Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track Online

Build a rewarding career in healthcare as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Why earn your MSN-FNP online at Bellarmine?

The Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares professional nurses to provide a wide range of preventive and acute healthcare services to individuals of all ages. Our FNP program is online, with only three, required on-campus visits over the course of the program.

Our 2018 FNP certification first-time pass rate was 95%.

As reported by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB)

Family Nurse Practitioners:

  • Provide a wide range of preventative and acute care to patients;
  • Take health histories and provide complete physical examinations;
  • Diagnose and treat many common acute and chronic health problems;
  • Interpret laboratory results and X-rays;
  • Prescribe and manage medications and other therapies;
  • Provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness and health maintenance; and
  • Refer patients to other health professionals as needed.

Students will complete selected clinical practica as part of this curriculum.

We also offer a post-master's FNP option for those with a Master of Science in Nursing in another area. Post-master's applicants should apply here.

Upon successful completion of the FNP track requirements graduates are eligible to apply for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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Program Highlights

At Bellarmine, our Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares professional nurses to provide a wide range of primary, preventive, and acute healthcare services to individuals of all ages. Our professors work as active nurse practitioners in the community.

Our FNP program is online, with only three, required on-campus visits over the course of the program. During these visits, you will experience hands-on, intensive skills training with various simulation experiences. Your practicum hours can be done at a location in your area and are supervised by a preceptor selected in conjunction with our clinical coordinator.

Our program is 43 credit hours, which students complete in two years of part-time study (including two summers). The first year includes core content of advanced physical assessment, advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology. The second year is FNP specific content and practicum hours.

Alumni Story

Taura Webb

“I was raised in a small town and have always been a family person. Once I graduated high school, I came to Bellarmine and immediately knew this is where I was meant to be. Within two days of being here, I felt like family. Bellarmine and its staff are here to not only help you succeed in your degree, but also as a person. Bellarmine has become a large part of my life. I went here for my undergraduate nursing degree, and with the persistent encouragement and knowledge I gained from Bellarmine, I came back for my master’s in nursing and I now teach undergraduate clinicals. Bellarmine is an institution who shapes their students to become leaders, encourages you to achieve your goals, and gives you the confidence you need to excel in anything you put your mind to. I thank Bellarmine for making me part of their family and for helping me be successful now and in the future.”

Taura Webb, BSN '15, MSN '18, FNP-C

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does the program take?
A. Our FNP program is a 43 credit hour program that most students complete in two years.

Q. Do I need to arrange my own clinical site?
A. If you are a resident of Kentucky, we have a graduate practicum coordinator who will place you in a site.  If you are outside the state of Kentucky then you are responsible for securing your own clinical site.

Q. Does Bellarmine offer financial aid?
A. Scholarships and grants are available. To learn more, please visit American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurse Practitioner Foundation.

Q. What is the method of course delivery?
A. Beginning in Fall 2019 the Bellarmine MSN-FNP is fully online. Clinicals, of course, are the exception.  

Q. Does this program prepare me for the national certification test?
A. Last year, 95% of our grads passed the test on the first try. For the two years before that, the pass rate was 100%.

Q. What will my experience with faculty be like?
A. Our instructors are actively working as nurse practitioners, so you will learn from experts in the field. Our faculty are accessible to you and willing to help you at every step along the way.

Q. What is the time commitment for clinicals? 
A. There is a total of 720 clinical hours required in the program. Those are divided over 3 semesters of 180, 180 and 360 in the final summer. 

Q. Is the GRE required?
A. No, the GRE is NOT required. 

Q. Do I need work experience?
A. One year of bedside RN is required but that can be obtained during the first year of the program. 

Q. Can I work full time while in the program?
A. We find that during the first year of the program most students can maintain normal work requirements. During the second year, the "speciality" year clinical rotations start and most successful students tend to go part time or PRN at their employment to satisfy clinical hours. 

Q. Am I required to go through a background check?
A. Yes, a background and drug test is required.

Career Prospects

Family Nurse Practitioners work in a variety of healthcare settings. Many work in healthcare facilities and many build their own family care practices. FNPs are in high demand across the country, especially in areas underserved by hospitals and clinics.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Chris Webb, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Chris Webb, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Interests: Caring for liver transplant population; end of life / palliative care education

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC
Interests: Minority adolescent pregnancy prevention; general women’s health concerns

Melissa Baker, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Melissa Baker, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Interests: Family nurse practitioner education; population health

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program requires approval by the MSN Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Admission of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  1. BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program
  2. A completed application at www.nursingcas.org. You must submit all official transcripts directly to Nursing CAS before they will verify your application and submit it to Bellarmine University. All final, official transcripts submitted to Nursing CAS are considered official and you do not need to supply those to Bellarmine University. However, any transcripts which include “In Progress” coursework or degree requirements at the time you submit the Nursing CAS application are not considered official. These final, official transcripts must be submitted directly from the college or university to Bellarmine University by July 31 of the program year.
  3. Post-MSN applicants should apply here.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
  5. If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy of a third-party course by course credential evaluation to Nursing CAS. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at: www.wes.org and www.ece.org. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
  6. Two professional references. Recommendations from friends, other students, or co-workers are not appropriate. The strongest recommendations are from Nurse Practitioners, managers, directors, professors or others in a supervisory capacity. Please use the electronic reference form at Nursing CAS. You will need to include your recommender’s email address so that Nursing CAS can provide the recommender the electronic form.
  7. Goal statement: The goal statement is your opportunity to tell us (as specifically as you can at this time) about your career plans after you finish your master’s degree. Your goal statement should also include your understanding of the role of the nurse practitioner in the primary care of persons, families, and communities, and how you envision your career in this role (including where you would like to work). This statement provides us with a sample of your writing ability and helps faculty determine your fit with Bellarmine’s offered program.
  8. Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences
  9. Active, unrestricted license to practice nursing in Kentucky and/or compact states. We will verify your license via the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
  10. An interview with graduate faculty members. Please note: Because enrollment is limited in the FNP track, meeting the minimum requirements may not assure admission to that track.
  11. In 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported healthcare facilities across the United States are increasingly requiring healthcare workers be vaccinated for vaccine-preventable diseases to reduce disease outbreaks. Therefore, those who choose not to be vaccinated for personal, religious, or medical reasons are not eligible for admission to the School of Nursing. https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/vaccinationlaws.html

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, please submit the following:

Language Proficiency. Language proficiency is required to ensure that students within the department of nursing are able to communicate with a diverse population. The department of nursing accepts one of the following as evidence of required language proficiency:

  • TOEFL-iBT (internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83 or higher AND a score of 26 or higher on the speaking test OR
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and receive a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher OR
  • Language training at an approved center. Bellarmine University recognized the following standards and centers: English Language Services level 112 (http://www.els.edu/en); Interlink Level 5 (http://interlink.edu/); Intensive Language Program at Indiana University Level 6 (http://iep.indiana.edu/); and other centers may be approved at the discretion of the Admission, Progression and Graduation committee of the Department of Nursing.

International students who are exempt from language proficiency requirements are the following:

  • Students who are citizens of or have completed a degree from a TOEFL exempt country.
  • Students who have a secondary or high school diploma earned in TOEFL exempt countries.
  • International students who have completed at least one year of full time university study or its equivalent (i.e., a minimum of 24 earned credit hours or its equivalent and earned a 2.0 GPA) in a TOEFL exempt country.
  • Only official score reports will be accepted.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Application Information

Priority Application Deadline: Priority Application Deadline: February 15. Applications completed after February 15 will be considered on a space available basis. The Family Nurse Practitioner Program begins each fall semester (August).

  • Complete the application at www.nursingcas.org. There is a $70 application fee. We do not require a supplemental application to Bellarmine University.
  • Post-MSN applicants should apply here.
  • To be reviewed in the priority application pool, your completed application and all supporting documents including official transcripts, electronic references, personal statement, résumé and GRE (if required) must be complete at Nursing CAS by February 15 of the program year. Applications completed after February 15 will be considered on a space available basis.
  • It takes Nursing CAS 4-6 weeks to verify your application and submit it to us after you submit it to them.
  • We require all FNP track applicants (including Bellarmine University alumni and current undergraduate students) to apply via Nursing CAS.
  • If you are enrolled in the MSN Administration or Education track but decide to pursue admission to the FNP track, you must complete a change of track application. 
  • If you are enrolled as a non-degree student but decide to pursue admission to the FNP track, you must apply via Nursing CAS.

Disclosure for Students who Reside Outside of Kentucky

Bellarmine University cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Kentucky. Prior to enrolling in a Bellarmine program, a student who does not reside in Kentucky should contact applicable licensing board(s) in the student’s home state to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.

Nursing licensure contacts: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

Tuition and Fees

Visit our Graduate Tuition page for the most up-to-date tuition and fees information.

Funding Assistance
As a degree seeking student in the FNP program, students should be eligible for federally supported forms of student aid. Financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at Bellarmine University (finaid@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.7300).

Accreditation

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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