Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program – MSN-FNP

Why Should You Become an FNP?  

If you’re ready to start writing a new chapter of your nursing journey, consider becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. This advanced practice specialty puts your skills to work in the realm of primary care, meaning you can make a significant and lasting impact on patients’ lives. A Family Nurse Practitioner provides healthcare for entire families. Enroll today in Gwynedd Mercy University’s MSN-FNP program!

What is an FNP?

FNPs are advance practice nurses that work with patients from all ages and walks of life, from newborns and their mothers to the elderly. As an FNP you can work in a diverse array of professional settings, including a private practice long-term care, urgent care or as part of a group practice.

As a certified FNP, you can:

  • Assess patients
  • Diagnose patients
  • Treat acute and chronic illnesses
  • Prescribe medications (subject to collaborative agreement by state)
  • Make referrals to specialists
  • Advise and educate patients on health issues

Why FNPs are In Demand

As the baby boom generation ages and the population continues to grow, more primary care practitioners are needed to help provide basic medical care. However, research shows that the U.S. stands to face a shortage of up to 100,000 primary care physicians by 2030. Earning an FNP can help to fill that gap. With their expanded scope of practice, FNPs offer patients similar services and care that physicians often do, with an emphasis on providing health education. Effective, thorough, compassionate care that fills a societal need: no wonder the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts up to 56,100 new nurse practitioner job openings from 2016-2026.

The GMercyU Difference

What sets us apart from other Family Nurse Practitioner programs is that Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has led the region in health practitioner education. Our small classes and rigorous curriculum produce confident and capable nursing professionals. Best of all, the hybrid FNP program provides you with convenience to fit your lifestyle.

When evaluating FNP programs, be sure to consider that Gwynedd Mercy University has deep and broad partnerships with health care affiliates throughout the region and Pennsylvania, which means you will have many different opportunities for first-hand clinical experience while you train in our FNP program.


You will complete 48 credits with 720 clinical hours in our MSN-FNP program. The MSN-FNP degree is a two-year full-time hybrid advanced practice nursing program or you may choose to complete the program attending part time in three to five years, while you work.

Core Course Requirements 

  • Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Advanced Assessment & Lab for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles
  • Nursing Research Methodology & EBP
  • Leadership & Health Policy

FNP Courses

  • Role Transition I
  • Role Transition II
  • Primary Care I – Introduction
  • Primary Care II – Newborn (0-5)
  • Primary Care III – Young Child (6-11)
  • Primary Care IV – Adolescent (12-18)  
  • Primary Care V – Young Adult (18-29)
  • Primary Care VI – Middle Adult (30-55)
  • Primary Care VII – Older Adult (56+)
  • Primary Care VIII – Women’s Health & Pregnancy

FNP Post-Master’s Certificate Option

For those who already earned their MSN, we offer an FNP Post-Master’s certificate program. Each student’s MSN experience can vary and FNP programs can vary as well, so choose Gwynedd Mercy University and we will develop a personalized curriculum for you.

Become a Family Nurse Practitioner with GMercyU

When searching for Family Nurse Practitioner programs in PA you will find that Gwynedd Mercy University offers you the best practical education. Take the next step towards your professional goals: earn your Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) with us.

Call 877-531-7941 or email to contact an admissions counselor or begin your application online now! 



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