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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Accelerated, online program format can help you realize your nurse practitioner goals in 27-30 months
600 practicum hours give you the practical experience you need to become an FNP in Florida

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 for patients of all ages. 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 nurse.

Taught by nurse educators with years of experience in nursing and healthcare, the fully online curriculum is tailored for working nurses, allowing you to complete your coursework anytime, anywhere, to meet deadlines.

University of West Florida FNP graduates had an overall 100% pass rate and a 95% pass rate on their first attempt at the 2021 FNP AANP Certification Exam. UWF graduates earned an average score of 630 — more than 10% higher than the national average of 569.

Some of the key topics you will study include:

  • The theoretical and clinical principles for health assessment
  • Evaluating, diagnosing and managing a patient’s health problems in a quality, safe and cost-effective 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 to become a family nurse practitioner, you’ll complete 600 practicum hours to give you the experience you need to step into practice. Through the practicum courses, you’ll explore and implement skills for diagnosis, management and assessment of the long-term health needs of different groups of individuals, including adults, children, families and women so you can care for them in your Florida community.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Working nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who want to advance into high-demand family nurse practitioner (FNP) roles
  • Current BSN nurses who seek a higher level of responsibility and have a genuine passion in making a difference in the vulnerable and underserved populations as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate theories, knowledge, skills, and findings from nursing science, scientific disciplines, and humanities to guide the delivery of culturally sensitive care to clients, families and communities within the professional scope and standards of the advanced practice of nursing
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability as a practitioner of advanced nursing and consumer advocate to affect relevant change that will improve the health of citizens at a local, state, and national level
  • Utilize a scholarly inquiry process, grounded in evidence-based research, to become a producer and consumer of research evidence that contributes to the development and improvement of nursing theory, nursing practice and ultimately client and healthcare outcomes
  • Analyze the effect of historical, cultural, economic, ethical, legal and political influence on nursing and health care delivery
  • Manage resources within a healthcare delivery system through collaboration with other healthcare providers, communities, and clients
  • Contribute to the continued professional development and improvement of self, client, community and healthcare delivery systems as an MSN-prepared nurse
  • Use organizational and systems leadership to provide high-quality, cost-effective patient care
  • Effectively communicate to improve healthcare for patients of all ages
  • Complete a national certification exam