MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner—FNP (Online)

  • MSN
  • Graduate
  • Online
  • Nursing & Health Professions

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.

Why Study Nursing at Rivier?

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) focus on the health and well-being of the whole person. As one of the most in-demand careers in the country, FNPs must be expertly prepared to provide care to diverse patients. Graduates of Rivier’s online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree are prepared to deliver the full scope of primary care within many healthcare settings.

A large, aging population, changes in healthcare delivery, and recent reforms have combined to increase Americans’ healthcare needs and access to services, resulting in the growing demand for highly skilled and competent primary care providers.

Rivier’s online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to deliver the full scope of primary care within many healthcare settings. This program is offered online, which allows you to learn in a flexible, convenient format that can be designed around your professional and personal schedules.

As an FNP, you’ll diagnose and treat your patients’ medical problems and prescribe medications, as well as acting as a researcher, educator, and counselor in service to your patients’ care.

In this program, you will explore advanced theory and clinical nursing topics such as pathophysiology, health assessment, family nursing theory, quality healthcare improvement, health policy, an evidence-based practice.

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

Program Overview

  • Next Start Date: January 25, 2021
  • Est. Program Length: 3 – 5 years
  • Credit Hours: 43 – 49
  • Course Length: 14 weeks (NSG517 is 7 weeks)

In addition to our program offered online, the MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner is also offered on campus.


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).

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).

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 2019 had a first-time pass rate of 92%, exceeding the 86% national average pass rate.

Explore Other Tracks

There are three other tracks offered in the online Master of Science in Nursing program.

Commitment to Quality

Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The holistic approach is a key facet to nursing excellence, and my mentors at Rivier were excellent role models.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Rivier’s MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates with the skills needed to succeed in advanced clinical practice and leadership roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.


  • Family nurse practitioners
  • Adult nurse practitioners
  • Adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners

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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