The RNCareers.org Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

The RNCareers Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Age: 21 Years or Older
  • School: Enrolled in Accredited Nursing Program
  • Submit: 750+ Essay

Apply to the RNCareers.org BSN Scholarship

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FNP Career and Education OverviewFamily Nurse Practitioner

  • What FNPs Do: As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), you will diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication and therapy, conduct routine check-ups, order patient lab tests, assist in minor surgical procedures, focus on disease prevention, educate patients.
  • Where Do FNPs Work: The most common places you will work are in private practices, hospitals, clinics, schools, and hospice facilities.
  • Employment Projections: Job growth for Family Nurse Practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • How Much Will You Earn: According to several public and private sources, Family Nurse Practitioners make between $97,990 and $117,298.
  • Number of FNP Programs: 388 universities offer nurse practitioner programs in the U.S. 38 universities offer an online FNP program.
  • How Long Does It Take to Become an FNP: If you already have your BSN, becoming an FNP will take between 2 and 3 years. To become RN-BSN, or RN to MSN will take about 2 to 3 years.
  • Requirements to Become an FNP:  You need a bachelor’s degree, RN licensure, master’s degree in nursing, national certification, and state licensure.

Eight Steps to Become an FNP

  1. Earn Your RN – Earn your RN from an CCNE or ACEN accredited university. Your ADN/BSN credits will more likely be fully accepted in your MSN program. Guide to earning your BSN.
  2. Pass The NCLEX-RN Exam – Pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Several study habits along with taking plenty of practice NCLEX-Tests will help you pass the first time. Check our guide and free exams with rationales.
  3. Earn Your MSN – Take courses in family nursing theory and intervention, acute and chronic illness management, research, primary healthcare concerns and leadership preparation.
  4. Complete Supervised Clinical Hours – Complete at least 500 supervised clinical hours as a part of the master’s program.
  5. Become Board Certified – Earn your board certification in family practice through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) to become a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (CFNP).
  6. Obtain Licensure – Apply for licensure in the state you want to work in.
  7. Obtain a DEA Number – Apply for DEA registration to prescribe medication.
  8. Maintain Active Certification Licensure – Minimum amount of 100 continuing education credits and 1000 hands on clinical hours during the 5-year re-certification period. Keep active BLS and DEA licenses. Maintain an active RN license in the state where you practice.

What is a Family Nurse Practitioner

A Family Nurse Practitioner is a type of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) that provide comprehensive direct patient care to male and female patients throughout their lifespan. In a typical day you will collect medical histories, perform examinations, diagnose, order and evaluate laboratory tests, educate patients, make referrals, and prescribe medication. You can manage chronic conditions, treat acute conditions, care for children and infants, and care for older adults. You can also specialize further in areas such as cardiology, nephrology, palliative care and more.

How Do I Become a Family Nurse Practitioner

Becoming an FNP requires a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing. There are many different pathways to becoming an FNP depending on whether you are already an RN or have no prior nursing experience.

  • BSN to MSN: If you have a bachelor’s in nursing you can complete a traditional master’s in nursing program in 2 years.
  • Bachelors to MSN: If you have a bachelors in something other than nursing you complete a Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing program. These programs require you to have completed a certain number of pre-requisite courses such as biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, pathology and more. After 2 to 3 years (depending on the program) you can earn a master’s in nursing.
  • BSN to DNP: If you choose to get a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) this will take about 4 years. You will graduate with both MSN and DNP degrees. A DNP degree prepares the advanced practice nurse to apply research to their clinical practice.
  • MSN to DNP: If you already have a master’s in nursing you can get a DNP degree in about 2 to 3 years.

Review similar nursing careers of Pediatrics Registered Nurse, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

FNP Certification and Licensure

Certification means that you are qualified to provide care for patients within your specialty. You obtain certification by taking a national exam through either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). After you obtain national certification you can apply for licensure through the state’s board of nursing (BON). Licensure means that you are legally able to practice in a given state. This requires submitting transcripts from your FNP program, current licensure as an RN in the state where you are applying, a fee (varies by state), and proof of national certification.

Where Do FNPs Typically Work

FNPs have a broad patient population therefore you can work in a variety of settings. These can vary from private practices, community health settings, university health clinics, urgent care clinics, prison systems, occupational health and more. Further specialization in areas such as such as cardiology, nephrology, palliative care etc., can allow you to work in more specialized clinics or hospitals.

How Much Do Family Nurse Practitioners Earn

The expected salary for FNPs can vary by state, city, experience, and practice setting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics nurse practitioners earn a median of $104,610 per year. Multiple sources show that FNPs can make between $97,990 and $117,298. In general, urban areas tend to pay more than rural areas. Private practices will often pay more than community health settings. You can also get other financial benefits such as loan forgiveness by working with medically underserved populations. You can get loan forgiveness through the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program, through Perkins Loan Forgiveness, or the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program after qualifying. As you gain experience as an FNP you can negotiate a higher salary.

Online FNP Programs

Online FNP programs allow aspiring NPs to have more flexibility with their personal, professional, and educational lives. These programs allow you to complete coursework online and arrange your clinical hours in an area that is convenient for you. Depending on the program you may be required to come to campus occasionally.

What is a Typical FNP Curriculum

Course work varies a little by university. Most graduate nursing programs will require that you take one course in the following subjects, similar to what Boston College’s FNP program outlines:

  • Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Conceptual Basis for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Family Theory

The Role of the FNP in the Primary Care Provider Shortage

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act placing increased importance on preventative and primary care, along with the aging of the baby boomer population, there is a growing need for primary care providers. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicted an increased demand for physicians, specifically in the area of primary care between 2013 and 2025. As providers who are qualified to care for people of both genders throughout their lifespan FNPs provide a cost-effective solution to filling this gap and complementing the role of the physician.

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Campus and Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner Programs at a Glance

Accredited

  • AANP Accredited: 111

Offered As

  • Online: 27
  • Campus: 33
  • Hybrid: 205

Degree Type

  • Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate of Nursing: 52
  • Master's: 85
  • Post Master's: 76
  • Post-Master's Doctorate of Nursing: 52

Alabama

University of South Alabama

  • 307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL - 36688-0002
  • 251-460-6101

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, AL - 35294-0110
  • 205-934-4011

Arizona

University of Arizona

  • 1401 E University, Tucson, AZ - 85721-0066
  • 520-621-2211

Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix

  • 411 N Central Avenue - Ste 520, Phoenix, AZ - 85004
  • 602-496-4636

Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • 4301 W Markham, Little Rock, AR - 72205-7199
  • 501-296-1275

California

California State University-San Marcos

  • 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA - 92096-0001
  • 760-750-4000

Brandman University

  • 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA - 92618
  • 949-341-9800

University of San Diego

  • 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA - 92110-2492
  • 619-260-4600

Loma Linda University

  • 11139 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA - 92350
  • 909-558-1000

California State University-Long Beach

  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA - 90840-0115
  • 562-985-4111

California State University-Los Angeles

  • 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA - 90032
  • 323-343-3000

Azusa Pacific University

  • 901 E Alosta, Azusa, CA - 91702-7000
  • 626-969-3434

Minnesota

The College of Saint Scholastica

  • 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN - 55811-4199
  • 218-723-6000

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • 100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN - 55455-0213
  • 612-625-5000

Connecticut

Fairfield University

  • 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT - 06824-5195
  • 203-254-4000

Delaware

University of Delaware

  • 104 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE - 19716
  • 302-831-2000

Florida

University of Miami

  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - 33146
  • 305-284-2211

Jacksonville University

  • 2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL - 32211-3394
  • 904-256-8000

Georgia

Valdosta State University

  • 1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA - 31698
  • 229-333-5800

Georgia State University

  • 33 gilmer st, Atlanta, GA - 30303-3083
  • 404-413-2000

Idaho

Idaho State University

  • 921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID - 83209
  • 208-282-2700

Illinois

University of St Francis

  • 500 N Wilcox St, Joliet, IL - 60435-6188
  • 815-740-3360

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

  • 511 NE Greenleaf St, Peoria, IL - 61603-3783
  • 309-655-2201

Indiana

University of Southern Indiana

  • 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, IN - 47712
  • 812-464-8600

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

  • 425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN - 46202-5143
  • 317-274-5555

Iowa

University of Iowa

  • 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA - 52242-1316
  • 319-335-3500

Allen College

  • 1990 Heath St, Waterloo, IA - 50703-1999
  • 319-226-2000

Kansas

Washburn University

  • 1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, KS - 66621-0001
  • 785-670-1010

Wichita State University

  • 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS - 67260-0124
  • 316-978-3456

University of Kansas

  • Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS - 66045
  • 785-864-2700

Kentucky

Western Kentucky University

  • 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY - 42101-1000
  • 270-745-0111

Northern Kentucky University

  • Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY - 41099
  • 859-572-5100

University of Louisville

  • 2301 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY - 40292-0001
  • 502-852-5555

University of Kentucky

  • South Limestone, Lexington, KY - 40506-0032
  • 859-257-9000

Eastern Kentucky University

  • 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY - 40475-3102
  • 859-622-1000

Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • 104 University Circle, Lafayette, LA - 70503
  • 377-482-1000

Southeastern Louisiana University

  • 548 Ned McGehee Ave., Hammond, LA - 70402
  • 985-549-2000

McNeese State University

  • 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA - 70605
  • 337-475-5000

Nicholls State University

  • University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, LA - 70310
  • 877-642-4655

Massachusetts

Regis College

  • 235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA - 02493-1571
  • 781-768-7000

Northeastern University

  • 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA - 02115-5005
  • 617-373-2000

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • 374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA - 1003
  • 413-545-0111

Boston College

  • 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA - 2467
  • 617-552-8000

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

  • 3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD - 21218-2688
  • 410-516-8000

University of Maryland-Baltimore

  • 620 West Lexington St, Baltimore, MD - 21201-1627
  • 410-706-3100

Maine

University of Southern Maine

  • 96 Falmouth St, Portland, ME - 4103
  • 207-780-4141

Michigan

Wayne State University

  • 656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, MI - 48202
  • 313-577-2424

University of Michigan-Flint

  • 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI - 48502-1950
  • 810-762-3000

Missouri

Saint Louis University-Main Campus

  • One Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO - 63103-2097
  • 314-977-2222

University of Missouri-Columbia

  • 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO - 65211
  • 573-882-2121

University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO - 64110
  • 816-235-1000

University of Missouri-St Louis

  • One University Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO - 63121-4400
  • 314-516-5000

Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

  • 118 College Drive # 0001, Hattiesburg, MS - 39406-0001
  • 601-266-1000

Delta State University

  • Hwy 8 West, Cleveland, MS - 38733
  • 662-846-3000

Alcorn State University

  • 1000 ASU Dr Ste 359, Alcorn State, MS - 39096-7500
  • 601-877-6100

University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS - 39216-4505
  • 601-984-1000

Montana

Montana State University

  • Montana State University, Bozeman, MT - 59717
  • 406-994-0211

Nebraska

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • 987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr, Omaha, NE - 68198-7815
  • 402-559-4000

Nevada

University of Nevada-Reno

  • North Virginia Street, Reno, NV - 89557
  • 775-784-1110

New Hampshire

Rivier University

  • 420 South Main St, Nashua, NH - 3060
  • 603-888-1311

New Jersey

Monmouth University

  • 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ - 07764-1898
  • 732-571-3400

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

  • 1000 River Rd, Teaneck, NJ - 7666
  • 201-692-2000

Rutgers University-Newark

  • 249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall, Newark, NJ - 7102
  • 973-353-1766

New Mexico

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

  • 2850 Weddell Street, Las Cruces, NM - 88003-8001
  • 575-646-0111

New York

Upstate Medical University

  • 750 E Adams St, Syracuse, NY - 13210
  • 315-464-5540

University at Buffalo

  • 12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY - 14260-1660
  • 716-645-2000

Stony Brook University

  • 310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY - 11794
  • 631-632-6000

The Sage Colleges

  • 65 1st Street, Troy, NY - 12180
  • 518-244-2000

St. John Fisher College

  • 3690 East Ave, Rochester, NY - 14618-3597
  • 585-385-8000

University of Rochester

  • Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY - 14627-0011
  • 585-275-3221

Columbia University in the City of New York

  • West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY - 10027
  • 212-854-1754

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • 103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC - 27599
  • 919-962-2211

North Dakota

University of North Dakota

  • 264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, ND - 58202-8193
  • 800-225-5863

Ohio

Wright State University-Main Campus

  • 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH - 45435-0001
  • 937-775-3333

Kent State University at Kent

  • Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library, Kent, OH - 44242-0001
  • 330-672-3000

Case Western Reserve University

  • 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH - 44106
  • 216-368-2000

University of Akron Main Campus

  • 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH - 44325-4702
  • 330-972-7111

Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

  • 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA - 15260
  • 412-624-4141

Robert Morris University

  • 6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA - 15108-1189
  • 800-762-0097

Drexel University

  • 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA - 19104
  • 215-895-2000

South Carolina

South Dakota

South Dakota State University

  • Administration Lane, Brookings, SD - 57007-1898
  • 800-952-3541

Tennessee

Union University

  • 1050 Union University Dr, Jackson, TN - 38305-3697
  • 731-668-1818

East Tennessee State University

  • , Johnson City, TN - 37614-0000
  • 423-439-1000

The University of Tennessee

  • 527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN - 37996
  • 865-974-1000

Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • 701 S. Nedderman Dr., Arlington, TX - 76013
  • 817-272-2011

The University of Texas at Austin

  • 2400 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX - 78712
  • 512-471-3434

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • 7703 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, TX - 78229-3900
  • 210-567-2621

Midwestern State University

  • 3410 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX - 76308-2099
  • 940-397-4000

Utah

University of Utah

  • 201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 203, Salt Lake City, UT - 84112-9008
  • 801-581-7200

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 910 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA - 23284-2512
  • 804-828-0100

University of Virginia-Main Campus

  • 1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA - 22903-2628
  • 434-924-0311

George Mason University

  • 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA - 22030-4444
  • 703-993-1000

Washington

Washington State University

  • French Administration Building, Pullman, WA - 99164-5910
  • 509-335-3564

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

  • 1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA - 98195-4550
  • 206-543-2100

Seattle University

  • 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA - 98122-4340
  • 206-296-6000

Gonzaga University

  • E 502 Boone Ave, Spokane, WA - 99258-0001
  • 509-328-4220

West Virginia

West Virginia Wesleyan College

  • 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV - 26201-2994
  • 304-473-8000

Marshall University

  • 1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, WV - 25755
  • 800-642-3463

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • 500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI - 53706-1380
  • 608-262-1234

Alverno College

  • 3400 S 43rd St, Milwaukee, WI - 53234-3922
  • 414-382-6000

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