MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Family Nurse Practitioners play a vital role in our healthcare system as the need for primary patient care continues to increase. Nurse practitioners are in high demand for primary care services resulting in large part from an aging and growing population. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent through 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
The Master of Science in Nursing program with Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN FNP) specialization at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences prepares the student for a role as a primary care provider. A family nurse practitioner (FNP) provides primary healthcare for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and body systems emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. Following educational preparation, FNPs must become nationally certified by an approved certification body.
The University of St. Augustine’s MSN FNP program will help position you for roles in the following settings*:
Outpatient Veteran’s health
Urgent care Home health
Why Choose USAHS for Your MSN FNP?
- Complete most of your FNP coursework in a virtual classroom designed to provide an exceptional student experience
- Learn from dedicated faculty who are experts in the field
- Enhance your clinical and interprofessional skills with two required hands-on clinical residencies** offered at one of USAHS’s health science-centered campuses
- Participate in optional on-campus residencies, which give you the opportunity to engage face-to-face with fellow students and faculty, participate in group exercises and projects, learn from guest speakers, and further enhance your clinical and interprofessional skills
- Receive personalized support from an FNP academic advisor for the entire program
- Study in an interdisciplinary online environment and collaborate with faculty and peers in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other patient-centered professions who will be your colleagues in the workplace
- Learn at a university committed to health science graduate education
* Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
**Hands-on Support at Clinical Residencies
When you attend our two required, in-person clinical residencies, you’ll join your peers from across the U.S. for hands-on sessions with our expert faculty. The (2) two-day hands-on clinical residencies are timed to build on key skills at critical points in your program so that you become an even better nurse. You’ll benefit from demonstrations and supervised activities with experienced clinicians and opportunities to connect with fellow students and faculty.
- Provides demonstration of skills by experienced clinicians
- Allows objective evaluation/validation of skills required for safe advanced nursing practice
- Provides opportunity for remediation of these skills with USAHS faculty
- Allows personal contact with other students and faculty
- Programs that offer some form of face-to-face residency have the highest FNP certification pass rates
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Projecting the Supply and Demand for Primary Care Practitioners Through 2020. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/health-workforce-analysis/primary-care-2020
 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm (visited April 04, 2017).