Our MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program has received national recognition based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner—FNP (Online)
With Rivier's online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to serve as a primary healthcare provider and improve the health outcomes and quality of life for patients.
- Next Start Date: May 17, 2021
- Est. Program Length: 3–5 years
- Credit Hours: 36–49
- Course Length: 14 weeks (NSG517 is 7 weeks)
- Cost Per Credit: Nursing Courses – $650 / Clinical Courses – $1,015
Nursing Schools Almanac 2020 has recognized Rivier’s exceptional nursing education, ranking the University as a top nursing school nationally and regionally. In the state of New Hampshire, Rivier earned the #1 rank for private nursing schools!
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner Overview
Gain the Skills Needed to Be a Primary Healthcare Provider.
A family nurse practitioner (FNP) must be expertly prepared to provide care to patients. Graduates of Rivier University’s online MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner degree are prepared to deliver the full scope of primary care within many healthcare settings. You’ll diagnose and treat patients’ medical problems, prescribe medication, and act as a researcher, educator, and counselor.
Registered nurses (RN) who complete this advanced degree coursework and clinical education are qualified to sit for the national exams to become certified in family practice (FNP-BC).
As reported by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), graduates of Rivier’s MSN program who completed the certification exam for Family Nurse Practitioner in 2020 had a first-time pass rate of 91%, exceeding the 85% national average pass rate.
Rivier University is unable to accept students from some states due to the post-secondary higher-education requirements. There are also some restrictions for programs that lead to professional licensure due to the various requirements of individual state boards of nursing. See State Guide.
For further information on Professional Nursing Licensure at the state level, please use the following contact list (also available on the NC-SARA website).
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A Commitment to Quality
Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.
In the online FNP program, you will:
- Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to function in an advanced practice role.
- Learn the skills needed to influence health policy as a nurse leader and patient advocate.
- Enhance your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Become an effective communicator and collaborator.
Family Nurse Practitioner Program Curriculum
You will explore advanced theory and clinical nursing topics such as pathophysiology, health assessment, family nursing theory, quality healthcare improvement, health policy, and more. Coursework includes:
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advanced Family Nursing Theory
- Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Advanced Role of the Nurse
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Quality Healthcare Improvement
- Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare
- Research Capstone Advisement
- Advanced Health Policy
- Biostatistics for Health Sciences
Graduates of this MSN program are well-positioned for a rewarding career as a family nurse practitioner.
Where Will Your Online FNP Take You?
Rivier’s online FNP degree prepares you with the skills needed to succeed in advanced clinical practice and leadership roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Some careers you can pursue include the following:
- Adult nurse practitioner: $99,398/year
- Family nurse practitioner: $95,180 /year
- Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner: $94,984/year
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, will grow 45% between 2019 and 2029.
Explore Other Tracks
There are three other tracks offered in the online Master of Science in Nursing program.
- MSN: Nursing Education (Online)
- MSN: Leadership in Health Systems Management (Online)
- MSN: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Online)
In addition to our program offered online, the MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner is also offered on campus.
Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Proulx, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CSC is working to advance substance use disorders treatment for vulnerable populations. Her doctoral research was a qualitative inquiry titled “The Lived Experience of Postpartum Women Attending Outpatient Substance-Abuse Treatment for Opioid or Heroin Use.” She holds two certifications in critical care from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN)—one in adult critical care (CCRN) and a second in adult cardiac surgery (CSC)—and is a past president of the New Hampshire Chapter of ACCN.
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