Nurses deciding to earn a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree know that no university offers a 100% online nurse practitioner program. All FNP programs require practicums done during in-person clinical experiences.

However, Marian University’s hybrid Master of Science in Nursing FNP track makes earning the degree much more attainable for working nurses. The hybrid program is a mix of online and face-to-face courses that create better flexibility for students. Marian University’s FNP program includes both online courses and face-to-face courses that meet on-campus once every other week.

The driving force behind the hybrid program structure is to provide working registered nurses a learning environment that includes not only hands-on in-person experiences but also 100% online courses. With the flexibility of online learning, Wisconsin nurses do not need to travel to campus as often. 

Why Become a Nurse Practitioner?

Ambitious nurses are increasingly going back to school to earn their FNP degrees. It allows them to boost their skills and knowledge to a higher level, preparing them to fill much-needed positions in healthcare. Family Nurse Practitioners are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide competent, safe, and effective care to patients of all ages and are an important part of the United States healthcare system.

The demand for nurse practitioners will increase as the United States population ages. The BLS projects an incredible 52 percent growth in nurse practitioner jobs by 2029. Further, the average nurse practitioner salary nationwide reached $114,510 in May 2020.

The Hybrid Nurse Practitioner Program

Marian University designed its hybrid FNP degree to make earning an advanced degree more convenient for working nurses. For many nurses, earning an FNP degree would prove too difficult without blending in-person and online aspects of the program.

Marian University’s FNP program is a 46-credit track offered to either full-time or part-time students. The program’s hybrid design gives students more flexibility when watching lectures, viewing course materials, and doing school work. Full-time students can complete the program in about two and half years, while part-time students typically take three years.

Each course lasts for 15 weeks (seven weeks in the summer). The hybrid program combines face-to-face classes with online learning. In-person classes are mainly offered every other week at the Center for Health Professionals on the Marian University campus in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

FNP Curriculum Highlights

The Marian University FNP program offers courses that cover topics such as:

  • Practice management for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN)
  • Advance diagnostic skills and reasoning
  • Advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment
  • Healthcare systems leadership and quality improvement
  • Health promotion and disease prevention in populations
  • Assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic illness across all age groups

Student outcomes include integrating advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge to guide advanced nursing leadership in diverse practice settings and improve population health outcomes.

Meeting AACN and CCNE Accreditation Requirements

Marian University FNP students develop their skills through preceptor-supervised, faculty-guided clinical practicum experiences. The university designed the program following the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) competency guidelines. The FNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and meets all nationally recognized standards for NP education.

Nurses graduating from the Marian University FNP track are ready to meet the community healthcare needs in primary healthcare settings. It’s a program designed for those who want to advance their career by learning the skills and knowledge needed to provide patients the best possible care across their lifespan.