MSN – Family Nursing
Family nursing is one of the many specialization choices offered when obtaining an MSN degree. A family nurse practitioner (FNP) performs many duties generally performed by a physician, often working with patients throughout their lifespan. FNPs provide tests and procedures as well as education and counseling, often conducting their work independently in health clinics or doctors’ offices.
Overview of a MSN – Family Nursing Program
- Students learn to exclusively work with patients who see family doctors in private practices, which allows them to better meet the specific needs of their patients.
- Coursework focuses on developing communication and compassion, as with family nursing you develop a long lasting relationship with patients vs. one time visits or emergency care.
- Students learn how to communicate health promotion and disease prevention beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
- Students learn to diagnose and initiate treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases within patients of all age groups.
- Coursework ensure that students can educate patients about their health throughout the duration of their professional partnership.
Steps to Become a Family Nurse Practitioner
- Earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Receive a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete a MSN program with a concentration in family care.
- Obtain FNP certification and proper licensure, which varies by state.
Family Nurse Practitioner Salary and Career Information
- Estimated Salary: $61,758 – $96,135 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to Payscale.com.
- Job Setting: Clinics, private offices, hospice centers, nurse-managed health centers, schools, nursing homes.
- Job Prospects: Excellent, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Online MSN – Family Nursing Degrees
- MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner: Georgetown University
- MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner: South University
- MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner: University of Cincinnati
Earn an Online Nurse Practitioner Degree
Online nurse practitioner programs have grown in popularity in recent years as more accredited schools have begun offering online alternatives to these degrees. Combining flexibility with the lack of campus visitation required these programs are ideal for working professionals. By clicking on links below, you can request information from each school about its tuition, classes, and programs.
||Kaplan University — Kaplan University's online presence is almost unmatched, offering over 170 online degrees and programs, including MSN in Nurse Administration, MSN in Nurse Education, and MSN in Nurse Informatics. However, there are also 70 campuses across the country for those interested in a more traditional education. Kaplan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Read more about Kaplan University.|
||Georgetown University — Stationed out of Washington DC, Georgetown University is a cultural and social hub and is one of the oldest schools in the nation. The school has two online nursing programs available, an MSN in Family Nursing and an MSN in Midwifery and Women's Health. Georgetown is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Read more about Georgetown University.|
||University of Cincinnati — The University of Cincinnati is an Ohio-based school with more than 42,000 students and over 300 programs. Many of these programs have online options available like MSN in Clinical Nursing and MSN in Nurse Midwifery, which are great for students who need the flexibility to study around work and family. UC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Read more about University of Cincinnati.|
||American Sentinel University — American Sentinel University is an online college focused on technology, business, and healthcare. The school offers several nursing programs like the RN to MSN bridge programs or the MSN in Nursing Informatics. All of these programs require no campus visitation and can be completed online entirely. ASU has an accreditation by the Distance Education and Training Council. Read more about American Sentinel University.|
||South University — South University began operations over 100 years ago in Savannah, Georgia and now has 12 campuses and an online division, including an MSN for Nurse Practitioners program. The program can be completed in less than two years and there is an RN to MSN bridge option available for you if you do not have a bachelor degree. South is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Read more about South University.|
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