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Nursing MS – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Emphasis – Courses & Requirements

Working nurses can complete this master's program part-time in three years, with courses delivered on campus in Greeley and online, and clinical experiences in the surrounding area.

Post-Master's Certificate Option

Nurses who already have a master's degree can pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Graduate Certificate Program.

The certificate consists of 39 credit hours but you may be able to waive up to 11 credit hours depending on your previous coursework. Contact the Program Coordinator for a detailed plan of study and available start terms.

See an example course sequence.

Also visit the School of Nursing's FNP Certificate information.

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.

Required Master's Degree Coursework (51 Credit Hours)

For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

To see a typical list of upcoming courses, visit an example Current Program Students page.

See the Planned Course Sequence (listing which courses will be delivered each term of your program).

Required Major Credits (12 Hours)

NURS 507 Policy, Leadership and Nursing Issues (3)

NURS 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing (3)

NURS 606 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)

NURS 608 Advance Health Care Concepts (3)

NP / FNP Emphasis (39 Hours)

NURS 612 Advanced Pharmacology (4)

NURS 613 Advanced Health Assessment (4)

NURS 614 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

NURS 624 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)

NURS 654 Acute Care of Adults (3)

NURS 656 Care of Chronic Illness in Adults (3)

NURS 674 Care of Women and Pediatric Populations (3)

NURS 675 FNP Clinical I (2)

NURS 676 FNP Advanced Clinical Topics (2)

NURS 677 FNP Clinical II (4)

NURS 689 FNP Clinical Synthesis (6 total)

NURS 690 Advanced Professional Role (2)

Clinical Hours (540 Hours)

Clinical hours are completed while enrolled in the five clinical/practicum courses (NURS 654, 656, 674, 675, 676, 677 and 689).

Choose Between Comprehensive Exam and Thesis Options

  • Most students complete the MS requirements via a comprehensive exam.
  • Completion of a master's thesis NURS 699 Master's Thesis (6) is also an option.

Get Started / Apply


Credits Required:
Master's Degree = 51 credits
Certificate-only = depends on previous coursework
Time to Completion:
Master's Degree = less than 3 years
Certificate-only = varies
$620/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Michaela Romero, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC