Online MSN FNP

Online MSN — Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner

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In modern healthcare settings, it’s not uncommon for nurse practitioners to fill the roles that were formerly reserved for physicians. As the shortage of primary care providers intensifies, family nurse practitioners are stepping up with the clinical expertise and credentials to fill the gap. And you can join them.

Choose Duquesne University’s online MSN‑FNP program, and you can gain the skills to interpret diagnostic information and deliver holistic treatment plans that emphasize both care and cure.

Study online

3 start dates
per year

Prepare for
ANCC certification

No GRE required

Tuition discounts
are available

Why Earn Your Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Online?

Earning a graduate degree takes your delivery of patient care to a new level — a deeper one. Family NPs are more involved with their patients, families, and community.

When you really get to know your patients, you actually discover more about who you are as a nurse practitioner. That’s just one of the many rewarding aspects of becoming an FNP.

95% pass rate on the AANPCP Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination

  • Prepare for certification. As a graduate, you will be eligible to take either the AANPCP or the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
  • Complete coursework online. Only two campus visits required during the pursuit of your degree.
  • Learn from faculty mentors. You’ll have the name, number, and email of a campus‑based faculty member to help guide your study.
  • Leverage a flexible learning environment. Work when and where it is most convenient for you.
  • Study at a respected school. Ranked #45 Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report for 2018.

What Can You Do with an MSN‑FNP Degree?

At Duquesne, we refer to our online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program as Individual Across the Lifespan. Your degree will prepare you to become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP), which qualifies you to provide primary care for patients of all ages in a number of different environments.

Where can you work as a family nurse practitioner?

  • Physician’s office
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Urgent care centers
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Retail clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice organizations

What’s the market outlook for nurses with an FNP?

  • High job growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts employment for nurse practitioners will increase by 31% from 2014 to 2024.
  • Increased demand. A shortage of as many as 45,000 primary care physicians is forecast by 2020. This shortage, coupled with an increased demand for healthcare services in the U.S., means there’s never been a better time to advance your nursing practice.
  • Greater earning potential. According to Payscale, the median annual wage for family nurse practitioners is $89,043. This is a significant increase compared to the $67,490 median salary the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports for registered nurses.

Why Choose Duquesne for Your Online MSN‑FNP Degree?

Our online BSN to FNP master’s degree is based upon criteria set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF). In addition, we employ the Synergy Model for Patient Care, developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The Synergy Model is built around the belief that the needs or characteristics of patients and families influence the nurse’s characteristics or competencies.

“We want our nurse practitioners to not only know what to do — but also understand why they’re doing it.”

— Laura Crimm, Director, FNP Program

Duquesne is consistently recognized for academic excellence:

Best U.S. News Rankings

  • No. 13 among national Catholic universities
  • No. 45 in the nation for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for 2018
  • Top 20 among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
  • Ranked among “America’s Best Colleges”

NLN - National League for Nursing

  • Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in “Student Learning and Professional Development” by the NLN as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

The Princeton Review

  • Ranked among the “Best 380 Colleges” — which profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges


  • Named as one of “America’s Top Colleges” and listed among “Best Value Colleges” and “Best Value Private Colleges”


  • Recognized as a Gold‑Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media

Our FNP faculty are leaders in advanced practice nursing.

Meet Laura Crimm.

Laura Crimm

She’s more than a lead faculty member at Duquesne University’s School of Nursing. She’s also an alumnus, having earned her BSN in 1990. She knows firsthand what it’s like to balance graduate school, work, and family. She’s passionate about educating the next generation of family nurse practitioners. And she’s ready to pass her knowledge along to you.

Director, Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Program

  • MSN, University of Pittsburgh
  • BSN, Duquesne University

Professor Crimm started her career as a clinical nurse on the Heart Lung Transplant Unit at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. After earning her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1997, she worked in a variety of settings, including:

  • Family Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Retail Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine

Currently, Laura is working with several physician colleagues and nurse practitioners in a palliative medicine and geriatric practice.

She is a DNP student and maintains an active role in the advanced‑practice nursing community:

  • Member: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
  • Member and Past Recording Secretary: Sigma Theta Tau — The Honor Society of Nursing — Epsilon Phi Chapter
  • Member: Nurse Practitioners of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Online MSN — Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Coursework for Duquesne’s online MSN-FNP program is designed to enhance your nursing practice, so you can provide outstanding care for people across the lifespan.

Study with us, and you can learn to:

Enhance clinical judgment

Build the clinical judgment skills needed to implement care for your patients.

Collaborate at every level

Drive collaborative practice throughout the system to improve both patient outcomes and satisfaction with care delivery.

Create welcoming environments

Encourage sensitivity in caring for individuals and families of diverse cultures, ethnicities, and populations.

Become a patient advocate

Enhance your ability to serve as a moral agent on behalf of your patients and their families.

Refine critical systems

Develop competency in evaluating organizational systems, refining where appropriate, and defining where absent.

Recognize synergy

Study and evaluate the interrelationship between how you perform your job and the outcomes you achieve.

Certification preparation is personalized at Duquesne.

We are known for our personal touch with students. It’s what sets us apart. Our curriculum is built to prepare you for advanced practice certification — and you’ll receive regular, one-on-one support from our FNP faculty throughout the program. We’re on this journey with you. And your success is our highest priority.

Note: If you have previously earned master’s‑level nursing credits with a grade of “B” or higher, you may be able to transfer up to 9 credit hours and apply them toward your MSN at Duquesne.

Online MSN Core Requirements

MSN Core Curriculum 24 Credit Hours (8 Courses)

GPNG 523 Historical and Contemporary Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 Credits
GPNG 524 Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Policy Development 3 Credits
GPNG 525 Organizational and Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare 3 Credits
GPNG 526 Health Care Ethics in Practice and Policy 3 Credits
GPNG 527 Clinical Prevention and Population‑Based Health Promotion 3 Credits
GPNG 528 Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing
Includes 25 hours on-campus residency and 50 precepted hours.
3 Credits
GPNG 529 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GPNG 530 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits

Online MSN Specialization Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum 21 Credit Hours (5 Courses)

GNFN 508 Foundations of Family Care: Women
75 precepted clinical hours
3 Credits
GNFN 509 Foundations of Family Care: Infants, Children & Adolescents
150 precepted clinical hours
4 Credits
GNFN 510 Foundations of Family and Individual Care I
Course includes 25 hours on‑campus residency and 200 precepted clinical hours
6 Credits
GNFN 511 Foundations of Family and Individual Care II
225 precepted clinical hours
5 Credits
GNFN 512 Transitioning to Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits

Note: Curriculum is subject to change.

Specialize your care for individuals across the lifespan by adding a concentration.

Forensic Nursing Concentration 9 Credit Hours (3 Courses)

Understand a forensic nurse’s core competencies and role responsibilities and meet the objectives to provide trauma-informed care while bridging the gap between the law, forensics and healthcare.

GNFO 518 Criminal Law and the Courts 3 Credits
GNFO 519 Advanced Forensic Nursing I – Theory and Practice 3 Credits
GNFO 520 Advanced Forensic Nursing II – Program Development, Leadership & Policy 3 Credits

Nursing Education Concentration 9 Credit Hours (3 Courses)

A concentration in nursing education can prepare you to teach in your area of expertise as an academic or professional nurse educator. The coursework also makes you eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator examination.

GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice 3 Credits
GNED 522 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 Credits
GNED 532 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing 3 Credits

Transcultural Nursing Concentration 9 Credit Hours (3 Courses)

Prepare to deliver culturally competent care to patients by learning to care for vulnerable patient populations, minimize health disparities and understand your patient’s cultural beliefs when it comes to healthcare.

GPNG 917 Transcultural & Global Health Perspectives 3 Credits
GPNG 908 Advanced Population Health 3 Credits
GPNG 928 Social Justice & Vulnerable Populations 3 Credits


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