Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

Provide compassionate primary care to people of all ages.

Become your patients' first point of contact for all their health care needs with the online Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program.

This FNP degree supports your preparation for FNP certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP).

Become your patients' first point of contact for all their health care needs with the online Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner program.

This FNP degree supports your preparation for FNP certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP).

Fast Facts

Modality

Online + Practicum

Total Credits

48

Cost Per Credit

$825

Time to Complete

8 semesters

 
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          Immersive, Hands-On Learning

          Our FNP degree includes an in-person, three-day immersion experience, hosted from Friday to Sunday at Utica College. In a simulated clinical setting using real hospital equipment, you'll gain hands-on experience with suturing, orthopedic splinting, gender examination, X-ray interpretation, and other essential everyday skills.

          Next, across three courses, complete 720 practicum hours focused on preventing health problems, caring for child-bearing individuals, and treating asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic illnesses. You can apply this experience toward the 1,000 practicum hours required for FNP certification.

          The FNP program and staff at UC continue to exceed my expectations. Faculty members are genuine. Whenever I reach out, they are quick to respond and extremely supportive! I am constantly recommending this program to others.

          Angela Smith, MS – Family Nurse Practitioner student

          Career Outlook: Fill the Primary Care Shortage

          By 2032, it's projected communities nationwide will have a shortage of up to 55,220 primary care physicians.1

          At the same time, more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. now permit FNPs to fully practice without physician supervision.2 This allows you to fill the primary care shortage by building your own practice and providing compassionate care to the people who need it most.

          The average salary for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nursing positions is $115,800, with 45% job growth projected through 2029.3 This growth is driven by baby boomers living longer, more active lives.3

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Skills to Build an Autonomous Practice

          You'll begin the FNP degree with core courses in nursing leadership, health care quality improvement, and more.

          Next, you'll build your skills in primary care, including leading nursing teams, preventing the spread of disease, public health and epidemiology, and treating acute injuries and chronic illness.

          Each course required by the FNP degree is designed to fit the life of a busy working nurse, so you never need to worry about missing a class if you pick up a shift or your schedule changes.

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          Curriculum: Skills to Build an Autonomous Practice

          You'll begin the FNP degree with core courses in nursing leadership, health care quality improvement, and more.

          Next, you'll build your skills in primary care, including leading nursing teams, preventing the spread of disease, public health and epidemiology, and treating acute injuries and chronic illness.

          Each course required by the FNP degree is designed to fit the life of a busy working nurse, so you never need to worry about missing a class if you pick up a shift or your schedule changes.

          Explore Courses

          Accreditation

          The master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Utica College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

          M.S. in Nursing Operational Goals

          Program Outcomes

          The M.S. Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares you to:

          • Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.
          • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence, and inform policy.
          • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
          • Employ analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills in the promotion of health, reduction of risk, and management of illness with diverse patient populations.
          • Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration, ethical principles, and leadership through political and policy endeavors to enhance safety, quality, health care processes, and delivery systems.
          • Illustrate effective communication and collaboration during patient and family interaction and coordination of care services.

          Admission Requirements

          Advancing your nursing education with Utica College is simple. Students with a history of volunteer work, excellent communication skills, and previous publications and presentations are especially encouraged to apply.

          Graduate nursing program admissions requirements include:

          • Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside (NY or FL)
          • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
          • 3.0 minimum GPA
          • 2,000 hours of work experience
          • 3-credit statistics course (grade of B* or higher)
          • Baccalaureate-level health assessment course*
          • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues at the B.S.N. level or higher
          • Résumé
          • Writing sample

          *Applicants with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3-credit hour course prior to starting the program. Applicants with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.

          Note: Approved background check and fingerprints required at the time of clinical courses.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          Our FNP degree costs $825 per credit hour, with 48 total credits. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty

          At Utica College, you'll work directly with faculty who have years of combined experience in health care and nursing education. They'll ensure you're well prepared to serve as an FNP by sharing their learning from real-world practice.

          Our graduate nursing faculty is led by program chair Annette Becker, D.N.S., RN, who has been teaching with Utica since 2006, and FNP coordinator Jennifer Klimek Yingling, RN, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FNP-BC.

          Both leaders bring you decades of experience in nursing education, research, and practice.

          MEET YOUR FACULTY

          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Interested in our state authorizations? To learn about state authorizations, click here.

          The time the program takes to complete depends on several factors, including how many credits you need to complete your degree and the number of credits you take each 16-week semester. Students taking six credits per 16-week semester could complete the 48 credit program in as few as eight semesters.

          Request more information to learn about an Accelerated graduate nursing program option.

          The Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner program offers both part-time (one course per 16-week semester) and full-time (two courses per 16-week semester) options. Because this program is rigorous, we encourage students to consider either full-time study with part-time work or part-time study with full-time work.

          The Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner program has a per-credit cost of $825 with 48 total credit hours. Not including fees, your estimated tuition is $39,600.

          Learn more about fees and funding opportunities on our tuition page.

          In the Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner program, you'll develop your skills in prescribing pharmaceutical drugs, interpreting EKGs, suturing wounds, removing skin lesions, splinting broken bones, and other everyday primary care responsibilities.

          The FNP program includes a three-day immersion session at the Utica College campus, followed by 720 practicum hours focused on caring for child-bearing individuals, helping patients manage chronic illnesses, and assessing and managing common health problems.

          The FNP curriculum supports your preparation for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANP). Explore the FNP courses on our Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum page.

          Yes. Utica College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which affirms you'll receive an exceptional and rigorously evaluated online education as a Utica student. In addition, the online Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner program is currently pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

          Yes. You must have an unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside, a bachelor's degree from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program, and 2,000 hours of work experience.

          Learn more on our admission requirements page.

           

          SOURCES:

          1Association of American Medical Colleges (2019 April 23). New research shows increasing physician shortages in both primary and specialty care. Retrieved on October 7, 2020, from https://news.aamc.org/press-releases/article/workforce_report_shortage_04112018/
          2American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2019 December 20). State Practice Environment. Retrieved on October 7, 2020, from https://www.aanp.org/advocacy/state/state-practice-environment
          3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2020 September 1). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on October 7, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm