MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner—FNP (Online)

With Rivier's online 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.

Changes in healthcare delivery and recent reforms have combined to increase Americans’ access to healthcare, resulting in the growing need for highly skilled and competent primary care providers. As one of the most in-demand careers in the country, family nurse practitioners must be expertly prepared to provide care to diverse patients. Graduates of Rivier’s online FNP degree are prepared to deliver the full scope of primary care within many healthcare settings.

Rivier’s online FNP 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: September 8, 2020
  • Est. Program Length: 3 – 5 years
  • Credit Hours: 36 – 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 board certified FNPs-BC or NP-C.

We cannot accept students from the following states for this program: Alabama, California, Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming. 

As reported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), graduates of Rivier’s MSN program who completed the certification exam for Family Nurse Practitioner in 2016, 2017, and 2018 had a first-time pass rate of 100%, exceeding the 86.4% 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), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, 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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