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. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing: Health Systems Management - Online
      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Campus
      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Hybrid
      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Online
      • MS in Health Care Management - Campus
      • MS in Health Care Management - Hybrid
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Benedictine University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • DUAL MBA-MSN
      • Master of Science in Nursing
      • Accelerated MBA Health Administration
      • MBA Health Administration
      • MPH - Health Management and Policy Focus
      • Nurse Executive Leader MSN
  • Online Programs Available
    5. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Health Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Loyola University New Orleans

    Program Options

    Master's
      • RN to MSN
      • RN-MSN Bridge
      • MSN - Nursing Leadership
      • RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership
      • RN-MSN Bridge - Nursing Leadership
      • MSN - Nurse Educator
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
    10. Sacred Heart University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • RN to BSN to Master of Science in Nursing
      • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
      • MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
      • RN-BSN-MSN - Clinical Nursing Leader
      • RN-BSN-MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
      • MSN - Nursing Education

Featured Schools

American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Johns Hopkins University

  • MS in Nursing: Health Systems Management - Online
  • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Campus
  • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Hybrid

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration

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Benedictine University

  • DUAL MBA-MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Accelerated MBA Health Administration

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University of Delaware

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration

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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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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS - Health Admin

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Loyola University New Orleans

  • RN to MSN
  • RN-MSN Bridge
  • MSN - Nursing Leadership

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