University of Missouri-Kansas City

Family Nurse Practitioner

Quick Facts


Master of science in nursing

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost


Typical Course Load

1-2 courses per semester

Typical Program Length

2-3 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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The family nurse practitioner (FNP) track prepares students for advanced practice of nursing in the primary health care of children and adults. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) provide high-quality health care services in a wide range of problems from acute, chronic and wellness care to health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. The core courses provide a solid foundation in the use of evidence-based practice guidelines and theory as a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Clinical experiences are precepted in community or outpatient-based settings after approval by the faculty.

The MSN educated nurse practitioner is prepared to enter advanced practice, ready to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis and management of patient problems including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within a specialty area of clinical practice.

Top-ranked programs

UMKC's online master's in nursing programs ranked among the nation's finest in U.S. News & World Report 2024.

A family nurse practitioner speaking with a child who is smiling.

Career Prospects

Graduates take the national certification exam for their specialty and practice as a nurse practitioner in any area of the United States.


Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Full-time students may take three courses per semester and finish in two years. Part-time students may take one or two courses per semester and finish in three years.

Course work includes:

  • Advanced health assessment skills
  • Cultural diversity and values
  • Ethics in practice and research
  • Advanced pathophysiology across the lifespan


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The MS at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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