Master of Science: Nursing (M.S. Nursing)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis

Applications for Fall 2017 are due February 1st.

The Masters in Nursing–FNP focus has recently switched its admission from a Spring to a Fall start.  This change is due to an exciting and innovative change in our current curriculum that we will introduce during orientation should you be admitted to the program. 

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This Master of Science (MS) degree program prepares graduates to engage in advanced clinical practice. 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.

This program is part-time (less than 9 credit hours) allowing students the option to continue to work while completing their coursework.  Courses are completed through an on-campus Cohort model one day a week (Thursdays) each semester.

The Emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) teaches nurses primary care health promotion and disease management of patients with episodic or chronic illness across the life span with a focus on the underserved. The School of Nursing works in partnership with the Family Medicine Residency program in Greeley and other primary care sites to encourage collaborative education between nursing and medicine.

Clinical Requirements

A minimum of 720 hours in clinical practicums during the program is required. Students will obtain their own clinical placements and preceptors (licensed physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or physician assistant) with program guidance. At least 200 of the total 720 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner. Students must carry student nurse practitioner malpractice insurance while in clinical courses (NURS 610, 640, 645, 650, and 680).

Learn More – UNC Extended Campus

This UNC School of Nursing on campus program is brought to students through UNC Extended Campus. Visit their website for additional details about tuition, course descriptions and eligibility requirements.


Graduates can apply for national certification and state licensure as an advanced practice nurse in the primary care of families.You will have the rights and privileges associated with the title of Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Program Contact:

Karen Hessler, PhD, RN, FNP-C
Associate Professor, DNP & FNP Coordinator
Campus Box 125, Gunter Hall
School of Nursing
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO  80639

Office: Gunter Hall, Rm 3210 
Phone: 970-351-2293 or 970-351-2137
fax: 970-351-1707