Advanced Practice Nursing Education for Working Nurses

Take your career to the next level by earning a Master of Science in nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis. Designed for BSN-prepared nurses, this master’s degree program readies you for advanced clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The program focuses on skills and expertise needed for primary care practice.

UNC’s master’s degree in family nursing practice stands out for its strong emphasis on evidence-based care. You’ll get exceptional academic and professional guidance from our clinically active faculty, while completing a variety of simulated and live clinical practicums that offer direct professional instruction for the clinical setting. The program combines online and on-campus instruction one day each week. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified to apply for national certification and state licensure as an advanced practice nurse with the title of Family Nurse Practitioner

Degree Details

Credits Required:

51

Location/Delivery:

Online + Greeley Visits

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Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Option

Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis

The FNP emphasis area provides in-depth instruction in primary care health promotion and disease management across the lifespan. You’ll move through the course sequence as part of a cohort, building supportive relationships with a close-knit group of fellow nurses. UNC’s family nurse practitioner preparation includes special emphasis on underserved populations, particularly within rural communities.

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Online/Greeley program

Your Future in Family Nursing Practice

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care employers are expected to hire more than 50,000 advanced nurse practitioners between now and 2025. UNC’s career-focused nursing master’s degree with FNP focus develops the skills and expertise necessary for APRN practice. You’ll master the most up-to-date science, technology and computing tools, while preparing for new professional challenges in patient care, team leadership and patient and family-centered care.

Consider a FNP master's if you want to:

  • Commit yourself to professional excellence
  • Strengthen your clinical ability
  • Work with vulnerable populations
  • Earn an Advanced Practice Nurse credential
  • Work in primary care practice setting

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced care standards of practice
  • Management and treatment for illnesses across the life span
  • Develop health promotion and disease prevention at an advanced practice level
  • Critical thinking and excellent communication skills
  • Evidence-based knowledge and application
  • Leadership skills

Sample courses:

  • Acute Care of Adults
  • FNP Advanced Clinical Topics
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Health Care of Women and Children
  • FNP Clinical Synthesis
Vicki Wilson

Faculty Spotlight

Vicki Wilson, Ph.D., M.S., R.N.
Professor of Nursing; Ph.D. in Nursing Education Program Coordinator

Vicki Wilson, Ph.D., has worked as an advocate for at-risk university students and under-served and vulnerable residents in the Greeley community and around the world. She recently helped Sunrise Community Health Center in Greeley develop a community partnership model and obtain grants totaling more than $200K—an effort that served 2,765 patients. 

Wilson is the recipient of both the Centennial and the Colorado Nightingale Awards, which acknowledge outstanding nurses whose hard work and dedication in advocacy, innovation and leadership improves the health of others. Her research interests are leadership styles and mentoring, administration, nursing student stress, childhood obesity, and vulnerable and underserved populations. She is also a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

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Student Spotlight

Laura Nemeth

Laura Nemeth
UNC Nursing Major

How far can a degree from UNC take you? After graduating from UNC's School of Nursing, Laura Nemeth (BS-10) moved across the country to work in the specialized field of pediatric critical care. But that was just the beginning of her journey. Laura wanted to serve the needs of communities globally, communities that often suffer from limited access to healthcare. So she saved her money, took a hiatus from her job in Tennessee, and traveled over 6,700 miles to work aboard the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity medical ship. For three months, she lived aboard this gigantic vessel while it was docked in the Congolese city of Pointe Noire. There, she cared for children as they underwent surgery to repair cleft palates and remove life-threatening tumors. For Laura, it was a life-changing experience that will continue to enrich her work and life, no matter where her journey takes her.

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Where can your Family Nursing Practice master’s degree take you?

Advanced Treatment

Advanced treatment of acute and critically ill patients

Leadership and Advanced Patient Care

Leadership roles in nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Continued education in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

Advanced Treatment

Participation in research

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