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Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Overview

Learn to treat patients of all ages through hands-on learning experiences as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).  

Designed for working nurses who want to advance their skills and lead a fulfilling career, Spring Arbor University’s online BSN to Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program provides faith-based learning experiences that will help you grow as a person and as a practitioner caring for diverse populations. 

As a student in the online BSN to MSN-FNP program, you will: 

  • Understand Population-Specific Care to provide evidence-based primary healthcare to infants, children and antepartum women. 
  • Address healthcare disparities by delivering compassionate care and advocating for underserved populations and their healthcare needs
  • Build a leadership mindset by learning how to facilitate healthy behavioral changes through compassionate, family-focused care. 
  • Continue working full-time as you earn your degree on a flexible schedule
  • Learn from highly educated, talented faculty who build close relationships with students in small class sizes.  
  • Receive 1:1 support from a dedicated Student Success Coach.
  • Graduate prepared to take the national FNP certification exam (FNP-BC™ or FNP-C). 

Spring Arbor University's online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program is CCNE-accredited and highly ranked for academic quality.  

If you already have your MSN, we offer a Post-Master’s Certificate-FNP that can be completed in 12 to 18 months, depending on completed prerequisites. 

The master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

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Access our free guide to learn which Spring Arbor program is the best fit for you. In our free guide, you’ll get:

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I have or will have at least a bachelor’s degree. 
I have or will have at least a high school diploma or GED.
I have or will have at least an associate degree or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a master's degree in nursing.
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Upcoming Start Dates

Next application deadline:
July 30, 2024

Next start date:
 September 3, 2024

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Ranked #1 Best Online FNP Program

Online MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner: Fast Facts

  • Approximately 2.5 years to complete
  • 52 credits 
  • 625 clinical hours

Designed for Working Nurses

  • Online, asynchronous coursework
  • 6 intakes per year
  • Take one seven-week course at a time and enjoy a week off in between
  • Flexible login times — complete your assignments on your schedule

Inspiring Outcomes

  • Ranked on a national and regional level for its academic quality and value
  • One of the top fastest-growing job fields in nursing


Online FNP Program Curriculum

For a complete listing of courses, contact us for a program guide.

This course will present critical concepts the advanced practice nurse can use in delivering evidence-based nursing for the adult population. Using a holistic approach, students will apply critical concepts to advanced practice for delivery of evidence-based care for adult populations.

  • This course prepares students with the skills to function as an advanced practice nurses in addressing chronic and complex alterations in health experienced by older adult.
  • Gerontology concepts will be applied in meeting the biological, psychosocial, mental, and spiritual needs of the older adult.
  • This course prepares the family nurse practitioner to provide evidence-based, primary health care to infants and children, all from a Christian perspective.
  • Relevant nursing interventions for common health problems of children in families are explored, as are the responses and adaptations of the child and family to common health problems.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Typically, our nursing classes have 20-25 students. 

  • SAU’s online BSN to MSN-FNP program can be completed in just under 2.5 years 

  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week breaks). 

To be accepted in SAU’s MSN programs, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program (CCNE or NLN) 
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended 
  • A 3.0 GPA calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits 
  • Unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment 
  • Short personal statement 
  • Completed online application 

Family Nurse Practitioner Salary & Career Outlook

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) reports that there are more than 325,000 nurse practitioners in the country, and 7 out of 10 of them are certified as FNPs. 

AANP estimates that NPs improved access to patient-centered care by providing more than 1.06 billion patient visits last year.  

Benefits of Becoming an FNP 

Becoming a family nurse practitioner can fulfill your passion for service and healthcare advocacy for patients across the lifespan. Other benefits include:  

  • Increased salary and career opportunities 
  • Better work-life balance with a more traditional work schedule 
  • New level of independence and leadership 
  • Versatility to work in a wide range of care environments 
  • By earning your online MSN-FNP, you’ll be prepared to meet the surging demand for primary care providers. 

Job Outlook 

The job outlook for all types of NPs is exploding. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that projected employment for this profession is expected to grow 52% through the year 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. It notes the median annual wage of NPs is $115,000, which is 42% higher than that of RNs, according to the AANP. 

Grow as a Christ-Centered Nurse

At Spring Arbor University, it is a privilege to provide a Christ-centered nursing education to our students and to participate in their journey. You will grow spiritually, personally and professionally throughout this program and will gain a better understanding of what it means to live out your faith as a nurse.

While the Christian faith is the foundation of our program, we welcome all students regardless of personal faith. All students will benefit from introspection and critical thinking as they consider how to meaningfully care for patients of different faith backgrounds.

Watch this video for more information on our faith-based philosophy.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

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