Online MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program

Serving Community as a Family Nurse Practitioner

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – FNP program at the University of Michigan-Flint empowers you to become a highly qualified Family Nurse Practitioner. Through rigorous study and clinical training, MSN-FNP graduates build their abilities to incorporate evidence-based and theoretical knowledge in their provision of exceptional, safe, and quality primary healthcare services to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities.

The online MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program provides three pathways for registered nurses with or without a bachelor’s degree to expand their knowledge and advance their careers with an MSN degree.

Why Choose UM-Flint’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program?

Convenient MSN-FNP Program Format

Designed for busy working nurses, UM-Flint’s Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program is offered in a convenient online format with minimal campus visits. MSN students only need to be on campus for necessary in-person sessions such as clinical site visits and practicum courses. In addition, you have the option to pursue the MSN degree with a concentration in FNP on a full-time or part-time basis. This flexible program format can accommodate your need of balancing work, family, and school responsibilities.

Hands-on Clinical Experiences

The MSN-FNP program integrates in-depth online courses with valuable hands-on learning so the student becomes part of the real-world healthcare team. FNP students complete clinical practicums under the close supervision of experienced professionals and have the opportunity to develop meaningful mentorships with faculty and instructors who inspire as well as impart knowledge.

100% Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Pass Rate

With a robust curriculum, UM-Flint’s online MSN-FNP program provides excellent preparation for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam. Our graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and clinical experiences to become certified Family Nurse Practitioners. The MSN-FNP program achieved a 100% MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam pass rate for the past two years.

CCNE Accreditation

The University of Michigan-Flint is committed to providing the highest quality nursing education to students. The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Ample Research Opportunities

Our Master of Science in Nursing faculty members are actively involved in a wide range of relevant research projects with MSN-FNP students. Students have the opportunity to pursue specific research interests while helping improve healthcare services to patients from diverse communities, cultures, and backgrounds.

U-M Resources

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, our FNP students have access to the full academic and research resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.

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The online MSN-FNP offers affordable tuition rates coupled with financial aid options, grants, scholarships, a wide range of loan options, and a recognized UM-degree brand.

Online MSN-FNP Pathways

Besides the traditional BSN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner track, the online MSN-FNP program offers two other flexible pathways that empower registered nurses from diverse backgrounds to pursue their Master of Science in Nursing degrees. Whether you hold a bachelor’s degree or not, our MSN-FNP program supports you to succeed as a highly qualified Family Nurse Practitioner. Explore your pathway options below.

BSN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

The BSN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner pathway is designed for registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This pathway includes 47 credit hours of in-depth study and practicums to expand students’ health care knowledge and help them grow into advanced Family Nurse Practitioners.

RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Registered nurses without a BSN can also pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner at UM-Flint. Depending on whether or not you have a bachelor’s degree in other non-nursing fields, you can choose one of the following RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner pathways.

In general, the RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner curricular pathway includes 67 to 70 credit hours of coursework, requiring students to take additional prerequisite courses before they start the MSN core courses and FNP courses.

Review the detailed online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – FNP curriculum.

MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner Career Outlook

Family Nurse Practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses specialized in family medicine. FNP is highly in-demand in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation of qualified nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45% through 2029, which is 10 times higher than the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that nurse practitioners can make a competitive median salary of $117,670 per year.

MSN-FNP graduates who pass the board certification exams can have ample rewarding job opportunities to provide primary care for patients in different settings such as:

  • Physician’s Offices
  • Primary Care Clinics
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice

University of Michigan-Flint’s MSN-FNP program also provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Open to master’s-level registered nurses who are Certified Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, UM-Flint’s DNP program builds your in-demand leadership skills while providing you with a terminal degree in nursing.

45% projected nurse practitioner employment growth (2019-2029).

Online MSN-FNP Admission Requirements

The admission of the Master of Science in Nursing – FNP program is highly selective. Students are admitted for the winter semester only.

If you are interested in applying to the MSN-FNP program, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • Three or more credits in college-level Statistics with a grade of “C” or better

NOTE: Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting MSN courses.

State Authorization for Online Students

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

How to Apply to the MSN-FNP Program?

To be considered for admission to UM-Flint’s MSN-FNP program, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of current RN license (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document in APA format, double-spaced. Please include the following:
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing an MSN, your professional plans and career goals and why you want to attend the University of Michigan-Flint. 
    • Outline how your past nursing experiences will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree
    • List any past achievements in nursing including any professional organization memberships or positions, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work or other accomplishments such as scholarly publications.
    • Please explain your research interests
    • Please detail any special circumstances applicable to your application.
  • Three recommendations are required from any combination of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD or DO.
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2022 (early deadline) – February 1
Fall 2022 (final deadline) – March 31
Winter 2023 – August 15, 2022

Enrollment Deposit

If you are selected for admission to the MSN program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.

Campus Orientation

If admitted to the program, you must attend an on-campus orientation before the program begins. The date will be indicated in your letter of admission.

MSN-FNP Academic Advising

Do you want to talk to a knowledgeable academic advisor about the online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program? At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who can guide your unique educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Learn More about the Online MSN-FNP Program

With three MSN-FNP pathways, the University of Michigan-Flint’s online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program provides registered nurses from different backgrounds the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming responsible certified FNPs. Start your application today, or request information to learn more!