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MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Online

Today, nurses are experiencing an increase in job responsibility coupled with more recognition of the importance of their role. Advanced practice nurses are in high demand to help fill the shortage of primary care professionals. If you are passionate about providing patient-focused care as a leader of the healthcare team, this program is for you.

American Sentinel College’s MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner program provides clinical and academic knowledge for nurses to promote health, access healthcare resources, manage acute and chronic illnesses, and manage the overall health of the families in their care.

With a predicted 20% increase in demand for nurse practitioners by the year 2022 and median salary ranges above $96,000 depending on the state (, becoming an NP provides job stability for advanced practice nurses while enabling you to build on your passion –caring for patients.

American Sentinel College offers three Master of Science Nurse Practitioner Specializations. These specializations will prepare nurses to take the licensure test in one of three focus areas: adult gerontology primary care, family practice or psychiatric and mental health. The program is CCNE-accredited.

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You Can Afford It

Most of our students graduate debt free* by taking advantage of our flexible payment options and 0% financing. Comparing costs for higher education can be tricky. Find everything you need for a total cost comparison here and you’ll see why earning your MSN with American Sentinel College offers great value.

Join us for our NP Coffee Talk Q&A!

We are opening the floor to all nurses to join us for an open Q & A coffee talk session. Grab a cup of coffee (or whatever beverage you prefer) and pop in anytime in our 3-hour window to ask us anything about our NP Programs!

Wed., Sep. 22, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. PDT | 3:00 p.m. MDT | 4:00 p.m. CDT)
Meet Dr. Mary Smith, Chair Nurse Practitioner Programs – 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EDT


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Why Our MSN Program Works

  • Online courses offer time and location flexibility
  • Clinicals are completed in your area
  • Course length: 8 weeks
  • Dedicated faculty and clinical coordinators
  • Work at your own pace with no mandatory login times
  • One-on-one support: MySentinel® Support

MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Curriculum

Earning a specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner will help you to assess, prevent, diagnose and manage acute and chronic health conditions of patients throughout their lives. American Sentinel College’s rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of advanced primary care areas:

  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for the APRN
  • Maternal and Child Care
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Integration

M.S. Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

The MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization is 14 courses (42 credit hours) with 540 clinical hours embedded within the courses. Courses are 100% online, and clinical hours can be completed at a facility near your residence and work.

*Courses may not be taken concurrently; students may take only one course at a time, and specialty courses are to be taken in the order listed. Additionally, students in this program must complete a Castlebranch background check before being scheduled for the 3P Exam.

CourseDidactic CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
APRN Prerequisite Courses
N512 Advanced Pathophysiology*3
N522PE Advanced Physical Assessment*3
N521 Advanced Pharmacology*3
N523 Diagnostic Reasoning (Preparatory Course, If Required) **3

*At completion of all 3P courses (3.0 GPA) – The student will sit for the APEA 3P Exam. If a student meets the 67% benchmark, then they are eligible to continue into the NP Program.
**If an individual does not pass the APEA 3P Exam, N523 will be a required preparatory course.

CourseDidactic CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
MSN Core Courses
N502 Advanced Role Development and Organizational Leadership3
N503 Policy Advocacy and Healthcare Ethics3
N515PE Research Design3
CourseDidactic CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NP Graduate Core and Population-Focused Courses
N580 Advanced Practice Nursing I3
N581 Advanced Practice Nursing I Preceptorship Experience3135
N582 Advanced Practice Nursing II3
N583 Advanced Practice Nursing II Preceptorship Experience3135
N588 Maternal and Child Care3
N589 Maternal and Child Care Preceptorship Experience3135
N598 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration3
N599 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration Preceptorship Experience3135
Total Program3312540

Minimum requirement for Major: 42 credit hours (14 courses) 45 clinical hours = 1 credit hour
* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours

State Authorization, Licensure and Disclosure

American Sentinel College reviews the relevant rules and regulations for each State before enrolling students in that State. Information regarding the authorization of American Sentinel College to enroll students in the Nurse Practitioner program for each state can be found on our State Authorization and Licensure page. Additionally, important disclosures related to the licensure and certification requirements in each state can be found under each state on that page.

Have Questions About Our Nurse Practitioner Programs?

Reach out to our Nurse Practitioner Admissions Advisors, Suzette Brown, Marie Stewart and Caeley McDowell. They are specially trained to answer your specific questions regarding our Nurse Practitioner programs. They are standing by to help you meet your educational goals.

Call them at 303.557.9945.


More on the MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

With an MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization, our graduates assume critical roles as primary care providers. Program outcomes:

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered care, which synthesizes the holistic nature of advanced practice nursing and diagnostic reasoning, to enhance patient, healthcare, and organizational outcomes critical to building quality and safe patient care capacity.
  • Engage in leadership and scholarship activities that fosters collaboration and communication among interdisciplinary team members.
  • Evaluate the impact between legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues, and their influence on the provision and management of patient care services.
  • Integrate clinical guidelines, research, clinical judgment, and interdisciplinary perspectives using translational processes to improve practice, health, and organizational outcomes.
  • Incorporate information technology when interacting and collaborating with patient, families, and interdisciplinary team members for improved health care delivery processes and outcomes.
  • Advocate for ethical and culturally sensitive policies that impact access, equity, quality, and cost.
  • Employ knowledge of organizational practices and complex systems to enhance delivery and quality of healthcare services.
  • Apply sound ethical solutions to complex issues concerning the care of individuals and populations, and systems of care.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related sciences to provide patient-centered and evidence-based care while respecting diverse beliefs and attitudes, and by allowing the patient to be a full partner in the decision-making process.
  • Assume responsibility for professional growth and integrity by engaging in life-long learning and commitment to the discipline of advanced practice nursing.

All coursework for the Master of Science Nursing is 100% online and includes precepted clinical experiences. The Nurse Practitioner Specialization includes 540 precepted clinical hours and 90 practice experience hours (45 research hours are not precepted; 45 health assessment hours are not precepted).

The mission of the MSN program is to prepare highly qualified professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.

For information on program eligibility requirements, please visit the Master’s Program Admissions Requirements page.

In March of 2021, American Sentinel University officially merged with Post University® to become American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University. Please pardon our appearance as we update all of our services to reflect our new name.

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