Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

At Northeastern, the fundamental goal of our online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is to educate experienced nurses to provide advanced evidence-based, culturally informed, ethical primary health care to individuals and families in a variety of health care settings.

As a practicing FNP, you’ll enjoy the autonomy afforded to advanced practice nurses, along with increased earnings, expanded employment options, and a greater opportunity to impact patient care and increase the availability of quality health services. Upon completion of the online Family Nurse Practitioner program, graduates are eligible to sit for the following certification exams: the AANP Family Nurse Practitioner and the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner.

The online FNP program prepares family nurse practitioners who will:


Apply classroom learning in an array of health care settings

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Effectively use information technologies in providing care to individuals, families, and communities

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Actively collaborate and communicate with fellow clinicians and institutions to ensure coordination of care to individuals, families, and communities

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Provide leadership across diverse cultural and practice settings in providing primary health care to individuals, families, and communities


Graduate with experience by completing 720 hours of precepted clinical learning

For the first time in 27 years, nurse practitioners replaced physicians at the top of the Merritt Hawkins’ list of most recruited providers.

As an FNP student, you’ll benefit from Northeastern’s emphasis on experience as you progress through your program, plus:

  • Earn your degree from a renowned university with a long and established history of nursing education and success
  • Be able to support local, national, global communities, including underserved and diverse populations
  • Study at a top-tier research institution focused on innovations such as new drug-delivery systems, nanotechnology-based cancer therapies, safe effective pain killers, and more
  • Prepare to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, physician offices, home health services, clinics, or start your own practice
  • Gain a holistic approach to creating patient-centered change

Accreditation and Rankings

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Baccalaureate, master’s and doctor of nursing practice programs at NEU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Northeastern’s School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program Admission

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, with grades of ‘B’ or better, is required in all undergraduate clinical courses
  • Successful completion of a statistics course that includes probability theory and hypothesis testing
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional)
  • Curriculum vita
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited USA program (a baccalaureate degree in another field will be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.)
  • Current RN license
  • At least 1 year of active full-time nursing experience. Attention will be given to former nursing positions that required a high level of independence. Experience in care of pediatric as well as adult populations is encouraged
  • Letter of intent to study
  • Official transcript from a baccalaureate program if applicable