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Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing-Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program trains you to enter clinical practice as a primary care family nurse practitioner.

The Master of Science in Nursing-Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program trains you to enter clinical practice as a primary care family nurse practitioner and prepares you to:

  • Practice in an advanced nursing role in a variety of settings
  • Practice independently and collaboratively to improve the health of individuals and their families, especially for under-served and vulnerable populations
  • Provide competent, comprehensive, culturally appropriate care to individuals and their families across the life span
  • Educate paraprofessionals, professionals, clients, families and communities regarding health care issues of individuals and their families
  • Participate in clinical research that incorporates evidence-based care and extends knowledge in advanced nursing practice relevant to individuals and their families
  • Incorporate Christian values and ethical decision-making into clinical practice
  • Assume leadership roles in influencing health policies that promote high quality, cost-effective care for individuals and their families

UIndy's 2014 graduates of the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program achieved a 100% pass rate on the AANP national FNP Certification Exam.

Program length

The FNP program is 49 credit hours, with 645 clinical hours, and is completed on a part-time basis. By taking two classes at a time, you can complete the program in about two and a half years (three full academic years, along with the summers in between each year), though you have up to six years to complete the degree. Part-time employment during school is possible, but must be flexible to provide time for clinical hours once the clinical sequence begins.


Courses are a combination of hybrid (on-campus classes with online components) and online. On-campus classes meet one day per week on campus.

Online courses or course components require basic computer skills. Not sure where you stand? Take a free skills assessment ►


The curriculum includes 15 classes, clinical hours and completion of a scholarly project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Classes include both non-clinical core courses and clinical courses, which must be taken in a prescribed sequence. Our advisors will work with you to help you stay on track.

Clinical hour requirements include experiences in diverse settings, which allow you to develop skills under a variety of circumstances. You'll work one-on-one with faculty members to find preceptor locations that meet your learning goals.

To see specific courses and the course sequence for this program, view the FNP degree plan. Complete course descriptions are available in the MSN Graduate Course Catalog.


Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $692/credit hour. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students. ►

When can I start?

Non-clinical core courses are offered on a regular semester schedule. Students can apply at any time and begin courses in August, January or May.