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Master of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

As a family nurse practitioner, you work directly with individuals and families throughout their lives, providing expert care, support, and compassion. This program builds on your bachelor’s degree in nursing so you can advance your career with a specialty in family nursing practice.

This 24-month, part-time program's coursework is offered entirely online with clinical experiences in your community, giving you the flexibility to continue to work. You will train to provide advanced diagnosis, treatment, and management for patients of all ages, all while communicating effectively, being analytical and decisive, and providing accurate, compassionate care. As a family nurse practitioner, you will develop lasting relationships with patients and families throughout the course of their lives, from childhood through adulthood, and enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career.

In addition to coursework and clinical experience, three residencies are required on our Worcester campus. Each residency is one to three days in length. Residencies include: new student orientation, a second-year residency, and a final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

Learn more about the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. 

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in nursing coursework
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice nursing in the jurisdiction where experiential learning will occur

Application Requirements

For consideration for admission, the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Completed MCPHS Application
  • Official college transcripts from every college attended
  • 1 professional letter of recommendation
  • Photocopy of current RN license
  • Resume (may be included within application or as a separate document)

Once all supporting documents are received, your application will be complete and ready for review by the Admission Committee. Application materials can be mailed to the address below:

Online Programs
MCPHS University
Admission Office
179 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115



NUR 701 Professional Role Development for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NUR 706 Advanced Pathophysiology 3


NUR 707 Advanced Pharmacology  3
NUR 702 Human Diversity, Social, and Policy Issues 3


NUR 703 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours) 5
NUR 801 Survey of Telemedicine 1


NUR 810 Family Primary Care II (Adult) (180 clinical hours)  6


NUR 809 Family Primary Care I (Pedi/Women's Health) (180-clinical hours)  6
NUR 816 Scholarship for Advanced Nursing: Building an Evidence-Based Practice  3


NUR 811 Family Primary Care III (Geriatric)  (180-clinical hours)  6
NUR 823 Translating and Integrating Scholarship Practicum 3

Residency Requirement

In addition to coursework, the FNP program requires students to attend three on-campus residencies, generally which are 1-3 days in length. These residencies include: a new student orientation, a second-year residency that takes place prior to entering track specific clinical coursework at the beginning of Year Two, and a final residency that coincides with the student's graduation.

MCPHS accepts nursing students into its programs from the following states:

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Admission into a nursing program is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of matriculation. If a student moves to a different state after matriculation, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student's responsibility to notify the University of a change in physical presence. Program availability is subject to change.

Starting the Spring 2019 semester, MSN online testing will be monitored and proctored by ProctorU. Learn more about ProctorU using the information below.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certification Pass Rates

2021 ANCC: 90.67%
2021 AANPCB: 91%

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:


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