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

Build the Skills and Confidence Needed in a Leadership Role

Gain the advanced practice skills you need to manage patient care across the lifespan, including acute, chronic and wellness care. The online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Ohio University covers the full scope of the role of a family nurse practitioner (FNP) including advanced assessment and diagnosis, treatment and management using evidence-based practice. Experience both didactic and clinical performance courses as you prepare to sit for the AANP or ANCC certification exam and become certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Online +
OCI + clinical hours


Certification Exam Pass Rate
Direct Care Hours

The Full Breadth of Skills for Family Nurse Practitioners

By exploring topics including advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, evidence based practice, advanced pharmacology and more, you will graduate from the online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program capable of applying expert knowledge to improve patient outcomes.

NRSE 7220 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

Focuses on pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan, emphasizing clinical decision-making by advanced practice nurses. Laws governing prescriptive authority and privileges of advanced practice nurses are addressed. Emphasis is on prescriptive decisions regarding outcomes, safety, quality and costs.

NRSE 7230 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Practitioners

Focuses on theoretical and evidence-based clinical principles for advanced health assessment for APRNs using a body systems approach. Emphasis is on the acquisition of advanced skills to perform comprehensive and episodic health assessments. Includes culturally competent patient education, health promotion and clinical prevention related to risk factors for the individual or family.

NRSE 7210 Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing Practice

Focuses on integrating knowledge of advanced physiology with pathophysiology and clinical implications across the life span. Includes analysis of health disparities and outcomes resulting from genetic, environmental and stress-related causes. Emphasis on systems-focused mechanisms of disease.

A Rapidly-Growing Nursing Specialty

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,2 jobs for family nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are projected to grow by 40% from 2021 through 2031, much faster than the national average.

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Careers for MSN-FNP Graduates

  1. Nurse Practitioner: $120,6802
  2. Urgent Care Nurse Practitioner: $119,5803
  3. Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner: $122,3004
  4. Specialty Care Nurse Practitioner: $121,5075
  • Online Learning Experience

    No matter what your career goals are, Ohio University can help you get there. We offer a wide range of online graduate programs specifically for professionals who are ready for their next step. Complete focused courses seven weeks at a time and maintain your work and personal responsibilities by studying when and where it's convenient for you. As a student, you'll learn alongside fellow leaders and have access to the same expert faculty and leading-edge curriculum as you would on campus.

  • About the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP)

    One of the nation's largest health-focused colleges, CHSP thinks bigger, acts boldly and produces tomorrow's best healthcare professionals. We take an experiential, interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, and we believe in serving all types of communities, from major cities to rural Appalachia.


    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Ohio University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

An FNP Program With an Outstanding Reputation

  • Faculty are currently practicing nurses with up-to-date real-world experience
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs for Graduate Nursing 2022, #465
  • Gold Ranking as a Military-Friendly School
  • Top Military-Friendly for Spouses
  • On-Campus Intensives (OCI) at Athens or Dublin campus provide an interactive, interpersonal experience

Our Rankings

  • #46 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (tie) – U.S. News & World Report1
  • #11 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs for Veterans (tie) – U.S. News & World Report1

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