Ohio University

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Advance your skills and your career to become a primary caregiver.

Online coursework and exams, with occasional on-campus meetings, are part of the blended MSN program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

A Family Nurse Practitioner provides a variety of health care services. FNPs have the ability to perform procedures, order tests, write prescriptions, and provide patient education, among other essential skills. The FNP specialization prepares you to meet the challenge of providing health care for the family unit. Learn how to assess, diagnose, and develop treatment plans for patients, with a special focus on women’s health.

Ohio University graduates have achieved a 95 percent pass rate on the national FNP certification exam. After completing the Blended MSN program, you will be ready to work as a primary health care provider in a medical office, clinic, private practice, or health department.

FNP Courses

You will complete the core courses required for all MSN students and clinical courses geared just to those in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.

  • Core courses must be completed first before you can enroll in the clinical courses.

  • The clinical courses provide you with time to develop new skills and take risks while in a practice environment.

  • You will work with a preceptor who supervises your clinical experiences and serves as a mentor.

Elisha Clark shares her experiences as a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.

Krista Shorey, FNP Student:

It’s valuable knowledge that I’m learning. I’m going to further my career.”

MSN Student


Why do I need a master’s degree?

Ohio University offers high-quality graduate degrees to individuals who want to gain knowledge in their field, expand their skillset, and access more professional opportunities. An Ohio University master’s degree will equip you with the essential skills you need to excel in your industry and elevate your career to the next level.

Why should I select Ohio University for an MSN?

Ohio University’s School of Nursing has established itself as one of the leading nursing schools in Ohio. With a passing rate of 95 percent on the national certification exam, FNP graduates have a proven track record for success. Our students are entering the workforce prepared to provide excellent evidence-based care.

What opportunities exist in the nursing industry?

The demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase over the next several years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations from 2012 to 2022, with a projected 33.7 percent increase in nurse practitioner employment during that time period. The average annual wage for nurse practitioners was almost $90,000 in 2012. With your MSN degree, you will be ready to step into an available FNP position and paid well according to your experience and ability.


The cost of your education depends on your residency (Ohio resident vs. out-of-state student), the number of credit hours you take, and your ability to secure financial aid.

Tuition and fee information is available from the Office of the Bursar. Click on the “Off Campus Graduate Programs” rates for the current academic year. The Family Nurse Practitioner specialization requires a total of 41 semester hours.

Financial Aid

To be considered eligible to receive financial assistance, you must file the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to begin the financial aid process. The Ohio University School Code is 003100. The results of the FAFSA, along with the estimated cost of attendance, will determine whether you have financial need.

If you are eligible for financial aid, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify you after a financial aid award offer has been prepared. Contact financial.aid.elearn@ohio.edu if you need assistance.

OHIO University

Ohio University’s Tradition of Excellence

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. OHIO is consistently ranked in the top 2% of American public universities and recognized for academic quality and value. You will earn a master’s degree from one of the premier nursing schools in Ohio, while learning from distinguished faculty and studying with dedicated nursing scholars.

A Quality School of Nursing

Ohio University’s School of Nursing has offered excellence in nursing education since 1974. The MSN program was launched in 2005, and it is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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