Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner

Next Start: August 29, 2022.

MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Earning your Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Houston Baptist University will allow you to master the skills and knowledge necessary to take on new and expanded leadership roles as a nurse.

The FNP program prepares you to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The 46-credit program includes 733 clinical contact hours and can be completed in 24-26 months. The program will prepare you for rewarding and flexible practitioner roles in family-focused healthcare including managing, diagnosing and treating patients from across the lifespan.

Offered through the School of Nursing and Allied Health, the MSN allows BSN-prepared nurses with a Texas Board of Nursing license to earn their degree without having to travel to class.* The flexible curriculum was developed in a competency-based education (CBE) model (course based, not direct assessment CBE) and is delivered through a blend of online coursework and high quality clinical and practicum experiences at leading healthcare providers near you.

*The MSN-FNP program requires two one-day sessions on campus for orientation and skills training. Site orientation occurs on the Friday prior to classes starting. This provides an opportunity to meet the faculty, get your university student card that can be used for discounts, provide hands-on learning of the various programs utilized in the MSN-FNP degree, review program expectations, and give an opportunity for students to answer questions.

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MSN to FNP Career Options

Nurse Practitioners are In Demand

Demand for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) is far greater than the supply, putting NPs in demand across the state. The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies estimates that Texas needs more than 4,580 new NPs to fill today’s job opportunities. At only 4%* of the RN workforce in Texas, NPs are on the rise and answering the needs of our aging population and changing healthcare environment. NPs enjoy a range of healthcare environments and types of roles, offering you long-term flexibility to shape your career on your own terms.

*American Nurses Association, 2016

MSN to FNP Program Features

Two Online Master of Science in Nursing learning options

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC).

Flexible and Convenient

Blending online courses with clinical experiences in a healthcare facility near your home. Each term is 16-weeks, creating an opportunity for you to graduate quickly.

Learn Comprehensive Skill Sets Valuable to Employers

In order to meet the need for highly trained nursing staff in Texas hospitals and healthcare facilities, the online MSN program follows a Competency-Based Educational (CBE) format. Program competencies blend employer requirements and those of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties insuring that the curriculum is high quality and targeted to the skills you need to succeed today. CBE is student-centric and personalized, blending online courses with direct, hands-on clinical experiences. And since competencies are industry-aligned, utilizing next generation technology and strongly supported clinical and preceptor experiences, HBU’s MSN program produces nursing leaders.

Personalized Support

Instead of learning in crowded lecture halls, students receive real-time, personalized feedback while working online and directly at leading healthcare providers to master your skills. Individualized faculty support guides you along the way through coursework and hands-on in clinical and preceptor experiences.

MSN FNP Nursing Curriculum

Houston Baptist University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program allows you to efficiently complete your master’s degree in about two years. The program is a made up of 15 courses for a total of 46 credits. Below is an outline of the FNP program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

For additional detail on course descriptions, please view our Course Catalog.

Theory Integration 

Advanced Nursing Research 

Leadership for Quality, Safety and Health Policy 

Advanced Pathophysiology 

Advanced Pharmacology 

Advanced Health Assessment 

Pediatric Health / Pediatric Health Clinical 

Growth and Development Across the Lifespan 

Advanced Diagnostics and Skills 

Advanced Role 

FNP Adult Health 1 and Clinical

FNP Adult Health 2 and Clinical

Women’s Health / Women’s Health Clinical

Advanced Practicum I 

Advanced Practicum II