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M.S. Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

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 (, 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. Courses are currently offered in eight states*. The program is CCNE-accredited.

*If you live in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma or Utah, you may be eligible for the MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization. 

Course Length
Nursing Courses
$ 15000
Total Tuition
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

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.

Course Title & Number

Didactic Credits

Clinical Credits

Clinical Hours

Graduate Core


NP Role and Population-Focused

Total Program




Minimum requirement for Major: 43 credit hours (14 courses)
45 clinical hours = 1 credit hour
* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

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.

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 Practice Experiences. The Nurse Practitioner Specialization includes 585 clinical hours (45 research hours are not precepted; all additional hours are 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 
  • Comparable degree as determined by eligible third-party evaluation service

Note: No GRE or other placement test is required for admission

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