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Online Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
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Family nurse practitioners play a major role in today’s health care field. The responsibilities of FNPs have evolved alongside that of physicians, which means additional opportunities, autonomy, and authority. Our online Master of Science in Nursing FNP degree can help you develop the specialized skill set you need to practice at the advanced level.
Family Nurse Practice by the Numbers
- $85,435 The average salary for family nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to Payscale.com (2016)
- 54.5% The percentage of nurse practitioners in the U.S. who are family nurse practitioners, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2015)
- 5th Family nurse practice is ranked No. 5 among the “8 Top Master’s in Nursing Specializations” by Nursejournal.org
Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?
Reputation for Academic ExcellenceOur online MSN offers the same level of value-based education and student support as our highly regarded on-campus program with the added flexibility health care professionals like you need to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Our MSN family nurse practitioner program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the National League for Nursing has recognized the Regis School of Nursing, Science & Health Professions as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
Supportive EnvironmentWe’re here to support you. With several levels of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down the barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with our three entry points:
- Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
- Associate Degree in Nursing with a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN
Nursing ExpertiseAt Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. With our family nurse practitioner online program, you can develop important leadership qualities such as:
- Organizational management
- Effective decision-making
- Critical thinking
- Professional and interpersonal communication
- Strategic planning
Dedication to Social JusticeOur commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. Our MSN FNP degree specialty is designed to help you promote lasting change in the medical field by providing patients of any age the knowledge they need to lead healthy lives.
What can you do with an MSN FNP degree?Family nurse practitioners focus on holistic care. From diagnosing, treating, and helping to manage illnesses to counseling and educating patients on preventive care, family nurse practitioners tackle every aspect of medical service in a variety of populations, from newborns to seniors.
- Prescribe medication
- Conduct examinations
- Order laboratory tests
- Provide health care counseling
- Diagnose, treat, manage, and help prevent illnesses
- Assist in minor surgical procedures
One benefit to earning an MSN FNP degree is added autonomy. Family nurse practitioners play a major role in understaffed health organizations because they are able to perform many of the same duties as physicians, including interpreting medical histories, conducting physical examinations, and prescribing medication. In 2015, 20 states and the District of Columbia allowed nurse practitioners to practice independent of a physician, and that trend is growing.
Where do family nurse practitioners work?With a wave of patients newly insured by the Affordable Care Act, rising standards in primary care, and a rapidly aging population, family nurse practitioners are in higher demand than ever. That means FNP degree holders can pursue a wealth of opportunities and take their expertise to a variety of work settings, including:
- Privately owned clinics
- Physician offices
- Home health services
- Government agencies
- Nurse-led practices
- Community health organizations
- Minute clinics
About RegisAs a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.
“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.