Walsh University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

The Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing at Walsh University offers an online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) plus a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate. Students complete coursework online and come to campus for two intensives. Practicums are also completed at approved facilities local to the student. In addition, students have the option to participate in a global nursing experience.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) serve patients across the lifespan from infancy to geriatrics and are prepared to diagnose and treat chronic and acute illnesses. Walsh MSN – FNP graduates will be able to effectively work with other professionals in an interpersonal manner, utilize theory and research with current knowledge and healthcare practices to serve their patients and communities, consult with patients and their families, and conduct analysis of their communities and health care systems to improve patient outcomes and care.

FNPs may work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, primary care clinics, community health organizations, 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 through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and other accrediting bodies.

Walsh University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online MSN and certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Walsh University is located in North Canton, Ohio.

What to Expect from the Walsh University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Admissions Requirements: Application materials must include a official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a resume or CV including work experience, professional activities, educational activities, leadership activities, and scholarly activities, an essay or personal statement of 1,000 words or less, an explanation of interest in the role, and identification of one to two long-term goals. At least one year of RN work experience is preferred.

An interview may be required. No GMAT or GRE is required. A prerequisite course in undergraduate or graduate statistics is required.

Specific Program Requirements:

MSN: Students must hold a BSN with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an ACNE or CCNE accredited nursing program with an unencumbered RN license.

Post-Master’s Certificate: Students must hold an MSN with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an ACNE or CCNE accredited nursing program with an unencumbered RN license.

BSN to DNP – FNP: Students must hold a BSN with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an ACNE or CCNE accredited nursing program with an unencumbered RN license.

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

Walsh University currently accepts students from the following states into the MSN, BSN to DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificate programs: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Study Plan: The Walsh University online MSN courses are delivered in 8-week and 16-week intervals. The MSN – FNP program can be completed in 2.5 years while working full-time. Start dates are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. The BSN to DNP – FNP program can be completed in three to 3.5 years. The Post-master’s certificate can be completed in as little as 18 months. Students complete courses online as well as clinicals local to the student. In addition, students come to campus twice for intensives.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises a minimum of 58 credits plus at least 650 clinical hours. Foundation courses include Nursing Science for Advanced Practice: Theory/Foundation; Advanced Nursing Research; Health Care Policy, Organization/Finance; and Nursing Role and Ethics.

Practice application courses include 21 credit hours through the courses Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Advanced Health Assessment; Clinical Assessment and Management; Application of Epidemiology to Health Services; and Healthcare Technology and Data Management. Students also come to campus for Intensive I: Essential Skills and Intensive II: Advanced Skills/Professional Practice.

Finally, clinical courses include FNP I: Care of Adult/Gerontology Clients; FNP II: Care of Children/Adolescents; FNP III: Care of Women; FNP IV: Care of Adults/Elderly with MCC; and FNP V: Capstone.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online FNP certificate program comprises 25 to 34 credits depending on prior education and transferred courses plus a minimum of 650 clinical hours. Some clinical courses may be waived if the applicant is certified as an adult NP, women’s health NP, pediatric NP, or nurse-midwife. Courses may include Advanced Pharmacology; Clinical Pharmacology; Clinical Assessment and Management; FNP I: Care of Adult/Gerontology Clients; FNP II: Care of Children/Adolescents; FNP III: Care of Women; FNP IV: Care of Adults/Elderly with MCC; and FNP V: Capstone. Students also come to campus for Intensive I: Essential Skills and Intensive II: Advanced Skills/Professional Practice.

BSN to DNP – FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online BSN to DNP – FNP program comprises 74 credits plus a minimum of 1,150 clinical hours. Courses include Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Pharmacology; Clinical Pharmacology; Advanced Health Assessment; Clinical Assessment and Management; and Intensive I: Essential Skills and Intensive II: Advanced Skills/Professional Practice.

Students then complete the FNP clinical courses: FNP I: Care of Adult/Gerontology Clients; FNP II: Care of Children/Adolescents; FNP III: Care of Women; FNP IV: Care of Adults/Elderly with Multiple Chronic Conditions; and FNP V: Capstone.

Finally, students complete the DNP portion including Nursing Leadership Role and Ethics in Complex Health Care Systems; Nursing Science in Advanced Practice Theories and Foundations; Translating Evidence into Practice; Healthcare Technology and Data Management; Applications of Epidemiology to Health Services; Health Care Policy, Organization/Finance; Healthcare Finance/Economics; Advanced Nursing Research; Advanced Leadership and Management; DNP Residency; and DNP Project.

Online Experience: Walsh University utilizes the Electronic Course Network (ECN) as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Here students have access to syllabi, learning modules, course content, readings, assignments, online discussion posts, videos, blogs for reflection, and other media content. Courses are asynchronous. All online students are assigned a Student Success Advisor. Students also have access to admissions counseling, academic advising, faculty office hours, 24/7 technical support, library services, and career counseling.

On-Site Requirements: Walsh FNP students are required to come to the North Canton, Ohio campus for a 3-day intensive called Essential Skills, and a 2-day intensive called Advanced Skills/Professional Practice. All other coursework is online and practicums are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Walsh University Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

Walsh University charges $725 per credit plus fees for the online FNP courses. Interested students should contact the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing at Walsh University for a breakdown of current costs.

Walsh University offers Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Direct PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Another option is taking out an alternative loan for those who don’t qualify to borrow federal student loans. Nursing students are also encouraged to inquire with their employers to see if they qualify for a tuition reimbursement program, as well as seeking outside opportunities for funding including organizational and community scholarships and grants.

Walsh University

Offered to nursing students in 23 states, the Walsh University MSN, DNP and post-master's certificate FNP programs require only two campus visits, no GRE requirement, and affordable tuition rates.

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Walsh 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?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

58

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…)

AK, AL, AR, AS, AZ, CA, DC, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MN, MO, MP, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, UM, UT, VI, WA, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

58

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$42,050.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$42,050.00

Walsh 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?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

74

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…)

AK, AL, AR, AS, AZ, CA, DC, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MN, MO, MP, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, UM, UT, VI, WA, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

74

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$53,650.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$53,650.00

Walsh University – Post-Graduate 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?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

34

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…)

AK, AL, AR, AS, AZ, CA, DC, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, MN, MO, MP, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OR, PR, RI, SD, TN, UM, UT, VI, WA, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

34

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$24,650.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$725.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$24,650.00

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.