Earl and Nancy Hutto
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Online

Explore advanced concepts in care from child to adult.

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Online program format can help you realize your nurse practitioner goals in 27-30 months
600 direct patient care hours give you the practical experience needed for eligibility to become a nationally certified FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner FNP, MSN Overview

The Earl and Nancy Hutto Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program at the University of West Florida provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary so you can provide primary care across the lifespan in outpatient primary care settings. This full-time program will prepare you for a national certification exam through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) — a common requirement for nurses to obtain their license as an advanced practice registered nurse. Upon completion of the FNP, you’ll be prepared to embark on your career as an advanced practice registered nurse in a variety of health care settings.

Taught by practicing NPs, nurse educators, and clinical leaders with many years of passionate experience in primary care, this online program (except for practicum courses) allows professional nurses the possibility to study from a variety of locations while carefully balancing work with school in order to meet the requirements of the program.

University of West Florida FNP graduates have a 3-year average pass rate of 93% on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners FNP Certification Exam.

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Some of the key topics you will study include:

  • The theoretical and clinical principles of advanced health assessment
  • Evaluating, diagnosing and managing acute and chronic health problems in an individualized patient-centered care approach
  • The mechanisms producing various symptoms of diseases
  • A foundation in the concepts and theories of nursing
  • Implementation of evidence-based theories and concepts to improve nursing practice
  • Use of organizational theory and leadership to influence positive change in complex healthcare systems
  • How diverse populations influence health issues


The master’s degree in nursing at UWF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Our online FNP program will prepare you for a career in primary care for patients throughout their entire lives, from childhood through their geriatric years.

To earn our online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree, you’ll complete 600 direct patient care hours to give you the experience you need to step into practice. Our practicum courses will provide you an opportunity to learn and implement new skills aimed at assessing, diagnosing, and managing acute and long-term health needs of patients across the lifespan in rural and urban outpatient primary care settings.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Experienced Bachelor of Science degree nurses who want to advance into high-demand family nurse practitioner (FNP) roles
  • Experienced BSN nurses who seek a higher level of responsibility as a primary care provider (FNP) and have a genuine passion in making a difference in vulnerable and underserved communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, global initiatives and other sciences to improve patient care across the lifespan and in diverse settings.
  • Use methods, technology and other tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement and safety with organizations.
  • Utilize organizational and systems leadership to promote decisions directed at achieving high quality, safe, and cost efficient patient care.
  • Translate and integrate scholarship, educational strategies, and evidence into practice settings to optimize quality patient outcomes.
  • Integrate broad organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to provide evidence-based clinical prevention, care and services to individuals, families, and populations.
  • Utilize patient-centered communication technologies to integrate, deliver and enhance health care across the lifespan.
  • Collaborate as a member and leader of inter-professional teams to intervene at the system level through policy development processes and employing advocacy strategies to influence health, education and practice.
  • Provide care and mentoring in a compassionate manner that respects, protects, and enhances spiritual integrity, human dignity, and cultural diversity.