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BSN-to-MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for RNs seeking to develop the advanced clinical skills and knowledge needed to grow in the field. Learn more about this BSN-to-MSN program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Current RN licensure and a bachelor's degree in nursing are needed to enroll in this MSN program, which could be a good fit for applicants with an interest in conducting nursing research in preparation for advanced practice nursing roles. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization of Walden University's BSN-to-MSN program, students have the opportunity to learn about advanced nursing care processes and practices in diagnosing and treating children, adolescents, and adults. Specialization course topics include pathophysiological disease processes, organ functions, drug therapy safety and effectiveness, approaches to chronic and acute health issues, patient evaluations, treatment implementation, and the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological problems. Students may also complete patient management plans within actual clinical settings. In the core curriculum, students can learn more about health policy development and implementation, healthcare regulations, nursing informatics, quality patient care strategies, and nursing leadership practices. In addition to coursework, this program requires students to complete 640 hours of practicum experience.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

58 quarter credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the BSN-to-MSN with a Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner:

In addition to the 35 credits taken in the area of specialization, students must complete 20 credits in the core curriculum and a 3-credit foundation course in order to earn this master's degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
  • Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology
  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership

Specialization Courses: Family Nurse Practitioner (35 credits)

  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan
  • Primary Care of Adolescents and Children
  • Primary Care of Women
  • Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice Care of Patients in Primary Care Settings

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

For clinical purposes, the MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner program could be a terminal degree for those seeking advanced positions in healthcare delivery. However, graduates who wish to work in areas of academics or nursing research might need to hold a doctorate. Doctoral degree programs they could consider include a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or PhD in Nursing.

Career Paths:

Successful completion of the BSN-to-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program could provide graduates with the leadership and advanced clinical skills needed to assume greater responsibilities in areas of patient care, disease prevention, health intervention, and health promotion. They might oversee patient assessments, treatment plans, care program evaluations, and healthcare delivery strategies.

Graduates could pursue jobs as family nurse practitioners in such clinical settings as:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Community health centers
  • Public health departments

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