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Master of Science: Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis

The Master of Science (MS) Program at UNC 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 nine (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 with a focus on the underserved.  The UNC School of Nursing works in partnership with the Family Medicine Residency program in Greeley, CO and other primary care sites to encourage collaborative education between nursing and medicine.

clinical requirements

A minimum of 540 hours in clinical practicums during the program is required.  Students will obtain their own clinical placements and preceptors (licenses physician, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or physical assistant) with program guidance.  At least 90 of the total 540 clinical hours must be with a nurse practitioner.  Students must carry student nurse practitioner malpractice insurance while in clinical courses (NURS 654, 656, 674, 675, 676,
677 and 689).


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.


The UNC MSN FNP emphasis program is brought to students through UNC Extended Campus.  Visit their website for admission deadlines, eligibility, requirements, tuition,  and course descriptions.

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For advising and other questions about the MSN FNP emphasis program, please contact Mellany Archer, Graduate Program Management Specialist, at mellany.archer@unco.edu or 970-351-2234..