With your online M.S. in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.) from Northern Illinois University, you’ll gain the advanced clinical care skills to take advantage of major growth areas in the field of nursing.
You’ll gain more independence in your practice, and attain the skills to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification exam.
- Credits Required: 50 credit hours.
- Time to Completion: Full-time students can complete their degree in as few as 2 ½ years. The maximum time to completion is six years.
- Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner students are prepared to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner Certification exams.
The F.N.P. role is vital to the health care system to balance quality care and cost against increased health care demands. In 2017, F.N.P.s earned an average annual salary of $110,930, with employment opportunities projected to grow 31 percent through 2026.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 13, 2018). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved Jan. 31, 2019, from
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Northern Illinois University is accredited by:
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Official College Transcript(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent, Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)
- This program requires an internship.