Bradley University Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Programs

Bradley University offers three 100% online family nurse practitioner degrees that do not require any campus visits and for which students complete practicums at approved facilities locally where they live and work. The degrees offered include a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with two entry options (ADN to MSN, and BSN to MSN), BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Post-Master’s Certificate.

With a projected shortage of 120,000 primary care physicians by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), more and more bachelor’s prepared nurses are moving into family nurse practitioner master’s programs. The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program can be completed from an RN level or a BSN level. The degree takes three to three and a half years to complete depending on the path chosen. FNPs practice with patients and their families throughout the lifespan and hold positions in hospitals, medical clinics, private practice, schools, health departments, government organizations, and urgent care clinics.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), “The changing demands of this nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.” As such, the preparation required for advanced practice nurses was moved from the master’s level to the doctoral level in 2015. The BSN to DNP-FNP program through Bradley University is an excellent option for nurses wishing to advance directly to the DNP level. The degree takes four years to complete and requires 1,050 clinical hours. Learning outcomes include improving the quality of care for patients and communities, leading the way in the areas of healthcare information systems and informatics, and effecting change through evidence-based practice and decision making.

For nurses who are already prepared at the master’s level and who want to expand their expertise into the family nurse practitioner focus, the Post-Master’s FNP Certificate may be just the right choice. Taking two years to complete, this 100% online program offers the opportunity for master’s prepared nurses to prepare to serve patients and families of any age through advanced expertise in nursing theory, medical research, and patient-focused quality care. FNPs are also educated in disease prevention, health education, disease management, and patient counseling. The certificate takes six semesters or two years to complete and involves the completion of five practicums equaling 750 hours.

The online nursing programs through Bradley University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates of the online nursing programs will be eligible to take the ANCC or AANP certification exams. Bradley University is located in Peoria, Illinois.

What to Expect from the Bradley University Online FNP Programs

Admission Requirements: All applicants to the Graduate School at Bradley University must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate and graduate coursework where applicable. Online applications are submitted through The Graduate School and must include an application fee, official transcripts, an admissions essay, two letters of recommendation, and proof of language proficiency if applicable. All nursing applicants must show proof of a current RN license. International students must also provide proof of financial ability. No graduate entrance exams (GRE/GMAT) are required.

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • RN to MSN-FNP (ADN Bridge Option): Hold an RN license with a diploma or ADN degree from an ACEN or CNEA accredited program, or an RN license accompanied by a non-nursing bachelor’s degree
  • BSN to MSN-FNP and BSN to DNP-FNP: Hold a BSN degree from a CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited nursing program
  • Post-Master’s FNP Certificate: Hold an MSN degree from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited nursing program

State Restrictions: While Bradley University accepts students from most states into their FNP programs, applicants outside of Illinois should check with the admissions department to ensure eligibility for the FNP programs. In addition, prospective students should contact the licensing board of their state of residence to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: The Bradley University online nursing programs deliver courses completely online and practicums are completed locally. No campus visits are required. Students may begin the programs in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

  • Time to Completion
  • RN to MSN-FNP (ADN Bridge Option): 3.6 years and 800 hours of clinicals
  • BSN to MSN-FNP: 3 years and 750 hours of clinicals
  • BSN to DNP-FNP: 4 years and 1,050 hours of clinicals
  • Post-Master’s FNP Certificate: 2 years and 750 hours of clinicals

MSN-FNP Curriculum: The RN to MSN-FNP program comprises 74 credits. The BSN to MSN-FNP program comprises 65 credits.

Bridge courses for the ADN Bridge option include Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing Practices; Community Health Nursing Theory; Research in Nursing; and RN-MSN Practicum.

MSN-FNP courses may include Statistical Procedures; Leadership in the Healthcare Delivery System; Evidence-Based Practice; Health Informatics; Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology I-II; Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice; and Advanced Health Assessment. Principles of FNP Practice courses cover acute/chronic, women’s health, children, and aging adult populations. Each Principles course includes a corresponding practicum.

BSN to DNP-FNP Curriculum: The DNP-FNP program comprises 83 credits and includes all of the Principles courses listed for the MSN program and their corresponding practicums, as well as several other courses that cross-over between programs such as Advanced Pathophysiology and Statistical Procedures.

In addition, DNP courses include Data Management; Health Care Economics and Finance; Management in Health Care Organizations; Health Promotion in Populations; DNP Practice Seminar I-III; Healthcare Policy; Theoretical Foundations of Nursing; Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing; Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing; and Advanced Health Informatics.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises 44 credits and follows the MSN curriculum with Principles of FNP Practice courses and corresponding practicums. This program also includes Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pharmacology I-II; and Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Online Experience: Bradley University utilizes Sakai as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Sakai includes a variety of tools for online learning as well as class development. To ensure a quality online learning experience, Bradley University ascribes to Quality Matters (QM) which provides standards of quality online education. Courses are asynchronous with a flexible 24-hour online learning environment. Students can collaborate with faculty, peers, and academic advisors in real-time through the Sakai LMS. Nursing students have access to online library services, academic advising, admissions counseling, career services, online tutoring, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements for the Bradley online nursing programs as the courses are 100% online with practicums completed locally.

Paying for the Bradley University Online FNP Programs

The online graduate nursing programs through Bradley University cost $910 per credit plus fees. Interested students should contact The Graduate School through Bradley University for updated tuition information as tuition costs may change from year to year.

Bradley University may offer graduate tuition scholarships, Federal Stafford loans, Graduate PLUS Loans, and stipends to graduate nursing students. Nursing students may check with their employer to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discounts. Bradley University students may also seek outside opportunities to fund their nursing degree including community, religious, and organizational scholarships.

Bradley University

No campus visits, no GRE requirement, and a student-centered approach to learning make Bradley University nursing programs an attractive choice.

APRN Programs

BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN Bridge)

Campus Address

1501 West Bradley Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61625

Bradley University – BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

83

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

DE, KY, LA, NY, NC, OR, TN, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

83

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$75,530.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$75,530.00

Bradley University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

65

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

DE, KY, LA, NY, NC, OR, TN, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

65

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$59,150.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$59,150.00

Bradley University – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

44

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

DE, KY, LA, NY, NC, OR, TN, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

44

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$40,040.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$40,040.00

Bradley University – RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN Bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

74

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

DE, KY, LA, NY, NC, OR, TN, WA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

74

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$67,340.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$910.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$67,340.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.