Program Overview


The MSN FNP Program is designed for learners who already hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. This program prepares graduates to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with specific emphasis on the role of Family Nurse Practitioner. The MSN FNP content is grounded in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and evidence based on national standards and research related to current practice, education, legislative, and research trends in health care and local needs along with various guiding principles, documents, and regulationsTo view the MSN FNP Program cost: click here.


The curriculum is designed to prepare nurses who are on the Family Nurse Practitioner track for the Addendum to 2021-2022 Nightingale College Catalog Version III. An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse role is completed by expanding their nursing body of knowledge and skills and focusing on a specified population. Learners in the Family Nurse Practitioner track will develop advanced knowledge and skills in assessment (including differential diagnosing), intervention (including prescribing), and management within the construct of patient-provider relationship and patient-centered care across the lifespan. The learner will be prepared to function as an effective member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team and to provide consultation, collaborative management and/or referral.

A total of fifty-five (55) semester credits consisting of different combinations of courses are required for the conferral of the MSN degree. These courses include: core, direct care core, electives, specialty, and practicum. Thirty-six-point five (36.5) credit hours will be dedicated to didactic theory learning, and eighteen-point five (18.5) credit hours will be dedicated to practicum experiences. Learners can complete the MSN FNP program in six (6) academic semesters or ninety-six (96) academic weeks of instruction.


1.  To build professional advanced practice nursing capacity based on evidence and theory with an appreciation of the uniqueness of each individual and family, diversity, and the multidimensional aspects of health.

2. To build ethical and value-centered advanced practice nursing that enhances personal and professional growth and development, fosters clinical reasoning and problem solving, and supports engaging collaboration within communities and populations.

3. To build advanced practice nursing leadership capacity to address challenges and advance the science of advanced nursing practice.

4. To build professional and research capacity to meet the primary healthcare needs of diverse communities and populations.


MSN FNP Program Outcomes are aligned with the Institutional Effectiveness Plan and measure the degree to which the Program achieves its stated mission. For current MSN FNP Program Outcomes benchmarks, see the MSN FNP Program Outcomes Benchmarks Catalog Insert.


The MSN FNP Program, in alignment with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education, has identified program outcomes, including program-level learner outcomes and competencies, alumni outcomes, and faculty outcomes to evaluate Nightingale College’s MSN FNP Program effectiveness. The learner outcomes include program completion and employment rates, achievement of Nightingale College’s graduate general education goals, achievement of expected learner outcomes, satisfaction with courses and instruction, and satisfaction with overall program effectiveness.

At Program completion, as measured by evaluation activities throughout the Program, the graduate will:

  1. Integrate evidence-based findings from research in humanities and science, while synthesizing the holistic nature of advanced practice nursing and diagnostic reasoning to build quality and safe patient care across diverse settings and enhance patient health and organizational outcomes.
  2. Engage in leadership, scholarship, and change agent activities that promote collaboration and communication among interdisciplinary team members and community stakeholders.
  3. Evaluate and utilize best evidence to improve quality, safely, and access in clinical practice,
  4. Integrate clinical guidelines, research, clinical judgement, and interdisciplinary perspectives using translational processes to improve practice, health, and organizational outcomes.
  5. Incorporate information technology when interacting and collaborating with patient, families, and interdisciplinary team members for improved health care delivery processes and outcomes.
  6. Implement knowledge of organizational policies and complex systems to influence delivery, cost, and quality of healthcare services.
  7. Facilitate the development of healthcare systems while addressing the complex issues concerning the care of individuals, populations, stakeholders.
  8. Integrate ethical principles while evaluating the impact between legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues and their influence on the provision and management of patient care services.
  9. Provide patient-centered and evidenced-based care while functioning as an independent practitioner.


  1. Client-Centered Care
  2. Intentional Learning with Reflection
  3. Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Decision-Making and Clinical Reasoning
  5. Organizational, Local, and Global Leadership
  6. Communication and Informatics
  7. Quality and Safety Assurance
  8. Teamwork and Collaboration

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