Discover how to contribute to excellence in healthcare and provide quality, evidence-based and holistic primary care to diverse communities throughout the lifespan with our online MSN degree with a track in family nursing practice (FNP).

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Program Details

Next Start Date: March 8th
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 2 Years
Credit Hours: 45
Cost Per Credit: 559
Accreditation: SACSCOC

MSN with FNP Track Overview

Family nursing has the greatest need and growth potential within the nursing field. Campbellsville University’s online MSN FNP degree program will provide you with knowledge needed to advance your career and take the national certification exam to become a certified FNP. Throughout the curriculum, you will gain 660 clinical hours of experience. Taught by faculty members who have years of experience in nursing, the online MSN degree allows you to conveniently complete your studies on your own time.

The online MSN FNP degree program teaches you how to be an effective, independent practitioner and use evidence-based practice to promote health and manage care for patients and families across the lifespan. You will discover how to use scientific findings to implement improvement of healthcare in different settings.

Campbellsville’s online family nurse practitioner program allows nurses to complete coursework during their hectic schedule, without the need to commute to campus. Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Colleges of Distinction Nursing 2020-2021Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence for over 20 years. The recognized schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on exceptional experiences. Campbellsville’s School of Nursing has met these needs with a blend of liberal arts education, program-specific training, and abundant opportunities for real-world application.

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Course Map

The online MSN degree with a track in family nursing practice (FNP) from Campbellsville University consists of 45 credit hours. Students will earn a total of 660 clinical hours through their coursework.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to Campbellsville’s online MSN FNP degree program, prospective students must complete the following steps:

Application to the University

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Completion of a BSN degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
    • An official copy of all transcripts from each college or university that you have attended are required
  1. Cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Licensure information

  1. A copy of a current, valid, unencumbered R.N. license, or listing on a state licensing board website must be submitted. All licenses are verified before admission into the program, and every semester if the student is in the program.

Patient Care Hours

  1. Currently working as a registered nurse (RN) and have at least 2,000 patient care hours within the last two years. These patient care hours must be documented. Examples of documentation could be pay stubs or a letter from the candidate’s employer/H.R. department. No volunteer or non-paid hours will count towards the 2,000 patient care hours.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  1. Your CV should include:
    • Educational background including institutions, degree(s) awarded, degree(s) in progress, dates of degree(s) awarded, and/or anticipated date of receiving degree(s)
    • Relevant employment history, including:
      • Job title (including unit), job description, and relevant duties performed
      • Employment dates of each position
      • Community service or volunteer experience
      • Any awards, publications, presentations, and memberships
      • Evidence of leadership and career progression

Professional Goals Essay

  1. You must submit a 500-word essay discussing the following:
    • Your career goals
    • How your specific clinical experiences have prepared you for the FNP role
    • Why Campbellsville University is the best fit for you and how the program will assist you in reaching your professional and educational goals

The applicant’s essay will be assessed on the ability to exhibit scholarly graduate-level writing. Applicants scoring 6 or greater and meeting all other admission criteria will be granted acceptance into the MSN-FNP program. Professional Goals Essay Rubric.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. Three letters of recommendation are required, and all must be completed within one year of the date of submission. Applicants will instruct the chosen individuals to complete and submit the standardized reference form. These forms may be obtained from the enrollment counselor. The following are acceptable individuals for the three letters of reference:
    • A current clinical supervisor, nurse, manager, or other health care provider who has direct knowledge of your skills in the clinical setting and how those skills will translate into the Family Nurse Practitioner role
    • A professor, faculty member, Dean of the School of Nursing, or academic advisor who can provide a meaningful assessment of your academic record. If you have been out of school for five years or more, a nurse educator or clinical instructor can provide the academic recommendation
    • A practicing clinical nurse professional or APRN who has served as a mentor and can address your abilities as a nurse and your potential to become a Family Nurse Practitioner

Applicants scoring an average of 2.5 or greater on all professional letters of reference and meeting all other admission criteria will be granted acceptance into the MSN-FNP program. Professional Letter of Reference Rubric

Student Waiver for Letters of Recommendation

  1. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and its amendments guarantee students’ access to their educational records. Students, however, are entitled to waive their rights to access concerning recommendations. The applicant must sign the waiver statement indicating their wishes regarding this recommendation.

Technical and Performance Standards

  1. Upon admission, all students must verify in writing that they can meet technical and performance standards with or without accommodation. A copy of this document should be completed and returned with the other required admission documentation. Technical and Performance Standards.

Background Check

  1. All applicants will be required to complete a background check as the final step in the admissions process. Applicants will be admitted pending the successful completion of the background check. The background check must be completed after the admissions decision is made and will be repeated at the beginning of the 2nd year of instruction. Applicants with felony convictions will not be admitted.

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Costs & Financial Aid

The online MSN FNP degree program costs $559 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Nursing Careers

Graduates of Campbellsville University’s online MSN FNP degree program can advance their nursing career and pursue professions including:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. A C E N Accredited

Campbellsville’s RN to BSN is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The MSN FNP degree is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Disclosure

The baccalaureate nursing program at Campbellsville University located in Campbellsville, KY is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
404 – 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Initial Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at