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Play a bigger role in patient outcomes with Walden’s family nurse practitioner MSN online program. You’ll be taught by practicing FNPs as you learn to assess, diagnose, and treat patients across the life span. Get the support and flexibility you need to stay on track and finish your degree—even when life gets busy.

An MSN-FNP program readies nurses to become advanced-practice nurses who manage disease prevention, health promotion, and restorative care in patients of all ages. As a graduate of this CCNE-accredited program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Manage Patient Care

Experience the challenge and reward of diagnosing, treating, and overseeing your own cadre of patients.

Cover All Stages of Life

In this online FNP program, you’ll focus on the diagnosis and management of primary healthcare needs for children, adolescents, and adults.

Advocate Women Health

Promote wellness in female patients through compassionate education, diagnosis, and treatment. Learn to screen for common gynecological disorders.

Learn from Experienced NP

Learn from certified, practicing nurse practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis. 100% of our didactic NP faculty hold doctoral degrees.

Engaging Coursework

State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, engaging case studies, and robust media bring classroom learning to life.

Dedicated Student Support

Get the support you need to thrive, from academic advising and field training coordination to our online community of passionate nurses.

Program Savings

Receive a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

Choose Walden's RN to BSN Accelerated Into Master's (AIM) program if you are a registered nurse (RN) who wants the opportunity to earn credits toward your MSN while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admissions Requirements

Program Admission Considerations (RN-MSN): Registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma, associate degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree (other than BSN).

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-MSN): A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts.

  • The Technical Standards Policy & Clinical Site Acknowledgement Form with:
    • A statement of understanding of the MSN NP practicum requirements.
    • Identification of potential clinical sites in your local area for each of the four practicum requirement.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an enrollment specialist for more details.

More information for international applicants.

Master Skills to Deliver End-to-End Healthcare

Reach your potential as a clinician and move patient care forward with Walden’s online FNP program. Our curriculum prepares you to provide holistic, evidence-based care through life’s transitionary stages, from birth to end of life. Learn to use advanced clinical judgment to diagnose and treat illness, advocate for patients, and empower them to live healthier lives.

Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements and you can view this FAQ document for answers to some of the most common questions. practicum requirements.

Meet Your MSN-FNP Program Academic Team

  • Judi Kuric

    Judi Kuric

    Program Director Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced-practice nursing and more than 25 years of experience in nursing education. She is board-certified as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency nurse practitioner.
  • Stefanie Gatica

    Stefanie Gatica

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Gatica is a board certified family nurse practitioner with over 30 years of experience. She has held several positions as a clinician and educator. She has served on numerous committees at Walden including Student Affairs and Clinical Advisory. She is currently a coordinator for the FNP program.

  • Jennifer Stone

    Jennifer Stone

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Stone is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience in clinical practice. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.

  • Phyllis Morgan

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Morgan has been a certified family nurse practitioner for several years. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a member of several professional and community organizations. Her areas of research focus on African American men’s and women’s health issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate the environment in which businesses operate with awareness of complexities, interdependencies, risks, consequences, and diverse stakeholder perspectives.
  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialization is a specialized program offered to a limited number of new students each quarter. Enrollment in the FNP specialization is limited to allow for more personalized attention and support throughout the program and practicum.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSN Family Nurse Practitioner ?

With an aging population and growing emphasis on preventive care, nurse practitioners are in demand. Jobs for NPs are expected to soar 52% through 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—a rate much faster than average for all occupations.2

An MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree can provide clinical autonomy and the reward of guiding patients through the continuum of care. Position yourself for new career opportunities and a higher salary. Become a catalyst for improved outcomes in your healthcare facility and community.

A family nurse practitioner MSN can prepare you to work in settings such as3:  

  • Family practice/primary care
  • Retail clinics
  • Internal medicine
  • Women's health
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Public health departments
  • School health
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Pediatric primary care

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.


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