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FNP Program

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 emphasizes health care 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 can 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 — from Dallas to Chicago and Los Angeles to New York City.

USC Curriculum — Delivered Online

The online FNP program’s curriculum is designed and delivered by distinguished faculty, who are active, respected nurses in the field. With an integrative approach to health care, Nursing@USC teaches you to identify the root causes of health issues such as illness and premature death. As a student, you will explore the biomedical, psychological, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on health care through an understanding of clinical research and evidence-based practice.

The program incorporates online and in-person education. The 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 high-level health services, 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 36 percent between 2016 and 2026, and 56,100 new positions will be available. If you are considering furthering your career within the field of nursing, becoming an FNP can be a fulfilling next step.