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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Bradley University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program accreditation is pending an on-site visit in October 2017.

WHY EARN AN ONLINE MSN-FNP DEGREE?

Demand for primary care services in the U.S. continues to rise — while supply of the family physicians able to provide them continues to shrink. What does this mean for a talented RN like you? It means there’s never been a better time to specialize your expertise as a family nurse practitioner.

Graduate from our CCNE-accredited online FNP degree program and you can:

  • Acquire a big-picture, interprofessional view of the modern health care marketplace.
  • Expand your expertise in advanced nursing theory, patient-centered care and research practice.
  • Provide high-quality care to individuals and families throughout the life continuum.
  • Gain the autonomy to conduct exams, diagnose illness and treat clients across the life span.
  • Acquire the high-level leadership skills to thrive in nearly any health care setting.

Nearly 20 states now allow nurse practitioners to work without a supervising physician.
Complete your path to greater autonomy now; enroll in our online MSN-FNP program today.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN ONLINE MSN-FNP DEGREE?

The overall career outlook for all types of nurse practitioners — including FNPs — is excellent. With job openings expected to grow by 34 percent through 2022, it truly is the perfect time to advance your expertise within the field.

What’s your growth potential?

With demand for nurse practitioners surging in the U.S., the potential payoff is promising:

  • BSNs who pursue their MSN to qualify for a nurse practitioner role could see a $25,000 salary increase. (Salary.com)
  • The average salary for nurse practitioners is $94,460. (BLS)
  • Nurse practitioners earned an annual median wage of nearly $93,000 in 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS))
  • U.S.News & World Report ranks nurse practitioners among the best career paths in 2015: #2 Best Healthcare Jobs; #2 the 100 Best Jobs; #13 Best Paying Jobs.
Sources: Salary.com (data as of February 2015); BLS.gov (data as of Febraury 2015)

Where can you work?

  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Health departments
  • Hospices
  • Private homes
  • Physician private practices
  • Schools
  • Community clinics

What roles can you hold?

  • Primary Care Mid-level Provider
  • Acute Care Mid-level Provider
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Researcher


WHY CHOOSE BRADLEY UNIVERSITY FOR THE ONLINE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER PROGRAM?

Powerful Outcomes Begin Here.

Bradley University has been shaping leaders and innovators since 1897. Continuously driven by our commitment to excellence in teaching, research and learning, we’ve designed our online FNP program to expertly combine rigorous academics with real-world practice.

Widely respected for our outstanding faculty and student-centered approach to learning, we’re able to provide the resources of a large public university — but with the personalized attention of a small private college. Study with us, and join a rich culture of collaboration, support and shared values, one that challenges nursing students to grow personally and professionally.

When you choose Bradley University, you choose flexibility. Our online Family Nurse Practitioner program allows you to complete your clinical hours with an approved preceptors of your choice. Get the most out of your clinical hours by selecting different supervisors for each area of study that your clinical hours emphasize.

If you’re ready to join the next generation of nurses, primary care providers and health care leaders, then we’re ready for you. Learn more about our online Family Nurse Practitioner program today!

WHO TEACHES OUR ONLINE MSN-FNP PROGRAM?

Learn from Innovative Nursing Leaders.

The dedicated faculty members who lead our online MSN-FNP program are committed to helping you succeed as you take the next step in your nursing career. They each bring a broad base of clinical expertise and professional experience into our online classrooms each day, and they are eager to share their knowledge with you. Learn more about your professors now:

Cindy Brubaker
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Molly Cluskey
Interim Associate Provost
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Francesca Armmer
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Deborah "Deb" Erickson
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Peggy Flannigan
Associate Chair
Associate Professor of Nursing
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Janet Jackson
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Assistant Dean
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Cynthia Steinwedel
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Rachel Borton
Director Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Online Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Terrah Cornell
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Bridget Welker
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Karin Smith
Assistant Professor of Nursing
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WHAT CAN YOU LEARN IN OUR ONLINE MSN-FNP PROGRAM?

Curriculum

The innovative curriculum of our online MSN-FNP program is designed to prepare you for advanced practice with individuals and families throughout the life continuum. The program’s 67 credit hours of coursework are delivered in just nine semesters and require that you complete a capstone course, as well as five preceptor-supervised clinical practicums.

Online MSN-FNP Courses

ENC 510
Statistical Procedures (3)
Study the principles and procedures for statistical interpretation of data. Explore measures and control tendency, variability, correlation and introductory predictive and inferential statistics.
BIO 526
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Acquire an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of animals, special reference to the human body, theories and methods of investigation mostly at organ system level and adaptation strategies to special conditions.
NUR 501
Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development (3)
Analyze theoretical models, emphasizing the assessment and implication of models for advanced professional nursing practice and research.
NUR 505
Leadership in the Healthcare Delivery System (3)
Study leadership theory and explore the role of the nurse as a leader, colleague and consultant in the healthcare system.
NUR 510
Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3)
Elevate your understanding of the legal and ethical issues that influence the practice of advanced nursing and leadership in healthcare systems. Learn to assess the ethical implications of law and public policy in healthcare. Review relevant case studies.
NUR 526
Evidence-Based Practice (3)
Study theories related to the generation of evidence, research utilization (RU) and evidence-based practice (EBP). Identify issues from various practice areas to develop and refine a researchable project.
NUR 600
Advanced Health Assessment (3)
Learn a systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and in various healthcare settings. In this course, you can learn interviewing techniques for taking health histories and advanced physical assessments.
NUR 615
Health Informatics (3)
Gain an introductory understanding of concepts in health informatics. Build a foundation for practice in the healthcare technology field. Explore healthcare data, clinical information management systems, security, personal productivity applications, consumer informatics, legal issues and professional skills, knowledge and certifications related to health informatics.
NUR 638
Principles of FNP Practice I – Acute/Chronic (3)
Study the basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for adult clients with selected acute and chronic illness.
NUR 639
Healthcare Clinical Practicum I* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 640
Healthcare Policy (3)
Study health policy development and implementation and its impact on healthcare regulation, delivery and finance. Focus on wellness and promotion of health for local, national and worldwide health initiatives. Learn to define healthcare provider roles in health promotion, healthcare delivery and quality improvement through activities related to health policy reform and finance.
NUR 642
Principles of FNP Practice II – Acute/Chronic (3)
Explore basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities of caring for adult clients with acute and chronic disorders.
NUR 643
Healthcare Clinical Practicum II* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 644
Principles of FNP Practice III – Women’s Health (3)
Explore basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for women from adolescence through adulthood.
NUR 645
Healthcare Clinical Practicum III* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to women from adolescence through adulthood. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 646
Principles of FNP Practice IV – Children (3)
Study basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for infants, children and adolescents.
NUR 647
Healthcare Clinical Practicum IV* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to infants, children and adolescents. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 648
Principles of FNP Practice V – Aging Adult Populations (3)
Examine the basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner’s roles and responsibilities in caring for aging adult clients.
NUR 649
Healthcare Clinical Practicum V* (3)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to aging adult clients. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences.
NUR 651
Advanced Pharmacology I (3)
Gain the advanced knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and pharmacologically manage the treatment of common health problems in a safe, high-quality and cost-effective manner.
NUR 652
Advanced Pharmacology II (3)
Analyze and apply the general principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics for medications used in areas of advanced practice nursing specialties. Complete an in-depth study of the pharmacologic selection of client populations exhibiting various co-existing disease and pathophysiologies.
NUR 690
Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice (2)
Explore the professional aspects and challenges associated with advanced practice nursing. This course is tailored to meet the needs of a variety of specialties including a focus upon organizational, systems and population strategies.
NUR 697
Capstone (1)
The capstone is a student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly project. It synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address a current nursing practice issue related to your chosen advanced practice field of study. This capstone may be repeated for a maximum of three hours.

* This course can be waived if previously completed.
** Clinical or practicum courses require a preceptor.
Note: Curriculum is subject to change.

IS AN ONLINE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER DEGREE RIGHT FOR YOU?

Need help deciding if an online MSN-FNP degree aligns with your current needs and future goals? We can help.


The online MSN-FNP program is an ideal choice if:
  • You’re passionate about family medicine.
  • You want to establish yourself as a leader in primary care.
  • You’re a nurse ready to broaden your scope of practice.
  • You wish to advance your professional career and eventually earn your DNP.
  • You’re ready to earn an advanced credential that can position you for financial growth.
Here are a few other ways to know if an online MSN from Bradley is the right choice for you:
  • You want to collaborate with and learn from other aspiring nurse practitioners.
  • You want a flexible online learning environment that fits your busy schedule.
  • You’re eager to learn from a faculty of passionate and experienced clinicians.
Online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Program