Rivier University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, PMHNP

Rivier University’s College of Nursing offers an online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program with an ADN bridge and non-nursing bachelor’s option. Students complete coursework online and come to campus for three immersions. Practicums are also completed at approved facilities local to the student.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the need for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives will increase 26 percent by 2028. The average increase across all occupations is 5 percent, which shows a burgeoning need for nurse practitioners in the healthcare arena.

Both family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) serve populations across the lifespan from childhood to old age, collaborating with care teams, to improve patient health care. FNPs are able to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat common and chronic health conditions. The FNP focuses on preventive medicine and healthcare education to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. FNPs may work in hospitals, primary care clinics, community health facilities, government agencies, long-term care facilities, and other family practice settings. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exam.

PMHNPs are able to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat mental illness and issues. Working with healthcare teams, PMHNPs provide treatment plans for patients suffering from mental health and addiction issues. This may include counseling, therapy, treatment programs, and medications. PMHNPs may work in schools, treatment centers, hospitals, counseling firms, and other mental health organizations. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification exam.

Rivier University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The online MSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Rivier University is located in Nashua, New Hampshire.

What to Expect from the Rivier University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

General Graduate Nursing Admissions Requirements: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous coursework and hold a current, unencumbered RN license. Application materials include a statement of purpose outlining the student’s goals, two letters of recommendation, a resume or CV, and a course of study choice form. No GMAT or GRE is required.

  • Specific Program Requirements:
  • BSN to MSN Entry: Students must hold a BSN degree from an accredited institution and have completed undergraduate statistics.
  • RN to MSN Entry: Students must hold an associate’s degree from an accredited institution, have completed undergraduate statistics, document two years of full-time RN work experience, and complete a professional portfolio which documents mastery of bachelor’s degree competencies.
  • Non-nursing Bachelor’s Entry: Students must hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have completed undergraduate statistics, and document two years of full-time RN work experience.

State Restrictions: While Rivier University accepts students from most states into their MSN programs, applicants outside of New Hampshire should check with their state Board of Nursing to make sure they are eligible to study with Rivier University and to be aware of the practicum requirements in their state while attending an out-of-state university.

Study Plan: The Rivier University online MSN courses are delivered in 7-week and 14-week formats. The program takes three to five years to complete. Start dates are offered every 7 weeks. Students complete courses online as well as clinicals local to the student. In addition, students come to campus three times for immersions.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 43 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Role of the Nurse; Advanced Pharmacology; Quality Healthcare Improvement; Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare; Advanced Health Policy; Biostatistics for the Health Sciences; Research Capstone Advisement; Advanced Family Nursing Theory I-II; and Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I-III and Seminar.

In addition, ADN and non-nursing bachelor’s students complete Leadership and Management in Health Care and Community and Public Health Nursing.

MSN – PMHNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 43 credits plus clinical hours. Courses may include Advanced Pathophysiology; Psychopharmacology; Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Theory I-II; Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practicum and Seminar I-III; Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Role of the Nurse; Advanced Pharmacology; Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare; Research Capstone Advisement; Advanced Health Policy; and Biostatistics for the Health Sciences.

In addition, ADN and non-nursing bachelor’s students complete Leadership and Management in Health Care and Community and Public Health Nursing.

Online Experience: Rivier University utilizes Canvas as its online Learning Management System (LMS). The Rivier nursing programs focus on active learning and individualized attention. Tools utilized may include online lectures, document sharing, discussion boards, online chat, and phone and email interaction. An Online Learning Orientation presentation is offered as a free course through Rivier to help acquaint students with the online learning environment. In addition, Rivier offers a Canvas orientation self-paced tutorial. Students have access to personal advising to reach their academic and career goals. Tutoring services are offered through the Academic Support Center. In addition, online students have access to the online bookstore, the Career Development Center, the Counseling and Wellness Center, disability services, 24/7 technical support, and library services.

On-Site Requirements: Rivier FNP students are required to come to the Nashua, New Hampshire campus for a 1-week immersion and two 2-day immersions throughout the program. PMHNP students come to campus for three weekend residencies. These take place all day on Saturday and Sunday. All other coursework is online and practicums are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Rivier University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Rivier University charges $630 per credit plus fees for the online MSN courses and $1,015 per credit for graduate nursing clinical courses. Prospective students should contact Rivier’s Department of Nursing and Health Professionals for full and updated tuition costs as tuition may change from year to year.

Rivier University offers federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Nursing students may inquire with their employers to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program. Rivier University students may also seek other opportunities for funding including outside scholarships and grants.

Rivier University

Rivier University offers start dates every 7 weeks for its FNP and PMHNP programs, plus no GRE requirement and reasonable tuition rates.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (RN-to-MSN)
MSN – Family NP (bridge for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health NP (RN-to-MSN)
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health NP (bridge for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Campus Address

420 South Main St.
Nashua, New Hampshire 03060

Rivier University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Every 7 weeks

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

43

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

43

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$27,090.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$27,090.00

Rivier University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (RN-to-MSN)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Every 7 weeks

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,870.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,870.00

Rivier University – MSN – Family NP (bridge for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Every 7 weeks

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,870.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,870.00

Rivier University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Every 7 weeks

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

43

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

43

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$27,090.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$27,090.00

Rivier University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health NP (RN-to-MSN)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Every 7 weeks

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,870.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,870.00

Rivier University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health NP (bridge for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

PMHNP – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Every 7 weeks

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

3

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, DC, PR, NC, NY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$30,870.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$630.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$30,870.00

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.