Online Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs

Family nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed additional education and provide health care services for children, adolescents and adults. Read on for more information about online programs, common classes and course delivery methods. Schools offering Family Nurse Practitioner degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

At Which Levels Are Online Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs Offered?

Online programs are available at the graduate level, primarily through master's degree programs. With a bachelor's degree in nursing, registered nurse (RN) licensure and at least a year of nursing experience, you can apply to a master's degree program for family nurse practitioners. Online family nurse practitioner post-master's certificate programs are also available; you'll need a master's degree in nursing to apply. Course requirements may vary depending on whether your master's degree program included a nurse practitioner specialization.

Program LevelsMaster's degree, post-master's certificate
StudiesSymptoms of illness, treatment plans, legal and ethical issues, management skills, information technology, clinical practicums
Online Program FormatAssignments, tests, lectures online; communicate through online forums; sometimes campus visits for nursing skills tests

What Will I Learn?

You'll take a variety of courses in medical assessment and diagnosis. You'll learn how to identify symptoms of illness and create treatment plans for patients of all ages. You'll also examine the legal and ethical issues that affect the field of nursing, the management skills needed to be a nursing leader and the use of information technology systems in hospitals or private physician offices.

Clinical practicums help you gain hands-on experience and are usually completed at nearby hospitals, doctor's offices or health clinics. You'll be assigned a preceptor to help guide you through the clinical portion of your program. Additional online courses could include:

  • Promoting health
  • Economics and finance in health care
  • Family nursing
  • Planning health programs
  • Managing disease
  • Applied pharmacology

After earning a master's degree, you'll be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exams. You might find work as a family nurse practitioner in a health clinic, emergency room, public health department or private hospital.

How Do Online Programs Work?

The online portions of the program - including assignments, tests and lectures - can be complete asynchronously (not on specific dates or at specific times) or synchronously (at dates and times specified by your professor). You'll have the opportunity to interact with your classmates through online forums. A computer with high-speed Internet access is required. Some schools may require campus visits for nursing skills tests.

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