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Online MSN–FNP Program: Career Outlook

Increase Your Impact and Earnings as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduate in 2-3 Years

Prep for Certification

The online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree program from New Mexico Highlands University prepares nurses to provide patient-centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan. Complete your family nurse practitioner degree in this program focused on rural health, and add an optional cognate concentration for skills in specialty care.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Build knowledge of rural health care.
  • Add an optional cognate concentration for specialty knowledge.
  • Gain hands-on learning from three practicum courses and a residency.
  • Choose between full- or part-time options for maximum flexibility.
  • An accelerated track is available for nurses without a BSN.

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Advance with an Online Family Nurse Practitioner Degree

Family Nurse PRactitioner


As a family nurse practitioner, you’ll monitor patient health and make recommendations to improve wellbeing. You’ll diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication, analyze test results, maintain patient records and develop treatment plans, among many other responsibilities. Individuals who work as family nurse practitioners must be highly skilled in critical thinking and problem solving in addition to possessing advanced health care knowledge.2

Elevate Your Career with an Online Master’s Degree in Nursing

The job outlook for nurse practitioners is growing much faster than the national average, and earning your online MSN–FNP from New Mexico Highlands can help you qualify for top positions in this expanding field. As a family nurse practitioner, you’ll maximize your impact on patient health and outcomes by providing comprehensive care across the lifespan. Graduate with your family nurse practitioner degree ready to become a state licensed APRN and pursue national certification as an FNP-BC.

Program Outcomes and Skills Required

What You’ll Learn

  • How to integrate theoretical and evidence-based knowledge from advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment and decision making into health care practices related to health promotion, disease prevention and disease management for patients across the lifespan.
  • How to incorporate leadership and communication principles across nurse practitioner roles in order to promote safe, competent, affordable and accessible health care.
  • How to analyze individual and population data to improve health outcomes across health care systems.
  • How to synthesize theoretical and research evidence to influence health care management and health outcomes for patients and families.
  • How to utilize state of the art health care information systems and technologies to organize, retrieve, communicate and process health data to advance individual and population health.
  • How to advocate for health care policies and health care delivery systems that provide equitable, affordable and accessible health care for diverse patients and families across the lifespan.
  • How to implement best care practices and provide safe and high-quality health care delivery through interprofessional models of care which enable communication, coordination and collaboration across disciplines.
  • How to apply knowledge and skills of health promotion and clinical prevention to improve health care quality including education and self-care management programs for individuals and specialty populations.
  • How to use clinical judgment and clinical reasoning when implementing culturally sensitive, evidence-based plans of care which incorporate patient preferences, learning styles and health promotion and prevention strategies for individuals and families across the lifespan.

Skills You’ll Gain

Choose an Optional Cognate Concentration

Help fill a critical gap in the health industry by gaining skills in specialty care through an optional cognate concentration. If you choose this personalized option, you’ll supplement your master’s degree in nursing with nine medical or non-nursing graduate-level courses.

Career Support

New Mexico Highlands offers the Center for Professional Development and Career Readiness that assists graduates with interview preparation, resume development and job prospects.

Licensure Preparation

Upon graduation, students will have the degree required for APRN state licensure and be ready to take the national certification exam.

Multicultural Environment

Our diverse community and multiethnic student body helps provide you with a multicultural perspective that will serve you well throughout your career.

Experienced Faculty

Our faculty has real-world experience in a variety of practice areas. They apply this expert knowledge to their work with students.

Personalized Attention

You’ll be assigned a student success coach who will assist you through the duration of the program. Our coaches and instructors are committed to your success.


  1. “Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved on Feb. 6, 2023 from
  2. “Nurse Practitioners.” O*NET OnLine. Retrieved on Feb. 6, 2023 from