The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: Nurse Practitioner - Family concentration prepares students with important skills in the areas of health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention, and management of acute and chronic illnesses. You’ll learn primary care and clinical judgment skills working with faculty and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, you will practice independently and in collaboration with other health professionals to provide continuity of health care and to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. Family Nurse Practitioners are skilled clinicians who serve as healthcare researchers, interdisciplinary consultants and patient advocates. You may be employed in primary care offices including family practice, internal medicine, managed care offices, ERs, clinics, long-term care facilities, academic settings, and occupational health settings. 

As an APRN: Family NP student, we offer you:
  • A flexible curriculum with many online courses and full- and part-time options
  • Faculty mentorship and advising
  • Fall semester start dates
  • A program that is known for its intellectual rigor and clinical quality

The APRN: Family NP concentration at the master's level is a minimum of 45 credit hours, and can be completed in as little as two (2) years, or if part time, in three (3) years.

The ideal applicants to this concentration will have 3-5 years of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse, preferably with exposure to a variety of ages and patient populations. Applicants must arrange for an interview prior to being approved for the FNP concentration. Interviews will take place early spring for fall semester.


Graduates of this program have attained a 100% pass rate on national certification exams since 2007. All successful graduates of the APRN Family NP concentration possess educational requirements to apply for:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

This advanced nursing practice (APRN) concentration is also offered at the doctoral level. Kent State's DNP program is offered at both the post-baccalaureate and post-master's levels. Learn More about the DNP

Concentration Director

Marie HickeyMarie Anne Hickey
Associate Lecturer


Post-Master's Certificate

Kent State's College of Nursing offers post-master's nursing certificate programs for individuals who hold a Master's Degree in nursing. View information, requirements, and employment information for the Family Nurse Practitioner post-master's certificate