Forbes reports an unprecedented demand for Family Nurse Practitioners due to the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act legislation*. Merritt Hawkins’ 2013 annual review of health professional recruitment and staffing revealed that for the first time, nurse practitioners entered the top 20 ranking 10th. The annual review also communicated that the growth in outpatient care sites like urgent care centers, retail health clinics, and health centers is contributing to the increase in demand.

According to, the average salary for a nurse practitioner is $94,525.

Family Nurse Practitioners work in clinics, office practices, managed care organizations, rural areas, college campuses, urban community health centers and long term care facilities.

National certification is offered through various nursing organizations, such as the American Nurses' Association, and most of these organizations require that NPs complete an approved master's-level NP program before taking the certification exam.

If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program, with a Nurse Practitioner specialization can help position you for roles in the following settings:

  • Family practice
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Primary care
  • Public health departments
  • School health
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Women's health

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.

*Forbes, 2013, on the Internet at (viewed online October 23, 2013).

Merritt Hawkins, Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, 2013, on the Internet at (viewed online October 23, 2013)., on the internet at (viewed online October 23, 2013)


Alvin Mena Centaro

Alvin Mena Cantero

MSN Graduate
Walden University has taught me to act on my passions and address societal challenges using research and investigation. Transforming society is my goal and the goal of a Walden scholar.
I have referred friends to Walden. I want them to learn and grow.
Walden afforded me the ability to work full time and attend school. The Walden staff was helpful, friendly, and walked me through using the computer as a tool to learn.
Cynthia Hickman MSN / PhD in Health Services Graduate
Cynthia Hickman
James McDaniel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
James McDaniel
Luzviminda Miguel MSN Graduate / DNP Student
Luzviminda Miguel

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

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