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Masters of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis

Advanced Practice Nursing Education for Working Nurses

UNC’s Family Nurse Practitioner master’s graduate degree provides working nurses with specialized expertise that can help you advance your career. You’ll gain skills that qualify you for new professional challenges, expanded responsibilities, leadership opportunities, and readies you for advanced clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

The FNP emphasis area provides in-depth instruction in primary care health promotion and disease management across the lifespan. This program stands out for its strong emphasis on evidence-based care and direct primary care services to diverse populations and underserved populations particularly within rural communities.

Designed for BSN-prepared nurses, this master’s degree program provides you with exceptional academic and professional guidance from our clinically active faculty.  This program has been designed with advanced practice clinical simulations in addition to didactic coursework in order to prepare each student for the live clinical setting. A minimum of 660 clinical/simulation/lab hours are completed while enrolled in the clinical/practicum courses

Degree Details

Credits Required:

51

Location/Delivery:

Greeley + Online

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Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis

You’ll move through the course sequence as part of a cohort, building supportive relationships with a close-knit group of fellow nurses. Coursework is delivered on campus one day per week, plus the required clinical hours starting in the sixth semester. Some courses incorporate online activities to supplement your learning, which reduces the amount of time you meet in-person for class, and a few courses are completed fully online.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to apply for national certification and state licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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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
  • Diagnosing, managing and developing treatment plans for complex issues and illnesses across the lifespan
  • 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

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

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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