Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

If you’ve completed your BSN and wish to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, this Master of Science in Nursing Program Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) track is designed for you.

In this track, you will develop, test, and evaluate ideas relevant to nursing practice, along with critically examining concepts and theories in relation to health issues and nursing research. These skills will help you as you recommend constructive change and systematize ethical, moral, spiritual, and professional concepts into your sphere of influence. As a student in the FNP track, you will be prepared to care for individuals and families in diverse healthcare settings. These settings include clinics, community-based settings, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. Family Nurse Practitioners focus on health promotion and disease prevention and are trained to diagnose and develop treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases. As a student, you will interact with interprofessional colleagues—exploring collaborative best practices. By sharing professional experiences in discussion and writing assignments, you will achieve further development. As a practicing nurse, you’ll appreciate the flexibility and convenience of this online program.

Upon completion of your MSN degree, you have the option to complete a Post-Master's Nursing Education Certificate or a Post-Master's Transformational Leadership Certificate. The Nursing Education certificate would be especially helpful if you are interested in teaching nursing students in the future and would allow for a seamless transition into academia. The Post-Master's Transformational Leadership Certificate track will prepare you to lead change within the healthcare system. Business skills have been integrated into the curriculum to give you a competitive edge and provide a solid foundation for entry into an advanced practice nursing leadership role.


Course Overview

  • Format: MSN-FNP 8 week classes meet online, with options to double up on classes
  • Program Length: In as little as 24 months (with schedule options)
  • Credit Hours: 52
  • Tuition: $690 per credit hour 

Tuition Options

Start Dates

  • April 24, 2023
  • July 03, 2023
  • August 28, 2023

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Educational Requirements

Olivet Nazarene University fulfills the educational requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) professional state licensure for employment as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in certain states while there are other states that Olivet Nazarene University has not yet made that determination. Please check the website ( for states that are approved or not approved. The status of these states is subject to change. If you have any questions, please send an email to our MSN Practicum Coordinator ( It is essential that you notify our Professional Online Advising Team ( of any address changes while you are in the FNP track. Please be aware that even if you reside in an approved state, you may not do your practicum hours in a state that is not approved. Students switching tracks or returning to the FNP track will need to comply with the above requirements. 

Commonly Asked Questions
Who is the typical candidate for the Olivet Online MSN-FNP Program?

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree who want to further their career as a nurse practitioner. 

I don’t have an RN license. Can I do this program?

This program is for currently registered nurses. The MSN-FNP program is designed for individuals who desire to further their nursing education beyond a bachelors degree or RN License. 

I currently have an RN license. Is the MSN the right program for me?

If you’ve completed your BSN and wish to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, this Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed for you. In this program, you will develop, test, and evaluate ideas relevant to nursing practice, along with critically examining concepts and theories in relation to health issues and nursing research. 

Is the Olivet MSN-FNP Nursing program accredited? By what organization?

Founded in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, resulting in master’s and doctorate degrees.

Accreditations include:
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

Olivet Nazarene University Nursing Programs are fully accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

How and when do I get started?

Start today by completing an application for Olivet’s Online Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Program!  An admissions counselor will be in touch with you to help you all along the way! Once the application is complete and you request transcripts from schools previously attended, we will review your transcript, and connect you with a member of our student accounts team. Most students complete the admissions process in a couple of weeks. Courses start several times a year. You will be in class before you know it!

How many practicum hours are required for Olivet’s Online Master of Science in Nursing program?
  • Master of Science in Nursing FNP: 720 practicum hours
  • Master of Science in Nursing: FNP (RN-MSN-FNP): 45 practicum hours during BSN coursework and 720 clinical hour practicum


I live outside of Illinois. Can I do the Olivet Online MSN-FNP Program?

While much of the learning takes place online, MSN-FNP students will need to complete their practicum hours in an approved state. Please click here to see if this program meets the educational requirements of professional licensure in your state.

What are the Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner admission requirements?

To be admitted into Olivet Nazarene University’s Master of Science degree in Nursing to Family Nurse Practitioner program, an applicant must meet these prerequisites. Admission requirements include: completed application, copy of current RN license, completed practicum agreement letter, BSN degree and official transcripts from all previously attended accredited institutions, BSN GPA of 3.0 or above, and evidence of having worked as an RN for at least 2,000 hours. We are here to help. If you have any questions our admissions team is ready and available to answer your questions at 877.965.4838.

What kinds of jobs are available for FNPs?

While a family nurse practitioner is a specialization of a general nurse practitioner, those who are studying specifically focus on family practice.

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Prisons/jail
  • Primary care
  • Internal medicine
  • Women's health
  • School clinics
  • Military bases
  • Family practice
  • Retail health clinics
  • Pediatrics
  • Specialty Primary Care
  • Short and Long Term Care
  • Urgent/Immediate Care 
What will I learn in the Olivet Online MSN-FNP program?

The Family Nurse Practitioner program focuses on applying previously gained knowledge and skills in the provision of advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and communities. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical management of clients with common acute and chronic illness.

Is the Olivet Online MSN-FNP program a full-time program? How long does the program take to complete? Are there accelerated MSN-FNP Options?

Yes, the MSN-FNP is a full-time program that can be completed as quickly as 24 months with 52 -credit hours that consists of online instruction. It combines online learning with practical, hands-on clinical practice. (The Accelerated MSN-FNP option would double up on classes.)


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