Online MSN Program - Family Nurse Practitioner

Advance your nursing career with an online MSN-FNP

The WCU online Master of Science in Nursing degree - Family Nurse Practitioner track has been developed to help you take your career to the next level.

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If you want to take the next step in becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, consider the WCU online Master of Science in Nursing degree - Family Nurse Practitioner track. WCU's program takes your education to another level, preparing you for more challenging career options.

Program Details

  • Program completion in as little as 36 months
  • 53-credit online program
  • Two starts per year
  • MSN core course are delivered online and followed by FNP specialty courses that are offered online and with six scheduled onsite intensives (2-3 days each) at the WCU Center for Graduate Studies.*
  • 650 Precepted Clinical hours are included in the FNP online program
  • Meets National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) standards
  • WCU is regionally accredited by WSCUC and our nursing programs are CCNE accredited

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

MSN-FNP Curriculum

West Coast University's curriculum helps prepares nurses to build on their nursing experience and become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Click to view the FNP Curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Today, Nurse Practitioners are gaining more and more responsibility and autonomy as a primary healthcare provider. West Coast University's MSN-FNP program helps prepare graduates with enhanced nursing knowledge and skills to address the evolving needs of the healthcare system. Nurse Practitioners practice in different settings, such as urban, suburban & rural settings, in outpatient clinics, hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care, private physician or NP offices, nursing homes home health agencies, hospice and palliative care, schools and colleges, and public health departments. The MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares graduates for jobs requiring the following skills:

  • Primary and Preventative Health
  • Care Coordination
  • Community Health
  • Nursing Leadership / Management
  • Nursing Research
  • Academic Faculty Positions

A schedule you can work with

We understand the needs of working professionals—people who desire both a concentrated curriculum and flexibility in scheduling to make it all work. Our MSN-FNP online program accommodates these needs.

Online Environment 

At WCU, you are not alone. You should have the support and guidance that will help you achieve your professional goals.  Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing and on the-go resources—to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU’s programs are simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, Student Services and our 24/7 technical support.

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its MSN online students beyond the last day of class.  We are committed to helping our MSN online graduates throughout their careers. Through our Career Service Department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our MSN online students and graduates.  We partner with industry professionals and enhance the prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success. 

Since healthcare professionals are life-long learners, WCU assists its online graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs through a complimentary membership to our partner company, Contemporary Forums.  

*Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees.

WCU’s online MSN - FNP degree program is offered through the WCU Orange County, California campus and may not be available to residents in all states. Program requirements include 6 onsite intensives located at the Los Angeles Center for Graduate Studies and 650 precepted hours in order to graduate.

To practice in California, graduates must obtain national certification and seek BRN approval through “Method Two”. For more information about Certification application requirements, please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing at http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/np-app.pdf.

West Coast University's Master of Science in Nursing is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Distance education is offered through the Orange County, CA campus. Texas residents' distance education is offered through the Dallas, TX campus.

Online MSN Program Benefits

  • Online program enriched with video content
  • 36-month program
  • 650 Precepted Clinical hours
  • 6 Onsite Intensives
  • Streamlined admissions processed
  • Includes Principles of Teaching and Learning course which could help online graduates for teaching opportunities
  • Ongoing discounted CEs through Contemporary Forums
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