Wright State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

The College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University offers an online Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-FNP) program and a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program. Coursework is mostly online with five campus visits and local practicums.

The MSN-FNP and certificate programs train nurses to provide primary health care to patients across the lifespan, addressing not only illness and disease, but the patient as a whole. Preventive healthcare and patient education are paramount to the FNP, allowing patients to make better decisions about their lifestyle choices. Topics of focus may include biostatistics for health care, population health, family nursing, care of women, children, and adolescents, care of adults, statistics, and research.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate students have the opportunity to take their nursing career to another level, focusing on family care across the lifespan. Applicants must have completed Pharmacology, Advanced LifeSpan Pathophysiology; and Advanced Health Assessment for entrance into the program. 

MSN-FNP applicants must have at least two years of full-time nursing work experience beyond their bachelor’s degree. Post-Master’s Certificate students must have at least one year of full-time nursing work experience beyond their master’s degree. Graduates of these programs will be eligible to take the FNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Wright State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online FNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Wright State University is located in Dayton, OH.

What to Expect from Wright State University Online FNP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN-FNP program must hold a BSN from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Post-Master’s Certificate applicants must hold an MSN and have completed Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Life Span Pathophysiology, and Family Nursing with a grade of C or higher. All applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license in their state of practice.

A background check must be cleared and applicants must have at least two years of full-time nursing work experience past their BSN degree for the MSN and one year of full-time work experience past the MSN for the Post-Master’s Certificate. International students must provide proof of English language proficiency and hold an unencumbered U.S. RN license.

Online applications include an application to the Graduate School and to the College of Nursing and Health. Included items are official transcripts, a resume or curriculum vitae, a meaningful clinical experience essay, proof of RN licensure in the U.S., a statement of professional goals, and the name and address for two references. No GRE is required. Post-Master’s Certificate applicants will complete an interview with the program director either in person or over the phone.

State Restrictions: Wright State University is an NC-SARA participant and is authorized to provide distance education in approved states. Students in Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Nevada, and New Hampshire may not be eligible for the Wright State FNP programs. Students outside of Ohio should inquire with the College of Nursing and Health through Wright State University as well as their state Board of Nursing to determine licensure requirements and out-of-state distance learning eligibility.

Study Plan: Start dates for the FNP programs land in the Summer and Fall. The MSN-FNP program can be completed in approximately two years and individual plans will be developed with the associate director of the FNP program. The FNP Post-Master’s Certificate can be completed in about one year if all prerequisites have been met.

Students come to the Dayton, Ohio campus five times for the MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs including orientation, final exams, and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) at the end of each clinical term. Clinical practicums are completed local to the student in approved states.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 49 credits plus clinical hours. Core courses include Role Development and Leadership; Health Policy, Politics, and Issues; and Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice.

FNP specialty courses may include Introduction to Multivariate Biostatistics for Healthcare or  Statistics and Research; Information Technology and Healthcare; Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice; Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for Advanced Nursing Practice; Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan; Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan; Population Health; Advanced Family Nursing; Primary Health Care of Women, Children, and Adolescent; Primary Care of Adults; and Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum.

Students also come to campus five times for orientation, final examinations, and OSCEs at the end of each term.

Post-Master’s Certificate FNP Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate comprises 17 credits plus clinical hours. Courses include Primary Health Care of Women, Children, and Adolescents; Primary Care of Adults; and Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum. Five campus immersions are included in the program.

Online Experience: Course content may include online lectures, videos, web conferencing, discussion boards, assignments, assessments, and more. Wright State University utilizes the Pilot learning management system (LMS). Students communicate with instructors through email, discussion boards, and during online office hours, as well as during campus visits. Students have access to various services including technical support, career counseling, academic advising, library and bookstore services, and disability services.

On-Site Requirements: MSN-FNP and Post-Master’s Certificate students come to the Dayton, OH campus five times. These visits include orientation, final examinations, and OSCEs. In addition, students complete clinicals locally.

Paying for Wright State University Online FNP Program

Wright State University charges $660 per credit plus any related fees for Ohio residents and $1,125 per credit plus fees for non-Ohio residents. Prospective students should contact the College of Nursing and Health for updated tuition information as costs generally change from year to year.

Financial aid may take the form of federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA, private loans, and outside scholarships and grants. Nursing students may also wish to inquire with their employers as to the possibility of a tuition reimbursement program or tuition discounts.

Wright State University

Wright State University offers MSN and Post-MSN Certificate programs with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus, five campus immersions, and local clinicals to residents of Ohio and other states.

APRN Programs

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

Campus Address

3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, Ohio 45435

Wright State University – Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Summer, Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

5

Credits Needed to Graduate

17

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?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

DE, IA, KY, LA, NV, NH

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

17

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$660.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$11,220.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$1,125.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$19,125.00

Wright State University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Summer, Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

5

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

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, IA, KY, LA, NV, NH

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$660.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$32,340.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$1,125.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$55,125.00

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.