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.
American Sentinel is excited to enroll MSN, Nurse Practitioner specialization program students who reside in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California*, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. We are actively working with state boards of nursing to offer our program in all 50 states. If you do NOT see your state on the list, please fill out this form expressing your interest in the program when it becomes available in your state, and someone will contact you if/when it becomes available.
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of American Sentinel coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. 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 specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, 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 a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, 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 each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. American Sentinel University makes no representations or guarantee 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.
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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 beginning their first course.
Minimum requirement for Major: 43 credit hours (14 courses) 45 clinical hours = 1 credit hour
* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours
Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time. Nurse Practitioner Specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed.
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.
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.
Call the NP Program hotline at 303.557.9945
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.
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.
- Active, unencumbered RN license
- Bachelor of science nursing degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
- For nurses educated outside of the US, a comparable degree as determined by an eligible third-party evaluation service
Note: No GRE or other placement test is required for admission