RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

RN to MSN FNP – Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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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.

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

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Details

MSN-FNP Curriculum

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

Embedded in the RN to MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner online curriculum are test banks, national boards content and review to assist students in preparing for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exams. Candidates who meet the requirements and successfully pass the appropriate certification examination can become certified by AANP and are qualified to use the credential NP-C (Nurse Practitioner-Certified) or NP-BC (Board-Certified) by ANCC to indicate their certification status.

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 RN to MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner online program accommodates these needs.

Online Environment

At WCU, you are not alone. WCU offers you the support and guidance to help 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 RN to MSN FNP online programs are simple to navigate and easy to use with continuous access to your instructors, peers, Student Services and our 24/7 technical support.

Student Support

West Coast University supports its RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner online students by providing an FNP faculty member to be their personal mentor throughout the FNP track courses. This relationship offers RN to MSN online students a personal resource available to them throughout their coursework to offer advice, assistance and individualized support to each student.  Faculty members can tailor mentoring styles and content, taking into consideration each of the student’s goals, needs and learning styles.

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

Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military Personnel

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Training may be eligible to receive credit for previous education training. 

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Nursing Challenge Exam Additional Requirements


*Program requirements include two (2) 3-day On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends and precepted hours in order to graduate. Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California and students enrolled through the Dallas campus must complete their OSI’s in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation. Graduates will be able to apply for certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) through "Method One", for more information about certification application requirements, please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing at,

To practice in California, RN to MSN online 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

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

Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees.

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