Online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Programs

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Prepare for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Licensure

Sacred Heart University offers a superior educational experience through two online options for current RNs interested in becoming family nurse practitioners. Prepare for success in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry through courses focused on primary care topics as well as advanced health assessment, pharmacology and healthcare research. Graduate with your online MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner or Post-MSN FNP Certificate ready to deliver quality primary care to patients across the lifespan.

  • Balance personal and professional responsibilities while furthering your education.
  • CCNE-accredited nursing programs ensure nursing excellence.
  • The job outlook for nurse practitioners is projected to grow 40% between 2021 and 2031.1

Programs Designed for Working RNs

Sacred Heart offers two exceptional online programs to prepare you for certification as a family nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Pursue an MSN–FNP or Post-MSN FNP Certificate without putting your personal or professional responsibilities on hold.

For students with an RN who are looking for a fast track to their MSN FNP or MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree, Sacred Heart is offering new RN-MSN FNP and RN-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs beginning in Fall 2024.


This program prepares you for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exams offered by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Through 42 total credit hours, you will gain the skills to diagnose and treat patients over their entire lifespan through the use of health assessments, statistical data, and the diagnostic reasoning process. You’ll also learn to communicate health plans to diverse patients with varied family systems, understand the various drug groups, and manage drug therapy to avoid adverse reactions.


Gain skills and knowledge to pursue certification as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Courses/topics include: Comprehensive Primary Care of the Adult, Primary Care of Children, Primary Care of Women and Advanced Primary Care of Families in Complex Systems.

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Why Online Learning is Right for You

The advantages of online learning are obvious – you don’t have to pause your career or rearrange your life to earn the degree you need to take your career to the next level. Another key factor is fit – making sure a school feels right to you. Sacred Heart’s Center for Career & Professional Development will welcome you as if you had just walked through the door here in Fairfield. With an exclusive, online recruiting system of 10,000+ employers, one-on-one career counseling, resume workshops, and an active alumni network of more than 35,000, you can rest assured knowing that our campus reaches wherever you are.

Hands-On Learning to Gain Advanced Skills

Sacred Heart’s expert faculty members will guide you through rigorous online learning experiences as you build the skills to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. Complete in-person clinicals locally to master the use of health assessments, statistical data, the diagnostic reasoning process and more.

Pursue a Six-Figure Career Path

Family nurse practitioners deliver the highest level of patient care allowable under a nursing credential. This role is essential to solving modern health care challenges and improving patient outcomes. Care providers who work as nurse practitioners earn a median salary of $120,680.1

Career Settings for Nurse Practitioners2

  1. Community clinics
  2. Community health departments
  3. Hospitals
  4. Long-term care facilities
  5. Phone/online triage
  6. Private clinics
  7. Private home care practice
  8. School clinics

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.” Sept. 8, 2022. Retrieved on Jun. 13, 2023 from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2022: 29-1171 Nurse Practitioners.” Apr. 25, 2023. Retrieved on Jun. 13, 2023 from