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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 MSN-FNP program provides faith-based learning experiences that will help you grow as a person and as a practitioner caring for diverse populations. During the program, you will expand your nursing knowledge while applying Christ-like compassion in your mission to help people and improve health outcomes.

SAU is CCNE-accredited* and recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

*See full accreditation information in our Fast Facts section. 

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 Advisor who will support you from start to graduation.

Graduate prepared to take the national FNP certification exam (FNP-BC™ or FNP-C).

Program Details

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program prepares students to further their careers as a nurse practitioner.

  • Approximately 2.5 years to complete
  • 55 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 
Admission Requirements
  • BSN degree from an accredited program
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • 3.0 GPA from most recent 60 credits
  • Current nursing license
  • Online application
  • Short personal statement
NUR685: Advanced Practice in Primary Care I
  • 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.
NURS686: Advanced Practice in Primary Care II
  • 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.
NUR687: Advanced Practice in Primary Care of the Child
  • 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.
Program Tuition

Spring Arbor University is recognized as a “Best Value” school by U.S. News & World Report. The online BSN to MSN FNP program provides academic quality with competitively priced tuition of $767 per credit hour.

You may also be eligible to receive financial aid. SAU will work with you to determine any benefits for which you qualify, including student aid, military discounts and tax benefits.

Accreditations & State Authorization

The nursing programs at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),* which ensures students, employers and graduate nursing programs that SAU graduates have received an education that meets CCNE’s rigorous standards. 

Please visit the following page for the most up-to-date list of state authorizations:

*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.

The Role of the Family Nurse Practitioner

Family nurse practitioners provide the full spectrum of primary care services, just as primary care physicians do. They prescribe medication, perform examinations, diagnose illnesses and provide treatment for patients ranging from infants to older adults.

In some states, FNPs can practice independently. FNPs work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospital outpatient clinics
  • Private group practices
  • Community health centers
  • Schools
Online BSN to FNP Fast Facts
Upcoming Start Dates

Next application deadline:

  • June 10, 2024

Next start date:

  • July 2, 2024
Grow as a Christ-Centered Family Healthcare Provider

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 provides the foundation of our program, we welcome all students regardless of personal beliefs or religion. All students will benefit from introspection and critical thinking as they consider how to care for patients of different religious and cultural backgrounds meaningfully. 



More on Our MSN-FNP

This in-demand specialization concentration is taught by faculty who draw on their own experiences providing psychiatric mental health care. Below are a few sample courses in this degree. For a full list, download a brochure.

For a complete listing of courses, download a program guide.


Program Curriculum

FNP 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.