MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Are you interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner, working to develop your skills in taking patient history, physical examination, diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and treatment?

Employment of advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, is projected to grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1 These opportunities for NPs are expected to help bridge the gap of the primary care shortage facing America by offering high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care.2

CTU’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program is designed to help you advance your skills in this fast-paced field.

The program integrates a foundation of evidence-based practice, population health, policy, informatics and nursing theory with concentration courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and assessment. Students will receive hands-on instruction during weekend labs in Colorado at the start and end of the program.

Highlights of the CTU’s MSN-FNP program:

  • Can be completed in as little as 24 months
  • Tuition starting at $36,720
  • Complete your 630 direct-care clinical hours in your community (if available)
  • Aligned to nursing industry standards and competencies
  • Programmatically Accredited3

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm, visited October 4, 2018. Conditions in your area may vary.
2. https://www.aanp.org/all-about-nps/what-is-an-np#why-nps-are-important
3. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

CCNE Accredited Degree Program

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

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PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses - Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG612 Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practice 4
    NRSG615 Healthcare Informatics and Technologies 4
    NRSG617 Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare 4
    NRSG625 Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society 4
    Total Credit Hours: 16
    Courses - Concentration
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG650 Advanced Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner 4
    NRSG651 Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Practitioner 6
    NRSG652 Advanced Physical Assessment for the Nurse Practitioner 4
    NRSG653 Advanced Physical Assessment for the Nurse Practitioner Lab 2
    NRSG654 Role of the Nurse Practitioner 3
    NRSG655 FNPI Advanced Nursing Practice: Care of the adult, geriatric and frail elderly 6
    NRSG656 FNPII Advanced Nursing Practice: Women’s Health 2
    NRSG657 FNPIII Advanced Nursing Practice: Pediatrics 2
    NRSG660 FNPI Practicum: Advanced nursing care of the adult, geriatric and women patients 8
    NRSG661 FNPII Practicum: Advanced nursing care of the pediatric patient 6
    NRSG662 FNPIII Practicum: Advanced nursing care across the lifespan 7
    NRSG663 FNPIII Advanced nursing care across the lifespan, Lab 2
    Total Credit Hours: 52

    Total Credit Hours: 68

    Admission Requirements

    Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.

    Students must have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution.  A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study undertaken for full acceptance into the program.


    Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of college transcript from their BSN degree for review.  Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.


    Students must have a minimum of one year of recent direct care nursing experience prior to admission to the program.

    Provide a current resume.


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  • Outcomes

    MSN program outcomes:

    • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a variety of sciences in diverse settings for the purpose of improving nursing care
    • Apply organizational and systems leadership concepts to promote quality patient care
    • Evaluate performance improvement processes designed for the purpose of providing quality patient care
    • Apply research outcomes and evidence-based practice to recommendations for improved patient care
    • Synthesize health policy processes established for the advocacy of quality healthcare
    • Integrate interprofessional collaboration to the management of patient and population health outcomes
    • Apply organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to clinical prevention and population care to identified populations

    MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner concentration outcomes:

    • Integrate technology in patient care management to improve health outcomes.
    • Operate as an independent practitioner in the management of healthcare for patients across the lifespan.
    • Formulate ethical plans of care, which incorporate knowledge from current research, clinical guidelines, practice and assessment to improve health outcomes.
    • Employ complex and advanced leadership skills in guiding change to improve health outcomes.
  • Admission Requirements

    • Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.
    • Students must have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study undertaken for full acceptance into the program.
    • Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of a college transcript from their BSN degree for review. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.
    • Students in the MSN-FNP concentration must successfully complete NRSG612 first before advancing to other courses in the MSN program. No other program courses may be taken prior to NRSG612.
    • Students must have a minimum of one year of recent direct care nursing experience prior to admission to the program.
    • Provide a current résumé.

    At this time, Colorado Technical University cannot accept inquiries for the Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program from residents of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

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