Family Nurse Practitioner Degrees: Master, PhD & Online Class Info

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Nurses who want to further their careers may choose to complete a Family Nurse Practitioner Master's degree program. This program will teach students the vital clinical and administrative skills they will need to attain advanced positions in hospitals, physicians' offices and community clinics.
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Why Earn a Family Nurse Practitioner Master's Degree?

Nurse practitioners are nurses who have attained additional certification and training in primary health care. Graduates of a Family Nurse Practitioner Master's degree program will be able to provide medical care and help with community-based case management in many settings, such as hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices. Upon completion of a Family Nurse Practitioner Master's degree program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam.

Career Possibilities

Family Nurse Practitioner Occupational Outlook:

The occuptational outlook for family nurse practitioners is excellent, as the demand rate for this career is expected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) states that the nursing profession is going to create the second most number of jobs for all professions.

Family Nurse Practitioner Salary Information:

Family nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $75,000; however, some graduates of this master's degree may choose to take careers in the field of hospital administration, which could result in higher annual salaries.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Required for a Family Nurse Practitioner:

Becoming a family nurse practitioner requires that graduates of this master's program develop advanced clinical nursing skills as well as administrative abilities. To develop these, the following courses may be included in the program:

  • Health Policy and Finance
  • Human Diversity
  • Medical Ethics
  • Research
  • Clinical Requirements in Acute, Psychiatric, Family and Adult Care

Skills Acquired:

Upon graduation, students of a Family Nurse Practitioner Master's degree program should have well developed administrative and clinical skills. In order to become a crucial member of a modern medical team, graduates should also have the following skills:

  • Advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of advanced nursing practices
  • Research abilities that facilitate addressing patients' health care needs
  • Administrative and organizational management skills

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult - Gerontology Practitioner
      • M.S. in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Educator
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Education
  • Online Programs Available
    4. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS in Health Care Quality
  • Online Programs Available
    5. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Centenary University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA in Health Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    9. The University of Scranton

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Health Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. Nursing - Primary Care
      • M.S. Nursing - Associate to Master's - Nursing Administration
      • M.S. Nursing - Nursing Administration (Post-MBA)
      • M.S. Nursing and Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Health Care Administration
      • M.S. Nursing - Associate to Master's - Nursing Education

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult - Gerontology Practitioner
  • M.S. in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

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Herzing University

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
  • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Health Care Quality

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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Centenary University

  • MBA in Health Administration

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George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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