Herzing University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Herzing University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Master’s Certificate with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus. These programs offer 100 percent online coursework with no campus visits, and preceptorships take place at approved locations near the student. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification exams through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

One of the Herzing tenets is that students are never alone, and as such, they have dedicated clinical coordinators who help students secure approved clinical sites and preceptors for clinical practicums. In the same vein, in addition to the required courses and clinical practicum experiences, students have access to two preparation courses that will contribute to their overall success: the Clinical Readiness Course prepares students to be successful in the five clinical practicums and the Virtual Bootcamp helps prepare students for the FNP certification exam.

Family nurse practitioners are prepared to serve populations across the lifespan in preventive medicine, and acute and chronic illnesses. They are able to assess, diagnose, and treat patients, as well as work with care teams to provide comprehensive care for their patients. FNP program outcomes include the application of scientific evidence to practice, ethical leadership skills, critical decision-making, effective interpersonal communication skills, and the use of technology and informatics in care delivery.

FNPs may work in family practice clinics, primary care clinics, public healthcare services, schools, women’s healthcare clinics, government facilities, home health care situations, hospitals, and nursing homes. Holding a family nurse practitioner degree allows for a wide range of care situations with various populations and settings available.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online FNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Herzing University’s online FNP programs are based out of Menomonee Falls, WI.

What to Expect from the Herzing University Online FNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the Herzing online FNP programs must have a current, unrestricted RN license in the state in which they live, or have a multi-state, compact state license for residents of compact license states. All applicants complete an interview with an admissions representative or the graduate program chair. As part of the admissions process, students must have the proper immunizations, pass health checks, required drug tests, and background checks. Online applications include an application fee, transcripts, resume, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. In addition, students must provide a copy of their RN license. No GRE or GMAT is required.

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements
  • MSN-FNP: Hold a BSN from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; it is expected that licensed RNs have clinical experience
  • Post-Master’s FNP Certificate: Hold an MSN degree from an accredited institution; it is expected that licensed RNs have clinical experience

State Restrictions: Herzing University accepts students from most states into the FNP programs. At this time students from Arkansas, Washington DC, and Wyoming are not eligible to study through this program. As always it is the student’s responsibility to verify enrollment eligibility with the institution as well as verify practicum requirements with their state Board of Nursing.

Study Plan: The Herzing University online FNP programs offer start dates six times per year. The MSN – FNP program can be completed in just 20 months or five semesters on a full-time basis. The Post-Master’s Certificate program takes 16 to 20 months, with 16 months for full-time, and 18 to 20 months for part-time. Herzing University has dedicated clinical coordinators who help students secure approved clinical sites and preceptors for clinical practicums. This is possible through their Clinical Guidance Process along with established relationships with healthcare providers across the country. Students complete the required courses online and participate in at least 675 hours of clinical practicum with at least 500 patient encounters throughout the program.

Students also have access to two preparation courses to improve their success: the Clinical Readiness Course prepares students to be successful in the five clinical practicums; the Virtual Bootcamp helps prepare students for the FNP certification exam.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 48 credits and at least 675 clinical hours. Courses include Health Policy and Management; Theoretical Foundations for Nursing; Technology in Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice; Organizational Systems and Behaviors; Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Advanced Pharmacology.

FNP concentration courses include Health Promotion Across the Lifespan; Adult Health Care; Rules for Nurse Practitioners; Geriatric Health Care; Health Care of Women Across the Lifespan; and Health Care of Infants, Children, and Adolescents.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program requires completion of 33 credits and at least 675 clinical hours. Direct Care courses include Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Advanced Pharmacology. FNP concentration courses follow the MSN pathway and include Health Promotion Across the Lifespan; Adult Health Care; Rules for Nurse Practitioners; Geriatric Health Care; Health Care of Women Across the Lifespan; and Health Care of Infants, Children, and Adolescents.

Online Experience: Herzing University FNP students begin with an online orientation to familiarize themselves with the online platform. Herzing utilizes Canvas as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Courses are mainly delivered asynchronously with any synchronous sessions scheduled in advance. Resources may include recorded lectures, readings, assignments, assessments, discussion forums, video conferencing, and chat rooms. Student services include admissions counseling and faculty office hours, an online library, an online bookstore, career counseling, online tutoring, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements as the program courses are 100 percent online with practicums completed locally. Students are welcome to visit one of the Herzing University campuses around the country and to participate in graduation.

Paying for the Herzing University Online FNP Programs

Herzing University charges $825 per credit plus fees for the online FNP programs. Interested students should contact the admissions department for current tuition information as costs typically change from year to year.

Graduate students have access to federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Herzing University also offers $7,000 to $10,000 in scholarships to students who had a high GPA in their undergraduate program or through the Nursing Pathway to Success Scholarship. Nursing students may also inquire with their employers concerning a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discounts. Herzing University students may also seek outside opportunities for funding including outside scholarships and grants.

Herzing University

Herzing University offers a Clinical Readiness Course and Virtual Bootcamp to prepare students for clinicals as well as the FNP certification exam for their FNP MSN and certificate programs offered with no campus visits and local practicums.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

W140N8917 Lilly Road
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051

Herzing University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

6 start dates

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

48

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…)

AR, DC, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

48

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$825.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$39,600.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$825.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$39,600.00

Herzing 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

6 start dates

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

33

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…)

AR, DC, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

33

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$825.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$27,225.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$825.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$27,225.00

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.