Advance your nursing career, boost your earning potential and prepare to become a family nurse practitioner — while still working in the field.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are in unprecedented demand. The U.S. Department of Labor projects the need for NPs will double between now and 2029, making it the #2 fastest-growing occupation in the country (surpassed only by wind turbine technicians). Nurse practitioners can specialize in several areas; one of the most common paths is to become a family nurse practitioner, or FNP.
FNPs serve more than 800 million patients a year. Because they can offer a full range of primary healthcare services (including prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic tests) to patients of all ages, they fulfill an especially urgent need in rural and underserved areas with limited access to physicians. In addition to clinical services, FNPs focus heavily on patient education, disease prevention and health promotion.
If you’re passionate about patient care and want to expand your nursing career, a master of science in nursing is an ideal next step to move into an advanced practice role.
employment rate for MSN graduates within six months
growth rate predicted for nurse practitioners through 2029 (BLS.gov)
median annual salary for nurse practitioners in Indiana (BLS.gov, 2019)
The University of Saint Francis has a strong reputation for preparing competent, caring healthcare professionals. Our MSN program builds upon your existing nursing experience with:
Once you earn your MSN degree, you’ll be eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Additionally, you can choose one of two MSN programs, based on your background and future goals:
You have professional obligations, and family always comes first. That’s why USF offers its nursing/MSN programs in a hybrid format with a flexible and convenient schedule:
You will learn and collaborate with your classmates in a state-of-the-art science center, which features:
Plus, as you work to become a family nurse practitioner, you’ll gain more than 600 hours of supervised clinical experience at healthcare facilities such as:
The University of Saint Francis gave me the tools I need to provide the kind of care I want for my patients. I have the foundation from my nursing background, but the building blocks for becoming a nurse practitioner are all right here. They definitely set you up for success.
Brett Burns ‘20
Once you’ve earned your MSN, pass your certification exam and officially become a family nurse practitioner, you can work as an FNP in a broad range of healthcare settings, including:
With additional training and experience, you could move into supervisory roles or even into administrator positions.
After completing their MSN programs, USF graduates find advanced practice nursing positions at places such as:
This partial list of employers demonstrates the versatility of MSN programs and the many places an FNP can take you.
Some students use the master of science in nursing (MSN) as a stepping stone into a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) or Ph.D. program, with the goal of working in research, education or public health.
Additionally, you may earn certification in more than one NP speciality. Between the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) you can find certifications in areas such as:
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