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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 lifespan. Get the support and flexibility you need to stay on track and finish your degree—even when life gets busy.

An MSN-FNP 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.

Why Choose Walden’s Online FNP Program?

  • Take the lead in managing patient care: As a family nurse practitioner, you’ll experience the challenge and reward of diagnosing, treating, and overseeing your own cadre of patients.
  • Care for patients at 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.
  • Be an advocate for women’s health: Promote wellness in female patients through compassionate education, diagnosis, and treatment. Learn to screen for common gynecological disorders.
  • Learn from experienced nurse practitioners: Our MSN-FNP didactic faculty are 100% doctorally prepared. Learn from certified, practicing Nurse Practitioners who work in clinical settings on a weekly basis.
  • Build your expertise via engaging coursework. State-of-the-art learning technologies, interactive simulations, engaging case studies, and robust media bring classroom learning to life.
  • Choose a university dedicated to your success. Get the support you need to thrive, from academic advising and field training coordination to our online community of passionate nurses.

A Path to Success for Every Level in Your Nursing Career

I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will be applied toward to your Walden MSN program once you complete your BSN.

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 judgement to diagnose and treat illness, advocate for patients, and empower them to live healthier lives.

Meet Your MSN-FNP Program Academic Team

Judi KuricDr. Judi Kuric, Program Director
Dr. Kuric has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and advanced practice nursing and over 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 GaticaStefanie Gatica, Practicum Coordinator
Dr. Stefanie 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 StoneJennifer Stone, Practicum 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 Faculty and South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Phyllis D. MorganPhyllis D. Morgan, Program 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

As a graduate of this online MSN-FNP program, you’ll learn 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.

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. Walden practicum coordinators are available to assist you in meeting your practicum requirements.


Impact Patient Care at a Higher Level

You want to do more to enhance healthcare quality and patient outcomes. From practitioner faculty to dedicated support services, we have the resources to help you shape the career you want. Find out if Walden’s MSN-FNP program is right for you.

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 26% through 2028 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 as:3

  • 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.

Interesting Facts

No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.1

Jobs for nurse practitioners are expected to grow 26% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2

FAQ About Walden’s Online MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization


Jaimee Kastler

Jaimee Kastler

MSN Graduate / PhD in Nursing Graduate
Walden became my ‘home’ during my solo journey toward my own excellence.
Walden University has helped me develop the knowledge and nursing expertise that is needed to thrive in my career.
Rebeca McNamara Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate
Rebeca McNamara
Jason Lee Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduate, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

3Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). Are You Considering a Career as a Family Nurse Practitioner?

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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.

Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at, or other certification websites.

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