M.S. Nursing

Dear Prospective MS FNP Student:

Your interest in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is appreciated.

Upon completion of this program you will be prepared to offer primary care to patients across the life span with an emphasis on the underserved. Your education will prepare you for advanced practice nursing with all the rights and privileges associated with the title of Family Nurse Practitioner and qualify you to apply for national certification and state licensure.

This program is part-time allowing students the option to continue to work while completing this clinical Master’s program.  Courses are offered in a one day a week schedule (Thursdays).

Applications for the Masters of Science in Nursing Post Master’s FNP certificate program should be submitted to the Graduate School and to the School of Nursing (SON). Once your file is completed, it will be reviewed by the School of Nursing faculty. (If you are applying to the post Masters certificate program you must have a Masters of Science in Nursing). Students who are accepted into the program will be notified before the start of Fall semester classes. Students are admitted to Fall semester starts only.  When admitted, students must complete a criminal background check and drug screen at www.uncobackgroundcheck.com.

School of Nursing admission criteria are as follows:

  1. Bachelors of Science in nursing from an accredited nursing program (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) and a master’s degree from an accredited program in nursing.

  2. Current Colorado Registered Nurse (RN) license or eligibility for Colorado licensure as a registered nurse. (Copy of license or verification printout or link required)

  3. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 at the baccalaureate and Masters level (4.0 scale).

  4. Two letters of reference. One letter should address your ability to practice as an independent practitioner.

  5. A statement of career goals.

  6. Current Resume

You will complete a minimum of 720 hours in clinical practicums during the program and you must carry student nurse practitioner malpractice insurance while in the clinical courses (NURS 610, 640, 645, 650, and 680). You must obtain your own clinical preceptors and will need a signed agreement with those preceptors (licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or physician assistant). At least 200 of your total 720 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner. If you have further questions after thoroughly reviewing the website pages, please call the School of Nursing main office (970-351-2293).

For program questions, please contact the FNP program coordinator Karen Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C at karen.hessler@unco.edu.

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