M.S. Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

Improve the healthcare outcomes and quality of life for others with an online M.S. Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Rivier University. You will gain the skills and knowledge you need to serve as a primary healthcare provider.

Current changes in healthcare delivery and recent reforms have increased Americans’ access to healthcare and have highlighted the pressing need for highly skilled and competent primary care providers. Family Nurse Practitioners are expertly prepared to provide this care and, in light of this fact, are in great demand. Graduates of the M.S. Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program are prepared to deliver the full scope of primary care within many types of healthcare settings.

Students in the program gain advanced theory and clinical education in topics such as pathophysiology, health assessment, family nursing theory, quality healthcare improvement, health policy, and research design. Through online courses and field practicums, students will be prepared for leadership roles such as family nurse practitioners, adult nurse practitioners, or adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners.

Multiple term starts and competitive tuition rates are designed to help you start, and finish, faster. Rivier University has been educating students to transform the world for more than 80 years, so you can trust you will receive a high-quality education in a format designed to help you succeed.

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  • Next Start Date: October 29, 2018
  • Est. Program Length: 3 - 5 years
  • Credit Hours: 43
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks

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Course Map

The degree requires 43 credit hours; tuition for the BIO course is $595 per credit hour and NSG courses are $605 per credit hour.*


Undergraduate statistics (evidence of successful completion B or better)


Degree Requirements
  • BIO 504  Advanced Pathophysiology: 3
  • NSG 510  Advanced Family Nursing Theory I: 3
  • NSG 511P*†  Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I: 2
  • NSG 511S*  Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I Seminar: 1
  • NSG 512  Advanced Family Nursing Theory II: 3
  • NSG 513P*†  Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II: 4
  • NSG 513S*  Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II Seminar: 1
  • NSG 515P*†  Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III: 4
  • NSG 515S*  Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III Seminar: 1
  • NSG 516*  Advanced Health Assessment: 3
  • NSG 517  Advanced Role of the Nurse: 1
  • NSG 518  Advanced Pharmacology: 3
  • NSG 601  Quality Healthcare Improvement: 3
  • NSG 602  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: 3
  • NSG 606  Research Capstone Advisement: 2
  • NSG 610  Advanced Health Policy: 3
  • NSG 620  Biostatistics for the Health Sciences: 3

†These courses include on-campus intensive sessions (OCI) that range from two to five days.

*The cost for nursing practicums and NSG 516 is $1,015 per credit hour. Nursing practicums may be taken in the student’s geographic location.

Other Requirements
  • Students may take three courses (9 credits) from a list of specified courses prior to matriculating.
  • Students must follow their Program of Studies, when registering for courses. If students wish to make a change to the Program of Studies, they must request the change in writing to the Graduate Nursing Education Program Director.
  • Students must complete clinical/practicum requirements four months prior to practicum courses.

Admission Requirements

Rivier University's M.S. Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program has two start dates each year, Fall and Spring. For the Fall semester, Rivier has opened a second round of applications, the next date applications must be complete for Fall 2018 is July 31, 2018. Additionally, all applications must be complete by November 30th to be considered for the Spring semester. Applicants are given admission decisions after the application deadlines once all files are reviewed.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the M.S. Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree. An active, unencumbered RN nursing license and a minimum of 2 years of RN experience is also required. The applicant must be currently practicing as an RN at the time of admission. Students must complete the nursing practicum form.

Transfer credits from regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are accepted. To transfer credits, you should request that your official transcript be sent to Rivier University, C/O The Learning House, 32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Your advisor will review transcript and determine how many credits are transferable to your chosen program of study.

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