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Family Nurse Practitioner

Pursue your master’s degree online and prepare for advanced roles working with both children and adults.

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You must be a licensed registered nurse or have completed an associate degree of nursing to apply for the program.

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Program Highlights

<p>Earn your degree in as little as 20 months with our streamlined curriculum designed for working nurses</p>

Earn your degree in as little as 20 months with our streamlined curriculum designed for working nurses

<p>Dynamic face-to-face onsite intensives (OSIs) for hands-on experience</p>

Dynamic face-to-face onsite intensives (OSIs) for hands-on experience

<p>Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success</p>

Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success

<p>One-on-one faculty mentoring with MSN-FNP faculty members</p>

One-on-one faculty mentoring with MSN-FNP faculty members

<p>Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation</p>

Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation

<p>Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify</p>

Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

Additional Information About our FNP Degrees

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 45% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than average.1

West Coast University’s MSN-FNP program helps you prepare to take on these new nursing opportunities as a family nurse practitioner.

Today, nurse practitioners are gaining more responsibility and autonomy as primary healthcare providers. Our program helps prepare graduates with enhanced nursing knowledge and skills to address the evolving needs of the healthcare system. Nurse practitioners can work in a wide range of facilities, such as:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency departments
  • Urgent care
  • Private physician or NP offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Schools and colleges
  • Public health departments

The MSN-FNP program prepares graduates for jobs in the following fields:

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

Open the door to more advanced nursing opportunities. Our MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program helps provide you the foundation you need to take on more advanced nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings.

Our curriculum offers the online flexibility for candidates who are looking to pursue an advanced degree while working in their current position or balancing life responsibilities.

Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.

Gain hands-on experience through 600 hours of practice experience through clinical placement practicums.

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their MSN?

  • Earn your MSN in as little as 20 months
  • Gain hands-on experience during 2 on-site intensives (OSIs)
  • 600 hours of precepted clinical experience
  • Get support from our clinical relations coordinators
  • Faculty mentoring program with FNP faculty to support student's personal and professional development
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for national boards with AANP or ANCC
  • Engaging online environment enriched with video content and on-the-go resources tailored to MSN-FNP students
  • Student services and 24/7 tech support
  • Meets National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) Standards
  • Helps prepare you for the national board certification

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 online MSN 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 students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online MSN students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Upon graduation, online MSN students should be able to exemplify these skills:

  1. Integrate nursing science and related fields, such as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and organization sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of health care settings.
  2. Provide leadership in a variety of settings that promote high quality, safe patient care that also incorporates ethical decision making and effective inter-professional working relationships.
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to effect quality improvement that incorporates the various models, standards and performance measures necessary to apply quality principles, within any type of organization.
  4. Apply evidenced based research in clinical practice by identifying actual or potential practice problems in a setting and resolving them through the role of change agent.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate, integrate and coordinate patient care.
  6. Recognize the need for and ability to affect policy changes by using the policy development process and advocacy strategies to influence individual health and health care systems.
  7. Communicate and coordinate inter-professionally in a variety of settings to manage and coordinate care.
  8. Identify and integrate the various evidenced based practices of health promotion and disease prevention using client centered, culturally and age-appropriate concepts in the nursing process of services to individuals, families and broad-based aggregate populations.
  9. Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific and nursing-specific knowledge with the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individual, families, populations and/or systems.

Please refer the this programs requirements located here.

Learn more about tuition and fees for this program by clicking here.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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