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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 online MSN FNP program—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 academically prepared to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Why Choose Walden?

PERSONALIZE YOUR PATH

With this online MSN, you’ll have the choice of RN-FNP or BSN-FNP program tracks. We meet you where you are in your educational and professional journey.

Cover All Stages of Life

In this online FNP program, you’ll focus on the diagnosis, management, and health promotion for children, adolescents, and adults.

Advocate For Women’s Health

Promote wellness in female patients through compassionate education, diagnosis, and treatment. Gain the knowledge and skills to screen for common gynecological disorders.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

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 for FNP students.

Dedicated Student Support

Get the support you need to thrive, from student success advising and practicum coordination, to our online community of nurse practitioners.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.  

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With a Degree From Walden University, You Can Make a Greater Difference

Meet Anna, a nurse who went to the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York. Listen to her story of tragedy and resilience, and learn more about how she’s achieving her dream of becoming a family nurse practitioner.

At Walden, we believe a good education is an Education for Good.®

Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your nursing career.

Admission Requirements

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

Program Admission Considerations (BSN-FNP track): 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 FNP 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.

Tuition and Fees

FINANCIAL AID

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 up to a $3,000 Walden Care & Compassion Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.  

Get Started Now

Program Outcomes

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 practice nursing skills 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.

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

With an aging population and growing emphasis on preventive care, family 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.The average median pay for a family nurse practitioner is $115,000 per year.3 

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

$115,000

MEDIAN TOTAL ANNUAL INCOME OF FULL-TIME FNPs3

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

  • 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.

MSN Career Outlook

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this online MSN-FNP program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • 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.

Resources

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 more than 30 years of experience. She has held several positions as a clinician and educator. In addition, Dr. Gatica has served on numerous committees at Walden, including Student Affairs and Clinical Advisory.

  • 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.

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