Cedarville University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, PNP

The School of Nursing through Cedarville University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) specializations. The program has 100% online coursework, four 2-3-day campus immersions, and clinical experiences at approved facilities local to the student. During the campus visits, students participate in simulations in the Health Sciences Center Simulation Center. Mission experiences are also available to nursing students.

Cedarville University educates nurse practitioners as leaders who serve with Christian ethics and compassion. Applicants must make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. This affordable and flexible accredited MSN program prepares nurses to assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic illnesses, educate families and communities in health care promotion and prevention, and utilize evidence-based practice to improve the quality of care for their patients.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) work with patients across the lifespan, from infants and children to adults of all ages. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners typically work with patients from birth to age 21. Career settings may include primary care clinics, urgent care clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, women’s health facilities, prenatal care, home healthcare, government facilities, and schools.

Cedarville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates of the FNP program will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Graduates of the PNP program will be eligible to take the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certification exam through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Cedarville University is located in Cedarville, Ohio.

What to Expect from the Cedarville University Online MSN Program

Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license in the United States, as well as a BSN from a regionally accredited institution with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must also profess faith in Jesus Christ. Online applications must include the application and application fee, official transcripts, a recommendation from a Christian Leader, a professional recommendation, and a resume. Prerequisites include a nursing statistics course and a nursing research course. No GRE or GMAT is required. Applicants should read and understand the doctrinal statement of the University as this outlines the beliefs and Christian background of the institution.

State Restrictions: While Cedarville University accepts students from most states into their MSN program, students from Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are not accepted at this time. The MSN program meets requirements for national certification in all approved states, however, applicants outside of Cedarville, OH should check with the Board of Nursing in their state to understand the clinical requirements for their state.

Study Plan: The MSN – FNP and PNP programs are offered both part-time and full-time. The part-time program can be completed in seven semesters and the full-time program in six semesters. Students generally begin in the fall, however, spring and summer admission is possible if there is room in the required courses. Campus visits are required four times throughout the program and each student completes a clinical preceptorship at a location close to where they live and work.

MSN Curriculum: The Cedarville University MSN program comprises 44 credits and requires completion of 600 clinical hours. Core courses for both specializations include Biblical and Theological Foundations for Graduate Study; Professional Role Development and Healthcare Leadership; Healthcare Economics and Policy; Principles of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice; Biblical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Physiology, Pathophysiology and Genomics for Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice; and Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Family Nurse Practitioner specialty courses include Advanced Concepts and Practice in the Care of Adults; Advanced Concepts and Practice in the Care of Older Adults; Advanced Concepts and Practice in the Care of Women; Advanced Concepts and Practice in the Care of Children; and Applied Scholarship in Advanced Nursing Practice.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty courses include Advanced Concepts and Practice in Pediatric Development and Behavioral Health; Applied Scholarship in Advanced Nursing Practice; Advanced Concepts and Practice in Pediatric Health Promotion; and Advanced Concepts and Practice in Pediatric Disease Management.

Online Experience: Cedarville University delivers courses through the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). Learning modes may include recorded lectures, videos, readings, assignments, assessments, discussion boards, online chat, and email interaction. Technical requirements include a high-speed internet connection, up-to-date computer hardware and software, and current browser settings. Students have access to faculty during office hours and through email, chat, and phone. Online students have access to academic advising, round the clock technical support, an online library, online bookstore, and career services.

On-Site Requirements: MSN students must come to campus four times for 2-3 days each for clinical experiences at the Cedarville, Ohio campus. The first is a clinical orientation before beginning the clinical courses. The remaining three visits occur once during each semester of the clinical courses. Students are also welcome to come to campus to visit any time as well as participate in graduation ceremonies on campus.

Paying for Cedarville University Online MSN Program

Cedarville University charges $623 per credit plus fees for the online MSN program. Travel costs for the campus visits are not included in tuition prices. Prospective students should contact the School of Nursing through Cedarville University for updated tuition information as tuition costs may increase from year to year.

Cedarville University offers federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Graduate students may also wish to check with their employer as to the eligibility for a reimbursement program. Other options for funding may exist outside the university and government entities including scholarships and grants through community organizations and religious organizations.

Cedarville University

Cedarville University prepares FNPs to be leaders who serve with Christian compassion and ethics through their MSN degree with four campus visits and local practicums.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

251 N. Main St.
Cedarville, Ohio 45314

Cedarville University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing


FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall (but can admit in Spring and Summer if there is room in classes)

100% Online?


Campus Visits Required


Credits Needed to Graduate


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…)


Program Tuition

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)


Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)


Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)


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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.