Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program

Carlow’s Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree will teach you the skills needed for advanced practice nursing in a variety of health care settings, including private offices and practices, hospice centers, nurse-managed health centers, school clinics, home health care and community health centers. 

You will be able to manage acute and chronic conditions, promote health, prevent disease, and educate and counsel individuals and families at all ages. Nurse practitioners diagnose and treat patients in collaboration with a physician and as part of a health care team. They may focus on health promotion and disease prevention; order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests; and prescribe medication.

The MSN program serves as the basis for doctoral studies and lifelong learning. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to assume a leadership position in nursing and contribute to the discipline of nursing through evidence-based practice efforts.

A family nurse practitioner examines the ear of a patient. She wears glasses and is looking through her otoscope.
Credits required:

49 credits

Cost per credit:


Time to degree:

As few as 28 months


On campus & online

Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum

The curriculum for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program meets the requirements for national board certification and APRN licensure in all U.S. states and territories.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for board certification as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

Quick facts

  • Enroll part time or full time
  • Available at 3 locations: Oakland, Greensburg and Cranberry
  • Complete 600 clinical hours in a mix of urban and rural health care agencies
A family nurse practitioner student practices an ear exam on a peer. She is sitting and he is bent over looking into her ear.

Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Certificate option

Post-master’s certificate

If you have already earned an MSN and are looking to add a credential, we offer post-master’s certificates in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Upon certificate completion, you are eligible to sit for board certification.

Career opportunities for MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner

Employment of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Growth will occur primarily because of an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for health care services from an aging population.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a supervisor) that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

Also, you must have:

  • A current, valid and unrestricted license as a registered nurse
  • Completed an approved undergraduate statistics course
  • One year of bedside nursing experience


Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. No GRE or GMAT required.

Once your application is received, the program director will schedule an interview with you.

Family Nurse Practitioner faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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