MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner—FNP

  • MSN
  • Graduate
  • On Campus
  • Nursing & Health Professions

Earn a Family Nurse Practitioner degree and work to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for others.

Why Study Nursing at Rivier?

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, a family nurse practitioner (FNP) must be expertly prepared to provide care to diverse patients. Graduates of Rivier’s FNP program are well-prepared to deliver the full scope of primary care within a variety of healthcare settings.

The FNP degree program offers a combination of advanced theory and clinical education. Coursework topics include family nursing theory, pathophysiology, health assessment, quality healthcare improvement, health policy, and research design. Through hands-on clinical experiences, students gain the skills necessary to practice with autonomy.

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)

Entry Paths and Programs of Study

This is a 43- to 49-credit program of study, dependent upon entry path:

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


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 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?

Our 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

Rivier employs a ‘high tech - high touch’ methodology to graduate clinicians and nurse leaders who are medically, technologically, culturally, and emotionally adept in patient care and health team management.

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Prepare to advance your career with a MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Rivier.