Application Deadline: December 9
Next Start: Jan 17, 2023
If you’re an active registered nurse with an MSN in another specialty, you can grow your skills and opportunities by earning a second master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As an FNP, you’ll enjoy greater flexibility, personal fulfillment, a higher salary, and increased opportunities to pursue a more traditional work schedule.
Rockhurst University’s Online Post-Master’s FNP program provides:
Guided by Jesuit values, Rockhurst University prepares advanced practice nurses to care for the needs of the whole person through rigorous academics, rich and varied clinical experiences, and a spirit of inquiry and reflection.
Learn why Lori Walters, MSN, was motivated to help others and pay forward the compassionate care of nurses in her life. A graduate of two MSN programs with dual certifications as an AGACNP and FNP, she chose Rockhurst University to enrich her nursing career and become a nurse practitioner.
Get your guide to find out more about our Post-Master's FNP curriculum.
This course provides an overview of the role of information systems in health care organizations. Coursework emphasizes the integration of evidence-based practice in clinical decision support and the influence of health care information technology (HIT) systems on health outcomes. In addition, technical, organizational, and cost-benefit issues related to health care information systems, telemedicine applications, and artificial intelligence solutions will be explored. Through a combination of online readings and discussions, group assignments, and individual assignments, students will develop and exercise analytical skills for appraising health information systems in the context of the provision of care. (2 credits)
This course focuses on the theoretical foundations needed to treat patients with common acute and chronic mental health problems in the primary care setting. Emphasis is on the management of mental illness across the life span. (3 credits) Prerequisite or Concurrent: NUR 5950; Prerequisites: NUR 5650, NUR 5750
In this course, students analyze the relationship between normal physiologic and pathological phenomena produced by altered disease states. Students apply evidence-based findings regarding pathological changes in selected disease states. The analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of pathophysiological processes related to the disease state and alterations in homeostasis of patients across a life span are examined. (3 credits)
In this course, general and advanced principles of pharmacology, including selected pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, are addressed. Students investigate alternative and complementary therapeutics. Students apply knowledge of pharmaceutical principles to select the most appropriate medication using evidence-based medicine. (3 credits)
You will learn from active clinicians who bring real-world experience into the online classroom. As trusted Rockhurst faculty members, they are committed to your success as an advanced practice nurse.
The Online Post-Master's FNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Rockhurst University and Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Yes. Clinical placement services are built into the cost of the program. A dedicated Rockhurst placement coordinator will identify an appropriate site and preceptor within a reasonable driving distance from where you live.
This online program can be completed in just 4 semesters.
The Online Post-Master's FNP program requires 20 credits of coursework and 600 clinical hours to graduate.
The Online Post-Master's FNP program costs $734.69 per credit hour, for a total program investment of $14,693. Financial aid may be available to our online students.
Online Post-Master’s FNP students will attend one clinical immersion on the Rockhurst campus in Kansas City, Missouri for two days of clinical instruction in the new, state-of-the-art simulation lab and renovated nursing facilities, and they will engage in one virtual immersion. In these immersive clinical experiences, students will receive hands-on skills training, complete high- and low-fidelity simulation, and demonstrate competencies through objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
Following the campus immersion, students will return home and continue their online coursework. Additionally, they will complete the rest of their clinical hours at a predetermined site under the direct supervision of a licensed preceptor and the indirect supervision of a Rockhurst clinical faculty supervisor.
92% First-time certification exam
pass rates that exceed national average
100% online coursework
plus campus immersion(s)
52% Projected NP job growth by 2030
The scope of practice is uniquely different.
Primary Care NPs care for stable patients across the life span, emphasizing wellness education, comprehensive health maintenance, and management of chronic conditions.
Acute Care NPs care for patients who are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, highly vulnerable to complications, and require frequent monitoring and intervention.
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To proceed with either the BSN to MSN FNP or the BSN to DNP FNP, you are required to have a bachelor’s degree and hold your RN license.
If you don’t meet these requirements but would still like further information, please contact us.
To proceed with the EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Leadership, you are required to have a master’s degree.
If you don’t meet this requirement but would still like further information, please contact us.