The health care system is rapidly evolving and there is a growing demand for highly-skilled nurse practitioners to lead the next wave of primary and secondary 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 the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacement to exceed one million by 2022. Graduate-level nurses will fill these gaps and become the next leaders in nursing, and you can be one of them.

Take control of your nursing career and plan your professional future with an online Master's Degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner track. You can trust Catholic University's respected 75-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.

Accomplish your professional dreams and personal aspirations with a program designed to support you at every step of the way. Our traditional CCNE-accredited* MSN is offered online and uses a flexible and convenient format designed for busy working nurses. MSN students will graduate with the skills and experience necessary to lead the nursing profession and improve the health care system from the inside.

Curriculum That Prepares You

The online MSN degree curriculum builds on the bachelor nursing degree to help students become advanced practice nurses (APNs). Graduate-level nursing programs like Catholic University's MSN incorporate concepts of nursing science and advanced nursing clinical practice with theories of health care and leadership to produce well-rounded nursing practitioners.

Core coursework includes the essentials of advanced practice nursing, such as:

  • Research
  • Advanced health assessment
  • Health care policy
  • Theories and models for advanced practice nursing
  • Population health
  • Advanced pathophysiology
  • Advanced pharmacology

The Family Nurse Practitioner track curriculum offers in-depth studies in a growing area of advanced nursing practice. 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.

The online MSN program meets guidelines for Nurse Practitioner education as established by all major nursing organizations. As a graduate of the online MSN, you will be eligible to sit for either of 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 Community Dedicated to Your Success

The Catholic University 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 The Catholic University of America for your advanced nursing degree:

  • The University was one of the first institutions in the country to offer nurse practitioner programs.
  • Catholic University'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 University 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.

*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.

MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Prepare for an increasingly important position in health care with the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track in the online Master's in Nursing program at Catholic University. As an FNP, you can help fill the growing national need for primary care providers by meeting the primary health care needs of children, adults, and families.

Much like a family doctor, FNPs provide comprehensive primary care to individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes in Medicaid, and shifts in the adult population, the demand for Family Nurse Practitioners is expected to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for registered nurse practitioners, including FNPs, to increase by 31% over the next decade. Combine this with the fact that experts predict a massive nursing shortage in the United States by 2020 and you can understand how advanced nursing education and an FNP certification can set you up for a long and successful health care career.

From Accredited Curriculum to Licensure

Catholic University's CCNE-accredited School of Nursing is among the top nursing schools in the US, and the online MSN degree is designed to meet the standards required for nurse practitioner programs nationwide. The FNP track meets the curriculum guidelines and recommendations of the:

After passing the national certification exam, you will be eligible for licensure as an FNP. Catholic University's online MSN program staff and faculty will guide you through the process and provide post-graduation support services to assist you in becoming a nurse practitioner.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

As an FNP, you'll deal with varied patients and health problems in a number of different health care delivery settings. FNP track coursework emphasizes the skills and abilities to provide comprehensive primary for patients across the lifespan. This accredited online nurse practitioner program is taught by some of the leading experts in the field. These professionals bring years of experience in both teaching and practice, providing students with the knowledge and skills most applicable to their nursing practitioner careers.

In addition to the core nursing courses required to satisfy the MS in Nursing requirements, students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program will take classes in:

  • Women's Health
  • The 3 Ps (Pathophysiology, Physical/Health Assessment and Pharmacology)
  • Advanced Population Health
  • Discrete courses in Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
  • Management of Health Problems in Adults and Geriatrics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Advanced Practice Role

The FNP track also requires 700 hours of supervised clinical experience, which will give you the hands-on skills that are an important part of the F.N.P. role. Your faculty adviser will prompt and guide you throughout the program as you approach your clinical hours. All clinical practica are done locally, and you may create a plan designed to allow flexibility around your work and family schedules. Creating two short campus based residencies (in year 2 and 3) is another way Catholic University designs their program requirements around the needs of working professionals and distance learners like you.