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Online MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner

A CCNE-accredited online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program that prepares you for patient primary care.

  • 100% online coursework — complete your clinical locally
  • Earn your online MSN FNP online degree in 3 years
  • Curriculum prepares you to sit for ANA and AANP exams
  • The flexibility of online with all the benefits of on-campus students
  • High demand for FNPs — 36% job growth over the next decade.1

Rise in the ranks to be the patient’s source for primary care. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, Sacred Heart’s online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program will teach you the skills and provide the training to care for people of all ages. Graduate ready to conduct examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, and help patients improve their well-being.

You have passion and commitment. The world needs more nurses like you at this level.

What Makes Us Unique?

Nursing expertise at every level. Sacred Heart University is known for its excellence in nursing education. With programs at all levels of study, from BSN to DNP, Sacred Heart has the resources, expertise, and pathways that can propel you to continued career advancement and longterm success.

The Human Journey. Sacred Heart believes in a whole-person approach to patient treatment and nurse leadership. We call it The Human Journey. You’ll explore what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, and more.

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  • Duration 3 years
  • Cost per Credit $955
  • Credit Hours 42

Program Benefits

  • Nurse-friendly, asynchronous course format
  • Advance your career in a rewarding and in demand field
  • Tailor your education to your career goals
  • Experience hands-on, applied learning

Gain Advanced Nursing Skills Without Pausing Your Career

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) deliver the highest level of patient care allowable under a nursing credential. This ability to provide quality care at a reasonable cost will make your role essential to solving the challenges of the modern health care landscape.

In the FNP program at Sacred Heart University, you’ll gain the skills to conduct physical exams, diagnose diseases and injuries, and treat common illnesses. You’ll also prepare to provide health care guidance within diverse family systems and empower patients to make lifestyle choices that benefit their long-term health.

We’ll help you do everything you need to prepare for certification in a flexible online format that allows you to study on your own schedule. Plus, our FNP online program in CT is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Career Outlook: 36% Growth Through 2029

Demand is high for quality primary care providers. As a primary care nurse practitioner, you could expect to earn a median income of $97,800 and find job growth of a staggering 36 percent over the next decade.1 That’s more than 7x the national average.

In addition to a specialty hospital setting, nurse practitioners can often be found providing personal care services, as well as primary care services in business, professional, labor or political organizations.

nurse practitioner cares for young boy with sprained ankle


Through 42 total credit hours, gain the skills to diagnose and treat patients over their entire lifespan through the use of health assessments, statistical data, and the diagnostic reasoning process. You’ll also learn to communicate health plans to diverse patients with varied family systems, understand the various drug groups, and manage drug therapy to avoid adverse reactions.

As part of your degree, you’ll complete a clinical component. To meet this requirement, you’ll need to secure your own clinical placement and may be required to travel significant distances to access clinical sites and achieve the necessary clinical hours.

You’ll graduate qualified to sit for national certification exams offered through the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).


Program Outcomes: Implement Evidence-Based Care Plans

You’ll complete Sacred Heart’s FNP program ready to:

Admission Requirements

To apply for the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program from Sacred Heart University, you need:


Tuition Details

This 42-credit-hour program costs $955 per credit hour. Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.


Faculty: Personal Connection With Experienced Mentors

Sacred Heart University’s online FNP faculty possess years of clinical experience in their nursing specialties and are recognized as experts among their peers. Most remain engaged in clinical practice either in direct care or consulting.

Our team places a high value on creating a personal atmosphere, and we encourage a spirit of mentorship and collaboration between students and faculty.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.


Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university. You will need to submit syllabi for any coursework to be considered for transfer.

The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program can be completed in two years and six months.

You may take up to six years to complete the program.

There are three on-campus residencies in Fairfield, Connecticut, for the MSN–FNP program. You should expect a two-day orientation on campus the week prior to your class start, as well as one-day clinical competencies on campus at the middle and end of the program.

You graduate qualified to sit for national certification exams offered through the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The FNP program requires 550 clinical hours spread over three semesters.

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  1. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved October 15, 2019.