MS in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in family nurse practitioner program is designed to teach experienced nurses advanced practice techniques for nursing patients from birth through elderly. If you're a registered nurse who is looking to fine-tune your skills, consider this graduate-level program. Note: this program is only available in select states; please contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in family nurse practitioner program have the chance to strengthen their knowledge of primary care patient assessment and diagnosis methods. Applicants will have the ability to explore best practices for promoting patient wellness and illness prevention. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of drug treatment methods for many medical ailments. Courses are designed to teach students how to effectively collaborate with other health care professionals and communicate with patients and their relatives. Though this program is not designed to lead to advanced practice credentials, students will have the chance to learn about industry licensure and certification requirements. At this time, the family nurse practitioner specialization is available only in select states. Students should speak with an Admissions Advisor for more information.

What Are the Prerequisites?

This program is designed for registered nurses who have at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience and possess a bachelor's degree in the field. Students accepted into this program will need to pass a criminal background check. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in family nurse practitioner degree consists of 100 credit hours. This credit total includes 35 credits of core requirements and 65 credits in specialization courses.

Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Requirements

  • Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Community
  • Ethical and Legal Perspectives of the Health Care System
  • Health Policy, Financing, and Organization of Health Care Delivery Systems

Family Nurse Practitioner Requirements

  • Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care
  • Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span
  • Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum I
  • Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum II
  • Primary Care Across the Adult Age Continuum III
  • Primary Care of the Pediatric Client
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical I
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical II
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical - Pediatrics
  • Advanced Practice Nurse Clinical III
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in family nurse practitioner degree could be able to take on additional responsibilities related to their current position. Tasks could be undertaken in patient instruction, counseling, advocacy, direct care, or health care administration.

Nurses who possess this specialized master's degree could be able to pursue careers as:

  • Patient case managers
  • Nursing supervisors
  • Health and wellness promoters
  • Health services administrators
  • Nursing adjunct faculty members