Best Nurse Practitioner Programs in the U.S.

No matter what career one wants to pursue, many may seek out the best training available in their career of interest in order to ensure success in the future. Listed below are some of the best programs for those who wish to become a nurse practitioner, taking into the consideration that one has already received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) and experience as a Registered Nurse (RN).

The University of California – San Francisco

Through their School of Nursing, two full-time Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs are offered at UCSF under their Master of Science Specialty Areas. One program is the MS Program, which is completed after two years of full-time study. Upon completion, students receive both a Master of Science degree as well as certification eligibility as a nurse practitioner.

The other program is a Post-Master’s Option, which is available for those who already have a MSN and want to obtain a FNP certification. This program is usually completed within 5-6 quarters. A focus in HIV/AIDS or a minor in diabetes is offered in the both programs. As well, a clinical experience is required in order to successfully complete both programs.

As of 2017, a Nursing Masters at UCSF will cost around $27, 825 annually for California residents and $40,070 annually for non-residents. The cost includes tuition and other fees, but excludes textbook or living costs.

Columbia University – New York City

Seven speciality programs are offered through the Master’s and Post-Master’s level at the School of Nursing at Columbia University, one of which is the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Length of study may vary, but typically the program is completed within two years.

With over 200 clinical sites in the city and three major medical centers to do a clinical experience in, those who choose the FNP program at Columbia is exposed to working in a wide range of health care facilities. These can include hospitals, outpatient clinics, home care, or school. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certifying examination to become a practicing nurse practitioner. The exam is offered by the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

As of 2017, the estimated cost of a MSN is $51,000 annually, with a $50 per term International Service Charge Fee for students who hold non-resident visas. The cost includes tuition and other fees, as well as estimated on-campus or off-campus housing.

The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

The Advanced Clinical Path MSN at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing (UMSN) consists of eight different specialty programs, five of which are nurse practitioner programs, each focusing on a specific field of medicine. The programs are: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

A concentration option in Occupational Health Nursing is offered for those in Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner programs. Time and topic of study is dependent on which practitioner program one chooses to go into. Each program of study has its appeals.

As of 2017, the annual estimated cost of studying for a MSN is $11, 067 for Michigan residents, and $22, 363 for non-residents. The cost only include tuition fees.

The University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

At the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, there are 3 main types of programs offered in the MSN: Nurse Practitioner programs, Advanced Specialist programs, and Administration programs. Each of these have a number of different programs that focus on a specific field in medicine. For the Nurse Practitioner program, there are 8 different specialties one could special in:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family   
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric Acute Care
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health
  • Women’s Health/Gender-Related

With so many diverse programs to choose from, those who want to study nursing at a graduate level should strongly consider UPenn.

As of 2017, the average projected cost of studying a Master’s full-time at UPenn is $73, 794, for the entire duration of the study. The cost includes tuition, other fees, meals, as well as the estimated cost for textbooks, housing, and other personal expenses. Cost can vary depending on how many months a specific program, as well as whether one is a part-time or full time student.

The University of Washington – Seattle

The University School of Nursing offers both a Master of Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Nursing. A Master of Nursing can be obtained with the completion of 38-41 credits, whereas a Master of Science can be obtained with the completion of 46-49 credits.

Upon completion, graduates can choose to earn one of the many different nurse practitioner certificates from UW’s graduate certificate programs, or pursue a doctorate specializing in a concentration of nursing.

Graduate certificate programs related to nurse practitioners

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctorate programs related to nurse practitioners 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

As of 2017, the annual cost of the Master of Nursing program is $25,461 for residents, and $38, 934 for non-residents. The cost only includes tuition fees. For the Master of Science program, the cost is $620/credit.

Each doctoral program and graduation certificate program costs will vary depending on program.

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