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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner programs are graduate level (Master's or Doctoral) nursing programs that prepare professional registered nurses for advanced practice nursing where they will provide primary care to children, adults and the elderly in a variety of health care settings. This is an extremely popular and in-demand area of advanced practice nursing. Registered nurses with a BSN or an ADN can find family nurse practitioner programs listed below that will prepare them for national certification and entry to this exciting and rewarding field.

Family Nurse Practitioner program curriculum prepares students to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of acute and chronic health conditions and provide promotion of health and wellness and disease prevention. FNPs also receive training in counseling and teaching patients in the primary care setting. Much of this training is didactic and most often offered in an online format with minimal classroom time.

FNP programs include required clinical internships where students are trained in a "real world" environment under the supervision of a preceptor. Preceptors for the Family Nurse Practitioner programs are licensed and practicing FNPs or physicians. The clinical internships focus on the health care needs of patients across the continuum of life in a variety of primary care settings. There has been a new trend in FNP training that includes a residency program in addition to the classroom and clinical learning. There are only a few schools that have began offering this additional training, that mimics the residency training family medicine doctors receive, but it has been viewed by many experts as lending even more merit to the FNP profession.

Family Nurse Practitioners, depending on their preferences, can work in a variety of health care settings including urgent care, emergency rooms, hospitals, primary care clinics, community health clinics, Alzheimer's units, AIDS clinics, rural health clinics, and many other options. The great thing about the FNP program training is that it is so broad. Family Nurse Practitioners can work in various specialty areas such as pediatrics or geriatrics and anything in between. On the job training may be required in some specialties but a lot of the topics get covered in the FNP curriculum. FNPs can also return to school for a second MSN or a post-master's certificate in any advanced practice specialization they like and become nationally certified in that specialization in addition to FNP. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) has also become a popular career ladder option for FNPs looking to advance further up the nursing career ladder and lend more credibility to their profession.

Three major factors will drive the demand for Family Nurse Practitioners over the next several decades. Those factors include the need for more cost-effective health care at the primary care/gate-keeper level in all areas of the country from urban to rural settings, the current shortage of primary care/family practice medical doctors and the projected shortage over the next 25 years and finally, the health care reform that is currently in legislation and which is predicted to take affect in 2013. Everything points toward now to start a Family Nurse Practitioner program and the rewards will follow.

The majority of Family Nurse Practitioner programs offer many classes in the online format with minimal classroom time, which allows for students to continue in their current professional nursing positions while completing their education. Online Family Nurse Practitioner programs have made much progress including Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing (NLN) accreditation. The online format has benefited many nurses in rural locations as well as urban settings that need the convenience and flexibility afforded by these programs. Please, contact a school below to learn more about their FNP program or search for an FNP program in your state.

Family Nurse Practitioner Online Programs

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

The Saint Joseph's College of Maine Online RN to BSN and MSN Nursing Programs are Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited. The MSN/EDU and MSN/Admin degree programs can be combined as joint degrees, MSN/MHA or MSN/MBA. These programs are accepting applications now.

Programs Offered: Online RN to BSN, Online MSN - (Tracks: Administration, Education and Family Nurse Practitioner)

Graceland University - School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student's community.

Online Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN - (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator)

Spring Arbor University

The Spring Arbor University MSN programs are in the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN - Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for National certification as an Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Request information about these MSN programs today.

Programs Offered: Online MSN - (Concentrations: MSN/MBA, MSN/Education, MSN/Nurse Practitioner)

Graceland University

All nursing programs at Graceland University are CCNE accredited. Graceland University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Practicums are completed in the student's community.

Online Programs Offered: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN - Nurse Educator, Post-Graduate Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-Graduate Certificate in Nurse Education

Frontier Nursing University - Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs and post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Family Nurse Practitioner, and/or Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (both accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN. Coursework is web-based and clinical experience is acquired in your own community at clinics and hospitals.

Programs Offered: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner, ADN-MSN Bridge Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN - Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, DNP, Post-Master's Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-Master's Certificate - Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, ADN-MSN Women's Health Care NP

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing

The University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN - Nurse Midwifery online program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Learn more about the University of Cincinnati by requesting information about the programs that interest you.

Programs Offered Online: MSN - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN - Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, MSN - Nurse Midwifery, MSN - Clinical Nurse Specialist (Nurse Educator)

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South University - School of Health Professions

The South University MSN program is CCNE accredited and graduates are prepared for careers in nursing education. South University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Programs Offered: Online MSN - (Tracks: Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), RN to MSN (Tracks: Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), RN to BSN Online

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