Online Nurse Practitioner Program - Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Write the Next Chapter of Your Nursing Career

Earn your MSN degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner - Individual Across the Lifespan (FNP), to provide primary care to individuals across the life span.  

Gwynedd Mercy University’s Master of Science in Nursing Program – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) track offers the advanced knowledge, skills, and clinical experience you need to provide patients with exceptional primary care.

The #1 Job in America
Nurse practitioners rank as the #1 job in U.S. News & World Report's Best 100 Jobs list for 2024. And, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they share the #1 ranking for fastest-growing occupation in the country with an expected job growth rate of 45% through 2032 — 15x the national average.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Program begins
Varies (contact us for details)

Online, synchronous courses (with in-person clinicals)

Ideal for
Full-time or part-time students

Program Length
Two to three years, depending on your schedule

Unique Approach to Clinicals
Our Clinical Coordinator will shape a clinical experience tailored to your specific goals

Alumni Savings
10% tuition grant for GMercyU grads

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Nurse practitioners top the list of professions projected to grow the fastest over the next decade. As a University that is deeply rooted in cultivating intellectual inquiry, improving the human condition through social justice, and has been an educational leader in Nursing for 60 years, we are strongly committed to offer an educational experience that prepares nurse practitioners for the future of healthcare.

—Lisa Johnson, DrNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Associate Professor & DNP/NP Coordinator

Program Details

What sets us apart from other family nurse practitioner programs? Gwynedd Mercy University’s online Family Nurse Practitioner - Individual Across the Lifespan (FNP) program offers the flexibility and convenience you need. Earn your degree full-time or part-time in two to three years while continuing to work.

Our advanced practice nursing programs have broad partnerships with healthcare affiliates and clinical sites throughout Pennsylvania. You’ll be able to take advantage of many different opportunities for first-hand clinical experience while you pursue your MSN-FNP with us.

What sets the clinical experience apart at Gwynedd Mercy University Graduate Nursing Program from other NP programs is the personalized partnership between NP students and Kimberly Kelly, MSN, ANP-BC, Clinical Coordinator. Once you've been admitted to the program, you will have the opportunity to meet Kimberly, who will take the time to understand your unique needs and goals, shaping a clinical experience tailored to you. This planning process begins nearly a year before your first clinical rotation, during which Kimberly collaborates closely with your clinical preceptors and site contacts to ensure a seamless onboarding experience. This preparation allows you to focus on your primary objective – learning. With the support of your dedicated GMercyU team, you will not only successfully navigate your NP program but also continue to receive support long after you graduate.

After graduation, you will be eligible to take board certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

A Leading Regional Nursing School for More Than 60 Years

For decades, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has been a regional leader in advanced practice nursing education. We've earned our reputation as one of the best nurse practitioner schools in PA, thanks to our small classes and personalized approach to help you achieve your advanced nursing career goals. The faculty members we select bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for the nurse practitioner profession.

GMercyU Nurse Practitioner programs prepare you for the responsibilities of primary care. Over the course of the program, you’ll expand your healthcare knowledge and clinical practice skills and emerge from the program equipped to be the health practitioner and advocate your patients need.

As a GMercyU Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, you will be able to:

  • Collaborate with colleagues and patients to provide and improve advanced nursing care
  • Demonstrate expertise as a nurse practitioner through the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic health problems
  • Demonstrate professionalism as a nurse practitioner grounded in the Mercy tradition
  • Demonstrate social responsibility for individuals, families, and communities within the context of a multicultural society
  • Utilize knowledge to provide holistic care in a defined area of advanced practice nursing or nursing education in accordance with standards of practice and codes of ethics
  • Strategize to improve health for all by influencing policy
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for evidence-based practice as a nurse practitioner
  • Assume a leadership role in interpreting and promoting advanced nursing to members of the profession, to other disciplines, and to consumers
  • Contribute to advanced nursing knowledge through scientific inquiry

You will complete 48 credits with 720 clinical hours in our MSN-FNP program. See a sample plan of study here.

Core Course Requirements for Master of Science in Nursing Programs

NUR 500 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Roles
NUR 510 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
NUR 570 Advanced Assessment & Lab for Advanced Nursing Roles
NUR 530 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles
NUR 610 Nursing Research Methodology & EBP
NUR 535 Leadership & Health Policy

MSN-FNP Courses

NUR 572 Role Transition I
NUR 573 Role Transition II
NUR 630 Primary Care I – Introduction
NUR 631 Primary Care II – Newborn (0-5)
NUR 632 Primary Care III – Young Child (6-11)
NUR 633 Primary Care IV – Adolescent (12-18)  
NUR 634 Primary Care V – Young Adult (18-29)
NUR 635 Primary Care VI – Middle Adult (30-55)
NUR 636 Primary Care VII – Older Adult (56+)
NUR 637 Primary Care VIII – Women’s Health & Pregnancy

Once the student is accepted, no courses may be taken outside of Gwynedd Mercy University.

Licensure: This program was designed to meet national licensure requirements. Carefully review the process of your home state’s licensure requirements. For more information, please visit our Program Licensure Requirement page.

Lisa JohnsonLisa Johnson, DrNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC
Associate Professor, DNP/NP Program Coordinator

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at Gwynedd Mercy University in July 2023 as an Associate Professor, after teaching and directing in a variety of graduate nursing programs in the region. Dr. Johnson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wilkes University (’99); Master’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts (’04); and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DrNP) from Drexel University (’11).

She is an ANCC board-certified Adult-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced in a variety of ICU roles as a BSN prepared nurse in Boston and Philadelphia. Since 2004, Dr. Johnson has held nurse practitioner positions in the areas of bone marrow transplant ICU, Gastroenterology / Hepatology, Infectious Diseases, and Addictions Medicine. Read full bio here

Kim Kelly
Kimberly Kelly, MSN ANP-BC
Clinical Coordinator, Graduate Nursing

Kimberly Kelly joined the faculty at Gwynedd Mercy University in March 2022 as the Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Chester University (’93) and Master’s Degree in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy University (’01). She is an ANCC board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in several primary care practices in Doylestown PA. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

Our Advanced Practice Nurse Certificate (AGPCNP, FNP, PNP) is available for those who already have obtained an MSN degree. A gap analysis will be completed at the time of admission to develop an individualized plan of study based on previous coursework and clinical experiences.

A gap analysis is a process that involves portfolio review at the time of admission and determination of appropriateness for waiver of didactic and practicum requirements, based on the previous coursework and clinical experiences. This process will be used for students who are MSN-prepared. The purpose of the gap analysis is to build on previously attained skills, to maximize the student’s academic experience, and to avoid unnecessary redundancy.

Make a difference in the lives of patients as a family primary care nurse practitioner — enroll in Gwynedd Mercy University’s accelerated MSN-FNP program today.

Call 844-707-9064 or email to contact an admissions counselor or begin your application online now!

About FNPs

FNPs provide healthcare for individuals across the lifespan. Board-certified nurse practitioners are licensed to: 

  • Diagnose and manage acute and chronic health problems 
  • Promote health and disease prevention
  • Educate and counsel individuals and families
  • Work in coordination with other healthcare professionals
  • Serve as researchers, consultants and patient advocates

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, aging baby boomers and number of individuals living with chronic disease will drive the need for robust primary care access. Americans make more than 1.06 billion visits to NPs annually, and, in 2021, the median base salary for full-time NPs was $113,000, the AANP reports.

As an FNP, you can work in a diverse array of professional settings, including:

  • Medical practices (example: family medicine)
  • Community centers
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • Nurse practitioner-owned practices
  • Hospices
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Home care services



The Master of Science in Nursing program at Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (