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MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Online

Today, nurses are experiencing an increase in job responsibility coupled with more recognition of the importance of their role. Advanced practice nurses are in high demand to help fill the shortage of primary care professionals. If you are passionate about providing patient-focused care as a leader of the healthcare team, this program is for you.

American Sentinel’s MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner program provides clinical and academic knowledge for nurses to promote health, access healthcare resources, manage acute and chronic illnesses, and manage the overall health of the families in their care.

With a predicted 20% increase in demand for nurse practitioners by the year 2022 and median salary ranges above $96,000 depending on the state (Nursejournal.org), becoming an NP provides job stability for advanced practice nurses while enabling you to build on your passion –caring for patients.

American Sentinel offers two Master of Science Nurse Practitioner Specializations. These specializations will prepare nurses to take the licensure test in one of two focus areas: adult gerontology primary care or family practice. The program is CCNE-accredited.

Nurse Practitioner now offered in 43 states

Per federal regulation (34 CFR §668.43(a)(5(v)), institutions must disclose the following specific state authorization categories. Any additional questions about state authorization requirements can be directed to university staff.

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A list of all States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum meets the State education requirements for licensure or certification (Currently enrolling students in these states).Maryland, North Dakota, Colorado.
A list of all States for which the institution has determined that its curriculum does not meet the State educational requirements for licensure or certification (Not currently enrolling students in these states).Arizona, District of Columbia, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, US Territories.
A list of all States for which the institution has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification* (Currently enrolling students in these states).California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Indiana.

*American Sentinel University reviews the relevant rules and regulations for each State before enrolling students in that State. Many State regulatory bodies (i.e. Boards of Nursing) do not have formal approval processes for out-of-state APRN programs. These States are listed above as states for which the University has not made a determination, as formal approval of our program is not available. We do not accept enrollments from students in the states for which the university does not meet the State educational requirements. The University has designed the program to satisfy the requirements set by our numerous accreditors as well as most states. Because many states do not offer an approval process for our APRN program, we encourage students to review their own State Board of Nursing requirements for individual licensure and contact that Board with any questions. Contact information and Board websites can be found under this link. Students should also contact admissions@americansentinel.edu at the University, who will be happy to answer any questions about the curriculum.

Important Disclosures

The MSN – Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, for those States in which the university “has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure and certification,” each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in that state. We encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wished to practice to determine specific requirements. Each student is encouraged to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as an APRN in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Contact information for each State Board of Nursing can be found at this link. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantees that completion of American Sentinel University coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

The MSN – Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, for those States in which the university “has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the State educational requirements for licensure and certification,” each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in that state. We encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wished to practice to determine specific requirements. Each student is encouraged to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as an APRN in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Contact information for each State Board of Nursing can be found at this link. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantees that completion of American Sentinel University coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.

California Board of Nursing regulations introduced in January 2019 now require approval for the Nurse Practitioner Programs in the state. American Sentinel has submitted the documentation for approval and is awaiting a response from the California Board of Nursing. This information will be updated on the website when it becomes available. Note that California residents must submit their Preceptor form in advance so American Sentinel can provide notification to the California Board of Nursing.

Family Nurse Practitioners are the Future of Healthcare

Take a look at our latest infographic outlining the changing face of healthcare in America and the opportunities for the Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Meet an MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Student

See why Shelby Schwab chose American Sentinel University’s online MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner program.

8-week

Course Length

14

Nursing Courses

$22,890

Total Tuition

$3,000

Clinical Fees

Why Our MSN Program Works

  • Online courses offer time and location flexibility
  • Clinicals are completed in your area
  • Course length: 8 weeks
  • Dedicated faculty and clinical coordinators
  • Work at your own pace with no mandatory login times
  • One-on-one support: MySentinel® Support

MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Curriculum

Earning a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner will help you to assess, prevent, diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions of patients throughout their lives. American Sentinel’s rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of advanced primary care areas:

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for the APRN
  • Maternal and Child Care
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Integration

M.S. Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization is 14 courses (42 credit hours) with 540 clinical hours embedded within the courses. Courses are 100% online, and clinical hours can be completed at a facility near your residence and work.

*Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time, and specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed. Additionally, students in this program must complete a Castlebranch background check before being scheduled for the 3P Exam.

CourseDidactic CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
APRN Prerequisite Courses
N512 Advanced Pathophysiology*3
N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment*3
N521 Advanced Pharmacology*3
*At completion of all 3P courses (3.0 GPA) – The student will sit for the APEA 3P Exam. If a student meets the 67% benchmark, then they are eligible to continue into the NP Program.
N523 Diagnostic Reasoning (Preparatory Course, If Required) **3
**If an individual does not pass the APEA 3P Exam, N523 will be a required preparatory course.
NP Graduate Core and Population-Focused Courses
N502 Advanced Role Development and Organizational Leadership3
N503 Policy Advocacy and Healthcare Ethics3
N515PE Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice3
N580 Advanced Practice Nursing I3
N581 Advanced Practice Nursing I Preceptorship Experience3135
N582 Advanced Practice Nursing II3
N583 Advanced Practice Nursing II Preceptorship Experience3135
N588 Maternal and Child Care3
N589 Maternal and Child Care Preceptorship Experience3135
N598 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration3
N599 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration Preceptorship Experience3135
Total Program3312540

Minimum requirement for Major: 42 credit hours (14 courses) 45 clinical hours = 1 credit hour
* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

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Have Questions About Our Nurse Practitioner Programs?

Reach out to our Nurse Practitioner Admissions Advisors, Suzette Brown and Marie Stewart. They are specially trained to answer your specific questions regarding our Nurse Practitioner programs. They are standing by to help you meet your educational goals.

Call them at 303.557.9945.

Marie

You Can Afford It

Most of our students graduate debt free by taking advantage of our flexible payment options and 0% financing. Comparing costs for higher education can be tricky. Find everything you need for a total cost comparison here and you’ll see why earning your MSN with American Sentinel offers great value.

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More on the MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

With an MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization, our graduates assume critical roles as primary care providers. Program outcomes:

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care, which synthesizes the holistic nature of advanced practice nursing and diagnostic reasoning, to enhance patient, healthcare, and organizational outcomes critical to building quality and safe patient care capacity.
  • Engage in leadership and scholarship activities that fosters collaboration and communication among interdisciplinary team members.
  • Evaluate the impact between legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues, and their influence on the provision and management of patient care services.
  • Integrate clinical guidelines, research, clinical judgment, and interdisciplinary perspectives using translational processes to improve practice, health, and organizational outcomes.
  • Incorporate information technology when interacting and collaborating with patient, families, and interdisciplinary team members for improved health care delivery processes and outcomes.
  • Advocate for ethical and culturally sensitive policies that impact access, equity, quality, and cost.
  • Employ knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to enhance delivery and quality of healthcare services.
  • Apply sound ethical solutions to complex issues concerning the care of individuals and populations, and systems of care.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care while respecting diverse beliefs and attitudes, and by allowing the patient to be a full partner in the decision-making process.
  • Assume responsibility for professional growth and integrity by engaging in life-long learning and commitment to the discipline of advanced practice nursing.

All coursework for the Master of Science Nursing is 100% online and includes precepted clinical experiences. The Nurse Practitioner Specialization includes 540 precepted clinical hours and 90 practice experience hours (45 research hours are not precepted; 45 health assessment hours are not precepted).

The mission of the MSN program is to prepare highly qualified professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.

For information on program eligibility requirements, please visit the Master’s Program Admissions Requirements page.