MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner

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, family nurse practitioners (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.

Entry Paths and Programs of Study

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

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

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 board certified FNPs-BC or NP-C.

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 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?

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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Degree Requirements

Graduates of this MSN program are well-positioned for a rewarding career as board-certified family nurse practitioners.


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