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. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Science - DNP Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
      • Nursing, MSN
  • Online Programs Available
    3. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing - Bridge for Registered Nurses - Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing - Bridge for Registered Nurses - Adult & Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing - Bridge for Registered Nurses - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    5. University of the Southwest

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Healthcare Administration
  • Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Online Programs Available
    7. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Nursing Administration (MS)
      • Nursing Education (MS)

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Davenport University

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Nursing, MSN

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

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Walden University

  • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner

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University of the Southwest

  • MBA Healthcare Administration

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management

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Independence University

  • Nursing Administration (MS)
  • Nursing Education (MS)

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