Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

Take Charge of Your Career

Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

Take Charge of Your Career

Advance your degree while you work with our online FNP program.

Next Start Date | July 5

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Advance your degree while you work with our online MSN FNP program.

Next Start Date | July 5


Experience a Career-Oriented Online FNP Program Curriculum

Join an online FNP program designed by working nurses, for working nurses

Expand and Advance Your Practice

Chamberlain courses are specially designed to give future FNPs the tools and expertise to navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system. From pathophysiology and pharmacology to advanced assessment and leadership skills, you’ll learn the most important skills required to run your own practice. For an example of an 8-semester course load, check out our sample MSN FNP curriculum.

Population Health, Epidemiology, & Statistical Principles

This course introduces students to advanced practice competencies related to population health, epidemiology, and statistical principles. Students explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate biostatistics for evidence-based practice and population-based care. Topics include the use and application of epidemiology and statistics for the delivery and monitoring of aggregate populations.

Advanced Pathophysiology

The student explores, analyzes, applies, and evaluates the normal and abnormal human responses to selected pathophysiologic mechanisms and conditions.

Advanced Pharmacology Fundamentals

This course expands knowledge of pharmacological principles specific to the role of the APN. Students explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate commonly used drugs for the treatment of chronic diseases and self-limiting acute conditions.

Advanced Pharmacology for Care of the Family

Students build expanded knowledge of pharmacology across the lifespan, applying foundational principles from previous courses. Specific issues will be addressed including the effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic management. Legal and ethical aspects of prescribing will be addressed.

Advanced Physical Assessment

This course expands the knowledge and skills of health assessment principles necessary to perform a thorough health assessment. The student will develop assessment techniques related to history and physical examination of clients across the lifespan, including psychiatric-mental health and related supportive assessments. Students will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate these principles in the classroom and laboratory.

A Health Assessment Performance Evaluation will occur in the laboratory setting, requiring the student to visit the Chamberlain campus offering this evaluation.

Leadership and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course introduces students to the role development of today’s advanced practice nurse (APN) leader in society and healthcare organization systems from the perspective of primary and acute care. Students will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate diverse aspects of ethical and legal decision-making standards specific to APN scope of practice. Topics include the standards and regulations governing the practice of APNs in diverse settings. The course emphasizes strategies and processes that foster implementation of visionary leadership, diffusion of innovation, and change within an organization and explores social, political, legal, legislative, regulatory, and organizational factors that influence healthcare. Principles of leadership are emphasized including ethics, negotiation, motivating others, acting as an advocate, problem-solving, managing diversity, interprofessional collaboration and multi-agency partnerships, quality improvement and safety, and organizational behavior.

Prepare for Your Practicum

Chamberlain provides guidance from admission through graduation including securing support in a practicum. Our Experiential Learning Coordinators help with matching assistance for students to find their ideal practicum. For more information, read our Practicum Handbook.

Differential Diagnosis and Primary Care

This FNP program course will provide students with content regarding formulating differential diagnoses of individuals within the primary care setting, along with an introduction to critical diagnostic skills to cultivate evidence-based behaviors. An emphasis will be placed on processing client information in a logical, progressive manner and formulating differential diagnoses for individuals across the lifespan. The course will include 125 hours of supervised clinical practicum in primary care.

Primary Care of the Maturing and Aged Family

This course continues to expand the knowledge of health-assessment principles specific to the role of the FNP, with a focus on the common health problems and healthcare needs of the middle-aged and older adult and family. The student will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate chronic health conditions frequently encountered in the primary care of older adults. Students will further develop their skills related to patient education, protocol development, follow-up, and referral through a clinical practicum experience in a precepted primary-care setting.

Primary Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family Practicum

This online FNP program course continues to expand the knowledge of health assessment principles specific to the role of the FNP, with a focus on the healthcare needs of women and families throughout reproductive and childrearing years. Students will further develop their skills related to health promotion, prevention of illness, diagnosis, and management of health problems commonly experienced. Care strategies will include patient education, protocol development, follow-up, and referral through a clinical practicum experience in a precepted primary care setting.

Advanced Clinical Diagnosis and Practice across the Lifespan Practicum

This course continues to expand the theoretical and practical knowledge of diagnostic principles specific to the role of the FNP, for the healthcare needs of individuals of all ages. Students will further develop their skills related to health promotion, prevention of illness, diagnosis, and management of complex acute and chronic conditions, including behavioral health. Care strategies will include patient education, protocol development, follow-up, and referral through a clinical practicum experience in a precepted advanced practice setting.

FNP Capstone Practicum and Intensive

Students synthesize all elements of clinical management skills and knowledge and continue to analyze, apply, and evaluate diverse aspects of patient assessment and care. This precepted clinical practicum is with an approved provider in an advanced practice setting. Focus topics include clinical management skills, case studies, chart reviews, and practice critique, with a capstone project evidencing increasing complex clinical management skills. An on-ground intensive review session occurs during this MSN FNP course.

Get Live Board Certification Exam Review 

At the end of our Capstone course you will get an intense board review session to help prepare you to be successful on your Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam. During the 2.5-day intensive experience, you’ll attend a live comprehensive board review session in the Chicago area for culminating

Take Your Practice to the Next Level

Earn your FNP degree in Chamberlain's MSN program and get the autonomy you deserve

Licensed for all ages (family)

Independently diagnose and manage patients

Care for your own panel of patients

Prescribe medications independently

Co-manage patients with specialists

Immerse Yourself in a Real Care Setting

Sharpen your skills with our exclusive FNP Immersion Experience

Week 7 of our Advanced Physical Assessment course ends with one of the most exciting events of the semester: The two-day immersion experience. Here you will join our professors in the Chicago area where you will experience personalized instruction in real-time. It’s a confidence-inspiring experience that helps prepare you for clinical rotations and sets you up for continued success.

Questions about the MSN FNP Immersion Experience?
Call us at 877.751.5783 or request more information.

MSN FNP Admission Process

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Earning My MSN-FNP With 4 Kids at Home

Hear from Mandy Wells on how she overcame her fear of Immersion Weekend, to preparing for boards, and the lifelong relationships she has formed. 

MSN FNP Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who focuses on comprehensive healthcare for families and family members across all ages and demographics, body systems and diseases. They fill a void in primary care, especially in rural regions or areas with physician shortages.

FNPs deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, FNPs perform routine checkups, health-risk assessments, administer immunizations and screening tests. They offer personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and education in the prevention of illness. The FNP specialty track prepares you for a variety of practice settings,* including:

  • Family Practice
  • College Health Retail Clinics
  • Women's Health Pediatric
  • Primary Care
  • Internal Medicine

*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

Is the Master of Science in Nursing FNP program online? 

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track features 100% online coursework. The FNP curriculum consists of 45 specialty track credit hours, these online FNP courses will be completed in addition to 650 onsite lab and clinical hours.

I’ve never taken an online course before and I’m a little nervous. How do I prepare myself for online FNP learning?

Chamberlain has several resources that can help you become acclimated to the online FNP program classroom. Once you apply you will have access to Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies, which provides information on time management, scholarly writing, using the library and more. You can also ask your admissions representative for a personal tour of the online environment in which you will be taking classes.

Are campus visits required?

Campus visits are not required, the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner track has 45 credit hours of FNP online coursework. The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track does require two visits; one for the immersion experience as part of NR-509, and one for intensive as part of NR-667.

How can I find out if I qualify for tuition savings?

Your admissions representative can help identify if you qualify for tuition savings through a partnership with your employer, community college or association. Alternatively, you may qualify for a scholarship or grant.

Do I have to find my own preceptor?

Before starting the MSN-FNP program, you do not need to identify a preceptor. Once you complete the application process, your admission representative will provide you with information on how to identify a potential practicum site and preceptor. After that you will be matched with a dedicated team to support you in securing your practicum site and preceptor. As an added service to you, our experiential learning team is available to assist in the preceptor and site matching process.

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Chamberlain has university accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and master’s degree program in nursing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Chamberlain continuously earns new approvals from respected agencies across the nation.

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Distinguished Accreditations

Chamberlain University College of Nursing was named a Center of Excellence™ in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing for promoting the pedagogical expertise of faculty.