Online M.S. in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner

36-49 credits

3-5 Years

Generous transfer credit policy

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Serve the primary healthcare field with an online master’s degree in nursing.

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to serve as a primary healthcare provider with an online MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Rivier University. You will learn how to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for patients.

As one of the most in-demand careers in the country, family nurse practitioners must be expertly prepared to care for diverse patients. Coursework will teach you how to deliver the full scope of primary care within many healthcare settings. You will prepare for the AANP or ANCC family nurse practitioner exam with focused courses and readiness exams. Our graduates will leave with the skills needed to succeed in advanced clinical practice and leadership roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

*Due to each state’s Board of Nursing requirements, Rivier is unable to admit MSN-FNP students who reside in Alabama, California, Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Wyoming. View and download state nursing contact information.

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dream job.

91% > 85%

In 2020, graduates of Rivier’s MSN program who completed the FNP certification exam had a first time pass rate of 91%, exceeding the 85% national average.

$115,800 Median Salary

The median annual salary of professionals in this field in May 2019.1

The Rivier Advantage

Affordable Earn a competitive degree at a competitive price.

Personal Small class sizes and real-world experience provide students the skills they need for success.

Flexible Start when you want with rolling admission and terms beginning every seven weeks.

Dynamic Obtain a quality education from a university with more than 90 years of experience educating students.

Accreditations and Awards

Rivier University is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

Strategic Partners Program

With Rivier’s Strategic Partners Program, we can provide innovative and relevant degree programs for professionals to advance their knowledge and careers. And as a bonus, employees of Rivier’s partners are eligible for tuition discounts.

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About Rivier University

Rivier University is a Catholic institution that welcomes students from all backgrounds and provides a transformative and supportive educational experience. Throughout our history, we have been dedicated to providing a learning environment that educates the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Our graduates excel professionally, academically, and in service to their communities.


  1. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. (2020). Retrieved September 15, 2020, from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website: