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Family Nurse Practitioner Job and Salary Outlook

Gain more control over your responsibilities and your career with a family nurse practitioner MSN degree from one of the best nursing programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. The online Master’s in Nursing degree from Catholic University is designed to reflect current nursing career trends, giving you more choices now and in the future.

The online MSN prepares you for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a field with growing professional opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, a category that includes Nurse Practitioners, is estimated to rise 26 percent through 20201. In addition, Nurse Practitioner was ranked No. 52 in CNNMoney’s “Best Jobs in America” in 20122. The article cited the job’s personal satisfaction and benefit to society.

The Affordable Care Act is expected to drive a demand for more primary care providers—a role that Family Nurse Practitioners are prepared to fill. FNPs can work in a variety of settings, but they are generally employed at primary care facilities, clinics, private practices, and hospitals. According to a national compensation survey by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the average base salary for nurse practitioners was $98,760 in 2011. In May of 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average annual nurse practitioner salary in industries with the highest levels of employment ranged between $90,990 and $102,330. The BLS also reported an NP salary range between $106,520 and $118,080 among the top paying industries for this occupation, which include:

  • Specialty hospitals
  • Medical laboratories
  • Diagnostic laboratories

Because FNPs provide care across the entire life span, students who complete the online Family Nurse Practitioner track and pass the national FNP exam will be in high demand throughout the entire health care sector. Catholic University’s FNP track will prepare MSN graduates to explore a career that will shape the future of nursing. This advanced nursing degree will also prepare students for other leadership roles such as health care administration and nursing education, as well as high-level nursing management positions.

RNs who hold a master’s in nursing gain abilities they can use to pursue all kinds of professional opportunities.

  • An MSN is rapidly becoming a requirement for many leadership positions in hospitals and other inpatient settings.
  • Master’s-prepared nurses can seek certification as Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Educators, or Clinical Nurse Specialists.
  • The master’s program may serve as a foundation for a DNP or PhD degree, also offered online at CUA. A doctorate degree in nursing can present even more advancement opportunities for nurses, and MSN students can easily transition to the online DNP or PhD in Nursing program.

Take control of your career with the online Master of Science in Nursing at The Catholic University of America. Request information or call us 855-295-5711 to learn more.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, accessed 11/5/12, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm

2 "Best Jobs in America," accessed 11/5/12, http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2012/snapshots/52.html