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Master's degree

Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner

26 months

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Cost per Credit

Online & campus


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Register by: May 25, 2022

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program enhances the knowledge and skills of registered nurses with baccalaureate-degree preparation. The program prepares registered nurses to function in leadership and advanced practice roles within the profession of nursing. Advanced nursing theory and research provide the foundation for nurses to influence the future of nursing and health care. Students complete core courses in advanced nursing content, process, and leadership. Specialty concentrations allow students to focus learning on developing increased knowledge and skills in a specific area of content or advanced practice role The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at the University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

  • Advocacy

  • Nursing practice

  • Planning

  • Problem solving

  • Research application

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Nurse Bridge Program

If you have an active RN license and a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, our Nursing Bridge Program helps experienced nurses like you earn your MSN degree — saving you time and money. You’ll start with three BSN courses and then move into the program specialty that fits your career goals.



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Your academic counselor will help you schedule your courses for the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner.

What you'll learn

When you earn your Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner, you’ll be equipped with concrete skills that will help you provide patient care in the advanced practice role. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Synthesize Advanced Practice assessment to generate accurate clinical decisions.
  • Integrate theory and evidence to provide holistic health care services to improve or maintain optimum health for all family members.
  • Manage holistic health care for individuals and populations across the life span continuum.
  • Integrate ethical principles in delivering care to patient across the lifespan.
  • Synthesize state Nurse Practice Acts and/or regulatory guideline to practice lawfully.

Program Purpose Statement

The Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner is a post-licensure education program designed for nurses with current RN licensure who wish to obtain a master’s degree and prepare for advanced practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program educationally prepares nurses for advanced practice, including how to function in leadership roles in practice and educational settings, and emphasizes comprehensive, preventative care in addition to treatment. As part of this program, students are required to complete a five-day residency on campus that requires the student to fulfill competency checkoffs of both clinical and procedural skills under the direction of faculty. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC) credential or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) credential.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner?

An MSN/FNP can help prepare you to be a:

  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
45 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for nurse practitioners is projected to be much faster than average between 2020 and 2030.

Our MSN/FNP program meets the educational requirements in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah for graduates who want to pursue advanced practice nursing licensure and certification at the master’s level. The program is currently available online to residents of these states and also on-campus in Phoenix and Southern California. 

Check for additional information about professional licensure in your state of residence

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.


Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school.  Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* and this program is aligned with leading industry organizations, such as:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience


Chief Executive Officers

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Faculty Spotlight

I definitely understand how difficult it is for students who have a family. I try to make my classes as “un-stressful” as possible.

Beverly Jensen

2020 Faculty of the Year


Current RN license required. 

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

This program is available in select locations in Arizona and California. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative for more information. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.