Online FNP Program Overview
Nursing@USC, the online Master of Science in Nursing from USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing, offers a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program that prepares advanced practice nurses to deliver primary care to infants, children, adolescents and adults throughout their lives.
Nursing@USC challenges students to consider a new approach to health care — one grounded in an understanding of the biomedical and social factors that influence patient well-being. Nursing@USC trains nurse practitioners to provide integrative care alongside other professionals, such as physicians, pharmacists, social workers and case managers. Classes for the FNP program are held online, with clinical placements in or near your own community.
Full-Time and Part-Time Program Tracks
With Nursing@USC, you will be able to balance your personal and professional obligations with your education. The online FNP program is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, allowing you to determine how you want to manage your time and lifestyle. The full-time track can be completed in 21 months, and the part-time track can be completed in 33 months. With our online delivery, you will be able to earn a USC degree from anywhere in the country.
USC Curriculum — Delivered Online
The online FNP program’s curriculum is designed and delivered by distinguished FNPs in the field. With an integrative approach to medicine and patient treatment, Nursing@USC teaches you to identify the root causes and social determinants of health issues, such as illness, disease and premature death. As a student, you will explore the biomedical, psychological, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on health care through clinical research and evidence-based practice.
The blended online format allows you to seamlessly connect with USC faculty and fellow aspiring FNPs. You are encouraged to collaborate with your peers and faculty during online discussion groups, regularly held office hours and while attending two on-campus intensives.
The Role of an FNP
FNPs are advanced practice nurses who are qualified to deliver many of the same services as physicians, including:
- Diagnosing and treating common health problems
- Interpreting lab results and X-rays
- Prescribing medications
- Initiating and managing treatment plans
- Providing patient education and counseling to promote wellness
- Referring patients to other health professionals as needed
The Demand for FNPs
The need for primary care providers is only growing. U.S. News & World Report ranked nurse practitioner as no. 2 on its list of 100 Best Jobs of 2017. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will grow by 35 percent by 2024, and 44,700 new positions will be available. If you are considering furthering your career within the field of nursing, becoming an FNP would be an advantageous next step, as the role boasts a median salary range of $98,190 and high job satisfaction.1