treat common illness. FNPs help their patients take charge of their health, implementing care plans and offering the motivation patients need to make long-term changes that benefit their health. The online MSN FNP program focuses specifically on the advanced nursing skills needed to provide clinical care to families, from infants to the elderly, in a primary care context.


Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education Accredited

CCNE Accredited Nursing School

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Sacred Heart University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org

Our MSN graduates are qualified to sit for the national certification exams offered through the ANA and the AANP.


Online MSN FNP Curriculum

Given the responsibilities of primary care providers, the preparation to become an FNP is rigorous and exacting. You’ll learn to provide complex levels of care to patients and participate in distinctive coursework that differs entirely from the online MSN in Nursing Education, Nursing Management and Executive Leadership, or Clinical Nurse Leader specializations. There are separate admission requirements for the online FNP program, and a larger time commitment from you to complete the degree.

To qualify to sit for exams and become a certified or board-certified FNP (FNP-C or FNP-BC), your coursework focuses heavily on primary care topics as well as advanced health assessment, pharmacology and health care research.

You’ll learn to:

  • Think critically using evidence-based practice
  • Offer education and counseling to patients
  • Provide a wide range of primary care for patients of various ages
  • Communicate effectively with patients from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Analyze data from physical examinations and health assessments
  • Interpret medical information
  • Develop diagnoses and order diagnostic testing  

Learn more about the individual courses in the FNP program.


In the online FNP program, you’ll learn from experienced faculty who have extensive clinical experience, scholarly credentials, and cutting-edge knowledge. Most importantly, they place a high value on creating a personal atmosphere in their online classrooms, encouraging heavy interaction between peers and with faculty. Click here to meet them now.


Demand for nurse practitioners is estimated to grow quickly — 31 percent between 2014 and 2024.1 A greater number of Americans with health insurance, a focus on preventative health care, and an aging population place increased pressure on the health care industry to provide quality services at a reasonable cost. With their advanced degrees and additional certifications, FNP-BCs and FNP-Cs step into a primary care role for their patients, taking care of their basic health needs for their lifespan. Learn more.


  • U.S. News & World Report​
    • ​Top 40 Master's Level Colleges and Universities in the North
    • Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • ​Value Colleges
    • Top 50 Best Value Online MSN Programs of 2015

To learn more about the online MSN FNP degree, call us at 877-791-7181 to speak to an admissions team member or request more information now.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/health care/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm (visited 03/28/17).