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Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Online

Program Overview

Tuition: $37,980* Complete Coursework: as few as 20 months Credit Hours: 45
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The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online program is designed to prepare nurses with the skills needed to deliver cutting-edge, community-based primary health care to individuals and families across the lifespan.

This online program is grounded in evidence-based practice, connecting advanced nursing research, theory and clinical practice. Explore the psychological, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on health care and be prepared to meet the needs of diverse groups and populations. Prepare to build your own practice as a nurse practitioner or work in a variety of settings including private practices, public clinics, or hospital-based outpatient clinics.

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The BSN, MSN, DNP, and APRN post-master's certificate programs at La Salle University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

This program also prepares graduates to take either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) exam to become certified as a nurse practitioner.

Upon completion of the MSN FNP online program, the student will be able to:

  • Practice independently and collaboratively with an interprofessional team while delivering direct and indirect care services in various types of health care systems
  • Use research findings from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical decision-making to improve practice and to formulate health policy
  • Use ethical decision-making to promote the well-being of individuals, families, health care professionals in local, national and international communities
  • Utilize evidence-based practice recommendations and professional standards of care to promote health, prevent disease and improve the health status of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations
  • Function as a leader and change agent in nursing and in health care delivery systems particularly to ensure quality care for vulnerable and underserved populations

 

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Courses

For the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online, the nursing curriculum is comprised of 16 courses (45 credits), including 9 credits of core courses, 12 credits of advanced core courses, 10 credits of concentration/theory courses, 11 credits of field study/clinical courses, and 3 credits for one elective. 692 clinical hours are associated with the field study/clinical courses.

To see the full list of MSN FNP online courses, view courses ».

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online degree program must complete the application for admission and submit official transcripts from colleges, universities or nursing schools attended. A BSN degree is required as well as an unencumbered RN license. GREs or MAT scores are not required with a 3.2 GPA or greater.

To learn more about our MSN FNP online admission requirements, view admissions ».

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online degree program is $37,980.* Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Pennsylvania and can be paid by the course.

To learn more about our MSN FNP online tuition, view tuition ».

*Tuition and fees are subject to an annual change.

Calendar

With six start dates each year, the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MSN FNP online, view calendar ».

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online, the nursing curriculum is comprised of 16 courses (45 credits), including 9 credits of core courses, 12 credits of advanced core courses, 10 credits of concentration/theory courses, 11 credits of field study/clinical courses, and 3 credits for one elective. 692 clinical hours are associated with the field study/clinical courses.

Students must take the following courses:

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Courses

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students examine nursing research as applied to the profession’s clinical nursing problems by examining the major parts, processes and principles of quality investigations. They critique studies on a clinical problem and compare research designs, purposes and methods. The fit of data analysis approaches with research questions and methods is also evaluated.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the evolution of advanced education nursing in the context of changing health care delivery systems. Students explore health care policy development and examine systems of delivering patient care in relation to financial, ethical, legal, sociocultural, legislative-political, and professional concerns. Program development, informatics, fiscal management of health care services, budgeting and reimbursement issues are emphasized. Students practice interdisciplinary networking and coalition-building skills in leadership roles extending beyond the traditional health care environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students develop cultural competence regarding the role of the advanced practice nurse by meeting the health care needs of diverse groups and populations. Health promotion, disease prevention, resource utilization, and health education responsibilities are examined. Students utilize basic epidemiological concepts, group theories, and needs-assessment approaches for vulnerable populations. They explore the varying needs of diverse groups in community settings through a cultural blueprint.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores theoretical perspectives on individuals' health within the family system, emphasizing vulnerable and underserved populations. Societal-level patterns of aging are investigated, including issues affecting family systems at the national and global levels. Family assessment, human development, and life transitions theory are introduced to prepare students to provide anticipatory guidance and advance care planning. Family responses to and coping mechanisms associated with acute, chronic and terminal illness are scrutinized. Principles of cultural competence and leadership/change agency are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates physiological principles, clinical manifestations, and advanced nursing practice implications with the clinical decision-making process. Common pathological syndromes and disorders are explored across an individual's lifespan. Students interpret physiologic, pathophysiologic, psychological and sociocultural data utilizing information to formulate culturally appropriate advanced nursing practice. Students focus on differentiating normal, variations of normal and abnormal changes of syndromes, and constellations of symptoms with a selection of pertinent diagnostic testing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course expands the study of the actions and effects of drugs in the human system across an individual's lifespan. Students synthesize legal and professional nursing responsibilities related to pharmacotherapy for health promotion, pathological syndromes, and clinical disorders in advanced practice nursing roles. Students appraise principles of drug therapy, mechanisms of action, and selection of appropriate pharmacological agents in clinical prescribing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses the health assessment of individuals across their lifespan using a framework of physiologic, psychological, sociocultural and physical examination data. Students explore history-taking methods, principles of physical assessment and concepts of clinical diagnosis to determine patients' potential and actual health problems. The course enables students to develop skills necessary to evaluate the comprehensive health status of individuals through assessment of normal and abnormal physical findings. Students combine principles of nursing and other related sciences to analyze clinical problems and provide safe, competent patient care. Students advance in theoretical knowledge, clinical judgment, differential diagnosis, and decision-making skills.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the primary care health concerns of diverse young adults, adults and older adults and facilitates student development in the nurse practitioner role. Using national health care guidelines and professional standards, students assess health behaviors, plan and implement culturally appropriate and evidence-based practice strategies for health promotion and disease prevention, and evaluate health outcomes. Health maintenance and health restoration are explored in light of contemporary health care environments, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations. Patient education and counseling techniques relevant to advanced nursing practice are emphasized.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This seminar course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective primary care to young adults, adults and older adults. Seminars focus on the application of physiologic, pharmacologic and psychosocial principles in the professional role of the nurse practitioner within the health care delivery system. Students integrate research-based knowledge of health assessment, health promotion and disease prevention, pathophysiology, pharmacology and family theory into precepted clinical experiences in primary care settings. Course assignments focus on the process of clinical reasoning for accurate diagnosis and management of illness. Precepted clinical hours: 256.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on theories, principles and processes necessary to diagnose and manage primary care health problems of young adults, adults and older adults. Evidence-based practice standards and professional ethics are emphasized as students acquire knowledge necessary to evaluate and manage diverse patient populations with complex primary care health needs ranging from acuity to chronicity, including palliative and end-of-life care. Students explore health risks and behaviors, health promotion strategies, disease prevention and health restoration in the context of contemporary health care environments. Legal, ethical, financial and cultural concepts related to advanced-practice nursing and professional credentialing are integrated. Patient education and counseling techniques relevant to the advanced-practice nursing role are addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course allows students to further develop and refine necessary skills for the family nurse practitioner. Students build on competencies achieved in NUR 665 and continue to integrate evidence from advanced-practice nursing and related disciplines in classroom and clinical activities to prepare for the role of the nurse practitioner. Students apply knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to provide safe and effective health care in the delivery of primary care. Precepted clinical hours: 128.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course presents the principles of primary care, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention for both the pregnant and non-pregnant woman. Pathophysiologic alterations will be addressed as well as developmental stages, family, cultural and societal influences. Primary care management of common health problems of adult women will be discussed. Students will develop increased clinical reasoning skills with the goal of managing the female patient in the ambulatory care setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides the opportunity for further development and refinement of primary care skills and clinical judgment of the nurse practitioner student. Students build on beginning competencies to develop greater skill in primary care activities with the pregnant and non-pregnant woman through integration of theory and principles of nursing and other related fields and supervised clinical activities. Clinical reasoning skills are refined through clinical practice, case presentations, mentoring and role modeling. Students apply evidence-based research related to pharmacology and clinical management theory and techniques to effectively manage health and disease within diverse primary care settings. Student presentations develop the process of clinical reasoning for accurate diagnosis and management of illness and management of pregnant and non-pregnant women.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course presents the principles of primary care, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention for the child from birth to adolescence. Pathophysiologic alterations will be addressed as well as developmental stages, family, cultural and societal influences. Primary care management of common health problems of children will be discussed. Students will develop increased clinical reasoning skills with the goal of managing the pediatric patient in the ambulatory care setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the opportunity for further development and refinement of primary care skills and clinical judgment of the nurse practitioner student. Students build on beginning competencies to develop greater skill in primary care activities with the pediatric client through integration of theory and principles of nursing and other related fields and supervised clinical activities. Clinical reasoning skills are refined through clinical practice, case presentations, mentoring and role modeling. Students apply evidence-based research related to pharmacology and clinical management theory and techniques to effectively manage health and disease within diverse primary care settings. Student presentations develop the process of clinical reasoning for accurate diagnosis and management of illness and management of the pediatric client.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online program, along with information on required documentation.

MSN FNP Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
    • Applicants with less than a 3.2 GPA can submit MAT/GRE scores showing above 50th percentile on verbal and quantitative skills
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended or currently attending
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Statement of purpose submitted within application

One year of direct patient care experience is needed prior to beginning clinical experiences.

Documentation can be sent via email to onlinegrad@lasalle.edu. If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

LaSalle University
Office of Adult Enrollment
Box 112
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Have a question? Call us at 844-466-5587.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

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To start your financial aid application today, visit Student Financial Services.

*Tuition and fees are subject to an annual change.

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