MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Spalding nursing students practice providing air for patient on dummy


Advance your clinical nursing skills in our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-FNP) program. Our 49-credit-hour program will prepare you for the advanced nursing practice role of a family nurse practitioner. Our program–the oldest family nurse practitioner program in the city–is deeply connected to Louisville’s thriving medical community. We provide service opportunities that make both a local and global impact: health assessments in the community at clinics, immigrant care at a local clinic, medical mission trips, physical exams for Special Olympics and more.

All of our faculty are in clinical practice on a weekly basis and they bring that expertise into the classroom. The skills you learn from them and in your own clinical training can translate to opportunities in the field of nursing. Throughout our more than 20-year history, we have consistently had a board examination pass rate of 96 percent or greater.


We find your clinical site. Our graduate clinical coordinator meets with you to determine a placement tailored to your interests and needs. You’ll complete 750 clinical hours over 3 rotations.

Enjoy a flexible schedule (classes meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays) that allows you to earn your degree while maintaining a full-time job.

Live outside the Louisville area? We offer affordable on-campus housing for the days you’ll be on campus.

Live outside the Louisville area? We offer affordable on-campus housing for the days you’ll be on campus.

Gain 750 clinical hours and 20 professional hours of learning outside the classroom. We teach you the skills you need for clinical practice, including suturing, mole removal, EKG and X-ray reading.

Apply at any time with our rolling admissions. Cohorts start every May. A second cohort may start in August, depending on enrollment.

We want our program to be the right fit for you. Reach out to us if you’d like to schedule a visit or even sit in on one of our classes: pharmacology, advanced assessment, pathophysiology or reproductive health.


More than 96% of Spalding MSN graduates pass their board certification–a pass rate greater than the national average.

Employment of advanced practice nurse practitioners is predicted to grow 31 percent through 2022.

U.S. News & World Report ranks nurse practitioner #3 in The 100 Best Jobs.

  • Follow Progression I (Full Time) and graduate in two years.
  • Follow Progression II (Part-Time) and graduate in two and a half years.

Learn in a way that matches your learning style. Our interactive health assessment training takes place both through online simulation and also face to face with real patients.

Career Options

Our graduates work in a variety of primary care settings, including:

  • Self-owned practices
  • National health service corps
  • Public health clinics
  • Emergency departments
  • Pediatric practices
  • Occupational health settings

Continuing Education

Spalding University School of Nursing Faculty stay on top of the latest learning and teaching strategies and research through continuing nursing education, including:

  • Nurse Tim webinars
  • KeithRN resources
  • CCNE
  • ANA online resources
  • Spalding University Center for Teaching and Learning

Additionally, graduate Nursing Faculty hold an annual retreat, further developing the skill set for teaching in the graduate program.


We offer rolling admissions. You can apply and enroll virtually anytime with classes starting every six to eight weeks. Learn more about our admission requirements.

Program Accreditation

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The baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing at Spalding University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.