Master of Science in Nursing – Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner

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Advance Your Career with Our Family Nurse Practitioner Degree

Build on your professional expertise through advanced education in evidence-based management of acute and chronic health conditions across the lifespan.  With an added emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, our program prepares graduates as highly skilled primary care providers and health care leaders.

Program At-A-Glance


100% Online

Learn From Anywhere

47 Credit Hours

to Graduate

Up to 12 Hours

Transfer Credit
Cost per hour


Per Credit Hour

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Prepped for Success

Benefits of EKU Online

EKU’s CCNE-accredited program delivers competencies required for advanced practice nursing in a highly interactive and flexible online format.  Didactic courses provide foundational knowledge and skills necessary for development of clinical competency and national certification as a family nurse practitioner. 

  • 98.6% first attempt pass rate on national certification exams
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 50 best online graduate nursing programs in the country
  • International Teaching and Learning award winner via Blackboard™ learning management system
  • No campus visits required
  • Convenient 8-week terms for core courses
  • Spring, summer and fall start dates
  • High level of interaction and engagement with faculty and student peers
  • Personalized academic advising
  • High student satisfaction rates
  • Recipient of international Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning for innovative and excellent use of the Blackboard learning management system

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Eastern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Preparing You for Success

Upon program completion, graduates will have:

  • Obtained 700 direct patient care hours, the last 300 of which allow synthesis of all prior clinical and didactic courses.
  • Demonstrated clinical competency in assessment and critical analysis of data to meet the needs of patients in multiple health care settings.

EKU online nursing programs provide an engaging learning environment and accessible collaborative faculty. For detailed information about our programs, please review the MSN Student Handbook 2020 – 2021.

Career Opportunities

Family nurse practitioners are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) educated to provide a full range of primary care services and are becoming a health care provider of choice for many people.  As clinicians with clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, APRNs will be increasingly utilized in collaborative models of care.

Learn More About Nurse Practitioner Career Opportunities


Prepare for a rewarding career with evidence-based learning and the tools needed to become highly skilled primary care providers and health care leaders.

Degree Requirements

A total of 47 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the FNP MSN program is available in the University graduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 12 hours of credit from accredited institutions.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University graduate catalog

View sample curriculum plan

NSC 870 – Rural Health FNP I (3)
Course provides theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of individuals across the life span. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and management of common health problems.

NSC 872 – Rural Health FNP II (3)
Theoretical and diagnostic knowledge necessary to confront problems relevant to the health care of individuals across the life span. Emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common health problems. Builds on NSC 870.

NSC 830 – Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Prerequisite: admission to MSN program or department approval. Application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to the treatment and management of conditions across the life span.

NSC 832 – Advanced Health Assessment (3) 
Emphasis is on the advanced skills necessary for Advanced Practice nursing in assessing the health status of clients from across the life span. Diagnostic reasoning and systems approach will be emphasized.


Sephanie Konkel

Stephanie Konkel

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Stephanie Konkel for information about the EKU Online MSN-FNP and Post-MSN FNP Certificate programs.

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Admission Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall July 1 August
Spring November 1 January
Summer March 15 May

Admission Requirements

Please check the authorization status of your state.

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  2. Active and unencumbered RN license for all states in which licensed. The remaining language was removed by School of Nursing.
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  4. 3-hour graduate or undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of “C” or higher.
  5. At least one year of RN experience at the time application is submitted.

Admission is competitive. Selection is based on careful consideration of all application materials, including but not limited to, academic transcripts, the applicant’s professional statement, three required professional references, and professional work experience. In addition to the criteria listed, an interview may be requested.

Application Process

Part I: Apply to EKU

  1. Start your EKU Graduate School Application.
  2. Complete the supporting documents:
    Nursing License – Provide verification of your current RN license.
    Professional References – Within the application, you will be prompted to enter email addresses for three professional references. An electronic reference form will be emailed to each reference upon entry.
    MSN Professional Statement – Write a statement that is 500-700 words (2 pages) in length. In your professional statement, you must describe:
    • The unique role of the advanced practice MSN-prepared nurse (FNP).
    • How the specific nursing knowledge and skills you have gained through professional experience will contribute to your success in the MSN program.
    • Your reasons or motivations for pursuing an advanced practice degree in your chosen concentration  (FNP).
    • Your specific plans for life modification in order to successfully meet the class and clinical requirements in a 100% online MSN program.

Submit your proof of licensure and professional statement within the online application, or e-mail them to the EKU Graduate School at

Part II: Send Transcripts

Contact any and all colleges or universities that you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent directly to EKU at the address below. Most schools have an online request form for this service. Transcripts sent to a student and then delivered to EKU will not be accepted. Each transcript must bear the original signature of the authorized official, along with the seal of the institution, and must be sent to EKU directly from the issuing institutionTranscripts are not required for courses taken at EKU.

All transcripts should be sent to:
EKU Graduate School
310 Whitlock Building CPO 68
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

NOTE: If you have attended or are attending another graduate level nursing program, you may need to submit additional application items. Please contact the program enrollment advisor for more information.


FNP applicants should contact Stephanie Konkel at or 859-622-6458.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

Student Success

My experience at EKU has been absolutely wonderful, and I wouldn’t change a thing. The manageability of the program while maintaining full time employment is why I have recommended it to many friends and coworkers.

Dan PurtellEKU Online Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate

EKU’s Award-Winning Online FNP Program

Since 2013, the faculty and design team at EKU have collaborated to make the family nurse practitioner program one of the highest ranked online programs in the country. Their commitment to student engagement and excellence earned the faculty and instructional designer the prestigious Blackboard Catalyst Award.

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online graduate student on deployment in Afghanistan

Heath Bergmann
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
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