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MSN – Family Nursing
At a Glance
An MSN with a specialization in family nursing prepares advanced practice nurses to provide primary health care services across the lifespan. An FNP program prepares highly-skilled nurses to provide quality and cost-effective primary care services to patients of any age. FNPs typically work in collaborative practices with primary care physicians or in rural agencies and other health care settings.
How to Become a Family Nurse Practitioner
- Complete an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
- Earn a Registered Nurse Certification.
- Enroll and complete a MSN program in family nursing.
- Obtain certification in family nursing and proper licensure (requirements vary by state).
Family Nurse Practitioner Program Description
- Students typically study nursing theory, principles of advanced practice nursing and the research process in the design and delivery of primary care.
- Program requirements include core classes that combine practice models emphasizing the family as a unit, concepts in nursing, as well as the biological and social sciences.
- The curriculum focuses on integrating health promotion and management of acute and chronic health problems.
- Students use clinical experience to become experts in health assessments, diagnoses and prescribing of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions in the direct treatment of health problems.
Salary and Job Setting
- Estimated Salary: $61,758 – $96,135 (determined by place of employment and area of specialty), according to Payscale.com.
- Job Setting: Clinics, private offices, hospice centers, nurse-managed health centers, schools, nursing homes.