Sign In
Penn Nursing > Family Nurse Practitioner Program

Family (Individual Across Lifespan) Nurse Practitioner Program

Our top-ranked program offers uniquely relevant and clinically diverse experiences

Penn Nursing's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, begun in 1973, is among the oldest nurse practitioner (NP) master's degree programs in the United States. It is consistently ranked in the top three by U.S. News & World Report. Every FNP faculty member is currently in practice offering students a uniquely relevant educational experience. Our clinical preceptors include nurse practitioners and physicians in the inner city and suburbs. Opportunities also exist for students to work with patients speaking languages other than English.

Flexible study options

The FNP program offers full-time, part-time, post-master's, and BSN/MSN study. The full-time program begins each September, is 16 months in length, and concludes the following December. Course work includes four core courses (graduate research and sciences), one elective, and nine theory/clinical courses. The clinical courses include classroom work, lab sessions, and clinical preceptorships focused on physical assessment and pathophysiology, health maintenance and the management of common acute and chronic health problems.

The Global Nursing and Healthcare Minor enables graduates to deliver primary care throughout the world and involves four additional courses. Students have the opportunity to study abroad with faculty mentors and gain experience with culturally diverse populations.


Graduates are eligible to become certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Family Health Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP) and are eligible for prescriptive authority. Successful completion of the program also qualifies graduates to apply for national certification from either the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).