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20-Month* Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Program

With the primary care shortage in the U.S., millions of Americans have already turned to nurse practitioners for family care.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) fill a crucial role in the healthcare system and provide primary and specialty care to patients of all ages. In addition to an advanced education, Family Nurse Practitioners have more professional autonomy than Registered Nurses (RNs).

If you’re looking to take your nursing career to the next level, Beal University’s Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program** could be an excellent opportunity for you.

Students can enroll from anywhere!** Local preceptorships can be completed in your home state, and your online classes can be completed from the comfort of home.

Program Delivery

The MSN-FNP program was specifically designed to serve the needs of busy working nurses. All classes online except for just one week on campus!

Accelerated Learning

Our classes run year-round, with 8-week terms that allow you to complete the accelerated program in as little as 20 months*.

Since 1891

Located in Bangor, Maine, Beal University has been providing exceptional, career-focused education for more than 130 years.

Join the Growing Field of Family Nurse Practitioners

Now more than ever, the strength of our healthcare system and the health of our communities rely on the skills, knowledge and efforts of skilled FNPs. With an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 40% job growth increase through 2030.

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Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner

Delivery Method: Online
Length: 20 months*
Credential: Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) is a Master’s degree program designed for the experienced nurse who wishes to expand their knowledge in advanced nursing practice. Through theoretical and practical experiences, the curriculum builds upon the nurse’s experiences.

The MSN-FNP is based on the National League for Nursing Core Values including; a culture of caring, a culture of diversity, a culture of integrity, and a culture of excellence.

Upon successful completion of the program, students could seek or obtain advanced employment as a Family Nurse Practitioner or in a Nursing related field(s).

At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Determine the organizational and systems approach to the promotion of high quality, safe and holistic patient care
  • Defend methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as apply quality principles within an organization
  • Apply research outcomes within practice settings, to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent and disseminating results
  • Utilizes critical thought to collaborate as a leader and member of interprofessional teams and communities, to manage and coordinate care
  • Engage in lifelong personal and professional growth through reflective practice and appreciation of cultural diversity
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Health Promotion of Family and Population Health
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Diagnostic Reasoning and Procedures
  • Management of Acute and Chronic Health Conditions in Infants, Children and Adolescents
  • Health Promotion and Primary Care of the Adult/Older Adult
  • Existing Registered Nurses looking to pursue greater employment opportunities and expand their knowledge in advanced nursing practice.
  • Those seeking careers as a Family Nurse Practitioner or related medical roles.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification. Graduates can choose between:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or;
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

The MSN degree program at Beal University is institutionally accredited with the University’s accreditor, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The MSN-FNP program is not currently programmatically accredited; however, the University intends to pursue programmatic accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). Some states may require that students graduate from accredited programs and/or that they successfully achieve national certification to obtain their advanced practice (APRN or CNP) licenses. Applicants should review the certification and licensure requirements for their respective states of residence and/or states in which they intend to practice.

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Transfer Credits Accepted

Have you already taken courses at other universities in the past? You may be able to transfer the credits you have earned and graduate sooner. Request more information today to learn if you qualify.

Jobs & Statistics

Why consider a Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree? Due to an aging population, technology advanced in healthcare, and increasing preventative approaches in healthcare, it’s a field that is quickly growing. Here are some of the latest figures from this rewarding field.

40% Increase in Jobs

Careers for nurse practitioners are projected to grow at a rate of 40% between now and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

#2 of the 100 Best Jobs in 2023

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked Nurse Practitioners as the second-best job in the United States, with above average salary and job satisfaction.
Source: U.S. News & World Report

$123,780 Median Salary

The median salary of nurse practitioners was $123,780 per year (or $59.51 per hour) in 2021. Those with more education and experience have the potential to earn even more.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

112,700 New Jobs on the Way

Labor experts estimate that more than 112,700 new jobs for nurse practitioners will be created between 2021-2031 – a rate that is 5x higher than the labor market average.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

In the News

As the shortage of primary care physicians becomes an increasing concern, the demand for FNPs is not expected to slow anytime soon. Browse some of the recent stories about the growing nursing field.

Nurse Practitioners Provide a Solution to the Primary Care Shortage in America

Approximately 80 million Americans lack adequate access to primary care, primarily in rural areas. Nurse Practitioners can help fill this void. Nurse Practitioners are a critical resource for improving population health and reducing health disparities.
Read more via Diversity Nursing

Increasing Number of States Giving Nurse Practitioners Full Practice Autonomy

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, several states (including New York) have waived laws limiting access to healthcare professionals via executive orders and other actions legislature are now making permanent.
Read more via Forbes

About Beal University

Founded in 1891 as Bangor Business College, Beal University has evolved into a comprehensive institution with diverse academic offerings that serve a wide range of students in the state of Maine and beyond. From the beginning, Beal has remained focused on providing programs that give students real-world skills for careers in high-demand fields. Today, Beal offers programs from diploma to graduate-level degrees facilitating all levels of academic pursuits.


Based in Bangor, Maine, Beal University was first established in 1891 as Bangor Business College by Mary Beal.


To become partners with our students in their journey to improve their career opportunities through the contemporary academic programs offered at Beal University.


To become the most prominent educational institution in the region by providing exceptional academic programs, in a student-centered environment, empowering our graduates to excel in relevant career fields.

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The best way to see if Beal is right for you is to contact us. We can get you the answers you need about our MSN-FNP program, so you can make the right choice for your future.
Complete this short form to request more information. Afterward, a friendly Beal Career Advisor can answer questions, guide you to our virtual tour, and get you helpful financial aid information.

For immediate questions, call 207-307-3900

The University intends to pursue programmatic accreditation for the MSN-FNP program with the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.

* Program length when completed in normal time.

** Does not include California