Family Nurse Practitioner (FNPs) are graduate-educated, state-licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who serve as primary and specialty health care providers with a focus on delivering family-focused care. Online FNP programs provide the educational and clinical training nurses need to reach the next step in professional nursing practice.
On this page you’ll find information about online Family Nurse Practitioner programs offered through colleges and universities across the United States. We’ve also provided some general information below to help you evaluate different online FNP programs.
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With so many schools offering online Family Nurse Practitioner programs, how do you know which one is right for you? There are lots of factors you can consider when evaluating different online FNP programs, including accreditation, cost and rankings. Other important factors include:
FNP curriculum may vary by program. When evaluating an online FNP program, consider how the curriculum aligns with your practice interests and professional nursing goals. In other words, does the coursework help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance in your career as an Family Nurse Practitioner?
Program length/time to complete
Credit hours vary by program. Additionally, some online FNP programs may only be offered full time or part time. That’s why it’s important that you know how long a program will take to complete before you apply. Keep these questions in mind regarding program length and completion time when evaluating online Family Nurse Practitioner programs:
- Is the program available full time, part time, or both?
- As a full-time student, how many credits am I allowed to take?
- As a part-time student, is there a limit on how long I have to complete the program?
- Can I complete the courses out of sequence, or is there an academic calendar to follow?
- Is there a clinical component?
Most online FNP programs include a clinical component, or practicum, intended to help students develop advanced nursing skills under a variety of circumstances. Practicums may also satisfy the clinical hours requirement necessary to become a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Questions to ask or consider include:
- Does the program include a clinical component?
- How many clinical hours are required to complete the program?
- Does the school provide practicum placement assistance?
How long does it take to complete an online FNP program?
The time it takes to complete a Family Nurse Practitioner program depends on different factors, but most importantly the number of required credit hours and your status as either a full-time or part-time student. For example, a school might require 44 credit hours that can be completed in 19 months (full time) or 27 months (part time).
Do you need a BSN or MSN to enroll in a school offering a FNP degree?
Admission requirements vary by program, but most FNP programs are intended for registered nurses with at least a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. If you have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (AND), you may be admitted into an FNP program on a conditional basis and required to complete additional coursework. Such programs are generally classified as RN to MSN programs, or RN to MSN bridges, with a specialty or focus in family nursing.
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