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Play a bigger role in delivering equitable, high-quality healthcare with Walden’s online family nurse practitioner MSN program. Study under practicing FNPs as you learn how to assess, diagnose, and treat patients holistically through all life’s stages. Get the support and flexibility you need to stay on track, thrive in your studies, and complete your 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 MSN-FNP online 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.

Practicum Advantage

Benefit from dedicated teams and support services to help you with successful nursing practicum placement and completion.

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.

Walden Grand Rounds

Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to critically examine real-life scenarios you’ll encounter in your specialty.

Dedicated Student Support

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

We are here to help you find your nursing practicum.

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Program Savings

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

Meet Anna, a nurse who went to the front lines 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.

With a degree From Walden University, you can make a greater difference.

Program Details

Learning Tracks

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

Personalized Practicum Support

Walden Practicum PledgePracticums are vital to your learning experience. That’s why we offer Practicum Advantage—an ensemble of resources, self-help tools, and staff who understand the challenges of completing the nursing practicum. This includes the Walden Practicum Pledge, available for MSN-NP and DNP-NP specializations. Once you register, a dedicated Field Placement Team partners with you to secure a site and preceptor. If you can’t identify your site and preceptor (along with additional requirements*), we’ll help find you a match.

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 requirements.
  • Additional Walden admission criteria required. Contact an Enrollment Specialist for more details.

More information for international applicants.

Explore Real-Life Clinical Scenarios With Walden Grand Rounds

''As a nurse practitioner student at Walden, you can take part in Walden Grand Rounds several times throughout the quarter. Meet virtually with faculty and classmates to review clinical patient scenarios that are focused on assessing, differentiating, and treating pathological conditions. This is a unique opportunity to connect what you’ve learned in class with real-life situations and challenges you’ll encounter in the field as an NP.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Savings

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Program Outcomes

Raise the Standard of Care With Our MSN to FNP Online Program

Find your voice and reach your potential as a clinician with Walden’s FNP specialization—one of our many MSN nurse practitioner specializations. Learn to use advanced practice nursing skills to diagnose and treat illness, advocate for patients, and empower them to live healthier lives. Discover Walden Grand Rounds—virtual meetings with faculty that feature real-life scenarios you will encounter in your specialty. You’ll also benefit from practice exam questions and test-taking strategies to help you prepare for certification exams.

Walden MSN to FNP online 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.

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 2030 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 

Family nurse practitioner is one of several MSN NP specializations you can choose from. This path can give you the skills and confidence to improve patient outcomes and make a real impact for the communities you serve. Gain greater clinical autonomy—and the reward of guiding patients through the continuum of care. Become a next-generation nursing leader and a catalyst for positive social change.

$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.

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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.

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