Take control of your nursing career with the online master’s degree in nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) specialization from The Catholic University of America. Accomplish your professional dreams and personal aspirations with a program designed to support you at every step of the way. Our MSN is fully accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). The MSN-FNP is offered online and uses a flexible and convenient format designed for busy working nurses.
The MSN-FNP curriculum teaches you the skills and experience necessary to lead the nursing profession and improve the health care system from the inside. You can trust Catholic’s respected 80-year history in nursing education to inspire you, experienced faculty and staff to support you, and values to guide you toward making a real difference in patient care. To learn more about Catholic’s online MSN-FNP, request more information here.
PATRICIA MCMULLEN: Welcome to the Catholic University of America School of Nursing. I'm Dean Pat McMullen, and I thought I'd take just a moment to familiarize you with our history and describe why online education at CUA may be the right thing for you. We have long been recognized for the quality of our nursing programs and our commitment to diversity and improving patient outcomes. Our graduates remain our greatest strength because of their recognized skills in leadership, clinical expertise, and commitment to continuous learning and quality improvement. It is no accident that we have such exceptional alumni. They have been taught by distinguished faculty members, who are known not only for their advanced education, but who are all still actively practicing in their areas of expertise.
Students enrolled in our online graduate programs will be amazed at the wonderful relationships we build. Faculty are readily accessible, and there are a number of ways we build a sense of community in each of our classes. Online conferencing, chat rooms, synchronous and asynchronous learning approaches, and intentionally small class sizes all support our online students. Our alumni surveys indicate that 100% of our graduates who seek employment are able to obtain positions of their choice within six months. It is a great time to pursue graduate nursing here at CUA. Whether you want to become an excellent nurse practitioner, a clinical expert, a nursing educator, or a nurse researcher, we live by our motto that everyone at CUA graduates with the skills to succeed and the values to guide.
With the health care system in a state of flux, there is a growing demand for highly-skilled nurse practitioners to lead the next wave of primary and secondary family care providers. The United States is also experiencing a nurse shortage, which means there are more opportunities for nurses than ever before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects opportunities for registered nurses to increase at “much faster than average” through 2024. Graduate-level nurses can fill these gaps and become the next leaders in nursing, and you can be one of them.
Among all the current trends in nursing, the growth of the nurse practitioner field offers the greatest advancement opportunities for RNs. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner #2 in its Best Health Care Jobs of 2015 and #2 among the 100 Best Jobs of 2015.
Curriculum That Prepares You for Advanced Practice Nursing
The online MSN-FNP degree curriculum builds on the bachelor nursing degree to help students become advanced practice nurses (APNs). Graduate-level nursing programs like Catholic’s MSN incorporate concepts of nursing science and advanced nursing practice applications with theories of health care management and leadership to produce well-rounded nursing practitioners.
Core coursework includes the essentials of advanced practice nursing, such as:
- Health care policy
- Population health
- Advanced pathophysiology
- Advanced pharmacology
The Family Nurse Practitioner track curriculum offers in-depth studies in a growing area of advanced practice nursing careers, such as:
- Young child primary care
- Adolescent primary care
- Women’s health
- Primary care of adults
To learn more about the MSN-FNP curriculum, request more information here.
The online MSN program meets guidelines for Nurse Practitioner education as established by:
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program
As a graduate of the online MSN-FNP, you will be eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Program.
Join a Nursing Community Dedicated to Your Success
The Catholic University of America is known for its rich Catholic tradition and ethics as well as a respected record of academic excellence—which includes the University’s well-established nursing programs. Some other reasons to consider Catholic for your advanced nursing degree:
- The University was one of the first institutions in the country to offer nurse practitioner programs.
- Catholic’s School of Nursing has been awarded many competitive federal grants throughout the years, a recognized marker of excellence.
- Graduates of our programs consistently have high pass rates on national certification exams.
- Faculty members offer support and assistance to help ensure students’ academic and professional success.
Although the Catholic faith is at the core of our identity, students and faculty members come from a diverse range of religious and cultural backgrounds, bringing a valuable array of perspectives and insights to enhance everyone’s learning experience. Catholic’s nursing students will enter the workforce capable of demonstrating the intellectual, moral, and ethical leaderships qualities needed to shape health care in America.
There is no better time or place to start earning a credential that helps you build a more fulfilling and rewarding nursing career. Call us at 855-295-5711or request more information on the online Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner track to get started today.
The Master of Science in Nursing at The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.