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: Chamberlain College of Nursing
- 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.
||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.|
||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.|
||Capella University — Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Capella University is an online school with over 37000 current students across the nation. Its online programs like MSN in Nurse Educator (Bridge option also available) have one-to-one tutoring, accelerated study, and low student to teacher ratios. Capella holds several accreditations, including The Higher Learning Commission and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Capella University.|
||Walden University — Walden University is private institution headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Boasting almost 50,000 students enrolled, Walden is one of the largest online schools conferring mostly master’s or doctorate degrees, like the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Walden is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Read more about Walden University.|
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