Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) play a major role in today’s health care field. The responsibilities of FNPs have evolved alongside that of physicians, which means additional opportunities, autonomy, and authority. Regis College’s online Master of Science in Nursing FNP degree can help you develop the specialized skill set you need to practice at the advanced level.

What can you do with an advanced family nursing degree?
Where do family nurse practitioners work?

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Length: 28-36 months
Total Credits: 46-61

Application Deadlines:
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Dates:
Summer: 04/30/2023
Fall: 8/28/2023


Why Choose the Regis Online MSN in FNP Degree?

100% online, flexible learning environment

Complete in as few as 28-36 months

Qualify to sit for AANP & ANCC certification

At 92%, our NP exam pass rates exceed national average*

Transfer credits accepted

*Based on Regis online and on-campus NP exam pass rates

The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. The Regis School of Nursing was the first in New England to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nursing.

At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. Our MSN FNP degree specialty is designed to help you promote lasting change in the medical field by providing a holistic range of services revolving around the family unit.

Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing 2008-2020

Master’s Programs Guide ranked Regis #16 in 50 Best Online Master of Science in Nursing Programs.

Ranked among the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges by The Business Journals

Our Curriculum Can Prepare You for New Leadership Opportunities.

We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to family nursing practice starts with three entry points:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
  • Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN

Family Nursing Practice by the Numbers


The average salary for family nurse practitioners in the U.S. (


The percentage of nurse practitioners who specialize in family care, with top clinical foci as primary care (37.7%) and top practice setting as hospital outpatient clinics (13.5%) (AANP)


Family nurse practice is ranked No. 3 among the “Top 10 MSN Degree Specializations” by

Ways to Finance Your Tuition

Employee Discounts
Regis partner employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts
Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition. Find out more.

Alumni Discounts
Regis alumni who have earned a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Financial Aid
We are here to support you through the process. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Graduate Assistantship
Earn financial aid helping fellow students while also gaining valuable professional skills. Get more details.

Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

Hear What Our Students Are Saying:

“My experience with Regis surpassed all of my expectations. The curriculum was comprehensive, well formulated, and had small class sizes promoting relationships among students and faculty that facilitated and supported learning. The program prepared me well for board certification, and I was pleased with the availability and expertise of the faculty.”

– Alison Tetrault, online MSN student

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:

Registered Nurse with Associate Degree Entry or Registered Nurse with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Entry:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Complete 15 bridge credit hours with a B or better
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes
  • For RNs with Associate Degree in Nursing, general education courses may be required, depending on your prior undergraduate coursework

Registered Nurse with Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Entry:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution and accredited program
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Must complete a college-level statistics course prior to the start of classes

Application Requirements

You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

What Can You Do With an MSN FNP Degree?

Family nurse practitioners focus on holistic care. From diagnosing, treating, and helping to manage illnesses to counseling and educating patients on preventive care, family nurse practitioners tackle every aspect of medical service in a variety of populations, from newborns to seniors.

  • Prescribe medication
  • Conduct examinations
  • Order laboratory tests
  • Provide health care counseling
  • Diagnose, treat, manage, and help prevent illnesses
  • Assist in minor surgical procedures

One benefit to earning an MSN FNP degree is added autonomy. Family nurse practitioners play a major role in understaffed health organizations because they are able to perform many of the same duties as physicians, including interpreting medical histories, conducting physical examinations, and prescribing medication.

Where Do Family Nurse Practitioners Work?

With a wave of patients newly insured by the Affordable Care Act, rising standards in primary care, and a rapidly aging population, family nurse practitioners are in higher demand than ever. That means FNP degree holders can pursue a wealth of opportunities and take their expertise to a variety of work settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Privately owned clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Home health services
  • Government agencies
  • Nurse-led practices
  • Community health organizations
  • Universities
  • Minute clinics

Meet Our Faculty

About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.

“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”

Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.


When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.